Welcome to the outstanding and awesome world of Physical Education!
All students receive physical education for 30 minute periods as a special. We follow the Wisconsin Standards for Physical Education. Thanks to a grant from S.C. Johnson, we were able to purchase $40,000 worth of equipment during the 2014-15 school year.
In PE your child will be participating in several fitness enhancing activities to help them achieve all of their goals. K-2 students will be refining their locomotor skills (run, jump, skip, gallop, shuffle). Third and fourth grade students will begin learning complex movements to get them ready for team games. In addition to playing kickball, whiffleball, and flag football students will be involved in cooperation games to enhance their ability to work with all students in their classes!
Fifth through eighth grade students will begin the year by taking their first round of fitness tests in September. These tests will include a long distance run, shuttle run, sit ups, push ups, long jump, sit and reach, and trunk lifts. We will complete these tests by the end of the first term and the tests will once again be run in January and in May.
For me teaching is not just about passing my knowledge to the students, but providing the tools that help them build their own thoughts. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. I have an Associates of Arts degree from Southwestern Illinois Junior College and a Bachelors degree in Business and Marketing Education from the University of Minnesota. This year, I will be the physical education teacher.
I am also the school's basketball coach. I've played on all different levels of basketball. In high school we won back-to-back state championships at St. Catherine's High School. In junior college, I won Athlete of the Year in 2007-08. In 2008-10, I played basketball at the University of Minnesota under the coaching of Tubby Smith. We went to the NCAA tournament both years. From 2010-12, I played professionally over in Europe for a team in Cyprus called Omonoia.
We have a boys' basketball team for the kids to participate in depending on the grade level. Tryouts usually are around November. There will be a handout sheet for the kids to take home before the tryout will be held. The season will last until February or early March. I try to teach the kids the value of teamwork and understanding of the game.