Grant recipients must ensure that students will participate in physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes a day through a developmentally appropriate physical education program that adheres to the best practices set by NASPE, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The school also must send a representative to Austin for implementation training.
Another grant requirement is that the school must ensure that students participate in the Fitness Gram, which is a physical fitness assessment administered twice a year. While at Moreno Middle School, students’ scores are recorded and compared from their 6th-grade year through their 8th-grade year. Schools must apply comprehensive strategies to achieve a 5 percent improvement in the healthy fitness zone percentiles for each of the six required test items from the pre-test to the post-test. The six areas a student is tested in include curl-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, shoulder stretches, trunk lift and the one-mile run. Reports and surveys are submitted to TEA with results of the testing.
The fitness program is overseen by all three physical education teachers, the assistant principal and the principal. The grant was written by Karla Gutierrez, curriculum consultant at Moreno Middle School.