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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Farmington’s Active Student Programs Featured at State School Board Conference

Meadowview Physical Education Teacher Joe McCarthy, Board Member Melissa Sauser and North Trail Physical Education Teacher and American Heart Association State Advocacy Committee member Jack Olwell.

What role does the Century Club, Jammin Minute, Run Across America and other programs held in Farmington’s elementary schools have in improving academic performance in the classroom?

School Board members from across the state got answers to those questions and a whole lot more as Farmington Area Public School was invited to present at the Minnesota School Boards Association Annual Leadership Conference held Thursday, January 12 and 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

In a 90 minute presentation titled “Body and Mind Working Together”, district Physical Education teachers Joe McCarthy, Meadowview Elementary and Jack Olwell, North Trail Elementary joined School Board Clerk Melissa Sauser in providing a comprehensive report on Farmington’s efforts. Highlights of the presentation included:

Jammin Minute- A daily activity program held in the classroom and coordinated by a group of fifth-grade student leaders in every classroom at the school.

Century Club- A program at Meadowview to track activity outside the classroom in order to reinforce life skills. Students are rewarded for increasing activity with the goal of traveling “100 miles” on their scale. Students integrate art with the program as they design a poster shaped like a shoe to travel along the timeline.

Literacy PE/Math PE Integrating and embedding reading and math with vigorous physical activity in small group sections.

The presentation cited multiple research studies from around the nation and the world linking increased cardiovascular activity with increased brain activity and corresponding student achievement. The seminar was attended by approximately 30 school board members and superintendents from throughout Minnesota.

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