Hoyt Middle School offers clubs and athletics programming for 7th and 8th grade students. 6th grade students are able to participate in clubs, but not as part of athletic teams until they reach 7th grade. Club offerings, however, include athletic activities such as dodgeball, basketball, and soccer. These programs are essential to a positive and nurturing school climate.
Research has shown, students that participate in athletics have higher academic scores, greater social awareness, and reduced absenteeism. Pursuing interests outside of the classroom allows for students to develop socially, explore their identities, and form bonds within the community. Regular schedules, clear coaching feedback, and sustained attention required in athletics, translate very well in the classroom. Scientists also believe that aerobic activity supports neurological growth and stimulates areas of the brain that handle learning and memory.
If that isn’t enough to encourage students to try a sport, how about this–IT’S FUN! Let’s go Hawks!