Morenci school test scores 2013.02.27

Written by David Green.

Like every other school district in Lenawee County, Morenci's teachers and administrators saw a mix of good and bad in the results of state standardized testing.

The Michigan Educational Assessment tests (MEAP) were administered in the fall and scores were released earlier this month. Only Britton-Deerfield showed improvement in more categories than Morenci—15 of 18 categories to Morenci's 14 of 18—and Morenci students exceeded the state average in eight categories and the county average in six.

Morenci's third grade students were near the top in mathematics scores and higher than any county district in reading. Fourth grade writing scores were also the highest in the county and sixth grade reading was among the best, but scores from the seventh and eighth grade classes produced reading and writing scores below average. But as stated earlier, most categories showed improvement whether or not they matched the state average.

Morenci's weakest showing came in the fifth and eighth grade science category, along with ninth grade social studies.

Scores in most districts fluctuate from year to year as classes move through the school, but the testing provides important data for administrators.

“Every year we carefully analyze the results and use them to make future academic decisions for our annual school improvement plan that is written and submitted to the state every year,” said Morenci secondary principal Kelli Campbell.

Parent and community input is crucial in the completion of that report, Campbell said, and anyone interested in serving on the school improvement team for the middle/high school should contact her by calling 458-7506.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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