The Alice Deal school offers boys and girls (grades 6-8) basketball, cross-country/track, and soccer as well as baseball, softball and volleyball. It also offers cheerleading, fencing and rugby. Students take physical education and health for a semester a year.
Mrs. Obama can be seen at the school's outdoor facility performing some of the dance moves - even trying her hand at The Dougie.
"So this is an exciting day", said the First Lady. "Over 600 schools all over the country -- and I heard they even did this in Japan -- at this same time are going to be doing what you’re doing, and I wanted to be here and see it. Now, I haven’t had time to learn the moves. I’ve watched the video. I haven’t been like you guys, so I’m going to be off to the side just trying not to embarrass myself, but I am so excited to see you all get going."
How'd she do? Watch the students' Flash Workout here.
While Mrs. Obama was promoting student exercise, her Commander In Chief husband was promoting education by honoring National and State Teachers of the Year - including Hawaiian teacher of the Year, Kristen Brummel, a teacher at Noelani School in Manoa, Hawaii where President Obama was a student.
"So, I thought that was pretty cool. I went there in first grade. It’s a wonderful school", reminisced President Obama, who's sister is a teacher.
|President Obama with Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer and Education Secretary Arne Duncan|
in a Rose Garden Ceremony honor state teachers. Photo/CD Brown.
|Michelle Shearer. 2011 Teacher of the Year. Photo/CD Brown.|
"America wants to be the leader in public education. And it's more than just teachers and students working in the classroom: It's parents, communities, businesses. Everybody buying into the idea that our students are worth it and that they are the future of our nation."
We asked Shearer what her thoughts are on the parents jailed for trying to send their children to a better school outside the district where they reside.
"All parents want the best education for their children, that's a given", said Shearer. "And parents are an important partner in making sure that students get a quality education. The most important thing is making sure that every neighborhood school is a quality neighborhood school. Sometimes that means that different schools need different things. When we think of equity we think every school needs the same thing. We need to look at each school and see what that school needs for its students and community. I'm a believer in neighborhood schools, and I think if we come together as communities we can really take some of our schools that are low achieving and turn them into high performing schools."
When we asked Shearer if she thought the parents should be jailed for wanting to give their children a better education, Shearer replied: "I don't comment on that. My comment is making sure we have a great public school for every student in the country."