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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Fayette schools earn "excellence" rating 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s annual school report card is expected to show an “excellent” rating again this year when results become official today.

The preliminary report was released earlier this month and superintendent Russ Griggs expects no changes.

In order to meet the state standard, at least 75 percent of those taking the annual state test must score a “proficient” rating. Results from last year show the district met the state standard in 23 of 24 categories. At least 75 percent of the students were rated proficient in every section except third grade reading, where proficiency was earned by 73.9 percent of the class.

The 11th grade standard requires proficiency by at least 85 percent of the students. All 32 members of the class scored 100 percent on the test in reading, writing, mathematics and social studies. Only one student scored below proficiency in science.

The district also met the attendance requirement with a 95.9 percent rating and the graduation requirement with a 100 percent rating. The district also met the AYP criteria (adequate yearly progress).

The district also achieved the value added rating for the year for exceeding expected gains.

Elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer and secondary principal Dan Feasel both praised their staff members for a successful year in the classroom.

Efforts at improvement will continue, Feasel said, and assistance will come from Sally Kovar of the Educational Service Center.

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