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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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