A quick update before we break for christmas! Last week we had our 4-minute running baseline challenge for all students in Grades 5-8 and we had really exceptional success. Out of 272 students that ran, 268 completed the 4-minute run without walking. 98.5 % success rate is outstanding. We will try a 6 minute challenge in late January or early february and see how many can make it the whole time!
Our main focus this second quarter hasn’t been on skill development or even sports in general, it has been on sportsmanship, teamwork, and handling adversity. The students have made a lot of progress and while some are much better sports than others, we are all learning and developing a respect for our teammates and opponents in game settings.
Our younger students (1st-4th) grade have spent the week learning basketball skills and playing dribbling games. Dribbling with right and left hands, changing directions, and passing has kept us busy. The students love to play tag games and keep away games when we dribble to make it more fun!
Have a blessed wonderful Christmas and remember to put GOD first this Christmas season!
The Fall is FLYING by!!!
November 3, 2017
I want to start this post by congratulating our PE volleyball champions this week. Each homeroom in 5th-8th grade had a champion in our 4 team co-ed volleyball tournament so congratulations to them! Our volleyball game play was fantastic all week long. There were incredible serves, passes, rallies, spikes, diving plays, and much more. The teamwork, communication, and trust that our students developed was very beneficial and encouraging. The unit included practicing and developing basic volleyball skills like the underhand serve, forearm pass, and set– as well as more advanced skills like the overhand serve, spiking, and rotations. The students also got to officiate there games and called violations like lifts, carries, net violations, and more.
A quick reminder that next week ( October 9-13th) we will have a brief multi-unit test in gym class. This test will cover our first two units (football & volleyball).
The 1st-4th grade students spent the past three weeks learning and practicing football skills. Its always amazing to see the development of the students not just throughout the unit– but across different grade levels. Our 4th grade boys are a football loving class– they were ready to start playing games early on in the unit! Some of our younger groups spent quite a bit longer focusing on instruction and skill development on things like holding the laces properly, kicking field goals & punting, and playing simple catch. The last week was supposed to be game week outside but the rain really threw a wrench into our plans so we did stations inside. I hope to spend at least one week this spring outside playing football games with our younger grades.
Early updates from P.E. Class
September 11, 2017
We are off to an awesome start in gym class and the kids are doing an amazing job! The Kindergartens are learning how to skip, gallop, and hop on one foot. This week we are starting soccer and I can’t wait to see our dribbling and passing skills!
Our 5th-8th graders are in the last week of our football unit! We have our co-ed football tournament this week and it will be fun to see who comes out on top! I have been so impressed and so pleased to see our students develop skills and an understanding for the game. To watch a group of 6th grade boys and girls huddle up, draw up a play, and execute it is really fun and rewarding! We aren’t ready for the NFL yet but they’re getting closer!
The 1st-4th graders have done station work and games led by Mrs. Peters. Our warm-up time has been spent reviewing dynamic exercises like running, skipping, karaoke, hopping, etc. as well as strength building with planks, push-ups, and more. We have also introduced a new warm-up routine that is similar to what you would see at a sports practice with lines of students performing different exercises like high knees, tail kicks, and sprints. The students have picked this up and are doing a great job.
I am looking forward to the rest of september, starting football with our 1st-4th graders and moving inside for volleyball with our older students!
Hello! My name is Mychal Lanik. I am blessed to be starting my 7th year as a full-time Physical Education teacher here at St. Pius/St. Leo School.