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.
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 locomotor and agility skills. We have focused on proper overhand throwing techniques and manipulation of various objects such as hoops, beanbags, playground balls, footballs, etc.. we will focus on rythmn and working together with the parachutes. We will work on kicking skills with soccer balls, and continue working on proper throwing form. In November we will have a striking unit that will be a lead-up to volleyball skills in Middle School. Mr. Bender
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 activities and games we have completed our basketball unit and are moving on to a Floor Hockey unit. We will warm-up on these days jumping rope with short and long rope jumping hopefully improving cardio-respiratory conditioning, agility, balance, and coordination! Elementary students are finishing up on ball-handling skills using differenttypes of equipment. They have begun their rope jumping lessons and will be doing stick handling for hockey skills and then some tumbling routines and flexibility exercises.
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.
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.
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 footballs and bouncing and catching playground balls. Thank you to all who have donated used or new items to ou PE equipment drive. We have the month of October to donate to the program. Mr. Bender


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 about skin, nails, and hair as part of the Integumentary System. 4th graders have been studying about the Skeletal and Muscular systems. K-2 have learned about teeth and the 5 senses.


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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 with kettle bells, dumbells, strength bands, body bars, and other tools to improve strength. We use light weight, multiple reps, and stress proper technique in our strength fitness exercises. Our cardio workout is a 5 minute jog with agilities and exercises included in that 5 minutes. Students are working on short and long rope jumping activities. The students are choosing the sports activity each period that they want to participate with each other.

In Health the 5-8th graders are continuing to learn about systems of the body.





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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 is on fundamentals using a basketball rather than making  the kids basketball players. Activities are designed so that all students will reach some level of success in participating with a basketball. We will be using scooters in class as a fitness tool. Moving your body around the gym on a small scooter can certainly build strength, endurance, coordination, and be fun! Elementary students will learn the proper way to hold a Jr. Hockey stick while learning how to manipulate an object puck/ball while controlling it. Grades 3 & 4 will be allowed to play floor hockey using the skills they will learn in handling a stick. We will finish the month with the beginning of a jump rope unit.

In Health class 5-8th graders will be learning about various  systems of the human body. The body systems covered are:

5th: Circulatory and Respiratory Systems.    6th: Digestive System.   7th: Nervous System.   8th: Endocrine.




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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.

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