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January 29, 1989 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
What is this thing called gym? Some love it. Some hate it. Like it or not, they've got to take it. In New Jersey, taking gym classes has always been as much a given as fresh tomatoes. Since World War I, it has been something all public-school students just did, from kindergarten through high school - muttering under their breath all the way, perhaps, about damp hair and dank socks, but doing it - in order to graduate. Then Gov. Kean gave his State of the State speech before the legislature in Trenton.
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November 17, 2008 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
Niesha is pleasant, shy and sweet. Like other girls her age, this 10-year-old loves playing dress-up with her friends and trying different ways of styling her dolls' hair. She also likes to jump rope, ride her bike and watch the Disney Channel, especially when Hannah Montana is on. Arts-and-crafts projects are another favorite pastime. Currently in sixth grade, Niesha receives special-education services. She works hard to get the best grades she can. A very athletic youngster, she eagerly takes part in sports during gym class.
SPORTS
November 11, 2012 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Staff Writer
In the 2008 football season, Franklin's Steve Garrett, wearing No. 88, lined up at tailback for a trick play and fired a fourth-down scoring pass to slotback Marquis White, normally the tailback. It was the first pass of his varsity career and gave the Electrons a 12-6 OT win over Roxborough. Why, you might ask, was Garrett given this opportunity? . . . Because, earlier that same day, he'd been spotted firing a Nerf ball in a gym class! "One of my fellow teachers told me, 'That kid has a really strong arm,' " said coach Ken Geiser.
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May 23, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
An eighth-grade student at a Mount Laurel middle school collapsed and died in gym class Wednesday during a leisurely football toss. The Mount Laurel School District did not name the Harrington Middle School student who died. Classmates, including one who witnessed the tragedy, detailed the heartbreaking day. During sixth-period gym class, around noon, the student was playing catch with a football outside, another student in the gym class said. Suddenly, the young man dropped to the ground.
NEWS
June 1, 2010 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At Kingsway Regional Middle School, students can skateboard their way toward an "A" in gym class. "Our main goal," physical education teacher Bill Ewe says, "is to get kids excited about physical fitness. Not to just throw a basketball at them. " The optional, two-week skateboarding unit - described as the first such curriculum in New Jersey - got rolling before the state's education budget cuts hit, and so far "the kids love it," principal Troy A. Walton adds. I'm standing in the gleaming gymnasium of the middle school, a handsome edifice on Kings Highway in Woolwich Township.
NEWS
July 17, 1997 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A morning of rock climbing, a day of beach volleyball or golf, and a bike ride through Ridley Creek State Park sounds like a summer camp schedule - but it's not. Instead, this is part of the lineup for plain old gym class - summer-style - in the Rose Tree-Media School District, where students can earn advance or remedial credits without completing a single push-up. Teacher George Munro said the five-week summer class - with each period 1 1/2 hours rather than the school year's 48-minute class - allows for more varied activities.
NEWS
May 19, 1996 | By Laura J. Bruch, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Remember gym? Where girls wore one-piece blue numbers and boys wore track shorts, and shower time could be the most excruciating experience of one's entire adolescent life? Where failure to do a hand-spring, throw a softball, or perfect a free throw could result in shame as permanent and mentally disfiguring as a scar? Where the teachers called you Slim (when you were heavy) or Small Fry (when you were tall) and never did very much to enhance the basement-level self-esteem of the marginally athletic?
NEWS
February 17, 2003 | By Marian Uhlman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Children need more exercise, and apparently they're not getting it at school. When third graders go to gym class, they spend most of their time sitting or standing. They typically move around only 12 minutes in a 33-minute class, according to a new study in this month's Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. And when they are active, they go into high gear - running, skipping, jumping - for only about five minutes. The National Institutes of Health study also suggested that third graders aren't in gym often enough.
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May 23, 2010 | By Mike Newall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frank Giordano had a lot to be proud of as he finished his final weeks at Rutgers University-Camden. It was 1972, and the shaggy-haired senior from Cherry Hill had aced most of his business classes and had even started a commercial-trailer company in Philadelphia. There was just that one little required gym class he had never gotten around to taking. All these years later, Giordano, now of Moorestown, is such a successful businessman that his portrait hangs in the main ballroom at the Union League of Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 16, 1995 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The object of the lesson: to transfer a nuclear warhead from a closed munitions plant without dropping or shaking it. The students at Elkins Park School pondered their options. A Styrofoam cylinder doubled as the warhead. Their only tool: an octagonal base with ropes running through it. Hannah Schwartz, 12, pulled her rope taut. The base, which had been bobbing on the ropes, stabilized. Seeing Hannah's results, the others followed suit - in the process happening on the scientific principle of increasing tension to increase rigidity.
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May 23, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
An eighth-grade student at a Mount Laurel middle school collapsed and died in gym class Wednesday during a leisurely football toss. The Mount Laurel School District did not name the Harrington Middle School student who died. Classmates, including one who witnessed the tragedy, detailed the heartbreaking day. During sixth-period gym class, around noon, the student was playing catch with a football outside, another student in the gym class said. Suddenly, the young man dropped to the ground.
NEWS
May 5, 2013
Mike Lupoli's dyslexia nearly derailed his academic career. When he was in sixth grade, his school principal, unaware of his handicap, cautioned him not to consider college. Lupoli disregarded that warning. "I had to work a little harder," he says, "but I graduated with honors. " For the last 19 years, Lupoli, 56, has been a phys-ed teacher at Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, Delaware County. He believes his dyslexia has proved a professional advantage that has enabled him to contribute to the well-being of his youthful charges.
NEWS
March 29, 2013
The Washington Township Board of Education rejected a proposal to eliminate 2.5 teaching positions Wednesday as part of the broader introduction of its $143 million budget for the 2013-14 academic year. The board had proposed to cut physical education teaching positions and reduce gym class from five days a week to four to save $130,000. But it reversed course after a throng of teachers protested the measure at a budget meeting last week, arguing that reducing phys ed would adversely affect at-risk and struggling students who benefit from the close attention of teachers on that fifth day. To offset the costs of keeping the gym teachers on staff, the board eliminated proposed renovations for a performing arts center, among other things.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
A proposed conservation center that would serve as a bird and wildlife sanctuary, as well as help city schoolchildren gain a better understanding of science and nature sounds like a wonderful project with which few people could find fault. But the National Audubon Society and Outward Bound Philadelphia's proposed East Park Leadership and Conservation Center would be built on publicly owned land in Fairmount Park, and some city residents question whether the center would provide enough free public access.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For about two weeks, the heat was out in much of Huey School in West Philadelphia, staff said. As of Monday, it still was not operational in the gym, cafeteria, and many classrooms. With temperatures hovering around freezing, "you can see your breath in the air," said a teacher, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal. On Tuesday morning, after a reporter's call to the Philadelphia School District, the heat was fixed. Chanice Savage, a spokeswoman for the district, said that the work was completed Tuesday morning, but that the principal reported that at no time was classroom heat nonoperational.
SPORTS
January 30, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
WHEN A GUY is having a strong senior basketball season and that school's roster from the previous campaign doesn't list his name, these days the question is automatic: "You must be a transfer. Where'd you go before?" Breaking news!! De'Andre Williams wasn't stolen. This is his fourth year at Northeast and, finally, he's getting a chance to show his stuff. Strut it, even! "I tried out every year. They always cut me," Williams said. "My grades were never the problem. They just didn't think I could play.
SPORTS
November 11, 2012 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Staff Writer
In the 2008 football season, Franklin's Steve Garrett, wearing No. 88, lined up at tailback for a trick play and fired a fourth-down scoring pass to slotback Marquis White, normally the tailback. It was the first pass of his varsity career and gave the Electrons a 12-6 OT win over Roxborough. Why, you might ask, was Garrett given this opportunity? . . . Because, earlier that same day, he'd been spotted firing a Nerf ball in a gym class! "One of my fellow teachers told me, 'That kid has a really strong arm,' " said coach Ken Geiser.
SPORTS
October 31, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bad things happen to good teams. The best ones bounce back. Pennsauken turned adversity to its advantage, responding to its first loss of the season with perhaps its best performance of the season. Quarterback Manny Cortez fired three more touchdown passes and ran for 174 yards as Pennsauken rolled to a 40-8 victory over Washington Township in a West Jersey Football League interdivision game on Sunday. Senior running back Marques Thornton ran for two touchdowns, and Anthony Sweet caught six passes for 85 yards, kicked four extra points, and made an acrobatic interception for Pennsauken (6-1)
NEWS
April 10, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
When Short Lived Affair played their first South Jersey club gigs in 2009, "everyone thought we were the girlfriends of the band," bassist Taylor Coigne recalls. Lead singer Monica Kelly builds on the riff: "We were in the green room, and people were like, 'Oh, are your boyfriends playing tonight?' " Not. When these five young women take the stage, boyfriends are in the audience. And everybody's dancing, because this band rocks. "Hearing the crowd go crazy," drummer Rachel Visitacion says, "is mind-blowing.
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