Commitment to PE

IDEA Schools’ Commitment to PE Drives Students’ Academic Success

Network’s High Schools Achieve Academic Recognition While Maintaining Commitment To Pe Enhanced With Iht Heart Rate Technology

Students across the IDEA Public Schools network continue to demonstrate that a commitment to PE (physical education)  helps students meet high academic standards while improving fitness.

The network of Texas public schools produced five of highest rated high schools in the U.S. in 2016-17 while continuing to improve overall student fitness through heart rate training in physical education that includes the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the IHT Spirit System® software. Read More


Arts, PE revamped by Georgia education board

Originally published June 13, 2018 by the Gainesville Times.

By Joshua Silavent

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said that even during the Great Recession, funding new arts classes and developing award-winning wellness programs in physical education courses remained a priority.

“Regarding the arts, it is a cornerstone of who we are and often best fits the passion of a significant portion of our student body,” Schofield said. Read More


EDITORIAL: Kids need more recess

Originally published June 7, 2018 in the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star.

GOV. Ralph Northam recently signed a bill passed by the General Assembly that requires the state Department of Education to accept “unstructured recreational time that is intended to develop teamwork, social skills and overall physical fitness”—in other words, recess—when it calculates the required instructional time for elementary school students. The new law goes into effect on July 1.

Local school boards can now set aside up to 15 percent of total instructional time for recess, which comes out to a maximum of about 50 minutes per day. However, they must still provide a minimum of 680 hours of teaching time per academic year in English, mathematics, science, history and social science for K-5 students, and a minimum of 375 hours of instructional time for students in half-day kindergarten.

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Boone family honored for impact on Humble ISD physical education

Originally published April 18, 2018 in the Houston Chronicle.

By Melanie Feuk

When their children were attending Pine Forest Elementary School, Steve and Paula Boone created a program that has lasted more than 25 years in Humble ISD.

Their program, called the Marathon Challenge, focused on two purposes — introducing children to the concept of marathons and encouraging the development of long-term goal setting. Read More