P.E. teachers Amber Macneish (left) and Kathy Byrd celebrate the recent announcement that Red Bluff Elementary is the first in the state to be recognized as a Level 1 Exemplary School by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Pasadena ISD has earned bragging rights as four campuses have been recognized as Level 1 and Level 3 Exemplary Schools by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Out of 40 schools that applied, Red Bluff Elementary is the first in Texas to be recognized as a Level 1 Exemplary School, the highest possible honor. Gardens, Jessup and Kruse Elementary Schools have been recognized as Level 3 Exemplary Schools.
“Of the 40 schools that felt they had enough documentation to submit an application, 25 of those schools are from Pasadena ISD,” Pam Tevis, coordinator of the Physical Education, Wellness and Athletics department said. “This indicates that the district is providing the best tools and resources for P.E. programs at each campus. As a result, staff feel confident enough in their P.E. programs to apply for the recognition.”
The Exemplary Level award honors Texas schools that excel in providing a quality health and physical education program. The rigorous application process requires 15 forms of criteria to be met in the following categories: mission statement, curriculum and instruction, instructional strategies, coordinated school health program, communication, student assessment and evaluation, and professional development, among others. The award is distributed based on three levels:
- Level 3 – Must meet all 15 required criteria
- Level 2 – Must meet all 15 required criteria and two optional criteria
- Level 1 – Must meet all 15 required criteria and 3 optional criteria
The Exemplary School award represents a significant achievement by Physical Educators of Pasadena (PEP) and campus staff that confirms the district’s commitment to provide a quality health and physical education program for students.
“This achievement is about having a model of what a quality program looks like and putting all the tools and resources in place so all our schools can be exemplary,” Tevis said. “In addition, this award will start conversations between campus administration and P.E. teachers about how to work collaboratively to develop an exemplary P.E. program.”
All four campuses will be honored at the 2015 TAHPERD Convention in Dallas on Friday, Dec. 4.
TAHPERD is a non-profit association committed to developing and enhancing programs that promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity. The organization is comprised of 4,500 professionals and students who represent various fields including health and physical education, recreation and dance.