Hebron schools hears update on P.E. software

2013-11-17T19:00:00Z Hebron schools hears update on P.E. softwareSusan O’Leary Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 17, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

HEBRON | Coaches Jeri Gearhart and Courtney Hale presented information to the MSD Boone Township School Board on FitStats, a physical activity tracking software program.

Gearhart said the program records data from the school’s fitness assessment program, such as muscular strength and endurance, nutrition, and cardio-respiratory endurance.

“More and more, the DOE (Department of Education) wants a personalized portfolio for each child K through 12,” Gearhart said. “It’s a daunting task when you do it on paper.”

Gearhart said statistics of the program can give the school corporation information on how students compare to national standards and includes private parent and student portals to access individual statistics.

“It will also help us with our strategic plan when it comes to physical education,” Superintendent George Letz said.

The board passed resolutions to issue tax anticipation warrants and to transfer nearly $700,000 in funds from the capital projects and bus replacement funds to the Rainy Day fund. They also approved an additional appropriation to the Rainy Day fund to bring the fund’s total to $845,000.

Letz said the curriculum instruction and technology committees have been discussing the 1-1 initiative and the technology strategic plan.

“Both these committees are going to meet several times during the year,” Letz said. “This will provide us opportunity to discuss…what’s the best way to go in these two areas.”

Elementary school principal Jim Martin said bullying training will be provided for the corporation’s teachers and staff.

Martin added that attendance at parent-teacher conferences have been “excellent.”

“Many parents have said they appreciate that we still do it,” Martin said. “Many schools don’t even do it anymore.”

The School Board also recognized the Hebron Middle School girls cross country team. The team maintained the longest championship winning streak in Porter County Conference history from 2001 – 2013.

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