Roanoke County School Board approves longer recess for elementary students

Originally published Dec. 14, 2018 in the Roanoke Times.

By Andrew Adkins

Recess time will officially be extended for Roanoke County elementary school students, following a trial run that administrators said has yielded positive results.

The Roanoke County School Board approved the new recess policy Thursday through its consent agenda. Central office staff had proposed the move last month. Read More

Reading, writing, arithmetic – and running

Integrating movement throughout the school day is key to improving student success

Originally published May 23, 2018 by the University of South Carolina.

By Megan Sexton

Research shows a connection between movement and academic performance, with cognitive, behavioral and test performance all improving when students are physically active.

Yet school leaders don’t always recognize physical activity as a gateway to developing the whole child, and might see it merely as cutting into class time. Even in elementary schools with robust physical education programs, students are in PE class only once or twice a week. Read More

exercise at an elevated heart rate

Adding PE Heart Rate Monitors Makes Health Students More Active

Fort Lupton (Colo.) Middle School teacher Lindsay Yost uses P.E. heart rate monitors to maximize the effort her students put forth during activity breaks in her health classroom.

The once-and-future physical education teacher and mountain biking champion gets her health students up for several activity breaks and active-learning sessions during her 42-minute class period. Yost uses a variety of tools to make sure students take any opportunity to maintain or even improve their fitness levels.

“I’ve missed being active,” she said, sensitive to what students feel after being in a classroom period after period. “It’s interesting, too. My own fitness levels have declined because I’m in the classroom all day.” Read More


On the move: elementary school students thrive under new PE program

Originally published Feb. 6, 2018 in the News-Review.

By Tricia Jones For The News-Review

Short whistle blasts spear the winter air surrounding the Eastwood Elementary School playground on a recent Monday afternoon. Silence falls as heads swing toward physical education teacher Brad Hirsch, who is holding up a timer at the front of a starting line.

“Remember! You are not racing against each other,” Hirsch shouts. “You’re all racing against — what?”

“Time!” respond a dozen or so voices.

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Helping students stay active

Originally posted Nov. 23, 2017 in the Michigan City News-Dispatch.

By BEN DAVIS – Staff Writer

MICHIGAN CITY — For the second straight school year, Saint Stanislaus Kostka is implementing programming designed to help students stay healthy.

The school is partnering with Franciscan Health Michigan City and other local health and wellness agencies to help their students stay active and fit both in and out of school.

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