The Middle School Physical Education Department purchased some new equipment for the 2017-18 school year. Using the student fee money ($2 per student in grades 4-8) all money will go towards purchasing new equipment for the students.
Two new scooters and six new dodgeballs were purchased to replace aging equipment. Contrary to what Mr. Garrabrant says, we do more in P. E. class than just play dodgeball! We use the dodgeballs for many activities besides dodgeball, like grid games and alley games. Ask your son or daughter to explain those activities to you if you are unfamiliar.
Striking moving objects is one of our state standards. To help improve students rate of success at this skill, we purchased two 16” diameter volleyball training balls, and 12 oversized badminton birdies.
Many of our activities involve the students themselves acting as the referees/umpires. Of course, a ref needs a whistle. Traditional whistles are not good for sharing, and electronic whistles are not very reliable due to batteries and easily breaking if dropped. We think we finally found our solution, hand held squeeze whistles. They are easy to use and safe for sharing, and require no batteries. Most importantly, they are durable. No matter how many times they get dropped, they won’t break.
Finally, we are very excited about purchasing a portable timer, one like you might see at the end of a 5K race to let people know their finishing time. This timer will be used on the track on days we run the mile with our students. Each time around the track the students will be able to see their time and know if they are on pace or if they need to increase their pace. It will also give them instant feedback when they finish, they will immediately know their time. The timer will also be used in our fitness room for weight training station work.
~ Kim Bajko and Jason Goon, Physical Education Instructors