The middle school students enjoyed a nice spring morning exploring the beautiful nature of our city. Here are some photos of our trip to the James River Park system.
We just wrapped up our last week of the running challenge with some exciting news, our middle school students won the Sports Backers Healthy School Challenge in the small school division. This means we had the highest percentage of runners participating in the 10k among other small schools in the area. Some of our students got the chance to accept the award and $500 prize on Saturday morning before the race. It was an exciting day as it was the first time most of the students completed the 6.2 mile run. We also had a few lower school students participate in the 10k. All of the participants were sent out with cheers from their peers the day before the race during an all school cheer rally. Over the 10-week running challenge the students in grades k-8 worked collectively to run 2,482 miles. It was fun to watch students in all grade levels improve their endurance over the 10-week challenge. They exhibited great sportsmanship and supported each other every step of the way. Below are a few mages from the last few weeks of our journey.
Our 6th annual Running Challenge kicked off this week. This year the students will “run” loops of cycling’s 2015 Road World Championships course which takes place in downtown Richmond. The course for the road circuit is a little over 10 miles and I have challenged the students to run over 240 loops of the course (around 2,500 miles). Clearly, that was not enough! This week we set a new record for miles in a week with students in grades k-8 running/walking over 550 miles! Below are a few images from the week.
The umbrella theme this year for Sabot is “Our Richmond”. The middle school students got a little taste of “Our Sabot” during a scavenger hunt on their first day of PE. It proved to be a great way to get exercise and to explore their school. Some of the scavenger clues involved the history of our school. Did you know the slate in the Gillette garden came from Libby Prison, a prison and hospital during the Civil War? You can still see the jail cell numbers and the holes where the bars went.
Below are some of the clues and images of the fun.
The theme of this year’s Field Day was time travel. Each class arrived from a different time period. We had travelers from the 70s in matching tie-dyed shirts, passengers from the Titanic, soldiers from World War I, immigrants from Ellis Island, students from the future, gladiators from ancient Rome, guys and gals from Grease Lightning, New Yorkers in the 80s and 8th graders from 2014 who are ready to graduate. Upon arrival each class presented their time period and flag to the group.
Our station volunteers went above and beyond to make the day enjoyable. Several even came in costumes that corresponded with their station theme.
Students travelled back (and forward) to 7 different time periods.
Time Period # 1: The 1980s
Students rocked out to 80s music. Like totally rad.
Time Period # 2 The Oregon Trail
The students travelled to the river by wagon and then forged the river. After crossing the river they completed a series of obstacles down the trail.
Time Period # 3: Ancient Greece
Students travelled back in time to the first Olympics and participated in a toga run.
Time Period #4 1950s
Students travelled back to the hula hoop craze of the 1950s. They participated in a variety of hula hoop challenges, including a “shuttle relay”, racing their hula hoop and threading the needle with the hoop.
Time Period #5: Colonial Williamsburg
At this station students completed an egg and spoon and wheelbarrow race.
Time Period #6: Medieval Period
Students faced off in a head to head “sword fight”.
Time Period #7: Year 5120
At this station Robots of the future had taken over New York City. The robots’ weakness was water. Students tried to knock down the robots with water bombs.
Thanks to our many volunteers and teachers there were smiles all around!
Biking in PE is a highlight of the year for the students as well as myself. Students practice techniques that make them safer and more efficient on the road. They exhibit good sportsmanship and cheer each other on. They have fun and beg for more. The true magic happens; however, when a student learns to let go and trust their body. You can see it all over their face- the sense of accomplishment mixed with a bit of surprise and overall giddiness. In just two weeks I can see the students grow in their confidence. That confidence continues to grow from one year to the next. This year I had the joy of watching a student who learned to ride her bike in PE two years ago help another student learn to ride this year.
Each year we conclude bike week with a run-bike-run duathlon. On the day of the duathlon the students anxiously await putting their skills to the test. This is something I can relate to, finding joy in working hard and pushing yourself a little harder than you thought was possible. At the end of the duathlon they tell me how exhausted they are- with some of the biggest smiles I have seen all year.
We just wrapped up week six of the kids challenge and the polar vortex that has had a grip on our city didn’t stop the students from running- they are already up to 1,263 miles. It also didn’t diminish their enthusiasm for running and most students agreed that while running in the snow was more of a challenge it also added a greater element of fun.
In addition to running in the snow another highlight included 2nd graders running extra miles for a middle school student who couldn’t run due to a broken arm. There was also a discussion in kindergarten about what happens in your body when you run. Some of the most memorable quotes include: “you have to breathe harder”, “your muscles gets air”, “you feel warmer”, “your heart pounds faster” and “you get a runny nose”. As in previous years other highlights include students spending their entire recess running, begging “just one more lap” in PE and having students eagerly tell me about the miles they ran at home over the weekend.
Below are a few images from the first six weeks. I am looking forward to what the next four will bring.