Ms. Einhorn's Gym Class
The mission of the Public Schools Athletic League is to provide opportunities for educating students in physical fitness, character development and socialization skills through an athletic program that fosters teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.
The goal of the CHAMPS Middle School Sports & Fitness program is to improve student fitness levels and overall health by increasing opportunities for children to engage in physical activity, regardless of athletic ability. The program promotes health-related fitness through a mix of several after-school and before-school activities including traditional sports, non-traditional sports, and fitness activities. The ultimate goal is for students to grow to be CHAMPS — Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, Positive Students — for life.
The Charter School Athletic Association (CSAA) is a 501c3 non- profit organization supporting New York City charter schools. Through community and school partnerships, the CSAA works with New York City charter schools to develop and maintain inter-scholastic sports leagues and arts programs. By nurturing charter school students’ appreciation for the arts, sports, physical fitness, and nutrition the CSAA gives these students access to high quality programing committed to the values of cooperation, fairness, and respect.
NYC FITNESSGRAM Assessment
Originally developed by the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, FITNESSGRAM supports students in learning about and measuring components of health-related fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The FITNESSGRAM assessment, which produces reports for students and for parents, is designed specifically to work in conjunction with the Physical Best curriculum.
In 2005, the New York City Department of Education licensed the formulas and messages that were used to develop FITNESSGRAM from the Cooper Institute and Human Kinetics, publishers of the Physical Best curriculum. Via ongoing focus groups with New York City teachers, parents, medical providers, students, and physical education professionals, the Office of Fitness and Physical Education and the Division of Informational and Instructional Technology (DIIT) have developed NYC FITNESSGRAM, a new, web-based version of the FITNESSGRAM software designed specifically to meet the needs of New York City public school students and teachers. The new NYC FITNESSGRAM software was piloted in select schools during the 2005-2006 school year, and resulted in individual health-related fitness reports for over 235,000 students and their families in those schools.
The NYC FITNESSGRAM test report summarizes each student's performance on fitness assessments and suggests ways to help them to reach the "Healthy Fitness Zone" (optimal performance for better health based on their age and gender). Unlike many traditional fitness assessments, students who participate in NYC FITNESSGRAM are measured based on individual performance and personal improvement, and are not judged against each other or a standardized norm. NYC FITNESSGRAM supports teachers and students in effectively setting and managing personal and collective fitness goals.
Additional information about the original FITNESSGRAM can be found on the Cooper Institute website at: http://www.cooperinst.org/ftgrefintro.asp