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67 percent of their peers statewide.
"I hold the Sports Festival over the kids like a dangling carrot," Bayless said.
The kids at Frick say their teachers push them to be active, to do that extra push up, to run the mile faster. They say they're proud but not that surprised that their school outshines Michael Kors Bags Prices so many others on the state physical fitness test, administered each spring to more than 1.3 million public schoolchildren in grades 5, 7 and 9.
mile in less than 12 minutes) lastyear. More than one third of the city's schoolchildren fell outside of healthy weight and body fat ranges.
Large posters of multiplication tables hang in the gym, just in case the kids have forgotten the product of 8 times 7.
On Thursday, rows of sixth graders chanted and huffed their way through a series of drills, including the "Crazy 10," a fast paced exercise that involves jumping jacks and push ups. Then they ran around the track.
Frick Middle School instructors set bar high for students' fitness
In Oakland, only half of seventh graders and just one quarter of ninth graders were in aerobic shape (for a 12 year old girl, that would mean running the Michael Kors Miranda Medium
Four girls soccer teams already have begun practicing this year.
The kids at Frick say Bayless is strict, but they know why: He wants them to be successful and healthy. "Bayless has this motto that says you always finish strong," said David Bishop, 13, on the way to the next class. "He cares about us.".
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"I was really shocked to see the results of this physical fitness exam," she said.
The state requires students to attend physical education classes, but in past years as many as 75 to 85 percent of elementary schools have skimped on the mandatory minutes.
"Today's children may be the first American generation that does not enjoy as long a life span as their parents," said Dr. Freny Mody, a cardiologist and member of the American Heart Association's Los Angeles County division board of directors during a conference call with reporters Friday.
At Frick Middle School, however, 84 percent of seventh graders demonstrated aerobic fitness. About 77 percent were in a healthy weight range, compared to just
developed a strong incentive for the kids to stay on task. In 2005, they held a small track festival. This spring, it expanded to include Double Dutch, soccer and track competitions. Anyone can compete, and the entire school comes out to watch.
Bayless, who has been at Frick since the mid 1990s, said the school used to have a tougher reputation. When he started, he said, kids frequently used Michael Kors Purse With Tassel
to cut class and fight. To help establish some semblance of control, he asked for two things: "A megaphone and the power to suspend."
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