May 28, 2017

Editorial: P.E. vocab requires retention for impact

While Spokesman commends the physical education (P.E.) teachers for incorporating vocabulary into more departments of the school besides English, the terms need to be incorporated in more meaningful ways and be used more often to create a lasting impact on the students. The P.E. classes’ curriculum now incorporates learning the 100 most commonly used words on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). After looking through WHS’s test scores data, the idea seems genius. Only 42.4 percent of WHS students met reading standards on the PSAE. However, the idea lacks in one major area: overestimating students’ ability of memorization. Though the…

P.E. classes teach vocabulary

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor In order to help students learn vocabulary, the physical education classes’ curriculum will now incorporate learning commonly used words on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). “As a school we always look at our data, and the one area we wanted to improve upon was reading,” Kevin Muck, division head for career and technical education and physical education, said.  “We (the P.E. department) decided to help and came up with the vocabulary plan.” All sophomore, junior and senior P.E. classes will learn a list of 100 vocabulary words to improve on vocabulary for standardized testing. …

Editorial: P.E. exemption waiver gives promise of options

District 214 may allow more options for receiving a physical education waiver starting in the 2013-14 school year. Several extracurricular activities, such as marching band and Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC), already participate in physical activities during the day, and the waivers can help students have the opportunity to enroll in a study hall and gain more free time. Due to marching band’s long practices on the turf and NJROTC’s after-school commitments depending on one’s division, class or position, it can be hard to get home and complete a full night of homework. With the new waiver, students…

District looks into more P.E. waiver options

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor District 214 voted Oct. 18 on a proposal that would allow students in marching band or Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (NJROTC) to have the option of a waiver out of physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Since students receive exercise in marching band and NJROTC, the school board made this proposal on Oct. 4.  Results of the vote were not available by press time. “It was brought up to the board on Oct. 4 in response from what we heard from parents, teachers and students about the amount of…

School board passes controversial proposals on curriculum changes

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor The school board passed the proposals to drop information processing as a graduation requirement and to allow students in marching band and NJROTC the option of exemption from physical education during the semester they participate in that activity. Many teachers from District 214 schools’ P.E. and computer education departments, as well as other departments, attended the meeting. Dr. David Schuler, superintendent, said the board will work with the Education Association on this waiver and make sure P.E. is a choice for the family, not an “automatic default.” The Illinois School Code allows application for waivers…