Band is hell. Oh sure, the “American Pie” movies might have you believe it’s nothing but fun and games. Anyone who majored in music or even took band class in high school, however, knows that it’s like prepping for war. The hours are brutal, your teachers push you to be the best, and it’s literally the end of your world if you fail. You might think I’m exaggerating and to some extent maybe I am. After all, not every band instructor on the planet can be a ruthless slave driver. The instructor in “Whiplash” on the other hand most certainly is.
Horizon Community Learning Center’s executive director, Betsy Fera, and Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School’s principal, Michael Lamp, both received an Administrator’s Appreciation Award at the 2014 Arizona Health & Physical Education State Convention on Thursday afternoon.
Michael Lamp, Principal of Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School, is given the Administration Appreciation Award at the Arizona Health and Physical Education state convention on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (L-R) AZHPE President Patti Mitchell, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Dolly Lambdin, SHAPE America president, Michael Lamp and Estrella PE teacher Pricilla Iosca.
Betsy Fera, Executive Director of Horizon Community Learning Center, is given the Administration Appreciation Award at the Arizona Health and Physical Education state convention on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (L-R) AZHPE President Patti Mitchell, Dolly Lambdin, SHAPE America president, Betsy Fera, Horizon PE teacher Matthew Mixer and Hudson PE teacher Stephanie DiPiazza.
Recently someone asked me on my thoughts about the NFL players accused of physical abuse to their wives, children and, in one case, a fiancé that has been reported by every major news outlet around the world. I shared, “One who abuses another in any way, is a coward, period.”
The beginning of the school year provides opportunities for fresh ideas and positive changes to enhance learning experiences for all children. During the spring and summer, the Kyrene School District Governing Board and district leaders were hard at work considering ideas that would impact the budget for the 2014-15 school year. The final budget approved on July 8 was not only balanced, it also represents an investment in spending for whole-child programs such as art, music, physical education, library, math/literacy coaches who provide support and a change to the start times for Kyrene middle schools. This budget also demonstrates the board’s commitment to invest in one of our most valuable resources — teachers and staff who received a cost of living increase.
Schools are out for the summer throughout Ahwatukee, and the Kyrene School District is hosting its Kyrene Summer Academy at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary so students can be active throughout the break.
East Valley native Lyndsey Fry, a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, spoke to fifth- and sixth-graders at Horizon Community Learning Center (HCLC) in Ahwatukee on Thursday about pursuing their dreams.
In 2008 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) appointed a committee of national experts to revise existing physical activity guidelines to include recommended amounts of physical activity for people of all ages (www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines). The guidelines for children recommended:
An English teacher from Desert Vista High School, Dr. Cicely Cobb, and civil rights advocate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, hosted a press conference outside of the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Court Building in downtown Phoenix on Thursday morning to highlight alleged physical, verbal and emotional abuse she has experienced at the school.