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Monday, February 24, 2014

Warrior Wake-Up!

West Middle School is excited to offer the Warrior Wake-Up program to twenty 8th graders for the 2013-2014 school year! The purpose of the program is to provide students with a before school fitness workout that will be both aerobic and fun while tracking optimum heart rates.  After morning workouts, students eat a nutritional breakfast before starting with academic classes.  A variety of data collection methods will also be explored in order to assess the degree that morning workouts and a nutritional breakfast are correlated with improved academic participation, performance, level of alertness, attendance and stress reduction. Students who choose to participate in this program will wear a heart monitor and data will be tracked throughout the school year.

The early morning workout concept comes from a program called "ZeroHour PE" in Naperville, Illinois and is based on the premise that exercise jump starts your brain to new learning potential as well as lowering stress and anxiety.

This year we are in the process of purchasing the EKHO Team Heart Rate Training System The software would allow for real time heart rate data collection which will allow us to provide instant feedback to students and parents as part of our expansion of the program.  

David Hughes
Social Worker
West Middle School 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

T.N.T at Doherty!


Doherty Middle School held its second annual T.N.T. (Try New Tastes) event Thursday, October 24, 2013 to commemorate National Food Day and promote nutrition awareness. Doherty's theme was "Breakfast Boosts Brainpower." Students and staff had the chance to sample delicious, nutritious Smart Start Smoothies, Egg-ceptional Omelets and Brilliant Baked Toast. The cafeteria was abuzz with excitement as Food Services together with student leaders, teachers and administrators served breakfast. Students eagerly gobbled up the offerings as they "powered up" for a productive day of learning.  Studies show that students who eat a healthy breakfast are more attentive in class and perform better in school than breakfast skippers. The T.N.T. event showcased Food Services continued commitment to providing a variety of healthy choices throughout the school day and was a delicious success! 

Cheryl Todisco
Health Education Teacher
Doherty Middle School   

Thursday, February 6, 2014

South School Mural

Our school came together last year to create a beautiful 70-foot long mural! This community art project was inspired by our school’s character education curriculum called Open Circle. We introduced this project by discussing with students what Open Circle means to them and what they have learned from using Open Circle principles in their classroom. Students then designed their own logos based the “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Circle” motto. Staff voted on the most popular designs and the chosen image incorporates student hand prints, the changing of the seasons, and a drawing of the front of South School. 

Working on the Mural

Over the course of a few months, our mural began to come to life! All of the classes worked hard to contribute their ideas to the mural during art class. Each grade transformed a part of the wall: kindergartners’ fingerprints became the stone walkway that leads to the front door; first and second grade students layered their hand prints to create the trunks of the trees; third grade students painted delicate insects among the grass and flowers; fourth grade students used words and images that reflect their school to create the tile border design; and fifth grade students painted a forest full of animals, as well as planes, balloons, and birds soaring through the sky. The result? A bold, colorful version of South School that was truly a student-centered project from beginning to end. The finished creation is a reflection of the spirit, imagination, and talent of the South School community!


Emily Babbist (Babb)
Art TeacherSouth Elementary School

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