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Hello R. J. Grey students and families!  
It's winter and we are into our third rotation with Health/PE classes. The rotations for Health always fly by given we only have ~17 classes per term.  This current rotation will come to a close the week before the winter break in February.   
               
Seventh Graders are focusing on the concepts of Wellness, Communication and Nutrition, including some cooking.  Students will be researching food groups and make Foodonyms, posters that include their food group written on the vertical and then all of the research they they found on the food group will be included in the poster beginning each sentence with a letter of the food group. We did this project in an earlier rotation last year and the students did a great job.  The posters were very informative including information on:  examples of foods found in the food group; nutrients we find in these foods; the health benefits of the food groups; amount an average 13 year old should eat daily; examples of serving sizes; interesting facts about the food group; and finally they found healthy recipes that used the food group.  When we cook we will be making a Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry one day and then we will work in small groups on another day and make:  Pumpkin Pancakes, White Bean Hummus with vegetables, Black Bean Quesadillas, Salsa and a couple of different types of smoothies.  All of the food will be eaten by the students.   I have posted many of the recipes for the foods that we have been making on this website.  

Eighth Graders have been researching new stretches and strength exercises to support their individual 2-week fitness programs. We are studying nutrients as well as foods to eat that will support our exercise routines. We will be creating Tabata videos, a high intensity training program.  My hope is that we will be using these as an exercise break curing MCAS 2.0 which will taken in the spring.  Stay Tuned......

If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to reach me is: drimpas@abschools.org

This website continues to be a work in progress, so please check back as I slowly continue to build it.  If you come across a good article or video that I could include on the site, please contact me.

Thanks,
Deb Rimpas, MSW
Grade 7 & 8 Health Educator