Students' health habits Tied to School Success
Our PACER numbers are in! 72.26% of our students improved their cardio endurance at the midpoint of the year (this is encouraging especially with the Polar Vortex we have been through over the last couple months)! Consider that 41.7% of students improved over the summer (when comparing May scores to August scores). We can see that school really makes a difference in their health and wellness!!
PTA WELLNESS NIGHT
Our PTA did a VERY NICE job hosting Wellness Night in February. Cooking demos of healthy foods, workouts with students AND parents in the gym, students climbing the HIGH wall in front of their parents, GREAT EFFORTS in the qualifying events (rings, tornado cargo net, pullups, climbing rope, and the ripstick) for the Liberty Warrior Challenge, and ending with Erica McCague and Zach Ostheimer getting an opportunity to do the WHOLE course climbing our new treehouse as the final obstacle. Thanks PTA for encouraging our students to be active!
Thursday, February 27th is Literacy Night. Mr. Henderson will be hosting a "Just Dance" station while the parents learn about ways to encourage and help their children to read! Very cool!!! I will miss this night:( - as my son is in the Worthington Hills Elementary 6th Grade Play of "The Wizard of Oz" - wow, how time flies! I am excited to see him and all of his classmates perform.
A NEW OSU STUDENT TEACHER WILL JOIN US
Logan Schuss will be joining us at Liberty for his student teaching experience. Logan is also a professional lacrosse player (he played for OSU and I am told he was one of their best ever in the program). He will be sharing his teaching skills by leading a lacrosse unit (I am excited to learn from his expertise and add this growing sport to our curriculum) as well as a First Tee golf unit! Through OSU I was able to meet Dr. Li (he supervised Mike Henderson in his experience here). Dr. Li and I are going to work together this summer in designing initiatives for Liberty (for next school year - 14-15). His research is focused on motivating children to live active lifestyles. I am excited to work with him in initiatives that we hope will last a lifetime for our students.
I finally reached 100 days of biking to school and can't wait for my Rita's Water Ice in May - I plan to keep going (currently on 104 days and 416 miles) as 30 degrees feels like 90! I am SO IMPRESSED of the number of students who continue to walk to school through this cold winter. I HOPE it will warm-up for our Walk to School Wednesdays - I miss those days VERY much.
As always, please share the great stories you have - I LOVE to hear them. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
***Don't forget the S.E.E. principle - Sleep the right amount every night, Eat power foods, and Exercise 60 minutes a day. The picture above is of Olympic Ski Jumpers and one of their power foods - chocolate milk (yes, power foods can taste GOOD)! I LOVED watching the Olympics - Cross Country skiing was my favorite!! What was yours?
Read this article that shares research on healthy living and academic scores:
Worthington Science Day
Worthington Schools will hold a Worthington Science Day for Kindergarten thru 12th grade students on March 1, 2014, at Thomas Worthington High School. You can register online at: worthington.k12.oh.us/ScienceDay
Students will have the opportunity to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research and share results. A science fair project provides hands-on experience and knowledge in independent fields of study involving science, math, or engineering.
This science event is designed to encourage students to apply basic science skills in a creative and productive manner. Participants identify a need or solve a problem by following the same steps and patent application procedures that an inventor would follow.
Students use the engineering design process to solve a problem based upon real world needs.
The Worthington Science Day is designed to help students:
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Building Security and After-School Access
In response to a district-wide initiative to enhance building safety and security, building entrances are now secured throughout the school day and visitors will be “buzzed” in and asked to sign in at the Office at any time from 8:00-3:00.
Returning regularly for forgotten supplies and homework assignments is discouraged; however, in an effort to accommodate families, Office staff will respond to the buzzer until 3:30 and will permit access to classrooms if teachers are present and available to assist.
Technology in the Classroom that Works
Students will not be permitted to use cell phones and IPods during the school day and should be discouraged from bringing such devices to school. In accordance with Worthington goals and policies, use of technology in the classroom will be a continued focus, therefore IPads, Kindles, and other devices used specifically for the purpose of learning are acceptable.
Liberty is collecting Box Tops & Tyson A+ Labels this school year. We have earned over $21,000 since 2004. Last year, we received over $2,700. Thank you so much for bringing them in.
We will have 2 more collections this year (Feb 6 & May 8.) The teacher of the winning class will choose the treat for his/her students.
Collection for Ronald McDonald House
We would like to encourage families to continue to save pop tabs to be given to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. They were grateful to receive the nearly 40 pounds of tabs our students brought in last year!
They also appreciate any donation of unopened sample size toiletries. Thank you for supporting this special cause.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Phoenix Open House
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PTA MEETING
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM 6th Gr. Parent Mtg. @ McCord gym
8:00 AM 4th Gr. MAP testing