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Founded in 1961, one physical education teacher at May Morley Elementary School currently serves 498 students, grades K-5, as part of the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS). May Morley is located in Nebraska's second largest Metropolitan area, Lincoln. Additionally, LPS is the second largest school district serving about 33,500 students overall. The teacher's long tenure at this school has enabled her institutional knowledge and community relations that have served the school, students, and her program very well. This is evidenced in the high parental support that is enjoyed by the program and the strong building principal backing for physical education.
The program has evolved over the years into a 'Skill Theme' curriculum model. Students are exposed to a wide variety of motor skill activities in this once or twice a week program. It is important to note that for Kindergarten and First Grade students, the Physical Educator and Music Educator have exemplified 'Integrative Learning' and have created a FUNTASTICS curriculum model for their program. Additionally, regardless of the grade level being served, each student is greeted in class with an 'Instant Activity' to engage the learners as they enter the gymnasium. Many non-school time, skill and fitness-based programs are made available to increase student physical activity. She has had a high level of success with these before and after school fitness 'clubs' that reinforce and supplement the 'in-school' physical education program she has developed. Unique programs combining math, reading and movement skills have shown increased scores for students with low reading and math scores. An extra class is provided for 2nd graders struggling with motor skills. A walking club involves students, parents and grandparents, juggling and jump rope clubs extend the physical education program beyond class time.