Highlands Physical Education

"Seven days without exercise makes one weak."

Fun in Physical Education Class

Over the past month students have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and games, including: Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), fitness stations, games (Bean Bag Spin, Angry Birds, Satellite, and Team SataRisk-It), and the Obstacle Course!

If you are interested in seeing some of my classes in action, continuing reading and scrolling...DDR, Angry Birds and the Obstacle Course (thanks to Peter M. in Mike's class for wearing the GoPro camera!)

After winter break we will start the year off with 3 weeks of floor hockey, followed by 3 weeks of badminton and 2 weeks of basketball. Students should be wearing their tennis shoes when they come to PE...this is for their SAFETY!!

Homework in PE?!?!?!?!

Yes, it's true! Your child has an on-going homework assignment. Don't worry, it isn't due until May 1, 2015! However, I know that communication from teacher to child to parent doesn't always occur so I'm giving you a heads-up so that no one has to panic on the night of April 30th because your child hasn't completed the necessary homework.

By May 1, 2015, all students are required, as part of their participation grade in PE to log onto Mrs. Mickschl's webpage and log their fitness minutes. Students have had and will continue to have the opportunity to do this homework assignment DURING PE class. iPads are available to use during PE classes, but the student has to make the choice to use them.

The number of entries varies by your child's grade...

1st and 2nd graders are required to log their fitness minutes at least 10 times before

May 1, 2015.

3rd, 4th and 5th graders are required to log their fitness minutes at least 20 times before May 1, 2015.


Please note...

The activity needs to be physical...walking, running, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, sledding (not with a tow rope), ice skating, playing tag, etc.

Only 1 entry may be completed each day

Activity must be outside of PE class, but could include recess, snack break, etc.

Activity must be within one week of logging the activity

Activity must be done PRIOR to entering it online

Furthermore, are you aware that children (and adolescents) should have 60 minutes or more of physical activity DAILY?!

Guidelines for youth physical activity:

Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.

Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.

By the way…

Adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Being active 5 or more hours each week can provide even more health benefits. Spreading aerobic activity out over at least 3 days a week is best. Also, each activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time. Adults should also do strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights, at least 2 days a week.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2008.

Intramural Floor Hockey

All 4th & 5th grade students at Highlands are eligible to participate in intramural floor hockey before school in the big gym. Once students have been placed on a team it is their job to check the schedule to see what time they play next. The earliest game will start at 8:33am – students playing in this game will need to be at school and ready to play by 8:30am. Games will start on-time! At the end of the regular season play, the two teams with the best record will play in the “championship” game – winners from this game will play the staff. There will also be an “all-star” team selected by Mrs. Mickschl – this team will also playagainst the staff.

Plastic hockey sticks and protective goggles will be provided. Officiating and scoring will be done by students throughout the season. Only non-marking running shoes may be worn in the gym, and proper gym attire is required.

Students are expected to be in the gym if they are at school for intramural floor hockey; they should not be in the hallways or classrooms prior to dismissal from the club. Failure to follow these directions will result in immediate dismissal from the floor hockey club.

T-shirts will be provided to each participant, please select the appropriate size when registering online.

Cost: $65

Registration #: HLS-Hockey


Thursday, January 29th

Thursday, February 5th

Thursday, February 12th

Wednesday, February 18th

Monday, February 23rd

Monday, March 2nd

Thursday, March 12th

Wednesday, March 18th


1st game starts at: 8:33am

 8:33 – 8:40

2nd game starts at 8:43am

 8:43 – 8:50

3rd game starts at 8:53am

 8:53 – 9:00

4th game starts at 9:03am

 9:03 – 9:10

Sport Stacking Club Ends

The Highlands Sport Stacking Club met for our last session on Thursday, December 11th.
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Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)
Obstacle Course