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By LIZ F. KAY and LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
Josephine Ella "Jo" Fiske, a longtime physical-education professor, coach and referee at Goucher College who ran races into her 90s, died Monday of a stroke at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 101. "She believed in doing what she practiced and practicing what she says," said her second cousin, Carol Parmenter of Roland Park. Miss Fiske was born in Greenfield, Mass., and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1926. She also studied at the Boston College of Physical Education.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | June 16, 2014
Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is requesting that school officials brief city leaders on the extent to which students are receiving a "complete education" in their schools. Young will introduce a resolution Monday that seeks information about offerings like arts and physical education. In a release, Young said a lack of arts and physical education, or what he calls an "incomplete curriculum," has been a disservice to city students. “A focus on basic education that leaves arts education and physical education aside ignores the competencies demanded by the complex, modern world in which Baltimore City Public Schools students are expected to thrive,” Young said in a statement.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2002
Bashers of physical education have had a proverbial field day shrinking the subject nationally, as well as in Maryland and in Howard County, in recent years. For example, the only physical-education requirement for graduation from a Maryland public high school is completion - between ninth and 12th grades - of two of 16 quarters in the subject. Another: Howard middle-schoolers can opt to start studying a foreign language or playing a stringed instrument - if they forgo phys ed. Now, reputable researchers in medicine and education are identifying disturbing fallout: America has huge, growing numbers of fat, sedentary children with little knowledge of diet, activity and how the body functions best.
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Patrick Maynard | April 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- When Stephanie Ryall steps onto the track tonight at the 120th Penn Relays, she'll be one of only three Canadian individuals at the event. None of the three have run there before. The Hamilton runner says a calm strategy should help her handle the pressure. "I want to go for a good time" the 11th-grader at Westdale Secondary said earlier this week when asked about her goals. "I'm not really going for place. " "Girls like Tessa Barrett, Hannah DeBalsi ... those girls are much faster than me. " For Ryall, a good time in the 3000m run means 9:45 or faster, which is just over 10 seconds quicker than what she has run at this year's indoor meets.
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March 30, 2011
Being creative about teaching physical education is essential and long overdue! ("Getting exercised over exercise," March 28). Students in Maryland are craving opportunities to move and be more fit! There are numerous studies that show the benefits of exercise on increasing test scores, reducing stress and improving self-esteem. It is critical that the Maryland state and local school boards evaluate their PE requirements and adopt creative new policies expanding fitness opportunities in the classroom.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | June 16, 2014
Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young is requesting that school officials brief city leaders on the extent to which students are receiving a "complete education" in their schools. Young will introduce a resolution Monday that seeks information about offerings like arts and physical education. In a release, Young said a lack of arts and physical education, or what he calls an "incomplete curriculum," has been a disservice to city students. “A focus on basic education that leaves arts education and physical education aside ignores the competencies demanded by the complex, modern world in which Baltimore City Public Schools students are expected to thrive,” Young said in a statement.
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February 23, 2004
Margaret H. Wharton, a retired high school physical-education teacher and coach, died Tuesday at Gull Creek Retirement Community in Berlin of complications from cancer. She was 83. Born in Princess Anne, she earned a degree at the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. She began teaching physical education at schools in Westminster, Mount Airy and Sykesville in the early 1940s. She moved to Annapolis and taught in the Anne Arundel County system from 1943 to 1953, when she joined the Baltimore County public schools.
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March 10, 2007
A bill that would have increased physical education class time in elementary schools to 150 minutes a week died in a House of Delegates committee yesterday. The bill, sponsored by Baltimore County Sen. Jon S. Cardin, would have brought Maryland schools in line with national guidelines that say students ages 5 to 12 should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity and education a day. Most Maryland schools now offer 60 to 90 minutes of physical education a week. The bill received support from only two members of the House Ways and Means Committee -- Cardin, a Democrat, and Del. Jay Walker, a Prince George's County Democrat.
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By Pat O'Malley | April 1, 1992
It wasn't an easy decision, but probably a wise one for Arundel's Bernie Walter.The Wildcats' baseball coach will step down at the end of this season as coach, athletic director and chairman of physicaleducation at the Gambrills school to become the county coordinator of physical education.Acting coordinator Rick Wiles will become assistant to Walter, who succeeds Paul Rusko. Rusko retired at the end of last year, but came back in the fall on a personal services contract.Due to the current budget crunch, the county was not expected to fill the position this year.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2002
Alvin H. "Bud" Noble, a retired Baltimore City public school teacher who bought tennis shoes for poor pupils so they could take his physical education classes without difficulty, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday at his Towson home. He was 81. Born in Chicago, Mr. Noble earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's in education from the University of Illinois, the latter in 1949. He moved to Baltimore after teaching anatomy at the university for a year. He took a job in 1951 teaching physical education at what was then Robert Poole Junior High, and retired from the school in Hampden in 1977.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Clayton "Pete" McNeill, a former executive at Coppin State University who during his more than three-decade career oversaw a $325 million campus expansion at the Baltimore school, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Sinai Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 66. "I admired him very much. He was an excellent administrator and a very loyal employee," said Calvin Burnett, who was president of the university from 1970 until retiring in 2003. "He came through here as a student and came back to join our administrative staff.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
North Carroll announced the hiring of Rob Vaughn as boys basketball coach on Tuesday. Vaughn, a graduate of the school, previously coached the Panthers from 2003 to 2006, and he takes over the program from his brother, Chris, according to the school. Vaughn was an assistant coach at McDaniel College under Bob Flynn, and he currently teaches physical education at Shiloh Middle School in Carroll County.
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FROM THE AEGIS | February 27, 2013
The top five finalists for the 2013 Harford County Teacher of the Year Award were announced by Harford County Public Schools Monday: Tara N. Buecker, Jarrettsville Elementary School physical education/health teacher; J. Laura Childs, Edgewood High School English teacher; Kimberly A. Harner, Southampton Middle School special educator; Kristine E. M. Jurgs, Southampton Middle School special educator; and Kristin M. Schaub, Havre de Grace Elementary School...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
Nelda K. Biasi, a retired Baltimore public school physical education teacher and counselor, died Jan. 25 from heart failure at Heartlands Nursing Home in Severna Park. She was 96. The daughter of farmers, the former Nelda Kalar was born in Kerens, W.Va., and later moved with her family to a Carroll County farm. After graduating from Carroll County High School in 1934, she earned a nursing degree in 1938 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. "She worked her way through Western Maryland College while working as a nurse at the college, where she earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1941," said a niece, Barbara K. Jett of Sherwood Forest.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Vernon E. Seibert, a former athletic director and coach at Glenelg High School who had been an outstanding football player during the 1940s at College Park, died Saturday of cancer at Union Hospital in Elkton. The longtime Columbia resident was 88. "You could write a book about Vernon Seibert. What a character. The stories about him are legend," said Dennis P. Cole, who was head football coach at Glenelg in the 1980s and retired five years ago. "He was always held in high esteem but was not the kind of buddy-buddy type of football coach when it came to the kids," he said.
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January 15, 2013
I'm responding to The Sun's recent article on Maryland schools and how highly they are ranked by Education Week ("Maryland's schools rank No. 1 fifth year in a row," Jan. 10). It's wonderful that Education Week magazine named Maryland's public schools top in the country again. Students, teachers, education leaders and elected officials should be proud of this recognition. As a parent with two children in public school, I know I am. However, there are important areas where our education system is failing our students.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2000
Eberhard Stubenrauch, a popular physical education teacher who designed the program at St. James Academy in Monkton, died April 20 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Sparks resident was 61. Mr. Stubenrauch also was director of summer and winter camps for Gerstung, a gymnastics school for children in Bare Hills. He was a teacher at St. James for 26 years and also had taught at several other area schools. At St. James, he designed and, with help from parents, installed an outdoor fitness course that was named in his honor.
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January 7, 2013
Howard County is missing the mark on childhood obesity. If Howard County really wants to reduce childhood obesity, they need to work with our school system to protect the health of our students. They will need to protect time designated for recess and increase the time allotted for physical education in school across all grades. The current requirements are creating the obesity epidemic and failing our students. They need to allow opportunities for students with poor grades to participate in after-school physical activities. Howard County should look to New York state's requirements for physical education guidelines, which require 120 minutes per week.
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By Zack Newman and By Zack Newman | November 30, 2012
Athena Kan, a sophomore at River Hill High School, did not have to look very far to learn the values of volunteering. Her parents, Kenny and Henrietta, are largely responsible for Athena's volunteering spirit. The family has participated in American Heart Association walks in Howard County and Baltimore for years. "When life gets hectic, we find that volunteering as a family is a powerful way to strengthen family life with a beneficial purpose," Kenny said. Athena, 14, was named the Howard County Youth Volunteer of the Year last month for her involvement with a number of charities, including a foundation she and her sister, Tiffany, started last year - Coalition Halting Obesity in Children Everywhere.
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