It’s 7:40 a.m. on a frigid, midweek day and the Mammoth Middle School gymnasium is bumping like a dance club, full of smiling pre-teens jumping rope, unicycling, riding sideways skates, and playing ping-pong, basketball, dodgeball, and volleyball.
Classes haven’t started yet, but teacher Todd Hensley is here early to supervise. He is lean and fit, with an engaging, active posture. When students break a rule, he calls them out and gives them 20 push-ups. Without protest, the busted students pump out the pushups, and rush back to their game of choice.