INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A new school year is starting with a new school-wide plan at IPS 19. The school is now S.U.P.E.R: Students Understanding through Powerful and Energetic Routines.
The plan has evolved from a pilot program that was previously only in a handful of classrooms. Now, the program is school-wide and has students incorporating movement into almost every lesson.
The principal, Aleicha Ostler, says the program is producing results faster than anyone anticipated in its first year.
"We were actually in the top ten for aerobic fitness. Two years ago, in the district, we were in the top 5 for most obese schools in the district, so that is declining. So we are definitely seeing data that our kids are more healthy," Ostler said.
"Some kids might go to school and think--I don’t really want to go to school--Now their thinking wow lets do this... its super fun, " Sixth grader William Bartholomew told 24- Hour News 8.
It’s not just students either, teachers are taking part in the enjoyment of each lesson.
"I had a teacher last year who piloted the program who has been teaching for years and she said that she had a new found energy for teaching. She loved coming in every day. She says she goes home every day exhausted but loves every minute of it. So the teachers are having fun and I think when they see the kids having fun and engaged that means everything to them," Ostler said.
IPS School 19 is considered a "magnet" school. Interested students must apply in December for the upcoming year. They are then chosen by a lottery system.
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