Rockville Elementary receives physical education award

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Rockville Elementary first-grader Charlee Clemence raises her arms in jubilation after physical education teacher Arianne Seidl announced to the school in late March that Charlee was the top fundraiser in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Seidl, the Jump Rope for Heart campaign coordinator, and her physical education program caught the attention of the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which awarded its Model School Gold Award to the Louisburg school.

LOUISBURG — Rockville Elementary has received a statewide award for its excellence in physical education.

The Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance tabbed Rockville for its Model School Gold Award, which will be presented at the 2019 KAHPERD state convention in Pittsburg. Rockville Elementary’s physical education program also will be highlighted in the Spring 2020 issue of the KAHPERD Journal.

Members of the KAHPERD Model School Committee visited Rockville in April, and their report indicates the elementary school’s facilities and equipment for physical education are “quite adequate.”

“The indoor facilities are outstanding and provide for optimal learning,” according to the report.

The report indicated physical education instructor Arianne Seidl is very involved in on-going professional growth activities, including involvement with KAHPERD and SHAPE America.

“She has been through Let’s Move Active Schools Training and has been recognized nationally for her efforts,” according to the report. “She routinely uses the knowledge gained from these workshops in her classroom and also shares with her peers.”

Curriculum offers a wide variety of activities, and is making good use of available technology, the report noted.

“All activities are aligned with district, state and national standards,” according to the report.

The report noted Seidl is the school and district wellness leader, Jump Rope for Heart coordinator, and has presented at numerous state conventions.

Committee members said special needs students are included in regular physical education classes. The report also noted strong evidence of integration, including writing, health, nutrition and math, as well as good use of technology.

“There is also strong evidence of classroom teachers incorporating movement into their lessons,” according to the report. “This school seems to be the epitome of an active school.”

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