CALUMET CITY | Calumet City Elementary District 155 recently received a $500 grant from the Northeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Wentworth Junior High School physical education teachers Mark Foellmer and Brittney Klemenswicz made the announcement at the District 155 School Board meeting on Thursday.
The duo had to compete against several other schools for the grant. The teachers had to create a presentation that explained how the money would be used.
Foellmer said his school was awarded the grant because of its Family Fitness Night that was started last year as a way to involve families in games and relays to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The grant money received has already been put to good use.
"We spent it on pedometers and blood pressure cuffs that we plan on using at Family Fitness Night," Klemenswicz said. "And the pedometers are fantastic for us because it holds kids a little more accountable and gives us another way to assess them."
Foellmer and Klemenswicz have been asked to give a presentation next month at the national conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in St. Louis.
"We're really very excited about that," Foellmer said.
The pair has been recognized for how they tie special events into the physical education curriculum.
In other district news:
* The last day of school for students for the 2013-2014 school year will be June 6. The last day had originally been scheduled as May 30, but extra days had to be added due to weather-related closings and the fact that district schools were closed March 13 due to a power outage at Wentworth Junior High School.
"We have five emergency days built into the calendar and we have used all five," D.155 Superintendent Troy Paraday said.
* Paraday said the district has been working with the teachers union regarding changes to the school calendar for next year.
The end of the first trimester will occur one week later and school open houses will take place the last week of August instead of the second week of September.
"The teachers like to have the parents come in a little closer to the beginning of the school year," Paraday said.
* The total current district enrollment of 1,204 students is 53 students less than at the same point last year.
Paraday said lower enrollment means the district will receive less general state aid next year.
Calumet City Elementary District 155 is comprised of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Wentworth Intermediate School and Wentworth Junior High School.