Showchoir can be considered for physical education credit, state rules


DARLENE: READING– WRITING— AND SINGING…. A NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS UNDERWAY, AND SOME ARE HOPING SCHOOL BOARDS WILL ADDRESS A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR THEIR STUDENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NBC’S JASON AUBRY SHOWS US WHAT HAS CHANGED WITH THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION. JASON AUBRY: “HERE IN OHIO PHYSICAL EDUCATION IS A REQUIREMENT TO GRADUATE AND THIS SUMMER LAWMAKERS APPROVED A NEW WAY HIGH SCHOOL KIDS CAN ACHIEVE THAT REQUIREMENT.” IN THE STATE OPERATING BUDGET, LAWMAKERS ADDED SHOW CHOIR TO THE LIST OF ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BE USED TO SATISFY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT TO GRADUATE — IT JOINS INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS, MARCHING BAND, CHEERLEADING, AND JUNIOR R-O-T-C AS POSSIBLE WAIVER ACTIVITIES. TIM SMITH / SHOWCHOIR TEACHER, OLENTANGY HIGH SCHOOL: “IF SINGING BY ITSELF ISN’T ENOUGH OF AN ATHLETIC ACTIVITY; WHEN YOU ADD DANCING INTO IT, I MEAN IT’S ABSOLUTELY AN ATHLETIC ACTIVITY.” SARAH REESE / SENIOR, DANCE CAPTAIN: “OUR SHOWS ARE ABOUT 20 MINUTES LONG, AND THERE’S NO STOPPING.” TIM SMITH / SHOWCHOIR TEACHER, OLENTANGY HIGH SCHOOL: “IT’S INTENSE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR 20-25 MINUTES STRAIGHT.” “AT THE TOP OF ALL OF OUR AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSALS, WE DO CLOSE TO A 30 MINUTE CARDIO AND CORE WORKOUT.” GABRIEL WOERNER / SENIOR, DANCE CAPTAIN: “WE STRETCH, WE DO ABS, WE DO CARDIO, WE DO ARMS, WE WORK OUT JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE THAN SOME OF OUR SPORTS TEAMS.” TIM SMITH / SHOWCHOIR TEACHER, OLENTANGY HIGH SCHOOL: “THE FUNDAMENTALS WE BUILD IN HERE ARE FUNDAMENTALS THAT YOU WOULD USE EVERYDAY IF YOU WERE DOING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; THE STRETCHING THAT WE DO, THE UNDERSTANDING HOW YOU’RE ENGAGING THE MUSCLES, ENGAGING THEM CORRECTLY, NOT PUSHING THEM PAST WHAT THEY’RE ABLE TO DO, THERE IS SO MANY FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THINGS THAT WE DO IN HERE THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY LIFE LONG TECHNIQUES THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO USE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.” IT WOULD TAKE PARTICIPATING IN TWO FULL YEARS OF SHOW CHOIR TO QUALIFY AND THAT CAN’T START UNTIL AFTER A DISTRICT APPROVES THE CHANGE. JASON AUBRY: “EVERY SCHOOL BOARD WILL HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ISSUE AND DETERMINE IF IT WORKS FOR THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IN LEWIS CENTER, JASON AUBRY NBC4.” NOW STORM TEAM 4 WITH CENTRAL OHIO’S MOST ACCURATE FORECAST

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