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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Morenci administrators discuss MEAP results 2013.03.13

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

There’s more than one way to study results from the state’s MEAP tests, said Morenci secondary principal Kelli Campbell.

The tests are given to students in grades three through eight throughout the state and results can be compared to state averages. Additionally, scores are often compared to those obtained in other nearby districts.

A more valuable comparison for her is to look at what’s called cohort groups—comparing the scores of last year’s fourth grade class to their scores as fifth graders, for example, and then comparing them again as sixth grade students.

Following the progress of each individual class can show continuing improvement or stagnation.

“All of our cohorts improved in math and reading,” Campbell told school board members at the March 4 meeting.

Morenci mirrored the situation statewide in showing a weakness in the science portion of the test, and Morenci students also scored low in sixth and ninth grade social studies.

“Those scores are substantially lower than where we would like them to be,” she said.

Each year administrators prepare a detailed school improvement plan that’s partially based on MEAP test results. A variety of data sources are used in addition to the MEAP.

Morenci students were doing quite well in meeting state standards, said elementary school principal Mary Fisher, until the “cut score” standards were changed. Cut scores separate students into categories such as advanced, proficient and partially proficient.

When the change was made to meet a higher standard, the scores posted by many schools suddenly looked very weak.

The district is adjusting to the changes and scores are on their way up, she said.

RETIREMENTS—Retired teachers Pat Burnard (16 years with the district), Dennis Quist (34 years) and Liz Jarrell (36 years) were honored at the board meeting and presented with clocks.

DISTANT LEARNING—Morenci is part of a consortium seeking federal Title II-A funds that would provide teacher training for distance learning opportunities. Siena Heights University would be part of the project.

IMPROVEMENT FUNDS—$56,000 remains in leftover funds from the middle school building project. A public address system that would tie together the middle and high school buildings was listed as a high priority during a discussion at the committee level. 

Technology coordinator Hilda Jones mentioned the need for replacement of the main internet infrastructure and also the need for new computers for teachers.

Teachers are being asked to do much more via the internet, she said, but older computers often make that a challenge.

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