Highlands Physical Education

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April Re-Cap

Wow, where did the month go!?!?!

Students were busy learning skills related to volleyball: forearm pass, overhead pass, underhand serve and the overhand serve (intermediate classes only).

I spent April 6-8 at the SHAPE America Conference in Minneapolis! SHAPE America is the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. It has defined excellence in physical education and provided leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level —from preschool to university graduate programs. Needless to say, I came away with a plethora of new ideas and had a blast connecting with college friends, teammates and some of my favorite professors from UW-La Crosse!

The end of the month brought about striking with short handled implements...Primary classes worked with lolli-pop paddles and foam balls - focusing on the forehand, backhand and underhand serve. They ended their unit with a two-day Paddle Ping-Pong Tournament. Intermediate classes spent one day working with lolli-pop paddles and foam balls, but quickly moved onto badminton skills. Students in these classes worked on the underhand serve, forehand hit, backhand hit and overhand smash shots. They enjoyed a two-day doubles badminton tournament where they played rally score to 11, winning by 2.

For the past 15+ years, Edina has been doing the President's Challenge. This year we are in the process of switching over to the FitnessGram (http://www.fitnessgram.net/parents-students.asp#a01). During the fall of 2016 we will officially begin implementing all of the fitness assessments (1 mile, PACER test, curl-up, push-up, trunk lift, and sit and reach) during PE classes.

This week we have been practicing some of the new assessments, including: the curl-up test, trunk lift and the sit and reach test.

Run clubs are in full swing! There is very limited space available if your child would still like to join. 3rd - 5th graders are running/playing games on Mondays & Wednesdays; 1st-2nd graders are running/playing games on Tuesdays & Thursdays and K+ is on Friday mornings.

Next week we are planning to head outside to start our throwing/catching/softball/baseball unit! Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us!!

Highlands Marathon is back up and RUNNING!!!

The flags and sticks are out and the kids are running! Two more students added their names to the wall of finishers and one student is working on his third (yes, THIRD!!) marathon!

April Finishers:

Lily Sannes-Eckhoff

Claire Norman

Matthew Bartley - finished his second marathon, currently working on his third

Edina Highlands Water Bottles - $5

I have a limited supply of EXTRA water bottles that I ordered for spring run clubs. If you are interested in purchasing, you have several options:

1) Send your child with $5

2) Stop by the main office

3) Stop by the PE office (green door located between the gym and the cafeteria)

Here are the specs:

21-ounce BPA Free

Black with white writing “Edina Highlands” with a hornet


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5th Grade Bike Trip Parent Volunteers NEEDED

The 5th grade Bike Trip is just around the corner!!! We are set to ride on Tuesday, May 31st!!

I am in need of PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!! This trip will not happen without your help! In short, I'll need parent bikers (10-15), drivers & riders (3-4) and a few parents for popsicle handout at the end of the day. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me via e-mail.

Students will need to know how to ride a bike safely. They will also need a bike that is in good working condition (examples: tires are inflated properly, brakes work, handlebars secure, etc.). Dirt bikes are NOT recommended for this field trip. Students are required to wear a HELMET for safety! I will send a bike checklist home when the field trip gets closer. If you know your child will NOT be riding a bike the day of the field trip, but still plans to attend, I need to know ASAP so that I can make appropriate arrangements to get them to and from the parks.

With all of the construction in and around Edina our route will be modified from previous years (my website does not reflect the new route yet)...I'm still working on it!

Lastly, please consider biking with your son/daughter prior to our field trip so that they have built up some endurance and can bike the entire distance.

The rain date is set for Wednesday, June 1st.