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    Our Mission
    Cross Bayou students participate in 30 minute physical education class five days per week. The physical education staff believes P.E. is one of the most important areas of the total school curriculum. It is the phase of general education that contributes to the total growth and development of the child, primarily through selected physical activities. The prime goal of our program is for each child develop and reach his/her maximum potential.

    Physical education stimulates the mind and thought process through numerous individual, partner, and group activities. The presentation of exploratory, creative, and problem solving activities demands the child to utilize his/her knowledge to achieve expected goals. The development of a high level of physical fitness is very important for young children. Research indicates that many health problems of the adult population stem from a lack of proper exercise and from being overweight.

    Our physical education program incorporates activities that reflect this philosophy. Each child will be provided with a opportunity to participate in a variety of cooperative activities, quality movement experiences, and social skills development while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Parental support, understanding, and involvement in our program enhances your child's learning and development in physical education.


    Your Brain on Exercise
    By Tony Horton

    "There was an astonishing article in Newsweek a few weeks back that just blew my mind/brain/cranium/noggin. Here's what I've learned from this article and further research. We all know that working out and exercising do amazing things for our body, and the benefits, other than weight loss and getting fit, are endless. Most of us also know that when our hearts, legs, and lungs get pumping, we feel much better than if we did nothing. Turns out that doing 20 minutes or more of cardiovascular and/or high-paced resistance workouts affects every aspect of our lives. The great thing about the Newsweek article is that it really laid out the scientific findings over the last few years. Here's the scope. When you're forced to pull more oxygen into the body through exercise, you break what's called "the blood-brain barrier." It happens when you climb a long flight of stairs and when you're busting through any kind of workout that gets your heart rate pumping. This oxygen-filled blood makes its way into the temporal lobe of the brain. Inside that temporal lobe is an area called the hippocampus. Inside the hippocampus lies the seahorse-shaped area known as the dentate gyrus. As you exercise, these oxygen-filled blood cells rush into this area of the brain. A chemical/protein called IGF-1 is formed and released inside the dentate gyrus, which ramps up another chemical/molecule called BDNF; both IGF-1 and BDNF are "Miracle-grow" for the brain.

    Studies with kids right up to seniors have proven that high-paced workouts cause the release of these chemicals into the brain. Combine this with even more "brain drugs" like dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine and you've got yourself a feel-good party in your head. Aerobic physical movement causes the release of these chemicals, and they all help you focus and give you energy when you need it. They also help you relax and rest properly. It's like a homemade chemistry set inside your skull that produces a cocktail that simulates the effects of Prozac and Ritalin. Children who play outdoors more often score better on tests than kids who don't. Regular physical activity improves memory, mood, and problem-solving abilities. Consistent exercise raises self-esteem and decreases anxiety. Study after study has proven that people who exercise 5 to 6 days a week greatly decrease their need for psychotherapeutic drugs. If your brain goes without regular bouts of exercise, the hippocampus will shrink and erode, which can lead to neurological illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease. When the dentate gyrus is stimulated, neuro-genesis or neuro-plasticity occurs. I'm not talking about just slowing the aging process, I'm telling you that the brain creates new cells through exercise—brand new cells that assist in the reversal of aging. If you're looking for the fountain of youth, you can find it inside your head every time you exercise for more than 20 minutes.

    “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    Key Guidelines for Children and Adolescents

      • Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.

          • Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.

          • Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

          • Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

      • It is important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.