Today, my gym bag is packed in the trunk of my car because I am making it a priority to exercise. Being a new parent, raising my daughter Olivia, running an elementary school, yes...it can be challenging to find time to get to the gym. However, it’s important. Studies have shown that there is a direct link between exercising and brain development (link to NY Times article about How Exercise Can Lead to a Better Brain). In other words, I can be more productive at work and at home when I find time for regular exercise because my brain will perform better.
Why am I sharing this in my Hitch Happening? Because healthy living is one of our school’s core values. If you go to our homepage (hitchschool.org) and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see our new mission and vision statement: Educating A.C.H.I.E.V.E.R.S. for success.
Each letter in A.C.H.I.E.V.E.R.S. stands for one of Hitch’s core values, and the H stands for Healthy Lifestyles Nurturing the Mind, Body, and Spirit. This core value was written by teachers, students, and community members, and it’s an important part of who we are.
Here at Hitch we live out this core value in the following ways:
- Students participate in 150 minutes per week of Health and Physical Education.
- Our 30-20-10 program: All students receive 30 minutes of PE per day, 20 minutes of recess, and 10 minutes of physical activity.
- We offer free breakfast and lunches for all students following the CPS Healthy CPS Right Food Guidelines.
- After school competitive and recreational sports program
- Our Healthy School Certification
- Cyber bullying Emotional Health Assembly on Jan. 29th
- Staley the Bear Healthy Living Assembly Feb. 11
During these cold winter months, it’s more important than ever to find times to be active. That is why any time the temperature is 20 degrees or higher, we will have outdoor recess and arrival/dismissal (excluding rainy/snowy days). Also, we plan on teaching our students about personal health with an age appropriate family and sexual health education curriculum. Our Health teachers - Mr. Green & Mr. Fitzgerald - have been trained to teach Sexual Education that is grounded in National Health Education standards. Also, our school counselor - Elyse Knapcik - will participate in training, so we will have male and female staff trained.
Currently, the CPS Sexual Education Curriculum is being revised. When it is released, our LSC will form a subcommittee of parents and Hitch staff to review it and present it to the community. Additionally, Mr. Green and Mr. Fitzgerald will soon be sending home more information to parents before we start teaching a Sexual Education curriculum. Please be on the lookout for this letter. Our goal is to start the curriculum in the fourth quarter.
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With that, I will sign off.