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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2008 10:00 pm

In a quiet room at Lodi High School, a group of about 30 students work out to an aerobics tape while their teacher, Michelle Guardardo calls out how many minutes are left until the next water break.

Outside, physical education instructor Gary Knackstedt waits for his sweating students to finish running the track.

Some of the students are exhausted, but others are ready to move on to the next activity.

It's an average day for Lodi Unified School District summer school students. And though temperatures came close to record highs, the local high schoolers aren't letting the heat deter them from their daily workouts.

Neither are their teachers.

Summer school Principal Jeff Palmquist said the summer school administration is keeping the students' health in mind.

Schedules have been rearranged so the students are doing difficult aerobic exercises in the morning and swimming when the weather becomes unbearable.

Sophomores Elizabeth Ochoa, from Lodi High, and Brianda Garcia, from Tokay, run laps on the Lodi High track during the summer session Thursday. (Jennifer M. Howell/News-Sentinel)

But precautionary measures don't stop there.

"They've been doing the exercises but at the same time, we know it's hot," Guardardo said. "So we have them get water about every ten minutes."

Still, many students sound off disagreements, much to the amusement of their instructors.

"They complain, 'Can we get in the pool?'" Guardardo said with a chuckle.

Knackstedt has a different approach on whining students.

"Most students are 15 so they're going to complain no matter what," Knackstedt said. "We live in the valley … just keep hydrated."

Despite what teachers hear, many students still enjoy the day filled with activities such as running, weight lifting, ultimate Frisbee and swimming.

"I'm doing OK, it's tiring, but I'm just going along … I like running, I just don't like Tae Bo (aerobics)," said Tokay High student Yoselin Rangel.

Lodi High student, Scott Denton has found a way around the heat. He brings four water bottles a day and reminds himself that swimming is coming at the end of the day.

"Running is (the worst) because it's the hardest physically," Denton said. "Swimming is the best because I play water polo."

Contact Natalie Flynn at natalief@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 5:35 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    I think I'm going to go put a pancake on my head after what I've just read.

  • posted at 3:07 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    T & C, a man of your stature certainly must know Ms. Fink from the transit division. Why don't you go down and talk to her to resolve your issue with the city buses. Why would they even want to run the A/C on those buses when they're empty 90% of the time, anyway? Or go to city hall and file a complaint? Between dark sides, gob's and air conditioning on city buses, it's nothing a psychoanalyst can't handle. And some different meds other than what you're taking now.

  • posted at 3:02 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    T & C, that was a very pathetic blog. I'd expect something like that from a kindergartner.

  • posted at 2:24 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    The title of the article is "dapting to the heat!" Well, folks can ride the city BUSES which are supposed to have A/C on every run, and thus, buses can be deemed a "Cooling Center", thus helping folks "Adapt to the heat"! I am sorry you got soooooo confused you couldn't put 1+1 together!

  • posted at 12:13 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    It looks like the heat got to T & C. Explain how one reads an article on summer school physical education and comments on the A/C in city buses and the income of the students taking the classes?

  • posted at 11:56 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    Then walk or hitch a ride. Or better yet, buy a vehicle or a bicycle. LOL

  • posted at 8:11 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    papercut, the taxi's don't run till after 5 pm! Pay attention!

  • posted at 4:20 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    T & C, kwitcherbitchin and take the air conditioned taxi if you're dissatisfied. LOL

  • posted at 4:14 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.


    In some cases, children, seniors, those on medication...Can Not Adapt to the heat. They often times have A/C but cannot afford to run A/C because of their LOW INCOME! Cooling centers and places like the city bus (If they run their A/C and their bus DOESN't SHUT down from overheating offers folks a cool relief from the hot temperatures! We DON'T NEED 3 out of 5 city buses running their A/C, we need ALL 5 routes running their A/C through out the day! Turning on then OFF the A/C to keep the engine from overheating is not the answer!

  • posted at 10:46 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    If there are any Lodi High/Tokay High physical education instructors reading this: on Unhealthy air days such as yesterday, where the smoke is at its thickest, are you guys still having the students run outside?From a medical standpoint, I would assume that running or any major strenuous exercises wouldn't be good in this type of weather. Just a bit concerned



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