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Physical Education and Swim News: November 2013

Hello All!

We are plugging along here in physical education and swim. The first few themes that have been covered in the K-5 have been team work, underhand throwing, and catching. The middle school is nearing the conclusion of the Ultimate Frisbee theme. Most recently, they have learned about marking, which means playing defense in Ultimate terms.
In swim, the K/1’s have been working hard to learn the basics of breathing, the front crawl, and becoming more comfortable in the water. We have begun to learn how to float on our backs. One of the favorite activities has been the pirate game. That is a game where all of the students are pirates, and they have to steer their ship (a kickboard) using the flutter kick to obtain “treasure,” and transport it back to port. Grades 2-5 have been working on learning the proper technique for the front crawl push, pull, and starting positions. Feel free to ask your student about “catching fish.” The middle school is refining the back crawl technique, and they are learning how the pool is not limited to training for swimmers alone. We have done a circuit that incorporates swimming skills, but also involves moderate to high intensity levels of physical activity. The recent circuit incorporated treading, bobbing, the back crawl, and some hydrodynamic stretching.
I am happy to mention that it was a pleasure meeting many of you at conferences. It was great to connect with those of you whom I have met, and I look forward to meeting those of you whom I have yet to meet. The most common question I got was “If my child is in swim class here, are out-of-school swim lessons necessary?” My answer: Since I use the American Red Cross curriculum for swim, which is what a majority of swim schools use for their lessons, outside swim lessons are not necessary. While the extra practice and coaching can be beneficial, your student should be able to proficiently swim that is appropriate to their age and developmental
level. There is also an after-school swim program through Aftercare that some of the other students participate in as well.
Lastly, a friendly reminded that all students need to come prepared for class. This includes having the appropriate attire and materials such as, swim suits, goggles and footwear.
As always, if you have any questions or anything, you can always send me an email at cstaniszewski@hc.wash.k12.mi.us. Keep warm as winter starts to sneak up on us!

Physical Education and Swimming News: May 2013

In Physical Education the students have continued their physical fitness testing, as well as started a Frisbee unit. They have been working on throwing and catching, as well as a few games and activities. In the next upcoming weeks, students will begin a jump roping unit.
In swimming students are working to begin refining the skills they have been learning throughout the year. Lately we have been focusing on freestyle and breast stroke. This last week they have been learning how to assist other swimmers, as well as how to properly use life jackets.
The Maturation Unit for 4/5 and MS begins at the end of May. Please be on the look out for more information.
PE Play Day is scheduled for Friday, June 7th. Please keep on eye out for more information as the day gets closer. If you would like to volunteer, please email me at acdougovito@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.

Physical Education and Swimming News: March 2013

Just after mid-winter break, classes are starting a multi-week floor hockey unit. Students will be learning the elements of stick handling and passing, as well as the overall rules and strategies of the game. After floor hockey, we will begin a speed stacking unit. Speed stacking is a wonderful lifetime activity that not only works on eye-hand coordination, but utilizing both sides of the body simultaneously.
The pool was fixed over break, so all the classes are finally back in the water. After almost a month for some classes of being out the water, we are a bit behind, so the following weeks will be utilized catching everyone up to speed and building back up their swimming endurance.

Physical Education/Swimming News: January 2013

Starting in the new year students in physical education will be starting several new units. Over the course of the next several weeks, students will work on volleyball, bowling, floor hockey, and speed stacking. In addition to the new units, students will be continuing their growth as physically active persons and completing more FitnessGram Fitness Assessments. In the pool, students are continuing to grow as swimmers. Before winter break, several students were able to advance to a higher swim group. Everyone is doing great!

Physical Education/Swimming News: December 2012

Throughout December, students will be learning about Heart Rate and how they can utilize it for physical activity. They will also complete some physical fitness testing. Students will be given thorough explanations of each task and given time to practice each. In the pool, classes have been working on swimming endurance while improving their stroke ability. All the classes are making great improvements in their form and abilities.

Physical Education/Swimming News: November 2012

Students in physical education recently wrapped up a soccer unit and will soon begin a basketball unit. Students’ kindergarten through 8th grade will be working to improve eye-hand coordination, teamwork, and dribbling technique. In the pool, classes have been focusing on the freestyle stroke work and becoming more confident in the water. Students recently were taught several techniques for treading water and the practical application for why treading is important. Field hockey ended their season with some very good matches against,  Saline, Dexter, and Forsythe Middle Schools. While not as successful as we had wished, everyone showed amazing improvement from the start of the season to the end. I couldn’t be more proud to coach such an exceptional group of individuals.

Physical Education/Swimming News: October 2012

So far this school year in physical education, we have been working on team building and cooperative activities. Recently we just started a soccer unit. The first few weeks of swimming have been used to see what levels all of the kids are at and what they need the most work on. In the next few weeks, we will begin work on developing different strokes and becoming more confident in the water. The field hockey season has gotten off to a slow start with some tough losses against some good opponents. We have been utilizing great teamwork and communication to stay competitive, despite having a small team and often no subs. Our next game is Tuesday, Oct. 9th against Maumee Valley.

Physical Education/Swimming Notes: June 2012

I would like to say thank you to all of the students for working so hard this year throughout PE and Swim! You all did a wonderful job and I’m so proud of you!

I would like to say thank you to all of the staff and administration at Honey Creek for the continuous support, insight and for helping me grow as an educator.

And lastly I would like to thank the parents for all of the help and support during PE Play Day, student/staff basketball game, field hockey, after school basketball and most importantly encouraging your child/ren to participate to the best of their abilities during their PE/Swim classes.

I am proud to say that at the end of this school year 100% of 2nd-8th graders are deep end swimmers and 40% of our K1’s are deep end swimmers. This is solely due to their hard work and determination to succeed.

Once again, thank you all. Honey Creek will always have a special place in my heart.

Physical Education/Swimming News: May 2012

     Thank you to all of the parents who have signed up to help out for PE Play Day. PE Play Day is an amazing afternoon for students at Honey Creek. The event starts off with an all school picnic which parents are encouraged to attend, located outside next to the cafeteria. Afterwards we head down to the soccer fields for many different fun and active games. There will be an optional fun run following the games. To finish we will head to the playground for popsicles and pick up. I hope every Honey Creek student will be present to share in the fun!

If you have a student who will be in Middle School next year and is interested in playing field hockey please email me ASAP and let me know. I need to have a rough estimate of the number of players we will have. Field hockey is a great team sport that is offered to both males and females at Honey Creek. It is  a great experience to work together as a team, get a lot of exercise and spend time outside. It runs 3 days a week (typically M, T, and Th) for September and October.

In May the PE classes will be wrapping up jump roping (K-3), floor hockey (4-5) and volleyball (MS). We will begin to go outside more and do all of the outdoor games the students love, including: ga-ga, capture the flag, kickball, and ultimate frisbee. In swimming students will continue developing their strokes and stamina. Now is the time to start considering enrolling your student in summer swim lessons. They will be offered here during Honey Creek’s Summer Camp or you can also register through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed.

Lastly, I would like to thank the following people for allowing the MS Swim Elective class to attend the Canham Natatorium in a very successful field trip. Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Karen Giltrow, Matt Scott, Darnell Talbert, Mario Jordan, Christine Rawak, Tim Donahue, Joanne Barhite, Will Hathaway and Lily Jungan. I would also like to thank the students for doing an amazing job representing Honey Creek!

Physical Education News: April 2012

    I am excited to announce that the Middle School Swim Elective will be taking a field trip to Canham Natatorium on April 25th. Canham is located at the University of Michigan and is the pool where Michael Phelps trained. Traveling here will not only be inspiring for our students but it will allow them to practice skills that we can’t practice in the Honey Creek pool. Students will learn diving skills and also be able to see themselves swimming by looking at the bottom of the pool that is filled with mirrors. This will prove to be very helpful! If you are a parent of a middle schooler who is in the swim elective please let me know ASAP if you are able to volunteer to drive. We will leave the school by 12:30 and return by 2:30.

The Middle School completed their maturation unit in March. I would like to commend them on doing a fabulous job of participating and listening well!

In PE, the K/1 and 2/3 classes will be focusing on jump rope skills. This is an important skill to learn and it takes much practice. Please consider purchasing a jump rope for your home and encouraging your children to practice!

The K-5 swimmers have been working hard all year long. They have become very strong swimmers- some able to tread water for 10 minutes and more! The 4/5s are able to swim up to 10 laps in one class period! We have 20 K/1 deep end swimmers and 49 out of 53 2/3s have passed the deep end test! Your students have proven they know how to be safe in the water! Please congratulate them on their hard work and effort in the pool.

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