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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 to use on-line courses for credit make-up 2013.02.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette High School is venturing into on-line course work for students in need of making up class credit, but it’s expected to be just the beginning of additional “virtual classroom” work in the future.

Board of Education members approved last month a contract with A+ Curriculum, a company providing a variety of on-line classes.

By participating in a consortium with other schools, said superintendent Erik Belcher, a lower price was obtained. Each license costs $500 and allows one student at a time to sign in for a class.

“We have some kids who are in need of credit recovery,” he said, “and there are some kids who are missing a class because they’re at home due to medical reasons.”

A+ Curriculum classes will allow them to make up credits and keep pace with their classmates.

That will meet the district’s immediate needs, Belcher said, but he would like to expand the options.

“I think this is a stepping stone to where we’re going in the future,” he said. “Next year we’re going to expand it even more.”

One expansion of the program would lead to additional courses that aren’t typically available in a small school. A class in calculus, for example, could be offered if one or two students are interested.

Belcher said there are about 50 children in the Fayette district who are already enrolled in a virtual school  at home or in home-school with a parent.

He’s hoping to create a “blended learning” environment that would attract some of those  students not enrolled in classes at the school. By offering a blend of on-line courses with the classes already at Fayette—experiences not available to those at home—some students might choose to enroll.

Looking down the road, Belcher also wants to explore options for students to earn college credit while attending high school.

“My goal would be for students to have a year of college completed by the time they graduate,” he said.

“Nothing beats human interaction,” Belcher said, “but we might change how we do it.”

For example, someone would serve as a “lab person” to oversee and assist students who are studying on-line. That might sound like an odd approach for high school, he said, but students will encounter many classes presented that way in college.

Belcher expects to discuss options with staff members in the next few months to see if something could be put in place for the next school year.

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