Originally published Jan. 19, 2023 in the Powell Tribune.
By Braden Schiller
Powell High School will be offering a recreation and lifetime activities class and a group exercise and personal wellness class to students for the first time following a unanimous decision by the Park County School District 1 Board on Jan. 10.
Powell High School physical education teacher Charli Fluty had discovered that there was a need at the school for these additional classes after conducting research as part of her masters program.
“I think Mrs. Fluty and have done a lot of good work at looking at some different options for students and advocating for some changes just to provide some variety and a little bit more connection and engagement among our students,” principal Tim Wormald said.
He added that since both of these classes will be semester long it offers counselors more opportunities while scheduling students. Fluty said there is a group of students who continue to take physical education after their requisite year but many do not.
“So we started asking kids, you know, what would you want? Why is it that you don’t take PE? That was part of my research and part of that was just us talking to kids,” Fluty said. “And they really wanted more variety in what is offered.”
Fluty explained to the board that the group exercise class will feature things like yoga and pilates. The lifetime fitness class will focus on recreation and outdoor education. The classes will be able to cater to students’ personalized interests.