Please share your ideas for improving the health of our students! What supplies are you planning to purchase? What activities or programs will you implement to get your students moving? How do you plan to incorporate the Diet and Nutrition lessons at your school?

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District

What have you purchased with your PEP funds? What programs and activities have you implemented or supported with this equipment?

Please share any anecdotal stories we can share out.




Andes Central


Armour
The equipment that was purchased.
--The last two years of funds were used to develop a fitness/weight room that is available internally to students and staff, as well as externally to the community.
--The PEP Grant planning committee has been instituted. Our team consists of 4 teachers plus the Superintendent/Principal. This team will meet monthly to assess areas of strength and weakness throughout our implementation of goals.
--This year we are focusing our efforts on choosing healthy foods. In the mornings, we are going to start our day with announcements that include a healthy eating fact or riddle. The fact/riddle will be based on the over-arching theme for the week that the classrooms are learning about. These facts will then be used for a jeopardy competition for the K-8 group per semester to encourage knowledge of healthy eating. We are also basing our Fall Family Night on health and nutrition. Our weekly newsletters will include a budget-friendly healthy recipe, as well as some overall wellness activity suggestions for families. Our classrooms will also be using "G0-Noodle" as well as other smart-board-friendly resources to engage students in activity throughout the day. When students arrive in the morning, we are having a walking-club to encourage students to begin their day with exercise. In addition, we are boosting the focus with our staff as well, doing fitness and health competitions throughout the year to boost their modeling and discussion of such goals.
--Being new to the district, I have been told that the students have really been more active, but are lacking in the healthy eating- which was identified as a weakness throughout the state at our 1st Curriculum day as well- so that will be where efforts are spent this year.

Chamberlain--
The equipment that was purchased.
-- The CSD purchased equipment for the elementary and middle school PE programs so that the SPARKS curriculum was well-supported. PE instructors now have the needed equipment that supports the curriculum. The CES PE teacher also purchased an iPad, speaker, and projector that she uses to project onto a gymnasium wall, the instructions, activities, and videos she uses in her classes. Additional equipment was purchased for the K-6 playground areas; a wide variety of balls, hoops, Frisbees, jump ropes, and "yard games" are now available for student use. In addition, some equipment was purchased for the weight room. Students in grades 4-8 use this room as they learn about exercise, proper use of equipment, and how they can increase their level of being physically fit while in the weight room.

Professional development that was attended.
--The fall PEP grant meeting was attended by two PE teachers and the superintendent. Information was bought back to the schools so that it could be utilized in the classroom(s).
--The elementary PE teacher attended the SPARKS training; this curriculum is implemented in the elementary and middle school curriculums The middle school PE teachers have also had this training.
--All three PE teachers will be attending the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Mpls, MN in April, 2016.

How it is being used to promote more vigorous activity and a healthier lifestyle for students I grades K-8.
--All equipment that has been purchased is being used by the K-8 students every day in PE classes as well as at recess and during the PAWS after-school program.
--Students are more conscious of the fruits/vegetables they are eating as teachers discuss/review and plan activities for science, social studies, and reading classes.
--Each day at CES & CMS begins with Jammin Minutes-students listen to music through the school intercom system as they do a series of exercises to get ready for the academic day.
--The school has partnered with Sanford and will be hosting a Family Fit night on Thurs. Feb. 11 with four stations featuring Mood, Food, Recharge and Move.

How students have responded to the additional resources or changes in programming.

--Students enjoy and appreciate the wide variety of activities that can be organized/played because of having the proper equipment.
--Students like the incorporation of music while learning new activities and games.
--Students are more aware of proper nutrition and healthy eating because of the integration into other subject areas besides PE and Health classes.
--When given opportunities to be physically active at school, students will most often choose this over other activities.

Colome
- The Colome Consolidated School District has purchased many new physical education implements for grades K-8. This new equipment has included: new dodgeballs, frisbees (small and ultimate), footballs (youth and large), scooters, tennis balls, wiffle balls, wiffle bats, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, badminton sets, horseshoe sets, beanbag sets, new volleyballs, new basketballs (boys and girls), new footballs (youth and large), jerseys (for separation of teams), cones, polyspots, weighted vests, resistance training running bands, high altitude training masks, weightroom equipment (leg press, half-racks, barbells, dumbbells) for use in the weightroom, and many other apparatuses for storage and implementation. As the sole PE teacher of this district, I have attended all the SPARK trainings (ELED, MS/HS) as well as the required PEP grant PDs.

- The idea of the implementation of this equipment was to begin to get these students more excited for different physical education activities. Our classroom used to be more of a traditional "old school" physical education classroom that was dodgeball centered, but with the use of this new equipment coupled with various endurance activities we are becoming a more fitness-based classroom where students are enjoying activities that make them work hard. They now get explanations of why we are working hard during activities, what reasons we are doing certain activities, and the healthy benefits of those activities. This has shown marked results both with our activity levels and our ability to participate in various skill based activities. Students are responding not only to the "new" equipment, but also to the new idea that PE is a time to work hard and get better rather than just a time to play. We are continuing to grow through a larger variety of activities as well as the ability to differentiate those activities through the use of the new equipment both in the classroom and in the weightroom.

- The students have been progressively appreciating the concept of physical education as a fitness classroom. They still enjoy activities that they used to, but now they are aware of how it affects their overall health. Students are showing enjoyment for fitness related activities that they used to show disdain for, and their level of cardiovascular endurance is substantially growing from year to year in the classroom. Continuing to add new ideas and equipment has proven to increase the engagement of my students, and it has led to increases in areas that I would want to see as a physical education teacher. I believe that they will continue to grow to a point where physically demanding activities will be what they want to participate in, and that will teach them how hard work can be paired with fun in the classroom.

Corsica Stickney


Ethan


Gregory


Kimball


Mitchell GBR


Mitchell LBW


Mitchell LO


Mitchell MS


Parkston


Plankinton


Platte - Geddes


Sanborn Central


Wagner
  1. The equipment that was purchased or professional development that was attended;
The equipment purchased was purchased in response to the Boost Up training offered through the PEP grant. The supplies and equipment we purchased are being incorporated into our daily Boost up sessions. This curriculum supports learning through movement and music paired with academic skills.
  1. How is it being used to promote more vigorous physical activity and a healthier lifestyle for your students in grades K-8
Skills used in Boost up are also integrated into the classroom and conversations are held about why these activities are being done and what the intended goal is for the physical activity. I have heard students talk among themselves about the activity and why it is healthy for them to do it, what specific skills are being done and what they benefit is to them. Having the supplies/equipment from the PEP grant has allowed us to offer a larger variety of activities to students teaching skills that have lifetime benefits in large and small motor skills.
  1. How students have responded to the additional resources or changes in programming.
The students have really responded to the new activities using the new equipment and participating in the new activities. These are also being integrated into the daily 5 activities in the rooms and the exploratory play times when possible.

White lake


Woonsocket





District

Spring 2015



Please share what you have done with the nutrition curriculum provided through the PEP grant. How are you using it? In what classes? At what grade levels?

Andes Central


Armour


Avon


Colman/Egan


Chamberlain
The PE/Health teachers use the curriculum in their classes. The nutrition curriculum is also used in coordination with our school lunch program, Lunchtime Solutions, as they promote healthy eating through the school breakfast and lunch programs. Cards with nutrition information were given to all classroom teachers so that when they can quickly access them and utilize throughout the day at different times, (lining up for class changes, 2 minutes at the end or beginning of class, integration into social studies, science, and reading curriculums.)

Colome
I am currently advising students on the values of implementing a positive diet into their everyday life through instruction in my PE classes K-8. I also will make available the book to any of the classroom teachers who have the students more than 30 minutes 2-3 times a week as I have them so they can get more hands on experience. I also plan to implement the nutrition ideas in the curriculum to my sophomore health/PE class as it will be beneficial to them as well. The idea is to get kids more aware of how important eating a balanced diet really is and how it can affect their overall health and lives in general. Hopefully it will continue to benefit them through the PEP activities and we can see positive reinforcement from our teachers and possibly parents at home. Ideally we want the students to have a good grasp on the health concepts presented during the PEP Grant period. I will continue to offer the ideas and lessons presented in the curriculum in my PE classes and make available to my ELED instructors in order to reinforce those health ideas as they are extremely important.

Corsica/Stickney


Ethan


Gregory


Kimball


Mitchell - LBW


Mitchell - GBR


Mitchell - LO


Mitchell - MS


Parkston


Plankinton


Platte/Geddes


Sanborn Cedntral
The lunchroom staff at SC meet all of the dietary guidelines. Students in grades PreK-12 are offered breakfast and lunch including salad bar/fresh fruits everyday. The salad bar has a variety of fresh vegetables everyday. Students who choose to bring their lunch have the opportunity to buy the salad bar ala carte. A copy ofanning Curriculum in Nutrition has been rotated to all elementary and health staff. Staff had the opportunity to view lessons, make copies, and implement. The elementary/middle school staff also implements nutrition lessons from the Michigan Model Health Curriculum.

Wagner


Wessington Springs


White Lake


Woonsocket








District

Fall 2014.

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What are your initial plans for the grant? What are you already doing? What are your plans for purchasing equipment?

Andes Central


Armour


Avon


Colman/Egan


Chamberlain
CES PE/Health: I teach 500 + students in grades Pre-K thru 6 throughout the school week. I have grades PreK1-2 four times every six days for 25 minutes at a time and grades 3-6 once every three days for 50 minutes. This is my second year using the SPARK curriculum. With growing class sizes, I need more equipment so I have enough for all of my students. I have purchased balls (footballs, gatorballs, basketballs, medicine balls, omnikin balls), hockey equipment, flags, jumping bands, storage racks, parachutes, and nets. My goals for physical education are to provide a variety of safe activities which will motivate the students and increase participation. Also, I strive to serve as a role model, and demonstrate knowledge of health, physical education, and wellness. I want my students to take what they have learned in class and use it in their everyday lives.
CMS/CHS PE/Health: Two PE/Health teachers teach approximately 65 students in grades 7 & 8 two times/week for 48 minutes at a time. They also teach approximately 20 students at the high school level five times/week at 48 minutes each session. This is their second year using the SPARK curriculum. As with CES, they have growing classes at CHS/CMS and more equipment is needed so there is enough for all students. The following have recently been purchased: footballs, gator balls, basketballs, medicine balls, Pickle Balls & paddles, bands, mats, ping pong paddles, and yard games. The goals for physical education are to provide a variety of safe activities which will motivate the students and increase participation. Also, they strive to serve as role models and demonstrate knowledge of health, physical education, and wellness. They want their students to take what they have learned and use it in their everyday lives.

Colome
I have purchased all new jump ropes, balls (kickballs, dodgeballs,footballs, jerseys, flags, hockey sticks, wiffle ball equipment, mats, nets etc) to get students interested in the activities that we are participating in during our Physical Education classes. The students K-6 have 30 minutes of PE class every other day with the exception of the 7th-8th graders getting 60 minutes every other day. Im trying to get the kids more excited about participating in aerobic based activities (Ultimate Frisbee, Bowling Pin Kickball, Team Handball, Hockey, Jump Roping) rather than just the same old games that they were used to in previous years (Dodgeball, regular Kickball, Tag). The implementation of new equipment has increased their interest in PE so far. Kids are also beginning to show more interest in asking to participate in certain aerobic activities rather than suggesting Dodgeball all the time. The goal for my classroom is to get students to want to participate in activities that challenge them both physically and mentally rather than focusing on activities that are more run of the mill. We also ordered 15 exercise balls for the elementary and middle school teachers to share in their classroom for the kids to utilize in place of actual desk chairs. The idea with those is to help the kids stay moving and active while in the classroom setting.

Corsica/Stickney
I meet with the K,1st, 3rd,4th graders twice a week for 30Min. I spilt them up and have the K and 1st together and 3rd and 4th together. We work on staying very active and keeping are heart rate up. We talk about being active and that exercise if very good to stay healthy. We also talk about the importance of eating healthy and making good food choices. We have a lot of equipment that I use during my PE periods with my kids. I make sure to involve everyone and to change it up so I choose things everyone enjoys doing. We do laps before school to get are heart rate up and ready to start our school day!!!

Ethan


Gregory


Kimball


Mitchell - LBW
Students have PE twice a week for 30 minutes. We have classrooms that are using fit, a initiative from Sanford Health. It involves Mood, Food Recharge and Move activities. Classrooms are using brain break websites during the day. Our problem based learning classrooms are integrating many health and wellness activities. We would like to construct an outdoor fitness area where students and adults could exercise. Three times a week, teachers volunteer to supervise walking club at 7:45 am.

Mitchell - GBR
Students at GBR have 5 physical education classes in a two week period. We have altered some of our activities and games to build awareness in personal wellness, currently focusing on nutrition. When classes are not scheduled, the facilities are set up for boost up activities. We would also like to explore the possibility of an outdoor boost up facility. We are firm believers in the program and the physical/mental benefits it provides. To assist in the process of awareness we also participated in Jump Rope For Heart this year.

Mitchell - LF
Students at LF have PE twice a week for 30 minutes. Students also have a healthy fruit or vegetable snack each morning. We have students participating in several different Boost Up activities. We would like to have an outdoor fitness area where students and adults could exercise. We would also like to have more Boost Up activities, supplies for them, and some updated equipment.

Mitchell - MS
Mitchell Middle School continues to instruct students in a wellness based curriculum, as opposed to a sports based curriculum, in Personal Health and Wellness class. The Middle School uses block scheduling which results in students having Wellness class either two or three times a week depending on the block rotation. Each class in 83 minutes in length. A sampling of the first semester 6th grade activities include: TriFit testing, ice skating, orienteering, archery, problem solving, square dance, bowling (at the bowing alley), fitness components instruction including target heart zone calculation, POLAR heart monitors. A sampling of the 7th grade first semester activities include: TriFit testing, Tchoukball, Bocce, archery, cardio and strength workouts in the fitness room, continuation of fitness components instruction, POLAR heart monitors, dance. The 8th grade activities for the first semester have included: TriFit testing, golf, biking, CPR, yoga, BOSU, stability balls, pilates, cardio and strength workouts in the fitness room, muscle identification and usage, evaluation and assessment of each activity in relation to fitness components and place in a personal wellness routine, POLAR heart monitors,

Diet and nutrition are included in the Family and Consumer Science curriculum. It is also covered within the 7th grade curriculum during the fitness components instruction.

The Personal Health and Wellness department has entertained several possibilities in regard to the supply wish list! There are some additions to the fitness room that would be wonderful options! The ice arena, a mere 100 yards from the school, has two sheets of ice making it even more accessible. Ice skating is already included in the 6th and 7th grade curriculum. In the past, some thought has been given to the possibility of adding curling to the 8th grade curriculum but the equipment was cost prohibitive. The PEP Grant funding could open that door! The department is never at a loss when is comes to seeking new and innovative ways to teach and encourage students to be active.

Mitchell continues to seek new technology, cutting edge equipment along with new and innovative avenues to teach and encourage students to improve and maintain a healthy life through individual responsibility for personal wellness.

Parkston


Plankinton


Platte/Geddes


Sanborn Central
Not finalized as of yet...Will wear the pedometers during the PreK-2 and 3-5 before school walks during the designated data collection weeks. Send a table home to assist with completion of veggie/fruit data collection during designated weeks. This would make the collection easier and more valid. MS PE all year long on either blue or orange days.

Wagner
We would like to improve the equipment we are using in our pool area along increasing the number of P.E supplies we currently have as our school district is increasing in numbers at the elementary level. We have started implementing the SPARK program and will need more resources for the activities included in the curriculum. The goal I have for my classroom is to get kids to learn to enjoy exercise and to understand the importance of activity to live a healthy life.

Wessington Springs


White Lake
We would like to improve on the number of fruits and vegetables the students are eating.

Woonsocket