In recent weeks in Physical Education, the students have been working hard on developing their individual levels of fitness. Every third week we complete what is called Fitness Week. During this week the students participate in a variety of different activities which work on all of the components of fitness; cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Some of the activities the kindergarteners through 4th grade participate in include: tic-tac-toe fitness, UNO fitness, and Fitness for Points. The 5th through 8th graders work on a lot of station work; whether it be individually or with partners. They also participate in the activity Fitness for Points and Circuit work. How Fitness for Points works is the students are given a sheet of paper and on the paper it has an abundance of fitness activities listed. Each activity is worth a specific point value. The students have to accumulate a certain amount of points before they can turn in their paper. This way the students get to choose which fitness activities they would like to participate in. During circuits the students perform a certain exercise for a specific amount of time then alternate with a jog or walk.
We have also been focusing on team activities. Some of these activities include kickball, Capture the Flag, Soccer, Pin blast and many more. During these activities we try to work with as many different people within our class as possible. I am really trying to stress how important it is to be able to work with a wide variety of people as possible. Please make this a priority at home and during recreational activities as well.
When the students return after Christmas break they will be participating in our Fitnessgram testing. This will involve our 3rd through 8th graders. Testing will involve the PACER, trunk lift, push-up, sit-up, and the sit and reach. I am hoping that with all the work the kids have been showing during class the test results show their improvement. We will have at least one more fitness testing before school is out for summer.
Upcoming units include hockey unit, and the ever popular fitness unit! The students in grades 4-8 will also being working on a project where they are develop their own PE game/activity. They will be placed in small groups and have to develop their own game name, rules, objectives, and playing fields. I can’t wait to see what creative ideas they come up with.
The basketball team is just about complete with their season and both teams have made amazing progress. The teams have their final home game on Tuesday, November 28th at 5:30pm against East Atchison. The girls’ team will play their final contest when they travel to take on Clarinda Lutheran on Thursday, November 30th. Our basketball teams wanted to send a huge thank you to all the St. Gregory fans including parents, other Falcon students and their families, Alumni, and teachers. It is fantastic to have such a great crowd for our home games. St. Gregory School and the Athletics Department would like to thank our volunteer basketball coaches: JR Kurz, Brian Vierthaler, Joe Quinlin, Scott Liebhart, and Ken Garner. They have done an amazing job and we appreciate them giving of their time, talents, and treasures. Due to their willingness to volunteer our basketball teams will be sporting new uniforms next season!