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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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    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.

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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