Longer Days Coming for Centralia K-3, Middle School Students

Originally published Aug. 1, 2017 in The Chronicle, Centralia, Washington

By Pete Caster / pcaster@chronline.com

CentraliaPrimary schools with kindergarten through third-grade students will extend school days by 29 minutes to better match the school day of fourth- through sixth-grade students, while the middle school will be gaining 14 minutes.The new schedule will ensure K-8 students receive the same amount of instructional time.

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Adams County teen develops, runs free PE program for underprivileged kids

Originally published July 24, 2017 in YourHub, a Denver Post publication.

By Megan Mitchell

Photos by Kathryn Scott, YourHub

Every Tuesday and Thursday right after lunch, a couple dozen kids who live near Twin Lakes in south Adams County trickle through the front doors of the Pearl Mack Community Center and head to a large meeting room to help Alex Aleman set up for class.

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DENVER, CO – JULY 18: Alex Aleman, 18, directs his Healthy Kids in Action class at the Perl Mack Community Center on July 18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Aleman launched the class himself several years ago and volunteers his own time to run the free physical education class twice a week. He even recently ran a fundraising campaign to buy some more equipment to use during the class. (Photo by Kathryn Scott/The Denver Post)

Chatter and teen banter fills the room. But as soon as Aleman, 18, begins a lesson, all talk stops, and the youths crowd around him, listening intently as he describes the activities planned for the next hour.

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School district recognized as healthy school

Originally published July 20, 2017 in the Suwanee Democrat

By Alexis Spoehr

JASPER — Hamilton County schools were recognized by Rikita Patel from the Florida Department of Health and Penny Taylor from the Florida Department of Education for being a healthy school on Monday.

The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSH) is a program which helps to determine the status of a school’s health. Hamilton County received the Silver Flag and award from CSH.

There are eight components for the CSH which consists of health education; physical education; health services; nutrition services; counseling, psychological, and social services; healthy school environment; health promotion for staff; and parent and community involvement. There were several places where the school gained large improvements.

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Superintendent leads 22 local runners at Grandma’s Marathon

Originally published July 1, 2017 in the White Bear Press.

By Bruce Strand, sports contributor

Atop the list of White Bear Lake residents who finished Grandma’s Marathon is a man about to become one of the community’s most influential leaders, Wayne Kazmierczak.

The 46-year-old educator who’ll take over as superintendent of schools on July 1 posted an impressive time of three hours, six minutes and 23 seconds for the 26.2-mile trek from Two Harbors to Duluth on June 13. He placed 319th among 6,441 runners overall, and 13th among 344 in his age/gender group (45-49).

Photo submitted to White Bear Press.

‘Running has always been an important part of my life, although there are times when I don’t get out as much as I would like,” Kazmierczak told the White Bear Press.  “Every aspect of my life seems to go better when I’m consistently running. I tend to achieve a better work/life balance when I’m committed to a marathon training plan.”

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Pennsylvania school adds Spirit System to PE program

Originally published Jan. 6, 2017 in the Lancer Life Blog at James W. Parker Middle School in Edinboro, Penn.

JWPMS adds new PE technology to improve student fitness

Basketball, double dutch, dodgeball, sledding and … technology?

Introducing the 21st century physical education classroom.

James W. Parker Middle School (JWPMS) is engaging students through interactive technology to improve students’ cardiovascular fitness.

fitnessThrough the IHT Spirit System, students now have the opportunity to manage their individual health and fitness. The technology includes heart monitor watches, docking stations, PC’s to run the IHT Spirit system software and the software itself. The watches are intended to motivate students by instantly sending them an email with their heart rates throughout the period ensuring that they challenge themselves and hit specific heart zones.

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