Physical Education Curriculum & Software #QPE

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Curriculum Matters!

Erie Newsletter


We have had the privilege of working with Erie Public Schools over the last two years in the implementation of their Carol M. White PEP Grant. We have seen their physical education department make incredible strides towards teaching their students what it means to be physically and health literate. In using the FIVE FOR LIFE® Curriculum, as well as, the FAB 5® Curriculum and WELNET® the district has come to know what it means to educate students in Quality Physical Education (#QPE). We’ve included the latest edition of Erie Public Schools newsletter “Curriculum Matters”. Go to pages 4 and 5 to see how their physical education department has been progressing and how their using Focused Fitness resources in their pursuit of #QPE!

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Student Growth in New York

Building a Quality Physical Education (#QPE) program is a daunting task, to say the least. Sustaining #QPE is equally challenging. Three years ago North Babylon School District (NBSD) in New York received a PEP grant. Through the resources they were able to acquire with the PEP grant funds, K-12 teachers and administrators have logged countless hours of work for the benefit of the students in the NBSD. Part of that work was making the choice to adopt the Five for Life® curriculum K-12, and using WELNET® software. Through the use of the Five for Life® curriculum and professional staff development, QPE teachers have introspectively looked at their program and built a common plan. This plan allows the teachers to work toward the objectives of the state standards as the student master those objectives. WELNET® has housed their student data and as a result, they have been able to show significant gains in MVPA and cognitive development in their #QPE program.
We are proud of how far NBSD has come, and look forward to a bright future with healthy, educated students as the goal!

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Highline’s Hot August Training

Highline School District, in Washington State, has built up their Quality Physical Education (#QPE) program tremendously in the past three years. This past August, Focused Fitness was there for the last Professional Development before the 2014-15 school year started. It was an amazing training with K-12 teachers learning, collaborating and getting excited for the upcoming year. They have built a curriculum map that all #QPE teachers are responsible for following. This creates articulated student learning as they progress from kindergarten to the 12th grade. Check out the news broadcast and pictures from the ‘Hot August Training!’

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Issaquah School District, Washington

We are proud to be a partner with Issaquah School District! This District that has adopted the Five For Life Curriculum K-5, and is looking to continue the adoption in the years to come.

August 23, 2014 marked an important day in Issaquah Physical Education. On that day, during the training with Focused Fitness, Issaquah elementary teachers voted to take on the responsibility for Health, as well as Physical Education. This decision and transition came naturally, because the Five For Life Curriculum adopted by the K-5 teachers builds Health content directly into Movement and Activities!

The pictures below are from the August 23 training, led by the Focused Fitness Trainer Alex O’Brien. And here is what Alex had to say about the group of Issaquah elementary QPE teachers:

“Quality Physical Education isn’t easy to implement. If it was, everyone would already be doing it. This Issaquah group doesn’t want the easy way out. They want to tackle the challenge that is in front of them and use the Five For Life curriculum to become better teachers. Betterment is an option for all of us every day, but it is a choice that each of us has to make. I’m humbled to be able to work with a group comprised of individuals so willing to get out of their comfort zones and get better. These teachers want what’s best for the kids they teach, and that makes me smile!”

What an incredible group!

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Seattle to Portland in 204 Miles

amy portlandAmy Lutz, Focused Fitness VP of Software, had a weekend for the record books! 204 Miles for Seattle to Portland with her husband Dr. Bob Lutz. Biking is a lifetime activity that is great to do with friends, or by yourself. Amy also took part in developing SHAPE America’s Bicycle Curriculum. What are you doing to stay active this summer?

SHAPE America Bicycle Curriculum

A new bike curriculum has been released from SHAPE America and Amy Lutz, the VP of Software at Focused Fitness, is one of the authors of this curriculum! Check her out on page 7! Riding your bike is a great way to get your daily exercise in and a great way to build Cardiorespiratory Endurance.

Click Here to Check out the curriculum


Thank You Royall School District

We want to give a shout out to Royall School District. They worked on Curriculum at our headquarters three days this week. They made excellent progress and their PE program benefited tremendously from the work they completed at Focused Fitness. Having a comprehensive curriculum, that aligns with a thorough curriculum map creates the foundation for a strong and sustainable Physical Education Program. We are proud to be partners with the great teachers of Royall School District.