Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are next week on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 3. They run from 5:00 to 8:30. During conferences, I will be at both Pence and Washington Elementary each night. I will start at Pence from 5:00 to 6:30 and finish at Washington 6:30 to 8:30 on both nights.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

So, ya say you want a revolution?

The elementary PE department recently received a grant from the Fairfield Education Foundation.  This grant is for roughly 2,200 dollars.  The grant money will be used for a Wii Group fitness package.  The major equipment and technology being ordered includes a Wii console, Wii Sport Game, Wii Sport Resort Game, Dance Dance Revolution the Hottest Party Game, 4 DDR "Energy" Metal Dance Pads for Wii, 8 DDR "Non-slip" Training Pads, 5 "Tough" Training Pads, 12 digital pedometers.  All of this equipment can be used with a video projector and Bose sound dock purchased from the 2007 PEP Grant.  With the new equipment, entire classes will be actively engaged in the video games being used.  Exer-gaming is popular in homes throughout our country and becoming more and more popular in the school setting.  The order has been placed and the equipment should be arriving in early November.  We are thankful for all the Education Foundation does for the students of our district and can't wait to put our new equipment to use.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thank you Mr. Gruwell

This week marks the end of Mr. Gruwell's student teaching experience with the elementary PE department and the students at all of our elementary centers.  We have enjoyed our time with Mr. G. and wish him well with his next placement at the middle school.  Below I have created a fun and seasonal video farewell to Mr. G.  Thanks for all the great work at our elementary schools.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Height and weight

This week the PE department will wrap up measuring the students' height and weight.  The students will be measured again this spring.

Interlude Flash Mob

The students and teachers of Washington Elementary ended the day with a flash mob on Friday.  After learning the Interlude dance in PE with Mr. Gruwell the entire school gathered on the playground for a school-wide flash mob.  Enjoy the unedited video below.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Interlude

This week Mr. Gruwell taught the interlude dance to all the Pence Elementary classes 1st through 4th grade. This is a dance that was created by UNI students and has been growing in popularity around our country.  The middle school student section performed the dance at the homecoming football game.  I have included two videos of the dance below.  The first video is a how to video.  If you would like to learn the stages,  just follow along with the kids.  The second video was shot by Mr. Strickler and this was a mass interlude dance during a recent recess.