Highlands Physical Education

"Every child is a winner when they try their best!!"

Re-cap of late October - November

The last week of October was filled with Spooky Stations and "Pumpkin on the Playground"...a game very similar to what you may have played as a kid... "Ghost in the Graveyard!" Students LOVED these themed activities!!

The start of November included pedometers and the PACER...both individual and group. The PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) is part of FITNESSGRAM. FITNESSGRAM is taking place of the President's Challenge...more information to come!

Parachute Play and Juggling came next! Students started the week playing with the parachute..."Popcorn" and "Sharks and Lifeguards" were two of the most popular activities. The intermediate classes also enjoyed a cooperative challenge that included moving a ball around the outer edge of the parachute. Most classes also enjoyed hiding from their classroom teacher as well! Juggling was introduced at the end of the week.

The week prior to Thanksgiving break students had the opportunity to play Just Dance 3 in class. Our DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) equipment that traveled between all 6 elementary schools died at the end of last year. The new system (Xbox 360 Kinect), is able to track a students FULL body movement!!! Just Dance 3 allowed 4 students to dance at the same time!

Check out the video below to see some of the students in action!

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We are still looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of t-shirts for the HL Marathon. If interested, please make the check out to "Highlands PTO" and include "Marathon t-shirts" on the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the office or with Mrs. Mickschl.

9 students have completed the Marathon!!

Macklin Patzloff (Sponheim)
Jack Burbach (Sponheim)

Matthew Wu (Molitor)

Matthew Bartley (Johansen)

Emery Engelsma (Mack)

David Schwantes (Waage)

Reagan Reich (Waage)

Thomas Flynn (Schroepfer)

Jonathan Wu (Schroepfer)


Thursday, Jan. 21st 2016 at 9:30am

8800 Chalet Road

Bloomington, MN

The date for the 5th grade ski trip has been set!! We'll be SKIING (no snowboarding, sorry!) at Hyland Hills on Thursday, January 21st. More detailed information will be in the next newsletter!

INTRAMURAL FLOOR HOCKEY (4th & 5th graders)

Thursday, Jan. 28th 2016 at 8:30am

5505 Doncaster Way

Minneapolis, MN


Sign-up ONLINE at https://edina.thatscommunityed.com/

or call (952)848-3952

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 play against 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.

The coordinator for this is Highlands PE teacher, Julie Mickschl.

Cost: $65

Registration #: HLS-Hockey Financial Assistance is available -952-848-3952

Sign-up ONLINE at https://edina.thatscommunityed.com/

Fun in PE - Oct/Nov


Please feel free to contact me at anytime if needed!! E-mail is the quickest way to get a response, but a phone call works too!