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The Road to Sochi
The Road to Sochi
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Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student, and the Lower School's newest PE teacher, Shannon Casson, has brought together sport, technology, Utah history, social awareness, and critical thinking through a program she developed using the 2014 Winter Olympics as a tool. Welcome to the Road To Sochi!
Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student, and the Lower School's newest PE teacher, Shannon Casson, has brought together sport, technology, Utah history, social awareness, and critical thinking through a program she developed using the 2014 Winter Olympics as a tool. Welcome to the Road To Sochi!

By participating in The Road to Sochi, students are learning about the Olympic spirit while exercising as they take part in a variety of activities that simulate Olympic sports, earning “miles” for each event they complete. Instead of adding miles to their individual tallies, students’ individual accomplishments contribute to the student body’s aggregate total. The aggregate total is on display at the school entrance, taking the form of the outline of an Olympic torch that is filled in with color as the students earn miles. The student body must earn the 6,367 miles that separate Salt Lake City from Sochi in order to achieve their goal. To date, five days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the students have earned 6,275 miles to Sochi.

The school conducted its own version of the Opening Ceremonies on January 29 with two guests of honor.  Olympic Snowboarder Jarryd Hughes and 2010 National Super G champion Keely Kelleher joined  the event. Kelleher is a former Rowland Hall student, a Rowmark Ski Academy graduate and has spent 22 years ski racing, eight of which were on the U.S. Ski Team. She is currently a Rowmark Jr Program coach and is the founder of Keely's Ski Camp for Girls.  Jarryd Hughes is an Australian Snowboard Cross Athlete. He won gold at the World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada which makes him the second youngest World Cup Winner.  He is the youngest athlete ever to wear the yellow jersey as the World Cup Tour Leader. Jarryd will represent Australia when he competes in Snowboard Cross in Sochi, Russia. 

Over the past two weeks the PE curriculum coincided with the actual games using technology to teach students about the individual Olympic events. During PE, stations were set up and students scanned  QR codes to watch a video clip of sports from curling to snowboarding. They then emulated the event at that station, including the para-Olympic events to help them understand the challenges para-athletes face.

One very unique aspect of our Olympic unit that we’ve titled, Road to Sochi, is the way it connects students to our own Utah Olympic history. Because SLC was the 2002 host city for the Olympic games, it gives our students a unique connection to Olympic history.

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