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KristinaVillano

HealthyandActiveSchoolAssessmentandContext
PPE310:LiteracyHealthForSchools(2015Fall)Tempe
September12,2015

AssessmentResults
OverallGrade:F
DuringSchool:60%
Keepgoing!You'realreadywellonyourwaytoanActive&HealthySchoolsenvironment.Get
teachersandstaffinvolved,perhapsintroducesomeadditionalactivities,andyou'llbelooking
great!
Curriculum:40%
Roomforimprovement.StudiesshowtheimportanceofaneffectivePEcurriculumtooverall
studenthealthandacademicperformance.AstrongeremphasisonPEcangoalongwaytoward
creatinganActive&Healthyenvironment.
Recess/Lunch:75%
Greatpotential!Howaboutsomemorenutritionaleducation?Alittlemoreactivity?Together,
thesekeyActive&Healthyareascandeliveroutstandingresults.
AfterSchool:60%
Outstanding!Addingoneortwoafterschoolactivitiesoratakehomenewslettercanmakeyour
schoolanActive&Healthycenterinyourneighborhood!
1. Whatareatleasttwostrengthsandtwoweaknessesofyourschool?
Two strengths my school has regarding providing an active and healthy school
environment is recess/ lunch and duringschool activities. However, the school lacks
strengthinareassuchasafterschoolactivitiesandschoolcurriculum.
2. Describeeachstrengthandweaknessbasedonyourobservation/experienceaswell
asyourresultsfromtheSchoolAssessmentTool.
AstrengththatBroadmorElementaryholdsisprovidingavarietyofhealthyfoodchoices
forbreakfastandlunch.Someoftheoptionsstudentscanchoosefromarefreshfruits,
suchasmelon,pineapples,andapples,freshvegetables,suchasbeans,corn,andpeas,
hummus,bakedchicken,salads,andmilk.Inaddition,inthemorningallstudentshave
accesstofreebreakfast.

Anotherstrengththeschoolhasisprovidinganactiveandhealthschoolenvironment.
Eachdaymyclassbeginswithdailyexercisessuchasyogatohelpthestudentsprepare
mentallyandphysicallyfortheday.Throughouttheday,wevisittheseexerciseswhen
studentsstarttofeeltiredandaftertheyrotateforclasses.Studentsarealsoabletotakea
brainbreakduringclasstojumprope,walkorrunalaparoundtheplayground,ordo
yoga.Lastly,physicalmovementisintegratedinavarietyofsubjectsthroughouttheday.
Insocialstudies,studentsdancetosongstohelpthemrememberhistoricalevents,and
aregivenanexerciseroutinetocompleteaftertheyfinishtheirdailymathreview.
Nonetheless,Broadmorholdsmanyweaknesseswhenitcomestomakingtheschoolan
active and healthy environment. One weakness is the lack of physical afterschool
activities.Manystudents areinvolved insports suchafootball,track,cross country,
dance,andcheerleading,however,thestudentsinformedmethatnoneoftheseactivities
areprovidedbyBroadmor.Althoughtheschoolsendsoutamonthlynewsletter,itdoes
notprovideinformationonhowtobuildandmaintainahealthylifestyleathome.
BroadmoralsolackshavingastrongcurriculumbynotputtingastrongemphasisonPE.
EachgradelevelgoestoPEtwiceaweekforonly30minutes.AfterobservingaPEclass
period,Inoticedthatthestudentsaremostlyrunninglapsorcompletingobstaclecourses
ratherthanlearningaboutandplayingsportsordifferentexercises.
3. Whatareatleasttwowaystoimprovethepoliciesinplaceatyourschool?Explain
detailedinformationforeachwayandwhatyouexpectfromeachway.
Onewaytoimprovethepoliciesinplaceatmyschoolistoeducateparentsonhowto
provideanactiveandhealthylifestyleathome.Sinceteachersareunabletocontrolwhat
happensathomewhenitcomestohealthyeatingandexercising,theschoolcanholda
monthlyHealthNightmeetingwithstudentsandparentstoinformthemabouthealthy
eating,easyathomedinnerrecipes,ordailyexerciseideas.Onceamonth,theschoolcan
invitetheparentstoaschoolwidemeetingthatcoversdifferenttopicsofhealth.During
eachmeeting,theschoolcancoveraspecifictopic,suchasHealthyEatingAtHome,
and allow students and parents create delicious, easy, and healthy recipes! Another
monthlytopiccanbeExercisingasaFamilywherestudentsandparentscanlearn
aboutthebenefitsofexerciseandwaystheycanexercisetogether,suchaseveningwalks
orafamilyworkoutcompetition. Thepointofthisactivityiscreatinganactiveand
healthyfamilyandhomelife!
Anotherwaypolicymyschoolcanaddisafterschoolsportssuchastrack,flagfootball,
soccer, cheerleading, or dance. Currently, the school has an afterschool club where
studentscangotocompletehomeworkandsocializeuntiltheirparentspickthemup.
However,Ihavenoticedveryfewphysicalactivitiesareavailableatthistimeforthe
students.Inordertosuccessfullyincorporateafterschoolsportsintothecurrentpolicies
theschoolneedsteachersandvolunteerswhoarewillingtocoachandmonitorthese
activities.Thisideaalsobenefitsparentsbecauseiteliminatesthestressoftransporting

theirchildtopracticeontime.Inaddition,beingonateamdoesnotonlyallowthechild
to participate in physical activity, but it builds childrens selfesteem, respect, and
responsibility. ThesesportswillbeopentoallstudentsandBroadmorcanworkwith
surroundingleaguestosetuppractices,games,andsportgatherings.
4. Whatareatleasttwowaysthatyoucanyouusethisinformationtoengage
administration,teachers,parents,studentsandthecommunityinpromotingmore
healthfulbehaviors?Includeaspecificdescriptionforhowtousetheresultsfrom
theSchoolAssessmentToolaswellasyourideasforimprovement.
Inorderfortheschooltohaveafterschoolsportsteamsfortheirstudents,theymusthave
teachers,parents,oradministrationthatarewillingtovolunteertheirtime.Sincemany
schoolsstrugglewithfundingtheseactivities,itisimportanttohavestaffthatarewilling
togoaboveandbeyondtosupportthesuccessoftheirschool.TheSchoolAssessment
Tool promoted adding afterschool activities to improve the success of an active and
healthyschool.Icanusetheinformationtoshowtheschool,community,andstaffthat
thereisneedforimprovement,andweneedtothinkofnewwaystokeepourchildren
activeandhealthy.Sincemanystudentsarealreadyinvolvedinsportsandmanyparents
strugglewithtransportingtheirchildtothesesports,Icanaskthecommunity,teachers,
parents, and administration for help. Making these small changes and incorporating
sportsasanafterschoolactivityisonesmallchangewecanmakeasacommunitythat
canchangeastudentshealthforalifetime.
AlthoughlunchandrecessareoneofBroadmorsstrengthens,Ibelievetherearestill
waystoimproveandcreateahealthierenvironment.Duringthetimespentintheschool,
I have seen delicious and healthy meals served to the students, however, I feel the
studentsshouldbetaughtwhichtypesoffoodarehealthyandwhytheyarenutritious.
Goinghandinhandwithaddingadditionalafterschoolactivities,Broadmorcanstarta
CookingClubwherestudentslearnthebenefitsofhealthyeatingandsimplerecipesthey
canmakethemselves!Inelementaryschool,Iparticipatedinasimilarafterschoolactivity
whereIlearnedtomakesnacks,suchasfruitkabobs,peanutbuttercelerysticks,and
yogurtparfaits.Afterschoolseveralteachers,parents,andadministerscancometogether
torunthisafterschoolactivity,andinvitevariousschoolsinthecommunity!
5. Howcantheinformationobtainedbeusedtosupportyourpotentialtopicforthe
SignatureAssignment?
FormySignatureAssignment,Iselectedphysicalfitnessandacademicperformancesas
mytopic.Beforecompletingthisassignment,Ibelievedthatmyschoolwasveryactive
duringschool;however,Ihavefoundthatthereisstillroomformorepotential.The
SchoolAssessmentToolhastaughtmeIneedtogettheteachersandstaffinvolvedin
thesephysicalactivities,alongwithaddingmoreactivitiesforthestudentsthroughoutthe
day.Also,ithelpedmerealizethatstudentsaremorewillingtolearnwhentheyareup

andmoving!IcanusetheinformationIfoundandwatchvideos,interviewteachers,and
researchdifferentphysicaltechniquesteachersusetobooststudentslearning.

Builtin1955,BroadmorElementaryapublicelementaryschoollocatedintheTempeSchool
District.Theschoolcarterstoapproximately670studentsgradesK5,andholdanaverageof33
studentsperclass.Theethnicityofstudentsthatmakeupthediverseculturalenvironmentis
approximately50%Caucasian,29%Hispanic,8%AfricanAmerican,4%Asian,2%American
Indian,1%PacificIslander,and6%other.Althoughtheschoolprovidesmanyservicestotheir
ELLstudents,Iamunawareoftheproportionenrolledattheschool;however,thereisanELL
classroomforeachgradelevel.Overall,36%ofthesestudentsareeligibleforfreeorreduce
lunch.
BroadmorElementaryisnotconsideredaTitle1school,andreceivedaBastheschoolletter
gradein20132014.Theneighborthatsurroundstheschoolissuburban,andismadeupmostly
Caucasian(60%)andHispanic(20%)families.Theneighborhoodconsistsof70%ofsingle
familyhomes,and50%ofthehomeownersowntheirproperty.Theschoolislocatedinasafe
neighborhoodwithlowtominimalcrimerates.
References:
Broadmor Elementary School. (2014). Retrieved September 12, 2015, From
http://www.schooldigger.com/go/AZ/schools/0831000765/school.aspx
BroadmorElementary.(2015).RetrievedSeptember13,2015,from
http://www.tempeschools.org/ourschools/elementaryschoolsk5/broadmorelementary
Public School Search. (2014). Retrieved September 13, 2015, from
http://www.ade.az.gov/edd/NewDetails.asp?EntityID=5213&RefTypeID=1155

Criteria

Exemplary: Points (5)

Assessment

SCORE:

School
Context
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Proficient: Points (3)

A minimum of 2 strengths and 2


weaknesses were described
Assessment was completed online
and posted to your EPortfolio
Suggestions to improve school
policies were clearly stated
At least 2 suggestions to engage
stakeholders were provided

School context contained detailed


information on
grade levels
% free/reduced lunch
enrollment,
proportion ELLs
average class size
urban/rural/suburban,
ethnic makeup
state test scores
AYP status
All of the following are listed in the
file document name submitted
Lastname.firstname.assignment#.cou
rse#
This rubric was added to the last
page of the document submitted

A minimum of 1 strength and 1


weakness was described
Suggestions to improve school policies
were stated but lacked sufficient detail
At least 1 suggestion to engage
stakeholders was provided
Assessment was completed online and
not in your EPortfolio

School context contained some


detailed information on
grade levels
% free/reduced lunch
enrollment,
proportion ELLs
average class size
urban/rural/suburban,
ethnic makeup
state test scores
AYP status
Most of the following are listed in the
file document name submitted
Lastname.firstname.assignment#.cours
e#
This rubric was added but not at the
end of the document submitted

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