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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

New writing program helps boost test scores 2013.05.01

Written by David Green.

Good teachers, good intervention specialists and a good writing program.

Those three factors contributed to Morenci's success on the state MEAP test that led to the highest scores in the county on the fourth grade writing test. In addition, the school improved its writing scores from 25 percent for the 2011-12 school year to 60 percent in the 2012-13 school year.

The writing and grammar program WriteSteps was adopted by the school three years ago and principal Mary Fisher is pleased with the results.

After several years of low writing scores, the rise to 60 percent is remarkable, Fisher said, and WriteSteps gives teachers a different perspective for teaching writing.

Fisher says the lower level teachers have really embraced WriteSteps and are excited about what their kids are doing. She consistently hears “Can you believe this, look at what my student wrote!” and has noticed exceptional writing from students. 

Fisher’s one requirement prior to purchasing WriteSteps was to make sure her entire staff was on board and prepared to use the program. Her teachers found success through the support of professional development as well as the sufficient time given to them to implement WriteSteps into their classrooms.

“Who knows what will happen next year,” said Fisher, “but what I’m seeing coming out of second grade is exciting. Our second graders are writing like experts.” 

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