Friday, December 12, 2014

Having fun in PE!

Perfect timing to catch this great teamwork! 


Almost got it...
Practicing our Pillow Polo skills

Great partners

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Paternity Leave

Hello HMS Families!

As many of you have heard, my wife and I are expecting a baby boy at the end of October. I will be taking a temporary leave to help my wife and to bond with the little guy. We all know the baby can come at any time so Mr. Carozza and I have been busy with the hiring process. Actually, Bill and I have just hired a recent graduate from Keene State College to fill in for me. Her name is Jordan Whitiker and she has had some great experience with children for a young professional. I'm sure your son or daughter will continue to enjoy PE during these three weeks.


For those of you who join us on Tuesdays for the Walking School Bus, it will be postponed for the time that I'm away. Tentatively, Oct. 28th and Nov. 4th there will be no WSB. Tuesday Nov. 11th there is no school due to Veterans Day. Thank you so much for your support with this program!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Walking School Bus!

Some HMS students on their first walk of the year!

The HMS "Walking School Bus" is a weekly walk to school from the Cracker Barrel Deli. Weather permitting, we meet every Tuesday morning at 7:30 and start walking by 7:40.  It only takes about five minutes so your son or daughter will have plenty of time on the playground before they head into school. It is completely voluntary; you can come every Tuesday or just when you have the extra time. If you would like to drop your child off, I will make sure he or she makes it to school safely and on time. Thank you and I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Body Worlds: Vital

Baseball Swing

This past weekend my wife and I were traveling through Boston and decided to stop and buy tickets for "Body Worlds: Vital." It's a temporary exhibit that is currently on the second floor of Boston's Quincy Market. I highly recommend going if you're at all interested in anatomy, physiology, sports, or just simply exercise. Check out the short video clip at this Faneuil Hall events site.

One of my favorite parts was a comparison of families across the world (Canada, India, USA, Australia, Japan, Mexico, etc...) and their typical weekly diets. As you walk down this particular aisle, there were pictures on the walls of families with all of the groceries they consume in a week. Along side the list of food was a dollar amount (in US dollars) of what they normally spend. The message I received was that healthier looking families ate very little processed foods, more fruits and vegetables, and they didn't necessarily spend the most money. Adding the percentage of their food costs relative to their income would have made this point more clear. However, it was a great visual representation of the old saying, "you are what you eat."

Dancer

The overarching theme of all the displays was that you have one body and it's up to you to make sure you take care of it. Many of the leading causes of illness are due to lifestyle choices that we have control over. We all need to make sure we eat properly, get enough sleep, limit alcohol, avoid tobacco, and manage our stress levels.

If you have the time and are in the area, I urge you to stop by and take a look!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome back to HMS!



My wife Erin (carrying our little one!) and I enjoying a hike in Rocky Mtn. National Park. 

This summer has been a busy one. In addition to our vacation to Colorado, we've been getting our house ready for our new baby and Erin has been transitioning from full time work to being a full time Mom. We are both so excited for this new chapter in our lives to begin. 

I'm also excited to share with you that I attended a week-long Responsive Classroom workshop. Myself and two other colleagues from HMS traveled down to Westfield, MA for four days to immerse ourselves in the practice. For those of you who are not familiar with Responsive Classroom, it's an "evidence-based social and emotional learning program." As an educator, I think of it as a way to bolster a community in the classroom (or gym) by means of positive teacher language to ensure children are learning to their full potential. For a brief informational video on RC, scroll down along the right side of this blog.

For families who are interested in my weekly "walking school bus," I will announce a start date soon. Typically we begin sometime in mid-Sept and as long as the sidewalks are safe, we'll walk to school every Tuesday throughout the year. For more information click on the "Welcome Back" audio clip at the top right of this blog. 

A mother elk and her baby. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring into Fitness!

Every HMS PE class involves elements of fitness but once a year during our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, 2nd and 3rd graders really focus on building muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Here are just some of the activities from this past week. Don't forget to check out the PE pics tab at the top for more photos! Happy Spring!







Monday, March 31, 2014

Jump Rope for Heart




Second and third grade classes at HMS have just started a fitness unit in their P.E classes. Students will be introduced to various types of activities that include jump ropes, medicine balls, agility ladders, stretch bands, balance disks, etc… During this unit, students will have the option to participate in a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. This program was designed by the American Heart Association to raise money and awareness for heart disease and stroke. Students may collect donations online through the website: www.heart.org/jump or hand in the donation folder with checks made out to the American Heart Association.

Knowing every detail may not make its way home, here are some answers to common questions:

1.)   No, it is not mandatory to collect any money.
2.)   There is no “event” that your child has to sign up for.
3.)   If you choose to collect donations, the money must be brought back by 4/18/14
4.)   Your child does not have to keep track of their jumps to receive donations.


Donation folders will be sent home with your child this week and for those families who choose to collect money, please convert all cash to checks (payable to the American Heart Association). As a thank you for your support, the AHA will provide students with small prizes for raising money. You can read about other details on the form itself. Thank you so much for your consideration and support of this great event.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014