Highlands Physical Education

"Practice puts brains in your muscles" ~ Sam Snead

What's Been Happening these last few weeks in PE?

Well, we've been busy!! The week after Thanksgiving break students enjoyed making their way through the OBSTACLE COURSE! This is definitely one of the student's "favorite" activities we do in class. Some of the obstacles included: crawling through a tunnel, moving through a mat maze, climbing up and sliding down mat mountain, swinging on a rope, scootering, balance beam walking, spring board jumping and climbing on the climbing wall.

They spent a week playing a new game, called, "Ultimate Challenge," which is similar to Capture the Flag, but with a few more objects to capture. This game involved chasing, fleeing, dodging and a lot of strategy.

This week, students are practicing the PACER test and playing Satellite while wearing pedometers. Two out of the last three weeks students have been wearing pedometers during class to track their steps, activity time and MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) during PE.

This newsletter also includes:

Sport Stacking Group Photo & Highlight Video

Marathon Finishers

December Highlight Video

Jump Rope 4 Heart Information

Jump Rope 4 Heart Video (from last year's event)

5th grade Ski Trip Info

Intramural Floor Hockey Info

Fun activities to do during winter break

A few other notes:

~There will definitely be a run club for 3-5 graders in the spring on Mondays and Wednesdays and a 1-2 run club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am looking into adding a K+ run club on Friday mornings.

~There may be a Fun Fitness Club starting for 1st-3rd graders AFTER school...more information to come!

Highlands Sport Stacking Club

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Sport Stacking Club 2015

Highlands Marathon Finishers

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.

Recent Marathon Finishers include:

Keerthi Kaashyap

Tanush Maddulety

Sophie Sannes-Eckhoff

December Fun in PE

December Newsletter

Jump Rope for Heart Event Scheduled for Feb. 1 - 5

After winter break we will start to really focus on how to take care of our hearts, spreading the message to friends and family, and helping others when we can! The American Heart Association will be coming to our school on Friday, January 15 to share Heart Healthy messages to kick off our event.

The American Heart Association’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans. They will challenge our kids to start living a healthy lifestyle now to prevent problems later; and give them an opportunity to participate in a service learning project that funds the fight against heart diseases and stroke – #1 and #5 cause of death in our country.

Any student who registers at heart.org/jump and raises at least $150.00 online BEFORE the kick off presentation will be honored at the kick off and receive Toby the Top Dog (see my website for pictures and additional information)! All donations must be received by 4pm the day before the kick off.

Please join us in teaching our students the importance of being heart healthy for life!

Jump Rope for Heart 2015

5th grade Ski Trip

Thursday, Jan. 21st 2016 at 9:30am-3pm

8800 Chalet Road

Bloomington, MN

Fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in a downhill ski trip to Hyland Hills January 21, 2016 (Day 5). This trip was traditionally part of our physical education curriculum for many years and we are glad to have it back!!!!!

This trip is an opportunity for non-skiers to get lessons from experts and for seasoned skiers to have a fun day with their classmates. Hyland has stations set up with lessons on all of the skills needed to ski. Each station progresses students toward independent skill and students do not move on until they are ready. If your child is a regular skier, he or she has the opportunity to prove that skill and test out of the stations.

On that day, students will need:

· To pack a lunch, preferably in a disposable bag

· Bring money if your child wants to buy food, snacks or a drink at the snack bar

· Waterproof snow pants, sturdy gloves and ear coverage as part of their appropriate winter gear

· If you own skis, drop them off by the front door and we will load them into the trailer on the bus.

Permission slips will go home after winter break! Questions? Please ask! :)

Intramural Floor Hockey Starts Thursday, January 28th

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

5505 Doncaster Way

Edina, MN

**Please note there has been a date change** We will NOT meet on Wednesday, March 9th, instead we'll meet on Thursday, March 10th. Updated schedules will be provided on the first day of the club.

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/

Looking for things to do during Winter Break???

Students should have recieved the Winter Break Wellness Challenge worksheet

Here is a short list of other things you can look into...

Things to do during winter break:


Ninja Warrior Open Gym (Please tell me about this if you try it!!!)






Snow tubing


Julie Mickschl

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!