Announcements for 2018-2019:  We are looking forward to updating the pictures with our current 6th grade students.  Volunteer needed to take action pictures one PE class to get us started.  

Other 6th grade parent volunteer jobs: paperwork shuffle help in the equipment room with Sportfolios, assistance with net/wall sports unit - ping pong, volleyball, pickleball, tennis, racquetball (40 min. classes), volunteer for weight lifting instruction (10 minutes sections throughout the year), researching inspirational 3 minute videos for athletic motivation.  

Donations neededclear plastic sleeves for index cards, erasers for pencils, pencils, 5 & 10 lb weights, dry erase spray, ping pong paddles, beach balls, badminton rackets.

 
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Class of 2021

PE is on Wednesday for the first trimester, and Thursday the second and third trimesters.

   11:30-12:10 and 12:20-1:00 is the schedule.

 
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Mature Form of Throwing

“Crossing the midline” is an integral skill related to bilateral coordination.  Bilateral skills are important because it helps the right and left sides of our brains communicate. This link that allows both sides of the body to move together in coordination to perform a wide variety of everyday tasks like reading and writing.  Often times, maintaining attention and concentrating can be a challenge due to lack of communication between both sides of the brain.

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Net & Wall Sports

In sixth grade, we integrate locomotor skills (side-sliding, running, jumping) with manipulative skills (striking, setting, spiking) in a net/wall unit.  These sports are all inter-related: volleyball, pickle ball, badminton, tennis, ping pong, spike ball, racquetball.  While many students come in to the unit with limited experience, we know that the body will adapt to the demands placed upon it.  Through repetition we see our muscle memory respond to these sports.     

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Middle School Brain-Mapping

Our emotions change in middle school.  We feel more deeply.   Friendships that are supported through movement activate more dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin ~ neurotransmitters associated with motivation, bonding and self-esteem.    

 

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Ever Wonder?

One of our Habits of Scholars is curiosity and courage.  If we can take the risk to ask each other about life lessons - the deeper questions - we can begin to understand one another better and learn from their decisions.    

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Keeping in Target Heart Rate

 Here are clues that your exercise intensity is at a vigorous level:

  • Your breathing is deep and rapid.
  • You develop a sweat after only a few minutes of activity.
  • You can't say more than a few words without pausing for breath.

 

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Staff Interviews

Students ask staff and faculty members about the sports they played growing up, what they still do for exercise, and advice for a middle school student trying to balance academics and self-care.  

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Striking 

Striking with rackets can be challenging at first.  Although we do not memorize all of the rules of net/wall sports (isn't that what smart watches will tell us?) we focus on the improvements and affective domain (feelings, motivation, values) associated with the games.  
 

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Did you know that study habits that integrate exercise save time?  That means less time studying and more time playing.  There are ways to tap into short/long term memory recall simply by using exercise and sleep in your favor.