A firefighter challenge with the local fire department. is one of the many activities offered at summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS
Rock climbing is one of the many activities offered at the summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS
After a two-year hiatus, students are once again participating in summer physical education classes at Los Alamos High School (LAHS).
Participants get 0.5 credit and a grade on their transcript for completing a three-week session. Those who complete both sessions earn the physical education credit required for graduation.
The Summer PE program was launched in 2018 in conjunction with Albuquerque Public Schools. The LAHS program was modeled on theirs. “The Summer PE program opens up other elective options, such as tape or foreign language for students,” explained Lori Thompson, one of the Summer PE teachers. “An entire semester of physical education is condensed into three weeks.”
There are 15 students participating in the first session, which runs from June 6 to 24. able to incorporate physical education into their schedule during the regular school year. They spend four hours each morning participating in a variety of activities, including one-mile runs, cornhole contests, tchoukball, ultimate frisbee, laser tag, disc golf, and a fireman’s challenge with the local fire department.
Since the class is longer than a regular PE class, students can also take field trips for other activities, including swimming at the Aquatic Center, golfing at Los Alamos Golf Course, jiu jitsu at Gracie Barra, rock climbing and fitness classes. at the YMCA and hikes at the PEEC. Other local fitness instructors generously volunteer their time to teach classes like barre, zumba, piyo, pound, and HIIT.
“This program focuses on teaching students about fitness and health,” Thompson said. “It exposes kids to a lot of activities and sports, and they find what interests them the most and hopefully want to keep doing it outside of class.”
In addition to teaching summer physical education class, Thompson teaches English during the school year and is introducing a new class this fall that focuses on sports and literature.
Lindsey Montoya will be teaching the second session which begins June 27 and ends July 15. She also teaches physical education classes during the regular school year. LAHS Advisor Cristin Haake also participates in the program.
Jiu Jistu classes are one of the many activities offered at summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS
Golf lessons are one of the many activities offered at the summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS