I wanted to remind everyone that the 8th Annual Robert Cipriano Run is this Friday after our half day of school. Every 4th and 5th grade students at Howard had the opportunity to sign-up the last few weeks. If your child decided to sign-up, I have attached a reminder letter to this post that has all of the important information you will need to know about the upcoming run. If you have time on Friday, please come out and support our runners! The first run will start at 2 p.m.
This week, I will continue to have all of my classes run the track outside, weather permitting. The kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will only run during one of their classes this week. I will be assessing all of the classes this week on their run. The Kindergarten-3rd grade classes will be assessed on the 1/2 mile run and the 4th and 5th grade classes will be assessed on the 1 mile run. During the second class of the week, my kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes will continue to learn and practice soccer skills.
This week, all of my classes K-5th grade will go outside to the track to run during one of their classes. The Kindergarten-3rd grade classes will run 2 laps, which is a 1/2 mile. The 4th and 5th grade classes will run 4 laps, which is 1 mile. I will plan to assess my 3-5th graders on their run this week. I will also asses them on the run the next two weeks and I will use their best time as their grade on their report card. During the second class of the week and at the end of the class for the classes that see me once a week, they will all continue to practice soccer skills.
This week, I will continue to work on soccer skills with all of my classes kindergarten-5th grade. The main skills I will focus on will be the foot dribble, trapping, changing directions, and passing. I have a variety of drills and games that I will use to help my students practice these skills.
I will also have my 3rd-5th grade students go outside at the start of one of their classes to run the 1/2 mile run. This will help them to get ready for their cardiovascular endurance assessment and it will help the 4th and 5th graders to practice and build their endurance for the Cirpriano Memorial Run. The run will be at Ford Field Park on Friday, October 11th. I will hand out permission slips to Any 4th and 5th grade student that would like to participate in the run. They need to be returned with $3, by Wednesday, October 2nd.
This week, I will focus on teaching my students class routines, skills, and games that I will use throughout the school year. For example, I will teach the students a variety of stretches and exercises at their floor spots. Next, they will practice running inside and outside of the school. Finally, they will learn and practice some of the tagging and throwing games I use. These will be routines, skills, and games that all of my grades will perform to start the school year. There are many classes that I have only seen one or two times, because of the short weeks we had to start the school year. This means it will still take me this week to get them all to learn these skills and routines. I will plan to start my soccer unit with some of my classes this week, but many of them will not start soccer until next week.
I would like to welcome students and parents to the 2019 – 2020 school year. I hope that students will have a great experience in Physical Education class this year. We will do a variety of things in my class throughout the school year to help students learn how to stay fit and have fun.
This year I will see the 1st and 2nd grade classes one time a week for forty five minutes and I will see the Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes twice a week for 45 minutes.
The first time I see all of my classes I will spend the majority of time going over the rules and expectations for the year. The next two classes for the lower elementary classes (Kindergarten – 2nd grade) I will spend time going over stretches, exercises, red line exercises, and some tagging games that I will play during the year. The next two classes for the upper elementary classes (3rd – 5th grade) I will spend time going over stretches, exercises, running, and a few games that I will play throughout the school year.
The third week for all classes will consist of starting our soccer unit with all classes. This unit will continue for just over a month. I will also fit in running during almost every class to get my kindergarten-2nd grade students ready for their 1/2 mile run test and my 3rd – 5th grade students ready for their 1 mile run test . I will also work on getting the 4th and 5th grade students ready for the Cipriano Run, which will be held on Friday, Oct 11th at Ford Field in Dearborn. There will be more information to follow about the run in the near future.
I have added links below for my beginning of the year letters:
Howard P.E. Teacher
I am very pleased to announce that our Howard students raised an outstanding amount of $6316.60 this year! This is the highest amount that Howard has ever raised! This was also the 26th highest amount raised out of all of the schools that participated in Kids Heart Challenge Program in Michigan! The money our students raised will go to the American Heart Association to help fund research to fight heart disease and stroke. I would like to thank everyone that donated this year!!
Howard P.E. Teacher
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),
I am pleased to announce that we wrapped up chess club after a very successful season!! I am so proud of each of the students on the team and their commitment that helped our A team to achieve second place at the district championship this season. At the same tournament, our B team was able to achieve first place. Way to go, Howard! Chess club will finish the season with a pizza party to celebrate our season on Friday, June 7th from 3:35 to 4:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. During the pizza party, the students will play chess games and I will hand out awards. Parents will need to arrange to have their child picked up as soon as the party is finished at door #10 in the back of the school by the cafeteria.
Chess Club Coach
I will plan to assess all of my classes this week during stations. The Kindergarten-2nd grade classes will be assessed on the skip and the overhand throw. The skip will be their locomotor grade on the report card and the overhand throw will be their object control grade on their report card. The 3rd grade classes will be assessed on catching a fly ball, the 4th grade classes will be assessed on the overhand throw, and the 5th grade classes will be assessed on batting. These skills will be their object control grades on their report cards. If I am not able to assess classes, because of 5th grade camp or from having friday off of school, I will asses them next week. If i see a 3rd-5th grade class twice this week, I will have them play a softball game outside or inside, depending on the weather.
This week, I will have all of my classes kindergarten-5th learn and practice throwing, catching, and batting. I will have each grade level practice the skills in ways that will be appropriate for their ability level. To practice batting, all of the classes will start by hitting the ball off of a tee, using developmentally appropriate steps for the skill. My 3rd-5th grade classes will play 3-4 person lead-up game during their second class of the week.