Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fynn's 51 inch Muskie

Lets get this party started!!!!

WELCOME back Wolverines to another fantastic start to our year.   I had a great summer of activities and my son caught his first muskie...thing is, it was bigger than him so I had to hold it for the photo.  I also worked at a machine shop and did planning and curriculum work over the summer at school.  While I was at school I made it a priority to work out each day for an hour!
This year we will have Mr. Helmann and Mrs. LaRoe teaching PE at Westgate along with assistants, helpers, adapted PE and mr. Flanagan - my helper (This is his 10 year helping at Westgate!!)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 track meet video!!

5th Grade Track Meet

Congrats to all the elem schools for participating in the "All District - 5th Grade Track Meet."
Kids were seeded to race vs. kids from other schools with very similar times.  The events were the mile, 50, 100, 200, and relay races.  It was so much fun and really cool to cheer on all the schools.  Lots of kids broke personal records yesterday!!


Got some new spikeball rings with the jumprope for heart are doing much better than I am with it.  We start by just catching the ball, then progress to spikes, and finally 2 vs 2 teamplay.

Fitness stations!

Running some fitness stations while the weather is too wet....we have weights, exercise bands, climbing wall, jumping ropes, wii dance, boxing, running AND spikeball.

New Fitbit

Wow...they got watches now that log all your workouts, keep track of steps, and show your current heart rate without a chest strap!!!  How cool!!  Not cheap but a great fitness motivator.

Variety Show Fun

So...decided to participate in the Variety show with my son.  Made a song, got some kids, teachers and some really cool outfits and BAM!!  The Carhard Dance crew is a balst!

Track Events

Working on the Track events for the next few weeks as the weather allows...
been rained out quite a bit, but when we are running we will do the:
50 yard dash
100 yard dash
Relay races with batons
Mile or 1/2 mile runs

Thank you Jimmy Garroppolo!!

I made a few cards out of posterboard so the kids could sign to thank ex-student of Westgate, Jimmy Garroppolo.  Jimmy is currently playing Quarterback for the New England Patriots.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

US GAMES gift certificate!!!

Because we ran the Jump rope for heart program, we earned some US games gift a few students picked out some recess equipment!!

Just move it challenge!!!

ABC/25 hosted another great just move it challenge.  I was setup and clean up for both races...AND I had a few helpers this year!

The weather has turned!!!

So with the bad weather coming in and soaking the field, we turned in to play some volleyball.  I do have some larger trainer v-balls, but the younger kids get to use the beach allows them to get under it and keep it off the floor!


o.k. so behind a few weeks....been busy with everything going on....
So after the parachute we worked on Field Hockey!!!
That's right hockey in the field (weather was nice for once....)
We also played with 2 goals on each side and 2 goalies per side.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


This week we will be working on the Parachute activities...while working on Habit 6 - Synergize!!  If we work together, the results are amazing with the chute.  Also, thanks to Mrs. Kents class for helping the Kindergartners learn the ropes on the chute!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Jump rope skills numbers...

Alright the numbers in from classes and the results are in:

The top for NON-Stop are:
Forward = Danley/Redmon 430
Backwards = Solarz 275
X-Cross = Solarz 130

The top for Side by Side:
Facing = Nelms 54
Side by Side = Kocin 80
Triple = Kuehl/Carey 38
Quad = Lamich

Double Rope
1 Jumper = Lamich 111
2 Jumpers = Kuehl/Carey 61
3 Jumpers = Kuehl/Carey 38
4 Jumpers = Lambert 30
5 Jumpers = Solarz 23
6 Jumpers = Solarz 16


So for the next few weeks we will be working on basic balance moves.  We have basic tumbling, downhill rollers, balance beams, the climbing wall, parallel bars, the rope, and the vault.  Kids will work on improving balance, making moves flow together and building strength.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Jump Rope For Heart

Hey, this week we will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program.  Donations will be accepted after this week but get them in ASAP to get your dogs!!
Here are some shots of kids jumping in PE class.  I would also like to thank the students from Danley/Redmon and Darby/Zapatka class for helping teach the classes!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jimmy came home!!!!

Well, about 15 years ago when I started at Westgate....I had a student who super athletic, respectful, energetic, and usually off  That was, and is Jimmy Garoppolo - now playing Quarterback for the New England Patriots!!!  He came back to Westgate to talk to kids, tie into the 7 habits, and motivate Westgate to become LEADERS!!  How cool, thanks Jimmy for such an uplifting assembly!

Fitness stations

We have been swapping stations every 3 minutes to break into cardio, strength training, and stretching in PE.  We are also using the climbing wall for strength and endurance, boxing (on the bag), jump ropes and stretch bands!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tchoukball in PE!?!?!

So...after attending the PE conference in St. Charles this year, I found this AWESOME game called Tchoukball and had an absolute BLAST playing it.  Although new...the kids are picking up real quickly on it and using the mesh "frame" to bounce the ball into the play field...all while defenders move into position to catch the ball on the fly.  We are trying this with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders for the first year and hope to move it down to the lower grades as well.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Little help from our friends

So, the kindergartners were having a little trouble with the dribbles and shooting.  Thanks to Mrs. Nelms class for "helping out."  The 4th graders stayed a little late one class to instruct the younger kids!  They had a blast!