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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 school enrollment holds steady 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

Fay.enroll.2011Fayette’s school enrollment stayed fairly steady from a year ago, showing a net loss of just three students.

Last year’s extra-small kindergarten class grew by three students to 22 first graders, but still remains the smallest class in the district. It’s only two students smaller than the fourth grade that shrunk by two students from a year ago.

The biggest drop in the elementary school is shown in the sixth grade that decreased from 34 to 30 since last year.

This year’s kindergarten class of 43 is more than double last year’s unusually small 19.

The total high school enrollment grew by five despite showing a net loss of nine students from last year’s classes. The difference is that a graduating class of 36 was replaced by the big seventh grade class of 52. That class is the only one in the 50s.

This year’s sophomore class experienced the biggest change of any, falling by six from a year ago when they were freshmen.

“Open enrollment continues to hurt us,” said Lacy Stambaugh, who handles enrollment documentation for the district. “We have 35 students who open enroll out to other schools while only 19 open enroll in.”

Fayette has 25 students enrolled in preschool this year, down from 33 a year ago.

Although the class is still affiliated with the Northwest Ohio Community Action Center, students are housed in the Fayette building this year rather than in Pulaski.

Stambaugh sees this as an advantage in helping students grow accustomed to the building before they start kindergarten next year.

Preschool fees are based on family income.

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