St. Philips Academy

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Congratulations to the St. Philips Academy students for being new world record holders!


A staggering 300,265 jumpers participated in the "Let's Jump" event, breaking the old record by a huge margin! The challenge was kicked off by the first lady and “jumper in chief” Michelle Obama on the white house lawn along with 464 Washington-area children on Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. At the same time, thousands of people throughout the world participated in the event to help break the record.


Michelle Obama recorded a video address to announce the accomplishment, you can watch it below. I've also excerpted some highlights.


"I want to say thanks to every single young person who showed that exercise isn't just good for you, but that it's fun, too!"... "But this isn't just only about one day in October, it's not just about jumping jacks or even a world record. We've got an even bigger goal to go after: ending childhood obesity in a generation so that all our kids will grow up healthy and strong...If we all work together we can build a healthier tomorrow for our kids and for our country."



Check out the National Geographic Kids Let's Jump Blog and Photo Gallery for more coverage of this historic event!

In a series of three posts, we will share writings from Daniel C. Edelson, Vice-President for Education at the National Geographic Society, about geo-literacy, a concept he has developed to describe the broad set of skills students will need to make far-reaching decisions in the 21st century.  We hope this will be a valuable professional development resource for St. Philips Academy teachers. Please consider how you are currently teaching geo-literacy concepts in your classroom and how your instruction could be improved, and then share your ideas with a colleague to get feedback.


In this first installment, Danny answers the question "What is geo-literacy and why is it important?"




What is geo-literacy?


We call the combination of skills and understanding necessary to make far-reaching decisions geo-literacy. The three components of geo-literacy are understanding human and natural systems, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.




Why is geo-literacy important?


As preparation for far-reaching decisions, geo-literacy enables people to steer away from choices that will be costly for themselves and others. For example, individuals and communities bear preventable costs every time a retail business fails because of a poorly chosen location, a fishery is damaged by stormwater runoff, or travelers and deliveries are delayed because of inefficient transportation systems. In addition to economic and environmental costs that accumulate over time, like these, we also face immediate and sizable costs for geo-illiteracy in the form of loss of life from natural hazards, terrorism, and military conflict, and loss of livelihood from competition in a global economy.


While geo-literacy can reduce the costs of bad decision-making, it also provides the foundation for positive breakthroughs.  The hub-and-spoke system of modern air transportation, the introduction of high-yield, low-impact agricultural practices, the revival of urban neighborhoods, and early-warning systems for national defense are all examples of advances made by combining systems understanding, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.


This is just an excerpt! Continue reading What is Geo-Literacy and Why Is It Imporant on the National Geographic Education website.

Check out this impressive video of St. Philips Academy 3rd graders presenting their community geography projects. They clearly put quite a bit of thought and effort into their displays and presentations. What a great way to conclude our Geography Awareness Week. I hope you all have had fun discovering the adventure in your own communities!


Let's Jump at St. Phillips

Posted by sjcaban Oct 13, 2011


St. Phillips Academy students participated yesterday in the Let's Jump campaign to break the Guiness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks.


The attempt was led by "Jumper in Chief" Michelle Obama who did jumping jacks with students on the White House lawn as part of her larger "Let's Move" campaign to prevent childhood obesity.


The adorable kindergarteners in this video took jumping cues from Phillips teacher Christopher Barnes. Great work building healthy bodies to support healty minds!