We’d like to write jokingly here that to measure the success of over two decades of enriching education with cross country skiing at Glenshire School, one only need to look at the delaminated skis, poles with missing baskets or straps and worn out boots! The serious response however, includes the idea that in the six (or seven) years a student attends Glenshire School they are provided an incredibly rich classroom experience with integration of visual and performing arts, science, technology, math and language arts. As a whole school our high quality academics are focused on providing 21st century learning components such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication and citizenship. Still, our staff values looking at the whole child and making decisions based on what is best for the whole child developmentally. To achieve those 21st century components we must have well rounded joyful students. Cross country skiing is one way we balance a well rounded education for our students, especially with our youngest learners. Skiing enhances our existing curriculum and strengthens a Glenshire student’s overall experience.
On a recent ski field trip to Tahoe Donner Adventure Center a Glenshire teacher (with 20 students behind her) was stopped by a former GES parent, whose daughter now races on a college cross country team, and the parent profoundly thanked the teacher for continuing to teach students cross country skiing “all these years”. Her daughter was introduced to cross country in kindergarten at Glenshire and has maintained her healthy active ski habits for over twelve years - it is safe to say she’ll be a lifelong athlete. Students and parents appreciate teachers taking time to “go the extra mile” to give students rich experiences such as skiing in addition to all they receive in the classroom.
It is important to note that our third through fifth grade students also cross country ski but they are not requesting new equipment at this time as their equipment has been replaced recently. Likewise all of the equipment we purchase can now, and in the future, can be interchanged with their existing equipment should the need arise since the new product has a universal binding system that works on all brands of boots and skis. It worth mentioning that all graduating Glenshire students move comfortably into the popular and successful Alder Creek Middle School Nordic Team. Exposure to cross country skiing throughout the elementary years best prepares the students for success at the middle school team level.