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Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00

November Phys. Ed. Info

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Middle School students in grades 5-8 will be starting a volleyball unit. This unit is designed to provide the students with some very basic skills and knowledge to participate in volleyball. Hopefully we will acquire the social skills necessary to work together in a positive and productive manner. Objectives in the unit will be for students to perform basic skills such as forearm pass (bump), overhead set, and serve. The goal is for students to display etiquette and sportsmanship during this unit. Elementary students will continue to develop and improve their locomotor and manipulative skills. They will be participating in striking lessons using their hands,racquets, and other small implements. This will improve their eye-hand coordination. 3rd and 4th grades will be doing volleyball lead-up activities and games.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

Oct./Nov. Phys. Ed. News

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Middle School Physical Education: Students in 5-8th grades have completed their fall fitness testing and have set baseline scores and times. Next April we will retest to see if their has been growth and improvement in physical strength, cardio endurance, speed and agility, and flexibility. Students will work all year long at fitness routines that will help them to grow in each of these fitness areas. Wednesday will be our "Workout Days" where the MS students will participate in strength/flexibility/ cardio workouts developed by personal trainers and myself. We will focus on our core muscles quite a bit during these workouts. Our sports related activites on Thursdays will include Gator Ball and Football in October, and Volleyball in November. Elementry Physical Education: Grades 3-4 have completed their fitness testing in October and yes they all survived the mile and half-mile run test! Students in K-4 have been working on improving…
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

Physical Education Newsletter for Jan./ Feb.

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The Middle School students have been learning different types of fitness workouts each Wednesday in PE class. They are being shown routines and exercises that they can transfer to a fitness gym or do at home. They recently completed H.I.I.T workouts for beginners. H.I.I.T. stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a metabolic conditioning workout where the student should feel physically challenged. For example, we did a 20 min. HIIT workout using 5 different cardio/strength exercises. The student tries to do as many reps as possible during a 45 second interval and then rests for 15 seconds then does the next exercise, rest, and so forth. They did 3 rounds of these 5 exercises this way. Another example would be our pyramid training doing cardio/strength exercises. Example: 10 reps of an exercise, 20 reps of another, 30, 40, 50, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10. for our Thursday…
Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

November PE Part 2

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Middle School PE on Thursdays will focus on skills development in the activities we are participatingin for that period. November will focus on volleyball skills using different striking and volleying techniques using different types of balls. Elementary PE will doing a tumbling lesson soon and then moving in to learning to hit balls with an underhand stroke and tossing and using an overhand stroke. They will use objects like balloons, foam balls, beach balls, and volleyballs depending on the grade level.
Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

What' going on in PE for November?

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Parents in Middle School you may have heard from your students that the 6-8th grades are now having Physical Education on Wednesday's along with Thursday! Yes, it's true! Hopefully they will enjoy the extra day. We will be focusing on fitness only during these 1/2 hour classes. We will work on endurance, flexibility, agility, and strength doing circuit, station, and partner training. Students will need to remember to bring gym clothes and tennis shoes on both Wed. and Thurs.
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Sept./Oct. Phys. ED. Newsletter

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The beginning of the 2015-16 school year is off to a great start in Physical Education. All classes went through Day 1 in PE (orientation day) learning about routines, rules, and expectations/consequences. Middle school students were read and given a syllabus to take home and review with their parents/guardians. It was to be signed and returned so hopefully you saw the syllabus! Grades 5-8 have been fitness testing the past couple weeks. They are measured in flexibility, muscular endurance/strength, and cardio endurance. When not testing their activities have included softball, tennis racquet baseball, gatorball ( incorporates football, soccer, and basketball skills), and football passing, punting, and kicking. Students in K-4 had their orientation lessons involving classroom management activities. We have been using a lot of manipulative physical skills using hoops, beanbags, and throwing skills. We have practiced kicking, trapping, and passing soccer balls, Last week we were passing and punting…
Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

Physical Education/Health for May

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Happenings in May PE/Health Middle School students are finishing their final fitness testing for the school year. Students have been participating and enjoying a new game called Gator Ball which is a combination of Soccer, football, and basketball. We will finish the year by playing softball/tennis racket baseball. 8th graders will be supervising stations during our Field Fun Day on May 15, 2015. The Fun Day will run from 1:00-3:00. An informational sheet is being sent home to parents on April 30th. Please volunteer to help the 8th graders supervise this fun event. 3-4th graders have completed their fitness testing and all elementary classes are working with manipulative sports equipment to develop hand/foot eye coordination. We have used playground balls, beanbags, hula hoops, balloons, scoops, foxtails, tennis balls, yarn balls, and soccer balls to name a few objects they have been using. In Health, the 3rd graders have been learning…
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

Physical Education/Health in February

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Happy Valentines Day from the Physical Education Department at St. Joseph Catholic School. All grades have been working hard to improve our hearts by jumping rope, jogging, and doing fitness station exercises. Hopefully we will be improving our hearts for the love of Jesus and one another each and everyday! Elementary students have been doing activities that push the heart to work at different rates and then we measure our heart rates during those activities. WE have been rope jumping for a couple weeks now and will continue to incorporate this into our cardio-endurance portion of class. Tag games our used as instant activities to get our hearts pumping and the blood flowing to warm our muscles for stretching and strength exercises. We will finish the month doing tumbling activities to improve coordination, transfer of weight from one body part to another, and balance. Middle School students have been working…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

January News in Physical Education and Health

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January is here and school is back in session! This will be a busy month as we work to get back in shape after an enjoyable Christmas break. Middle school students will play Scooter Basketball their first class back from vacation. We lower the hoops and let the kids roll around the gym floor on scooters while passing, dribbling, shooting, and scoring from their bottoms, knees, and belly. The students have a blast at this unconventional and exhausting way of playing basketball! Their activities the rest of January will focus on floor hockey skills. Stick handling, passing, trapping, shooting, and goal keeping are all taught during this unit which is always one of the favorites of our middle school students. The elementary students in K-4 will be involved in several activities this month. Students will be working on improving their skills at dribbling, shooting, passing, and catching basketballs. The focus…
Friday, 05 December 2014 00:00

December Physical Education

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December PE News: 5-8th students are in the middle of a basketball unit. We have been focusing on activities and skills that all students are capable of being successful even if they are uncomfortable with the game. We will work on passing, dribbling, and shooting during our activities. Teamwork, cooperation, and positive reinforcement are stressed in this unit. Elementary students in K-4 have just finished their volleying and striking unit. They used their hands, rackets, and paddles to hit,serve, and volley different objects. WE will be playing Christmas games the next 2 weeks.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

November in Phys. Ed.

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5-8th Physical Education We will be focusing on the fundamentals of volleyball during the month of November. Volleyball originated in the United States and is played worldwide today. It was developed to provide an indoor game to be played during the long,cold winters in the northeastern states. William C. Morgan is credited with the origination of the game in 1895 at a YMCA in Massachusetts. Volleyball requires quick movements and reactions to the position of the ball. Students will learn overhand and underhand serving based on their age and skill levels. We will learn proper technique of bumping and setting of the ball. Lower grade levels may use a beach ball and foam balls in lead up activities to playing the game. Students will play a lead-up game called Newcombe Ball. 3-4th Grade PE Students will learn to serve beach balls, foam balls, and volleyballs using the underhand technique. We…
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 19:34

May PE

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PE in May:   The home stretch is here, the Kentucky Derby has come and gone, but the students are still working out and learning in Physical Education.   3-8th grade students have completed their fitness testing for the school year. Students were evaluated and most everybody improved in the following areas. 1. Cardio-Endurance (PACER RUN) 2. Flexibility (Sit-n-reach) 3. Muscular Endurance/Strength (Pull-Ups/Arm Hang) 4. Speed and Agility (Shuttle Run) 5. Muscular Endurance/Strength (Sit-Ups)   K-4 students are finishing the year with manipulatives using equipment such as whiffle ball bats, hula hoops, scoops, parachute, and play ground balls. We will work on learing how to control these items and perform skills while using these items.   5-8 are finished with soccer and moving on to softball/baseball type acivities.   I hope all parents will encourage your children to stay active over the summer.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:26

April PE/Health News

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                      Thank to all the students, parents, and grandparents who donated funds to our March mission, the American Heart Association's "Jump Rope for Hearts". The students enjoyed jumping rope in class and improved greatly in their rope jumping skills and endurance.   The middle school students will be starting their soccer unit this month. Hopefully the weather will improve and we can get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmth that it brings. We will be working on ball skills and playing games during class. During this unit, the students will also be taking fitness testing to see how much growth they have gained since last fall in cardivascular endurance, foot speed, strength, and flexibility.    Elementary students in 3rd and 4th grades will be doing their fitness testing in April/May. Activities include shuttle run, 1/2 mile and 1 mile runs, sit-ups, pull-ups, and flexibility stretches. All…
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:43

February Wellness Challenge

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               Parents, we need your help tracking your students vegetable consumption each day from Feb. 8 through Feb. 21. Your kids have been bringing home tracking forms to help keep records of fruits, vegetables, and minutes of physical activity for each day during a two week period. We need your support to help stress the improtance of healthy eating habits and healthy daily physical activity habits.   Students have been jumping rope in Phys. Ed. and we will be getting out info to you about our mission for the American Heart Association and " Jump Rope for Hearts".   Thanks for your efforts,   Brent Bender    
Friday, 07 February 2014 12:12

February Newsletter PE Part 2

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Students in K-5 will be jumping rope each period in class as part of their fitness component. Various types of jumps will be performed during the month. We are working on floor hockey skills right now. Students are learning the proper way to hold a hockey stick, the parts of the stick, how to stick handle or control a puck, and how to shoot  athe puck.                                   Later in February we will begin our tumbling unit with each class using age appropriate exercises or manuevers.   Middle school students are playing floor hockey, jumping rope, and participating in Rec Games this month.                  
Thursday, 07 November 2013 15:04

St. Joseph PE Nov. 2013

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St. Joseph PE Nov. 2013                             Middle School students are working on their volleyball skills and game during the month of November. Middle school girl volleyball team members are helping teach and demonstrate proper technique for bumping, setting, and serving. Fitnessgram testing is on-going and the kids will try to improve their endurance, flexibility, coordination, and muscular endurance.   K-4 students are continuing to refine their locomotor skills and object control skills this month. Soccer skills are being improved and lead-up games for Soccer are being played early in the month. Students in each class will be doing a striking unit as a lead-up to volleyball skills.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:17

Physical Education in October

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                              October is a great time of the year for students to be outside playing and being active. Please encourage your students to stay fit and get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.   Middle school students will run the PACER endurance run for the 2nd time this fall. Let's hope for some improvement in their aerobic capacity levels. Our football unit will be this month and we will be stressing skills and activities that all can participate in and show some competence.  We will follow the football unit with our soccer unit. Fitness will continue to be stressed for the first half of each class.   Elementary students will continue to work on improving their locomotor skills and their agilities. Students will learn the proper way to throw, catch, kick, and punt either a football or other type of ball. We will also be starting our manipulative units this month.…
Friday, 30 August 2013 11:19

September PE Activities

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                                        September PE News   Welcome back to school and GO HAWKS!   Elementary students have been focusing on playing and exercising safely in PE class. We have been stressing teamwork and cooperation while modeling the six pillars of character and faith. Students have been practicing routines and games to understand personal and general space.   Middle school students will be doing the Fitnessgram Fitness testing this year for the Presidential Fitness Program. We will also be doing a softball and lacrosse unit in September