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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.

Keith Filipek talks about value of music program 12.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Don’t tell Keith Filipek that music is just something extra in the school curriculum. In his opinion, it’s a key part of a well-rounded program.

“People often look at music, art and physical education as extras that are just there for fun,” Mr. Filipek told Morenci Board of Education members Dec. 7. “I disagree. They’re essential to the academic program.”

Mr. Filipek presented the monthly “educational topic” at the last school board meeting. Each month a facet of the school program is highlighted.

Mr. Filipek said a course in his graduate studies made him stop and think about his role as a music teacher.

“I’ve been teaching for 20 years, but never took the time to think about why I do what I do,” he said.

When a student learns to read, he said, pitch, inflection, etc., are part of the process, and those are all musical attributes, also.

Mr. Filipek told about studies showing that   for standardized tests, schools with good music programs outperform those with a weak program. English and mathematical skills also improve, he said, due to a boost in IQ gained through musical skills.

Studies have also shown an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence, and students show a greater tolerance for differences. In addition, students showed better classroom behavior and were less disruptive.

“I think it’s all about discipline,” Mr. Filipek said, “similar to athletics.”

The word “quality” is the key, said Morenci Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith.

“At Morenci we have a quality music program from kindergarten to 12th grade,” he said.

Griffith mentioned that a Morenci Education Foundation mini-grant will fund the production of “Annie Jr.,” a musical involving students in grades three to nine. Mr. Filipek will direct the production later in the school year.

Mr. Filipek introduced his talk by recalling the argumentative school board in the musical, “The Music Man.” Once the board members learned to sing together, Mr. Filipek said, they all got along well.

At that point he passed out song sheets to the board and audience, brought them all to their feet and led everyone in song.

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