This is my fifth year teaching elementary PE at PRA. I am also the assistant coach for middle school soccer and middle school basketball. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with my teaching degree in 2012. My hometown was Greeley, Colorado and after high school I attended a junior college in Kansas where I also played softball. I earned my undergraduate degree from Cameron University in Oklahoma. I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm that elementary students bring into PE. I also love hiking, biking, running, and stand up paddle boarding.
ABOUT ELEMENTARY PE
Most elementary students at PRA have PE twice a week. This is our current fall semester schedule:
||Choir&Trumpet / Low Strings
||High Strings/Low Strings
|Dewey / Wright
||Ruby AM / Ruby PM Wright / Dewey
Students are expected to wear PE appropriate shoes (tennis shoes or sneakers). Shoe checks are done once a month and impact an elementary student in two standards (#2 Personal Wellness and #4 Risk Prevention and Safety). If snow or rain boots are needed because of poor weather we encourage students to bring tennis shoes to change into on their PE days.
Often, two classes come to PE at the same time and this is why Ms. Morse and Mrs. Dencklau both teach PE. Grades 3 - 5 are taught as a large combined class with one teacher leading instruction and the other teacher present for student help/support. We share teaching duties with these older grade levels. If your student is in these grades please communicate with BOTH Mrs. Dencklau and Ms. Morse.
Grades K - 2 are taught separately. The new k-8 gym that was built summer of 2018 is large enough to comfortably allow two classes of PE to occur simultaneously. There is a dividing curtain that we use to create two distinct class environments. Mrs. Dencklau and Ms. Morse collaborate on lesson plans to ensure that, over the course of the school year, all K - 2 classes experience the same curriculum.
- Standard 1 is Movement Competence and Understanding. What skills can you do? What information do you know?
- Standard 2 is Physical and Personal Wellness. Are you active in class? Do you strive to be healthy?
- Standard 3 is Emotional and Social Wellness. What behavior do you display? Are you respectful?
- Standard 4 is Prevention and Risk Management. Do you contribute to a safe and active atmosphere
7 MINUTE WORKOUT
In the 2017-2018 school year grades 1 - 5 did a 7 minute body-weight workout as a warm-up for PE class. If you are interested, you can also download the app and experience the fun (or burn, or sweat). The app is "7 Minute Workout Challenge" by Fitness Guide Inc. The icon is the number 7 inside of a green stopwatch and is $2.99. There are in-app purchase options for more exercises, or if you consistently use the app (everyday for a week or every day for a month) you gain free access the same material. With the students we have been using the classic version which has 30 seconds of work followed by a 10 second rest interval. In the app you can change these intervals or the number of cycles to match your fitness level! Have fun and remember to exercise safely!! If you take some time to search in the app store there are many 7 minute workout versions, some are free.
FIELD DAY 2019 will occur sometime in May. Details to come later.
Have a question about Elementary Intramural Sports?
Have a question about middle school or high school athletics?