Texas House of Representatives
AUSTIN - State Representative Phil King has announced a scholarship opportunity for eligible high school graduates from public, private or home school within Parker and Wise County. The 2013-2014 Texas Armed Services Scholarship has been created to assist promising students throughout the state who are committed to education and service. It encourages young leaders to participate in the Texas Guard, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, or to become commissioned officers in the United States armed services. The scholarship will provide recipients with up.......... Read the rest by clicking here
Garner One of Fourteen Texas Schools to Receive National Grant (Thank you Ms. Radde)
On June 1st Garner Elementary School became one of the first schools to receive support to implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program through the program’s Funding Opportunity. Garner Elementary was one of fourteen Texas schools selected to be funded for 2013-2014. Launched last September by President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and First Lady Michelle Obama, the national program, promotes fitness and physical activity for the improved health of America’s youth.
With only about half of the nation’s youth achieving the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, children are at greater risk for developing a variety of conditions and diseases due to physical inactivity. These risks include obesity, weak bones, anxiety and depression. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) aims to change these growing health concerns by providing physical educators with resources and tools to help students develop and maintain a physically active and fit lifestyle.
While the PYFP is free, there are supplemental elements that can be purchased to enhance the program experience for both physical educators and their students. This includes the Fitnessgram® software, virtual training courses for physical educators, and recognition items for students. Through the generous support of the General Mills Foundation, the Amateur Athletic Union, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and The Cooper Institute developed the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Funding Opportunity to provide schools with the supplemental items to enhance their fitness experiences in the physical education classroom.
“Students nationwide need the chance to develop lifelong, healthy habits and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program can help schools do that in a fun and educational way. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Jane Wargo, the program director.
“Garner Elementary is proud to have been selected to receive this first round of funding,” superintendent Marion Ferguson said. “We see this program as a positive step in promoting the health and well-being of our students and doing what we can to prepare them to be fit and ready to learn.”
About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Inaugural Funding Opportunity
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the result of a partnership among six organizations: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD); the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU): the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Cooper Institute: the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. In February 2013, the General Mills Foundation announced a six year $10 million dollar grant to support the implementation of the program in schools nationwide. The inaugural funding opportunity supports schools for three years by giving them access to the supplemental elements provided by The Cooper Institute, AAHPERD, and the President’s Challenge program, managed through a co-sponsorship agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union, to allow for a more robust program experience. During this time, educators will be encouraged to seek out ways to sustain the program after the funding period ends. This is not a government grant program and no federal funds are used for the development, rollout or implementation of the inaugural funding opportunity. For more information about the program, visit www.
The primary purpose of this inaugural funding opportunity is to provide schools with support to facilitate implementation of and sustained participation in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Funds will be used to provide elements previously identified as supplemental to the free Presidential Youth Fitness Program. These elements include FITNESSGRAM® software (web-based version), virtual learning opportunities for professional development, and Presidential Youth Fitness Awards for students. A secondary outcome of this funding opportunity will be evaluation of the program through information submitted by participating schools.
About the Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Launched in September 2012, the mission of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program is to offer a comprehensive school-based program that promotes physical activity and fitness for improved health of America’s youth. This voluntary program is the result of a partnership between the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Amateur Athletic Union and The Cooper Institute. For more information about the program, visitwww.
About the General Mills Foundation
The mission of the General Mills Foundation, celebrating 59 years of giving, is to nourish communities. Continuing its tradition of generous giving and global community support, General Mills contributed more than $143 million to charitable causes in fiscal year 2012. General Mills invests in and collaborates with community organizations and programs that focus on alleviating hunger and advancing nutrition wellness. In addition, 83 percent of U.S. employees volunteer. To learn more about the ways General Mills nourishes lives through philanthropy and community engagement, please join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GeneralMillsGives or visit us at GeneralMills.com/en/
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Eleven budding Garner artists traveled to Keller ISD, Saturday, April 20th to participate in the premier regional art contest for junior high students. When they returned home late that evening seven of the twelve had received superior ratings, while the other four achieved excellent ratings.
The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Junior Visual Art Scholastic Event (JrVASE) since 2000. The JrVASE program (formerly Junior VASE) is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Only academically eligible 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students enrolled in Texas schools can participate in JrVASE. The Regional JrVASE Event is the culminating event for this grade level. There is no State Event for JrVASE.
The jurors look for originally of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and the interpretation of the student's stated intent. The jurors evaluate the art using the following standard:
Students compete on three different experience levels depending on the student's grade level. All sixth grade students participate in Division I (White), all seventh grade students participate in Division II (Red) and all eighth grade, Pre-AP and IB students participate in Division III (Blue). Medals are awarded to those students receiving a superior (Rating 4) rating in each division at the regional event. A Silver Medal is awarded to a percentage of artworks receiving a Superior rating and selected by the juror panel.