7/9/11

Bad news

It looks as though BuffClass won't be back next year. I recently found out hat it won't be on the schedule for the upcoming school year. Here is the email I sent to Mr. Balderas and Mr. Salazar.


It has come to my attention that, despite assurances to the contrary, the weightlifting class or Buff Class has been cancelled for the 2011-2012 school year. This cancellation is occurring despite the more than fifty students who requested to take the class this coming year. This news is ironic since I was informed while attending a strength and conditioning conference. To say I am disappointed would be an understatement since there is a dearth of elective available for students at Fremont an the CPM review made note of the lack of elective courses in Physical Education. 
The administration at the local district level and those at Fremont have made it clear that we should be doing things that are, "in the best interest of the students." the cancellation of BuffClass is not in the best interest of the students. This class grew out of student need and has prospered because of student desire. They have created a supportive community within the class that keeps them physically fit, interested in attending school and teaches them about goal setting, builds self confidence and perseverance.
Here are some student answers from the end of the semester survey.

What changes have you noticed?
- I changed my attitude because I am more confident in myself. I'm mentally stronger because I don't give up as easily even though it's not a physical thing. 
- I feel more healthy and I'm not as lazy as before. 
- Confidence more than anything. 
- I feel stronger mentally and in body. 
What keeps you coming to BuffClass?
- I would come to school just for BuffClass. 

There aren't many classes at Fremont, or high school in general, where the students are so engaged that they show up before and after school for extra training without the carrot of extra credit or makeup work dangled in front if them, where they seek out their teacher to find out what the workout of the day will be tomorrow, where they brag about their performance, success, failures and new personal bests to friends and teachers. Students in BuffClass have and show their school pride, something which is sorely lacking at Fremont. 
Canceling this class is a major step back for a PE department that has improved dramatically in a very short period of time. I ask that you reconsider this decision and reinstate the class for the upcoming school year. 

Sincerely,

Sean McCue
PE department chair
M.S. Kinesiology, NSCA-CSCS

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