By Keri Luiz
On your marks …
Sunday morning will see hundreds of runners — local, regional and otherwise — preparing for and competing in the eighth annual Run for Education, the Benicia Education Foundation’s big fundraising event to help library and technology programs in the Benicia Unified School District.
At the moment, however, the number of registered runners is down from previous years.
Race Director Teresa Zabrek said Monday that pre-registration is around 450, down a bit from last year, a development she said could be attributed to several factors.
“A few reasons for the lower turnout might be that the beloved teacher, Andy Leiser, from Joe Henderson (Elementary School) that always rallied a huge team of ‘Hounds’ moved away and we had spring break hit right before the run,” Zabrek said. “We hope for a high in-person turnout this week to bring our numbers up.”
via Runners at the ready: Benicia Education Foundation’s 8th annual fundraiser set for sunny Sunday.
By Marcus Lomtong
The rain causes a lot of issues for some people. For about 70 children at Nelda Mundy Elementary School, it just might have made things more fun Friday, but it certainly didn’t stop them.
Children who attend Nelda Mundy have been running three times a week since November in the 100 Mile Club after school, all for the goal of reaching 100 miles ran in one school year. Club members were out running Friday like they always do, staying semi-dry under the awnings.
There was a mix of smiles on the children’s faces, along with determination for those who had their target set on some important milestones for the session, but none were down about the weather because they had other things in mind.
via Mundy runners hit stride in 100 Mile Club Daily Republic.
By Amy Maginnis
Calista King is often described as a quiet and studious young woman.
The 15-year-old Buckingham Charter Magnet High School sophomore carries a 3.7 grade point average and lists her favorite subjects as pre-calculus, chemistry and engineering design. She loves Japanese anime, Marvel Comics and anything historical.
Her own history will include her efforts to survive a cancerous brain tumor.
The news was delivered Oct. 29 after months of severe migraines and nausea. Surgery and radiation followed. The young woman has completed 30 radiation treatments and is taking a breather to let her body recover and let her celebrate her 16th birthday.
via Players draw inspiration from classmate’s quest to beat cancer Daily Republic.
By Jane Meredith Adams
As schools tout the importance of exercise in an era of childhood obesity, a California parent and his lawyer have agreed to a settlement with dozens of districts across California that will force elementary schools to prove they are providing at least the minimum amount of physical education required by state law.
“We think it’s a huge accomplishment and it’s going to benefit public health in California,” said attorney Donald Driscoll, who represents Alameda parent Marc Babin and the advocacy group Cal200 in a 2013 lawsuit that alleges 37 school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, the largest district in the state, are out of compliance with state physical education law.
The districts, which educate more than one in five elementary students in 1st through 6th grade in the state, have agreed to a settlement that requires elementary school teachers to publicly document how many minutes of physical education students receive, according to lawyers involved in the case. Under the state education code, schools are required to provide 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days in grades 1 through 6, but physical education classes have sunk to the bottom of the priority list in many schools that focus on preparing students for standardized tests.
via Lawsuit agreement to force schools to provide physical education | EdSource#.VNAQf2ctHGg#.VNAQf2ctHGg.
By Richard Bammer
Vacaville Unified students continue to slightly lag behind state averages in physical fitness, data from a Department of Education report indicate.
While the report, released Thursday, notes that California students are becoming more fit in six tested areas, local students are generally not matching or exceeding statewide averages in the tests that measure aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength, and flexibility.
via CDE report: Vaca students lag slightly behind state physical fitness averages – The Reporter.
By Christina Samuels
Want to help improve the focus of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Try some jumping jacks before class.
That’s the main finding of researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Vermont who examined 200 kindergarten, 1st and 2nd-graders, about half of whom were deemed to be at risk of developing ADHD. Students were randomly placed in two groups: one group participated in 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise before the school day, while the other group engaged in more sedentary activities.
Over the 12 weeks that the children were studied, those who were exercising before school saw benefits across a broader range of outcomes than children who were spending time doing low-key activities.
via Exercise Before School Can Ward Off ADHD Symptoms, Study Finds – On Special Education – Education Week.
By Mike Corpos
The Solano Community College governing board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal to redefine the duties of the athletic director after the reorganization of the School of Human Performance.
The new job description is part of a larger, ongoing process in which a number of departments have been reorganized.
Staff reports define the position: The athletic director shall be directly responsible to the chief student services officer. The athletic director is responsible for providing the overall leadership and management of the intercollegiate athletics program and compliance of the Title IX within the laws, policies, procedures and guidelines established by Solano College, the Bay Valley Conference, the California Commission on Athletics, the California Community College Athletic Trainers and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
via Solano College positions to redefine athletic director position Daily Republic.
Avery Stackhouse, age 7, of Lafayette, Calif., says he wishes he had more time for phys ed.
“We just have it one day a week — on Monday.” There’s always lunch and recess, he says. “We play a couple of games, like football and soccer,” he tells Shots.
But at Happy Valley Elementary, where he goes to school, recess last only 15 minutes and lunch is 45. Between eating and mingling, he says, “there’s only a few minutes left where we play games and all that.”
Fifty-six percent of parents say their elementary school kids are getting just one or two days of physical education a week, according to a poll NPR conducted in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health
via To Get Kids Exercising, Schools Are Becoming Creative : Shots – Health News : NPR.
By Richard Bammer
Even as another Black and Blue Bowl will be played Friday night at Tom Zunino Stadium, the issue of possibly building a stadium at Will C. Wood High School continues to percolate among those with a stake in the matter, from city officials and coaches to administrators and the public.
Many in the Wood community would like, one day, to see the annual cross-town football rivalry played in alternating years at the Marshall Road campus rather than, year in and out, at Zunino Stadium on the Vacaville High campus.
via Will C. Wood stadium study goes public next week – The Reporter.
SANTA ANA—California school kids made slight gains this year in two of the most important indicators of health and physical fitness, and held relatively steady overall, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
About 1.34 million fifth, seventh, and ninth graders took the FITNESSGRAM® this year (Table 1), nearly 94 percent of students enrolled in those grades in public schools statewide. Students in grades five and seven improved in aerobic capacity and body composition, two of the six areas that are assessed annually and considered among the most important gauges of health. Students in grade nine showed improvement in aerobic capacity, but dipped a tenth of a percentage point in body composition (Table 2).
via Physical Fitness Test Results for 2012-13 – Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education).
By Mike Corpos
FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun school board agreed on four main budget priorities Thursday for the 2013-14 school year, with a boost in employee compensation topping the list.
The decisions came after an extensive discussion during a budget workshop.
As each board member listed his or her priorities. Four topics rose to the top of the list. The board handed them off to the district administration to research and come back with dollar figures attached.
via Fairfield-Suisun school board sets budget priorities Daily Republic.
Cutter Hicks, Sports Reporter
Meet Angela Scheuring, DHS Athletic Director
Teaching in the morning and managing sports in the afternoon. This is the normal routine for Dixon High School’s newest athletic director Angela Scheuring.
She played basketball at UC Davis and has coached in numerous sporting leagues. Angela was even Teacher of the Year in the district last year at Dixon High.
via Meet Angela Scheuring, DHS Athletic… – The Dixon Tribune | Facebook.
By Jeremy B. White / firstname.lastname@example.org
California students will soon be able to use the bathrooms and join the teams that best match their gender identity, as Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill enshrining rights for transgender youth.
The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, advanced from both houses of the Legislature on largely party-line votes. Supporters said the bill protects young people who often endure intolerance and bullying as they travel a twisting road toward self-awareness.
via Jerry Brown signs bill empowering transgender students – Education – The Sacramento Bee.
By Ross Brenneman
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law today that offers explicit protections for transgender students.
On June 6, 2013, the California State Assembly passed AB 1266, a bill that provides transgender students explicit protection in schools. On July 3, the state Senate also approved the measure.
via Transgender Students Protected Under Bill Signed by Calif. Governor – Rules for Engagement – Education Week.
More than 450 K-8 students and parents from Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy completed the third annual Mare-a-thon on Friday.
Students and parents wore baseball caps, visors and carried spray bottles to keep cool in the 70 degree weather while they completed the four-mile walk.
The group started at the school, crossed the Mare Island Causeway and finished at the John F. Kennedy Library on Santa Clara Street.
via Third annual Mare-a-Thon gets students out of the classroom, into ….
With one in three U.S. children overweight or obese – and an even higher percentage of children in California – the Institute of Medicine is asking schools to step up and do more to keep children physically active throughout the day.
In a report released Thursday, the Institute called for schools to provide at least 60 minutes of physical activity for students a day, a regimen that could include before- and after-school activity and movement breaks in the classroom, as well as vigorous physical education classes. The Institute, an independent organization established as the health arm of the National Academies, also asked that physical education be deemed a core subject.
via Report: Schools must do more to keep kids active – by Jane Meredith Adams.
Living close to a safe, clean park increases the amount of time California teenagers spend exercising, a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows.
The findings, while not necessarily surprising, have implications for park-starved areas of California and for neighborhoods where parks are not considered safe, according to Susan H. Babey, a senior research scientist at the UCLA center and lead author of the study.
via California teens who live close to safe parks exercise more – by Jane Meredith Adams.
Saying he is working to ensure that transgender students in California feel fully included in schools, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, last week introduced legislation to give transgender students the right to participate in school sports and use bathroom facilities that correspond with their expressed genders, the Associated Press reported.
via Bill would protect transgender students’ right to school sports – by Jane Meredith Adams.
Brianna Boyd, Editor
Just like every other school district in California, Dixon Unified has faced devastating cuts in recent years, but few have rocked the teachers, staff and students at Dixon’s elementary schools more than the loss of elementary physical education specialists and other prep teachers.
It is no secret within Dixon Unified that the current physical education model at the elementary level is far from ideal. Although most agree the method has improved since the 2009-10 school year – when the elementary prep specialists were first eliminated and the daily physical education activities were, as one teacher recently described, “yard control” – the fact there is only one teacher and one PE assistant overseeing an entire grade outside for physical education makes supervision challenging and standards difficult to address.
via Teachers hope to bring PE educators back to Dixon’s schools
When I heard last week that the U.S. Department of Education was releasing new guidelines about what schools must do to provide access to school sports for disabled students, I was in Charlottesville, Va., watching the University of Virginia’s women’s basketball team throttle Boston College. And in a nice bit of coincidence, the halftime show for that game was an exhibition match of adult wheelchair basketball. Conservative pundits fearing federal overreach claim that President Obama is inventing a right to wheelchair basketball, that he’s forcing schools to start up such teams. He’s not. But the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights is doing something important, and hopefully it will prod more schools to give more students a way to participate in sports.
via Viewpoint: What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About Special-Ed Sports.