Girls’ running club offers much more than exercise

Originally published March 23, 2019 in the Westerly Sun.

By Cynthia Drummond

Twice a week, students in Grades 3 and 4 at Ashaway Elementary School meet after school for 90 minutes in the gymnasium. What makes this after-school club different is that the members are all girls.

Health and physical education teacher Jackie Sorensen brought the Girls on the Run program with her when she moved to Rhode Island from San Diego in 2016. The program is designed by Girls on the Run International, a girls’ empowerment organization based in North Carolina. 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