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Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant

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McAllen ISD launched its first year as recipients of the Carol M. White PEP Grant in 2012. The U.S. Department of Education awarded only 56 grants to school districts across the nation. In that year, McAllen ISD was one of three recipients in the state of Texas.

PEP Grants are intended to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition programs, implement comprehensive physical fitness programs that help students in Kindergarten through 12th grade meet their state standards for physical education. Monies from the grant may be used to purchase equipment and provide support for students, provide training and education to teachers and staff, bring in programs from outside the school, and to initiate new physical education programs. Mario Reyna, our District Health and Physical Education Coordinator, headed the team who were instrumental in the grant application process.

Read more about the Carol M. White Physical Education Grant here…

[interactive_banner banner_title=”McAllen Expanding its Let’s Move! Initiatives” banner_title_location=”center” banner_desc=”The Monitor reported

McAllen ISD health and physical education coordinator, Mario Reyna, knows

100 percent participation of the district’s eligible schools in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active School initiative — the only district in the nation to do so — is not enough to ensure the future health of the community.

The district has facilitated healthier lifestyles in schools by modifying their menu to match federal Smart Snacks requirements and moved recess before lunch to stimulate appetites.

While McAllen ISD’s wellness initiative has garnered positive national attention, Reyna is cognizant there is more work to be done and additional populations to reach.

In Reyna’s February The Monitor editorial, he commended neighboring school districts like Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, La Joya ISD, Edinburg CISD and Zapata CISD for their participation and encouraged more districts to embrace the cause.

“We’re doing as much as we can at the schools,” Reyna said of school districts’ physical and nutritional programs. “We’ve got to focus on a lot of our adult populations in our community.” – Excerpt posted by Daniel A. Flores

Read more here…http://www.themonitor.com/life/mcallen-expanding-its-let-s-move-initiatives/article_31303cdc-00ee-11e5-999c-93882396be37.html” icon_disp=”none” banner_image=”13544″ link_opts=”none” banner_style=”style01″ banner_bg_color=”#242424″ banner_opacity=”opaque”]

YourValleyVoice.com announced Watermill Express and H-E-B have teamed up with McAllen ISD to help students learn more about leading active, healthy lifestyles. They sponsored an essay contest with the theme “Creating healthy lifestyles one habit at a time.” Read more here…

The Monitor Commentary: “It began with McAllen ISD demonstrating its commitment to reducing child obesity with a “Let’s Move! Active Schools” proclamation…”Click Here! to read more on Let’s Move! RGV

News from Dr. Ponce, Superintendent!
Physical Education and Health Coordinator Mario Reyna went to the White House last week to hear First Lady Michelle Obama’s announcement on School Wellness. This link –
www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/26/transformational-changes-schools-nationwide – offers the 13-minute presentation.  The district’s involvement in Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign sparked the invitation!

towncrierClick here for the latest Valley Town Crier Report from Friday, December 13, 2013 –
Physically Fit Students Perform Better Academically

Let’s Move Proclamation in McAllen ISD
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 marked a monumental day for the McAllen ISD Health & Physical Education Department. At our Board Meeting, a Proclamation was announced that the McAllen ISD is an official “Let’s Move! Active Schools” District. 

McAllen ISD and SMART Partnership

September 11, 2013

The PEP Grant has permitted to expand our physical education programs to include SMART  technology systems in our elementary schools! We are excited to embark on this new journey in implementing this new level of technology in our physical education curriculum.

“Clearly a leading innovator who recognizes the value of technology, McAllen ISD is the first school system in the world to have the SMART (Sensory Motor Activity Reaction Training) technology system. The relationship we’ve established since you agreed to be a pilot school system for our new SMART technology has been a very positive one in creating a more effective learning environment. Because of our relationship, Exercise Technology, Inc. (ETI) is strongly committed to partnering with McAllen ISD to maximize the benefits of SMART for your students, as well as request your district to become a model demonstration site.”  – Tom West, EVP Sales & Marketing, Multisensoryfitness.com

Other Exciting News in the Health & Physical Education Department.

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John Medina – Brain Rules

FieldsVeggiesMay 2013 “STATE OF THE PEP GRANT”

Hidalgo County has been called the most obese county in the nation (The Monitor).  McAllen ISD Dept. of Physical Education and Health is taking action against that claim with the recently awarded Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant provides teaching tools, technology  and equipment allowing McAllen ISD to become the “Gym of the Future” today!

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) said, “We all know that education is key in fighting obesity, and what a better way to do it than start educating our population at a young age. Hopefully these good exercise techniques and eating habits they’re learning will be the same ones that follow them into adulthood.”

Below is an overview of what we have accomplished and learned so far this year:


New Physical Education Programs & Events

Teacher Training


Teacher Training


New Physical Education Programs & Events

Teacher Training

McAllen PEP Details


  • Year 3 – Window 4 Data Collection
    December 8 – 12
  • Year 3 – Window 3 Data Collection
    November 10 – 14
  • Year 3 – Window 2 Data Collection
    October 13 – 17
  • Year 3 – Window 1 Data Collection
    September 15 – 19
  • Year 2 – Window 4 Data Collection
    (Tentatively) March 24 – March 31, 2014
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014.
  • Year 2 – Window 3 Data Collection
    February 3  – February 10, 2014
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Wednesday, February 12th.
  • Year 2 – Window 2 Data Collection
    November 11 – November 18, 2013
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Wednesday, November 20th.
  • Year 2 – Window 1 Data Collection
    Oct 7 – Oct 11, 2013


teacher_of_the_year_appleTwo of our physical education teachers were honored as Campus Teachers of the Year! Congratulations are in order for Nelly Ramirez – De Leon Middle School and Nick ArandaHendricks Elementary.We are so proud that Nelly and Nick represented our field so positively.
  • Window 5
    April 29 – May 16, 2013
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Friday, May 10th.
  • Window 4
    February 25 – March 8, 2013
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Friday, March 22nd.
  • Window 3
    January 22 – February 1, 2013
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Friday, February 8th.
  • Window 2
    December 3 – December 14, 2012
    Data Collection and TEKS are due Wednesday, December 19th.

Baseline Data Collection Window 1

This window runs from October 22 – November 2, 2012. The purpose of the baseline assessment is to provide a starting point. After the baseline, we can determine what curriculum and equipment enhancements are needed over the school year.

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