Morenci school board 09.15.2010

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education hired additional staff members Monday night to fill posts for the 2010-11 school year.

High school teacher Brandi Boswell was recalled from layoff to lead the alternative education program. Leeann Rodgers and Amanda Rupp were hired as Title I paraprofessionals at the elementary school.

A new part-time Spanish teacher was scheduled to begin work today (Wednesday).

As reported last week, James Vinston III is now a paid varsity football assistant and Michael Johnson is a volunteer with the varsity. Phil Lawrence was approved Monday as a volunteer assistant football coach.

The board approved Kay Johnson as a middle school volleyball coach.

THANKS—A letter was read from retired custodian Jim Petry expressing his appreciation to the board for responding  to building needs at the middle school. He concluded his final summer at the school, with the Linda Shadbolt, Howard Tew and Salena Martinez, who helped him leave the school in good condition.

CHANGES—School board president Scott Merillat thanked school administrators and board members for their time commitment in recent weeks. It was a long summer with lots of meetings, he said, due to staff changes.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Osborne stated that he observed a  remarkably smooth start to the school year despite all the changes in staff assignments.

He was pleased to see how well staff members interact and work together. Osborne had his first meeting Monday with all administrators and again, he was impressed with how well the group is functioning together.

WRITING—Elementary school teacher Melissa Elliott spoke to the board about the National Writing Project that she was involved with last summer.

She expects the knowledge she gained to improve her teaching abilities and she looks forward to passing information on to other teachers.

VOLLEY—Morenci’s volleyball squads will take part in a Volley for the Cure match to raise funds for breast cancer research. The event is scheduled Oct. 7 when Britton-Deerfield visits.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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