Shattuck Middle School in Neenah, WI has just over 1,000 students from various backgrounds. Three years ago we introduced the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to our students and have been doing it ever since. Our administration is on board with this as well. They give us one day towards the end of October for our “Fuel Up” day. Our day consists of 9 stations, which are student and teacher lead for a 25 minute time frame. Stations include outdoor tackling and passing stations and well as cooperative team games. Inside we will do yoga, volleyball, basketball, badminton, milk mustache station/blender bike smoothies. It is an amazing feat to get 1,000 plus students moving through the 9 stations. I never thought that it could happen with such a large population of students but it did. It is now something students and staff look forward to doing each year.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
On Wednesdays at our school, we have some built-in time at the end of the day where students can go to their club meetings. We utilize this time to meet with our FUTP 60 team. This built-in time is great for brainstorming ideas and coming up with a game plan for our FUTP 60 Day at the end of October as well as making sure all students are updating their FUTP 60 dashboards.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Three years ago when we had our first FUTP 60 Day, there were challenges and situations that came up and we learned from them. One of the helpful things done was sending a Google survey out to all students and staff looking for input and feedback to improve the FUTP 60 Day for the following year. It's always a work in progress, but we really value the feedback to improve what we are doing.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
When students get to school, they head directly to the track outside and walk until 7:45. This has been a major improvement rather than having students sit in the cafeteria and not be active waiting for the 7:45 bell to ring.