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Zia Fitness

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

“During my experience at Zia Fitness,” writes one of our Sixth Grade girls, “I learned a lot of things that I never would have even thought about. I really enjoyed learning about self-defense, testing my reactions on the vision board, and using the TRX bands!”
A recent addition to our Middle School physical education program includes monthly visits to Zia Fitness Studio in south Torrance (www.zia-fitness.com). PHS parent and Zia proprietor George Toney, worked with our PE teacher, Mrs. Kim Nygaard, in designing programs to teach self-defense and physical fitness to our Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students. Through the generosity of Mr. Toney and using the incredible resources of Zia Fitness and its certified trainers, our students build self-confidence and real-world awareness, improve their self-discipline, and have fun through games and adventures at Zia.
In addition, Mr. Toney is offering fitness classes, gratis, for PHS faculty and staff, and Mrs. Nygaard has classes for PHS students on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Sign-up information for Kindergarten through Third Graders is available in the School Office. PHS parents are cordially invited to visit this new facility (The Pyramid Building, 22939 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance) and learn all that it has to offer!

Library & Leadership

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Our School Librarian, PJ Charnofsky, offers our Sixth Graders a “Library and Leadership” course each week. Mrs. Charnofsky shares with us the key concepts of this approach:
We say that “Good leaders are good communicators!” Our Sixth Graders had the assignment to watch the President deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, and the following day we all discussed it. We focused on the method of presentation, not the content, and the students noted eye contact, hand motions, word selection, voice intonation, and other important aspects of public speaking.
In February, the Sixth Graders will present a leadership panel discussion for family, faculty, and administrators. Each child will make an invitation and invite one person. The students will have been divided into three groups, and will have researched their component of leadership. The team leader for each group will present the introduction and conclusion.
“Library and Leadership” also allows the Sixth Graders the opportunity to research the unique characteristics of outstanding leadership in many fields of endeavor, both past and present. Often our PHS students cite our Head of School, Mrs. Cailler, as a very effective leader.
Our goal in “Library and Leadership” is to enable all of our PHS students to be leaders as they move forward in their education, in their careers, and in their community service.

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