At the elementary level, my main goal in Physical Education class is to make exercising fun. If students learn at a young age that exercising can be fun, they are more likely to have a positive association with it and carry that habit into adulthood. Just like any subject in school, PE has state standards for each grade level that need to be met. Students also learn how to create goals for themselves, learn about the different muscles they are strengthening, and the importance of taking care of their heart.
There are tests in PE as well! However, mixed throughout all of this is a fun and energized environment. We make sure we have fun while learning. Every holiday season I implement activities that cover the standards yet involve that particular season. For example, during the week of Halloween we did a “Pumpkin Patch” relay races and “Pumpkin Patch” fitness. The students really seemed to enjoy both activities. For our “Pumpkin Patch” relay, each team had one pumpkin, they had to push it on a scooter all the way down to the opposite side of the gym and back. This activity really worked on their core and quadriceps. They also had to carry the pumpkin down and back without dropping it. This worked on their upper body strength. Next PE class, students asked if they could do the relay races again! Next up: Thanksgiving. Look for pictures on our sjls Instagram pages involving our Thanksgiving activity: “What’s on my Plate?”
It brings me great joy watching the students exercise with a smile on their face. Learning that exercise is important at such a young age is fantastic and I am thankful that God allows me to be a part of that everyday.
Mrs. Miller, PE
October 31st, 2019 at 8:30AM in the St. John’s Historic Sanctuary
As a Lutheran church and school, we are proud of our Christian heritage and the Junior Martin Luther Competition was designed as a way for us to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther. It was his courage that laid the foundations of our faith today. Every 6th grade student that has attended St. John’s since 2008 has spent the month of October participating in a variety of classroom learning activities that have exposed them to a deeper understanding of Martin Luther’s life, his relationship with God, the condition of the early church during his lifetime, and the good news of our Salvation that is found in the New Testament.
This year’s finalists included Jack Schirrmacher, Lexi Krumes, Amanda McArthur, Trinity Laurenson – Aumua, Joshua Grack, Calista Somerville, Faith Novak, Miah Lovett and Kylie Snyder. The Alternates for the competition consisted of Emily Paul, Ella Clapper and Olivia O’Day. Their participation in class, quality responses to weekly reflection questions, results from the Reformation in Disguise scavenger hunt, knowledge and understanding of Luther’s Table Talk memoirs, memory test scores, and Luther’s Dates quiz results were just a portion of the criteria that earned them a spot in this year’s competition. This competition consisted of several rounds of questions that pertain to the important dates in Martin Luther’s life, his favorite passages from Scripture, his Table Talks memoirs, his small catechism, and much more.
This was a single elimination event. One incorrect answer removed a finalist from the competition. All correct answers were confirmed with the statement, “this is most certainly true.” After 35 minutes of intense competition, Trinity Laurenson–Aumua, from Mrs. Van Blarcom’s homeroom, won the competition! After winning the competition, Trinity proceeded to nail the 95 theses on the Castle Church door. Last year’s winner, Chanel Kruse, presented her with a Martin Luther bobble head doll along with the Luther Cup Trophy that will be displayed in her homeroom for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school year. Her picture from this event will also be displayed in the Middle School hallway on the Junior Martin Luther Legends wall of fame. Congratulations Trinity!
Nathan Mercier, 6th grade
St. John’s students actively participate in learning the skills of critical thinking, collaborating, creating and communicating throughout all classes. However, in the elective class public speaking, middle school students engage in a semester of learning and fine tuning their communication skills. The class begins with learning that communication is all about sending and receiving information and that it is an art to making sure what a sender wants communicated is received the way it is intended. Then, students proceed to focus on basic communication skills such as, listening, nonverbal communication and paralanguages (how we verbally relay information). After the basic skills have been learned and practiced, students choose which types of formal public speaking they would like to master.
The pictures and video show students practicing their paralanguages by presenting a story to the class. Communication is a significant life skill for all students to learn, practice and master. Middle school students participating in public speaking class refine this basic skill that connects creativity, critical thinking and collaboration together. Next up–debate!
Laura Kruse, Middle School Teacher
Last week our 2nd graders participated in our school’s annual H.E.R.O. training program where they learn about survival, empowerment, and safe-thinking strategies. While the subject is certainly sobering, this program does a wonderful job of focusing on empowering our students in an emergency to use their brains and have strategies in mind when dangerous situations arise. All of our students eagerly embrace the Hide, Escape, Run, and Overcome challenges as they learn that Superheroes are those who know how to save themselves and help others.
This week we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week and learning how to make healthy choices in all aspects of our lives as we give thanks to God for the strong healthy bodies with which He’s blessed us. If you are on campus this week, be sure to check out all of the fun classroom doors decorated for the competition!
The 4th graders have been studying the early tribes of California. They are learning about their environments, tools, and shelters. They were tasked to create an example of a house or a tool in our STEAM lab. They used their imagination and creativity to collaborate and to work independently. They applied their past knowledge to create something new and exciting. They found fun ways to display their learning.
Beth Clark,4th Grade Teacher
This year, the 5th graders are finding their voices through podcasting. The 5th graders worked through the creative process to develop a podcast “channel” that included cover art, a creative channel name, and creating their own intro and outro music.
Podcasting allows all students to share their thoughts, knowledge, and opinions on any given topic and can be used across all subjects. Students who may not be good writers or may not feel comfortable sharing in front of their peers have flourished by creating podcasts.
The students recently created their first “All About Me” podcast episode in which they shared information about themselves. This project allowed all students to have a voice in their learning. Throughout this school year the students will continue to use podcasting to demonstrate their learning. They will be conducting debates, interviewing book characters, reviewing books they have read, and much more.
Kyle Duport, 5th Grade Teacher