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Michigan K-12 schools invited to apply for innovative wellness program

Originally published May 7, 2019 in UPMatters.

Michigan K-12 schools are invited to apply for an innovative program that provides students, teachers and administrators with the necessary tools to create a healthier school environment for the 2019-2020 school year. The program empowers and educates children to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and address mental health and well-being.

From now until 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, schools can apply for Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness, one of three options under the successful Building Healthy Communities program. Read More

Teacher Creates Assessment to Correlate Physical Fitness, Social-Emotional Learning

PE teachers throughout Mitchell (S.D.) School District 17-2 also focus on the social and emotional well-being of their students.

Using an assessment created by Mitchell Middle School health and PE teacher Cheryl Miller, teachers track students’ behaviors and social skills as go through their class session. After each class, teachers enter the information into their IHT Spirit System.

“Every single class period, every day,” Miller said. “It takes me two minutes. We created a 10-point scale. The first column in the assessment is a scale from 1-10. Those students with no issues get scored with a 10.” Read More

Wellness

Hamburg’s Donine J. Kelly presented Teacher of the Year Award, Arnold Fink Innovation Award

Originally published May 29, 2018 by the Berks-Mont News.

By Tyler Hall

Donine Kelly, a Physical Education teacher at Hamburg Area High School was recognized by her fellow teachers as the Teacher of the Year on May 16. Donine also received the Arnold Fink Innovation Award, the first teacher to be honored with both of these awards by The Lancaster Lebanon Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Health and Physical Education Recreation and Dance. This reflects both her commitment to better the Physical Education system and her plans for preparing the upcoming generations to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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