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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    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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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