Darcy Winkelman and Mary Asche have been doing "Fitness Buddies" for the past three years. Fitness Buddies pairs a high school physical education student with an elementary physical education student. The groups get together once a month and perform various fitness activities. Over the past three months, the groups have been working on setting and reaching their fitness goals along with teaching various games and fitness activities.
This year, Ms. Winkelman and Ms. Asche have added "Brain Gym" to their Fitness Buddies Program. The opportunity was available because the Morris School District has recently received a Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) grant. Brain Gym consists of 26 activities that get the brain ready to learn. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. These activities are broken down into four groups. These are Midline, Energy, Lengthening, and Deepening Attitudes. Even though it is not clear yet "why" these movements work so well, they often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as concentration and focus; memory; academics: reading, writing, math, test taking; physical coordination; relationships; self-responsibility; organization skills; and attitude.
Ms. Winkelman and Ms. Asche's goal is to expand brain-based physical activity from the physical education classes into the daily classrooms by using Brain Gym and Brain/Activity Based learning. At the High School, Ms. Asche and Ms. Holmberg's PE classes worked with their Fitness Buddies from Ms. Winkelman's elementary PE classes to demonstrate and explain the Brain Gym activities to them during their Fitness Buddy time in November. Ms. Asche's 10th Grade Health classes have created short DVDs demonstrating the Brain Gym activities with the help of Roger Boleman and Mike Cihak from UMM Media Services. These DVDs will be available for the elementary classroom teachers to use during the day. For more information about Brain Gym, go to http://www.braingym.org.
Ms Rinkenberger wanted to pass along a message that the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help them with their sorting and bell ringing. If you are interested, please contact the Salvation Army at 589-0483.
Dec. 13 - Choir Concert at 7:30 in the Concert Hall
Dec. 14 - Mid-Term
Dec. 20 - School Board Meeting
Dec. 22 - Last Day of School before Winter Break
Holiday Dance at the '91 gymnasium in the High School from 9-12:00
Jan. 3 - First Day of School following Winter Break
Jan. 8 - Formal Dance at The Old #1 South Side from 9-12:00
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