Wildcat Fitness

District: Northview Public Schools Building: Crossroads Middle School
Teacher(s): Nichole Martin, Sara Gregory, Emily Liley, Kim Slot and Kathy Vogel
Main Contact: Kathy Vogel          Email: kvogel@nvps.net
Grade Level: 7th and 8th Subject(s): Reading, Language Arts, Exploratory
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

I am proud to say that academic service learning is growing at Northview, specifically at Crossroads Middle School. This year our teams which consist of math, science, language arts, and social studies, are engaging students in academic service learning. In addition, we are using academic service learning in our remedial reading course as a way to make learning come to life. In addition, we are offering a service learning exploratory class.

Not only is academic service learning growing, but our partnerships are also expanding throughout the community. We are continuing to partner with The League to incorporate service learning into content classes. Other community partners include the YMCA, Spectrum Health, Cancer, Veteran’s Facility, Children’s Food Basket, Gilda’s Club, and Grand Rapids Rowing Association.

The League is helping one seventh grade team partner with the Veteran’s home. This service project includes bringing in veterans to speak in class, making Holiday shoeboxes filled with necessities, interviewing veterans to capture their lives, and participating in a day of service at the Veteran’s facility. This day of service will include eating lunch with the veterans, planting a garden, and crafting.

Wildcat Fun and Fitness Field day will encompass a fun filled day for our elementary students, parents, and grandparents. Our 120 seventh and eighth graders, both general education and special education, will host our first annual fun and fitness field day which will include a variety of activities. Informational booths ran by students will include the importance of breakfast, using the food pyramid, healthy snacks, and exercise tips. Not only will students man informational booths, they will also teach exercises that can easily be done as a family at home. The culminating activities will include a walk as well as an introduction to rowing.

Our other seventh grade team is learning about health and fitness. This team is going to make a video called Sit and Fit for our senior citizens center. One of the reading classes is studying hunger. They are working with the Children’s Food Basket.

Our staff is also building a sense of team as we work together each month to serve meals at Gilda’s Club. This is the first time that the staff is collaborating while reaching out to others. We are also working on the annual summer READ TO SUCCEED program.

We are currently planning a school wide service day on March 31st.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

In our district school improvement meetings we identified the increase in our free and reduced lunch population and our school of choice students. As our free and reduced lunch population increases, we noticed a need to help the students and their families recognize the need to make health a priority. Several of our academic service projects focus on being healthy. To us, building a sense of community within our school is important. As our school of choice population increases, we want students to be part of our school community. By participating in academic service learning, all students will be actively engaged.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will host a fun and fitness day for students, parents, and grandparents. Our fun and fitness day will help spread the message about making nutritional choices that are healthy and being involved in fitness activities that can be done as a family. At our annual Summer Read for Success events, will incorporate the health and fitness day. We are currently working with one of our apartment complexes, to map out a walking trail.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

One of the main emphases of all our service projects is reading and understanding informational text. Each project includes having students read informational text. Various strategies such as monitoring comprehension, determining importance, and questioning will be modeled and taught. In addition each project includes writing. Students will create recipe books, advertisements, brochures, and interview questions.

What are the educational goals?

Academic service learning allows educators to meet many educational goals. Our projects will address career awareness as each speaker will address his/her profession and education background. Employability skills such as team work, decision making, planning, marketing, and public speaking will be incorporated.

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Strand: 06ELA10, 07ELA10, 08ELA10: Writing
TLW: Write a variety of informative and explanatory type text for different purposes. (Gist: Text Types and Purpose Informative or Explanatory Writing.

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.


Technology Research Tools – Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

Technology Communications Tools – Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools – Conduct short research projects to answer a question drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

Students will keep a learning journal throughout their service project. In the end, they will self assess themselves as well as write a reflection which will be part of their exit portfolio.

Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

Our project will address needs across socio-economic status as well as diverse learning styles.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students participated in a carousel activity where they listed their passions, concerns, and hopes. They also brainstormed ways to address some of their issues. We used stickers to have kids vote on top issues.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

Not only is academic service learning growing, but our partnerships are also expanding throughout the community. We are continuing to partner with The League to incorporate service learning into content classes. Other community partners include the YMCA, Spectrum Health, Cancer, Veteran’s Facility, Children’s Food Basket, Gilda’s Club, and Grand Rapids Rowing Association.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will learn about the many community organizations. Hopefully some will continue supporting those organizations after our service project is completed. They will also learn how others give of their time, talent and treasures. This will hopefully inspire the students. In addition, they will learn about future professions.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The organizations will promote their mission. They will benefit from having a captive audience.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students use checklists to help them plan and implement their projects. For the writing and speaking pieces we will use the 6 point holistic rubric.

How will you assess your service goals?

Students will keep a learning log and write a reflection. We plan to develop a community survey to determine the effectiveness of our service learning.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Each project has already been started to some degree. Students will write interview questions and practice interviewing. They will listen to speakers and take notes. They will use their note to help them prepare.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

• Read informational text and use comprehension strategies
• Listen to speakers and take notes
• Visit various sites
• Write letters
• Make healthy snacks
• Learn fitness activities both for senior citizens as well as people of all ages
• Led fitness activities
• Create a walking path
• Teach families how to use a pedometer