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.

Nate Parker takes job with Adrian schools 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci schools will be in search of a new administrator with the departure of Nate Parker on Monday.

Parker accepted a position last week with Adrian Public Schools as the principal of the district’s seventh and eighth grade building.

Parker joined the Morenci district in 2000 as the district’s Spanish teacher, but he’s filled several roles since then.

In 2005, Parker was hired to serve as high school principal, but two years later he was back in the classroom for half of the school day due to budget problems.

In February of this year, Parker also served as the district’s interim superintendent between the departure of Kyle Griffith and the hiring of Dr. Michael Osborne.

For the approaching school year, Parker was to face another challenge as principal of both the middle and high schools.

That new role made his decision to take the Adrian job easier.

“It’s been a difficult decision because of the great people here,” Parker said in reference to school personnel, parents and community members. “But with my young family, the schedule of a middle school principal would be more conducive to my situation.”

Middle school athletic events end earlier in the day than high school events, he said, which will allow him to return home to his wife and three preschool age children.

In his resignation letter, Parker stated that he was fortunate to work with Griffith and Osborne, and cited several other staff members that he referred to as “dedicated individuals.”

“Morenci’s strength is truly the people working here,” he stated. “Morenci has outstanding people working in its schools and its community and it has truly been a privilege to come to work here every day.”

High expectations are set for students, he said, and they’re held accountable so they can realize their potential.

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