The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette schools open Aug. 18 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette school district parents and students are invited to a back-to-school open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The open house gives students the opportunity to learn the location of classrooms and to meet with teachers.

The program also gives parents a chance to inquire about transportation issues and to pay lunch money and school fees.

ELEMENTARY—Elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer invites parents of third and fourth grade students to come at 6 p.m. to learn about the split third/fourth grade classroom. The meeting is scheduled in room 107.

Some of the third and fourth grade students will be together in the same room part of the day and separate for certain subjects, such as reading and mathematics.

Amy Herman will teach in the third grade homeroom and Sarah Kruse will teach in the fourth grade homeroom. Kylie Rufenacht will lead the third/fourth split class.

When Beth Mohr left the district to take a job with the Stryker district, Brittan Bosco was next on the list to call back from layoff, but she was hired in Bryan. That made an opening for Brad Raby to return and he will teach fifth and sixth grade mathematics.

Dr. Boyer said last week there were 32 children enrolled for kindergarten.

HIGH SCHOOL—Secondary principal Dan Feasel has scheduled an orientation session for seventh grade students and parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria, before the open house.

He will review school rules, such as the use of cell phones and the dress code, including the minimum length for shorts.

Mr. Feasel noted there are no changes in staff this year and he’s looking forward to another good academic year.

“We’re going to work toward continuing to be excellent,” he said, in reference to the district’s state rating.

Classes begin Wednesday morning, Aug. 19.

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