Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lola's Junipero Serra Tour notes

More tour notes! This time from Junipero Serra. This is my neighborhood school.

http://community.thesfkfiles.com/page/1514/Junipero_Serra

Overall, this school lands in the middle for me. Not one of the best out there, but it has potential. It's a get your hands dirty type of school. The parents and the principal are dedicated to making this the next up and comer. I truly hope it does get there. It's definitely a see for yourself type of school. If you're willing to put in the time to help it along, it's a good fit.

Check out more detailed notes at the above link.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks! What is the PE situation like at Junipero Serra? What was your impression of the outdoor/play space.
    Thanks again for taking the time to do this!

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  2. "What is the PE situation like at Junipero Serra?"

    All SFUSD elementary schools have 100 minutes of PE every two weeks. You're not going to see a lot of variation in the time given to PE that from school to school.

    Whether the instruction is by a PE teacher or their class teacher will vary by school.

    In the non-Title I schools, there may be supplementation of the PE program by the PTA, and in the Title I schools (schools with >50% reduced/free lunch) there may be programs supported by grants or Title I funding.

    External/afterschool sports are gonna vary from school to school. The parochial schools tend to have a lot more sports (through CYO) than either the publics or the independents.

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  3. I had no idea that Children only received on average, 10 minutes a day of PE. That is very sad.

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  4. CA State law is *200* minutes in ten days and no, recess doesn't count. As an added stick, parents can sue if the school doesn't meet the requirements! Hurray for lawyers!

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  5. At my daughter's ES last year, they had the gym teacher 1 day/week, and the classroom teacher 1 day/week for PE, totaling 100min/week.

    I think that's pretty standard unless the PTA/PTO/PCO/Parents! pay for more, and at a school like J. Serra, there just isn't that kind of extra funding yet.

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  6. 100 minutes PE a week is plenty, as long as children also run around during recess. Parents who want additional structured physical activities should enroll in sports programs that meet after school or on weekends. Not everything fits into the school day.

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  7. PE is a complete waste of time. Children don't need to be taught to run around and play games--what the hell else do children do when left to their devices?

    The time wasted on PE should be devoted to academics.

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  8. 12:46: There are many, many studies showing the benefits of physical activity on the brain. Enhances learning by helping with focus. Cardio vascular activity builds neurons. I think the 100 minutes is a start. I agree that not everything can fit into the day, but PE is important. When left to their own devices, many children watch TV.

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  9. @12:46 likes to stir the pot, huh? PE is a waste of time? hahaha Have you not looked out your window and seen how fat America is?

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  10. You can only cram so much information into a person's brain in a day. At some point you can't take any more. That's why you study for the bar exam over a period of several weeks rather than trying to study for the whole thing in a week. A BALANCE of academics, creative activities like art and music, and physical activity makes for the most successful students overall.

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  11. It's funny that 12:46 should say that. I was helping our PTA prepare a presentation for tours and we were going over the PE offerings, and how to present them. And one parent said, "Maybe we should tell parents why PE is important." I didn't want to waste our tour time on what I thought was obvious, not believing that there are there really parents out there who think it's not important. But the parents said yes, every year they get comments, similar to 12:46, who either think it's not important, or that it should be handled by families on their own time.

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  12. Ya, PE is a waste of time. Just like art and music. Drill, baby, drill!

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  13. All the private schools present PE and athletics as a positive aspect of their curriculum.

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  14. "CA State law is *200* minutes in ten days and no, recess doesn't count."

    Sorry, I got that wrong, remembering the weekly number as the biweekly number.

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  15. "All the private schools present PE and athletics as a positive aspect of their curriculum."

    As do the publics. But the parochials and the Catholic Youth Organization really kick both the publics' and the independents' butt on organized inter-school sports at the elementary level.

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