By Pauline Harner
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon has a new class taught by Katy Wilson. The class is Lifetime Fitness, which explores the self as well, as how the mind works. Students will be learning about mental illnesses, stress management, nutrition, and physical fitness.
Ms. Wilson brought the curriculum with her from Lake Oswego School District in Oregon. This class is also about making positive lifestyle choices and Ms. Wilson stresses a positive, yet challenging environment
“I am health certified and have taught this class for five years in the state of Oregon,” said Wilson.
“In my fourth hour I mostly learn about life, about what we should and shouldn’t do, and that exercise is really good for your body,” said seventh grader, Esmeralda Cruz.
Lifetime Fitness became a class when Mr. Hulsey, who taught Spanish classes, was moved to Apache Junction High School, which resulted in people transferring to this new elective as a replacement.
A few ways to learn about the things covered in the class are watching movies and discussing true stories that are relevant to the topic. One activity they’ll be doing comes from “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball,” a book by Kevin Carroll.”
The red rubber ball activity is a project where students tell their “what inspires me” story and it helps them discover their talents, gifts, aspirations, interests, and hopes. It is very personal and powerful. They have to create a box that describes them and make it have pictures from magazines and words that describe them.
“We are going to make a box and decorate it, the decorations are all about us, we might be putting our future projects in there, as well,” said eighth grader, Matthew Martinez.