WMU District Newsletter
Motivating Lifelong Learners
Message from Administration
Yours in Education,
Mr. Jeff Maeder, Superintendent of School
Mr. Dave Edwards, 6-12 High School Principal
Mrs. Karinda Wahls, PreK-5 Principal/Curriculum Director
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Spotlight on our Physical Education Department
Mrs. Drey - Year 2 - Teaches Middle and High School Classes
Ms. Iverson - Year 1 - Teaches Elementary and High School Exercise Science
It is our hope that when our students leave WMU they will have a toolbox full of knowledge and skills to live a happy and healthy life both physically and mentally.
Elementary Physical Education K-5:
Our Elementary Physical Education classes have been enjoying a variety of activities so far this semester including parachute, dance, and kickball. The students absolutely loved the different activities done with the large parachute where we focused on cooperation and teamwork! Dance was also introduced this semester. Popular dances such as the Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, and Cotton Eyed Joe are being taught to the students in hopes that when they attend life events such as school dances, weddings, and birthday parties they are able to dance along. Dancing is a lifetime fitness skill that students can use to remain healthy both physically and mentally. Lastly, we have been playing different kickball variations. Kickin’ it old school with this one! Kickball is a timeless activity that promotes teamwork while working on many fundamental skills.
Middle/High School Physical Education:
Our middle and high school students have primarily been focusing on team sports this semester. We started the semester introducing Pickleball. Pickleball has been a rapidly growing sport over the past few years played by people of all ages. The students participated in round robin tournaments where they could showcase their skills and their competitive sides. Other team sports we have been playing include floor hockey and Tchoukball. Tchoukball is a fast-paced handball sport that focuses on coordination and speed. We will also be playing Spikeball, Wiffle Ball, Soccer, and hoping to bring Frisbee Golf to class.
High School Exercise Science:
High schoolers have the option to take Physical Education or Exercise Science during their time at WMU. In our Exercise Science class, we focus on fitness concepts along with speed and agility training. Students are working on improving their coordination, agility, flexibility, explosiveness, strength, and overall athletic performance. The students participate in a comprehensive weight training program that goes hand-in-hand with their current activities. Students are tested in different areas including a variety of sprints and jumps. SHOUT OUT to our students who have continuously set personal records during our testing days. We also do yoga every Friday. The students seem to love this change of pace.
Pull Toy Excellence
Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Youth Swine Judging Contest
Crooked Creek FFA sent two teams of students to the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Youth Swine Judging Contest in Des Moines on Thursday, February 2nd. As part of the contest, they competed in live animal classes, including a class of market hogs, commercial gilts, a keep/cull class, and a carcass evaluation class, as well as two tests - commercial pork production and meat quality.
Our teams competed against 162 others in the senior division with 706 individuals. Team one, consisting of Quinlyn Smith, Katie Miller, Carter Loyd, & Eli Miller, placed 3rd overall. Team two, consisting of Kurt Beard, Grant Anderson, & Caiden Ball tied for 114th and were all first-time competitors for an FFA Livestock Judging Event. Individual placings were Katie Miller - 11th, Quinlyn Smith - 33rd, Carter Loyd - 49th, Eli Miller - 142nd, Caiden Ball - 222nd, Grant Anderson - 462nd, & Kurt Beard - 497th.
Drums Alive combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. Drums Alive is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Our students are excited to have this opportunity.
ELEMENTARY FAMILY MATH NIGHT
7th Annual Mini Dance Marathon
WMU Students Qualify for State Speech
Isabel Kann~Expository Address
Allison Humphreys~Radio News Announcing