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 earn excellent rating 8.26.09

Written by David Green.

Excellent again.

When it comes to meeting state performance standards, Fayette students do a fairly excellent job.

Among the secondary classes, only one of 19 performance indicators was not met, giving the school an “excellent” rating. It’s the same for the elementary school where just one of 12 performance indicators  was not met. The school was listed as “effective” with just one student’s score on a writing exam keeping the school from obtaining its own “excellent” rating.

In the end, the state’s “value-added” rating benefitted the district overall and boosted it up a level for its second consecutive year of “excellent” status.

Last year the district met 90 percent of its goals, with 94 percent needed for excellence. The “value-added” analysis looks for growth above the expected levels. Superintendent of schools Russ Griggs described it this way: To see if high  achieving students are continuing to grow and if lower achievers are making progress even if they aren’t meeting proficiency standards.

 This year the district met 93.3 percent of its goals, just out of the 94 percent range. But once again, the value-added rating boosted the overall standing to “excellent.”

In the elementary school, writing scores in the fourth grade came in at 73.2 percent proficient, with at 75 percent set as the state goal.

In the secondary school, the eighth grade social studies score came in well below the standard, but Griggs said that was common in many districts.

Some staff members will visit a district that scored well on the social studies portion of the test to compare curriculums.

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