Easing the mind through yoga!

Students, during phys. ed. class, experience yoga.

Why yoga? According to Yoga4Classrooms, the following is why schools should incorporate yoga as part of their curriculum:

Benefits of Yoga in the School Setting

Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.
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The following are some of the benefits of yoga to support the education of the whole child, thus maximizing the learning process:

  • Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions
  • Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and learning
  • Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning
  • Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom
  • Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
  • Provides opportunities for beneficial motor breaks throughout the day
  • Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters)
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memoryIMG_5524
  • Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Improves listening skills
  • Wakes up sluggish minds and creativity as needed
  • Enhances organizational and communication skills
  • Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods
  • Enhances motor skills and balance
  • Improves mind/body awareness and connection
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem
  • Encourages respect for oneself and others
  • Creates a calm, harmonious classroom

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UFRSD Expanding 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative – Join us – May 24th!

It is with great excitement that we share the news that next year’s 6th, 7th , 8th, 9th and 10th graders will be participating in our 1-to-1 Chromebook experience. Each of our 6th through 10 graders will be provided individual district-owned Chromebooks as a tool for learning during the 2016-2017 school year.

A Chromebook is a different breed of laptop. Fast, portable computers, they give students access to the web’s rich educational tools and resources. They run Chrome OS, an operating system developed by Google. Chromebooks are easy to manage and affordable include free Google Apps for Education (GAFE).

Most importantly, Chromebooks are a powerful tool for learning. Chromebooks provide students with a tool to collaborate, create, invent, research, share, investigate, evaluate, analyze and so much more.

The 2016-2017 6th-10th graders will be given the opportunity to use Chromebooks at school, at home, on weekends, during the school day…anytime, anywhere learning. We would like to invite you and our current 5th-9th grade students to an informational evening about our 1:1 initiative on Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. in the Allentown High School auditorium. More information about our program and some examples of how it can be used to enhance learning and communication for our students will be shared. Join us on May 24th!