Plainville High School Holds Breakfast Of Champions
The Plainville High School's Physical Education Department recently hosted its "Breakfast of Champions" for a record number of students, according to faculty member Cindy Birdsall. The recognition ceremony began approximately five years ago as an incentive and reward for increasing overall State fitness testing scores, and it has been a big success.
The Breakfast of Champions program primarily targets sophomores, but also includes freshman as an introduction for them to fitness testing. "Testing preparation begins on the first day of physical education classes in September, and continues all year," explained Birdsall. "Integrated into daily lesson plans are the four components of fitness testing including flexibility, course strength, pace work for the mile run and upper body strength." Throughout the year during class warm ups, the high school students work on improving in each of the four areas. Students are initially given a pre-test and then personal goal setting is done for each of the four test areas, and practice continues during physical education classes throughout the school year. Students are post- tested and those scores are submitted to the State.
The results of the comprehensive fitness test planning and efforts are impressive. This year featured approximately 150 9th and 10th graders, the largest group ever, to be recognized during the Breakfast of Champions event. To qualify to attend the recognition breakfast, students had to pass all four fitness tests within "Connecticut Health Standards." Chef Al Lesage of the high school's Culinary Arts Department catered the breakfast event for the student honorees and the Physical Education Department faculty members.
"I am very pleased that our physical education teachers were able to honor a larger number of our students with this distinction than ever before. This is a wonderful accomplishment for the students who worked very hard to improve their overall physical fitness. It is also a tribute to our dedicated physical education teachers who challenge our students to reach their potential in class each day. In the end, our Physical Education Department’s primary goal is to establish life-long fitness habits and this incentive is a great reinforcement of those efforts," said Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage.
-Posted on March 19, 2015 at 09:24 AM
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