Feb. 2017 Student Profiles

Feb. 2017 Student Profiles

An Olympic-sized Pep Talk from Former BHS Swimmer

Few swimmers enjoy as meteoric of a career as Brighton High’s Long Gutierrez. After breaking 50 individual Utah swimming records, the 16-time prep All-American was recruited to swim on a scholarship for the Cal Golden Bears. This past summer, he realized his dream of swimming in the Olympic Games. But in a pep talk to BHS swimmers while home on winter break, Gutierrez confided that to reach those heights, he had to push through some low points when he doubted himself and considered hanging up his goggles for good. Gutierrez credited BHS Coach Todd Etherington for helping him through those doubts. Etherington started working with Gutierrez when he was about 10 years old. Gutierrez told the young swimmer that it takes training, desire and attention to details to be a winner, and that the same is true for academics. Swimming can open doors, as it has for Gutierrez who enrolled at Cal with a 3.8 GPA where he is studying bioengineering. “Just believe in yourself,” he said. “If you think you can do better, you can.”

Flipping School Lunch: ‘Play Before Eat’

Anyone who follows education has probably heard of flipping the classroom, a model that entails having students watch video lectures at home so that they can use classroom time for discussion or group projects. But Canyon View Elementary is taking things a step farther and flipping school lunch —  joining a small, but growing number of schools that are sending kids off to the playground before inviting them inside to eat. At Canyon View, the practice has cut food waste in half, because kids work up an appetite and no longer feel rushed to get outside and play, said Principal BJ Weller. “We’ve found it very beneficial to our students. We’re seeing fewer health complaints. They have more energy and seem more focused and willing to learn.” Research also has shown that students attending schools with “reverse lunch” schedules make healthier food choices. One study found a 54 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.

As Their Garden Grows

With neighborhoods still blanketed in snow, it may seem a little early to be plotting that summer garden. But as the saying goes, we reap what we sow — and Canyon View parents hope with a school garden to cultivate a new crop of educational opportunities. Everything is planned, but help is needed from community members and licensed and insured contractors who are willing to invest their time, resources and knowledge to ensure that the garden meets code and safety requirements. School gardens have been shown to improve eating habits, improve test scores, fight childhood obesity and promote physical activity. Organizers say the gardens are also a great resource for educating children in science and nutrition.

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