Physical Education
Instructor: Lindsey Conner
The new PE curriculum is still developing, but currently we are doing some activities from the Adventure Education Curriculum. In these activities students are learning to engage with others appropriately. The students are also acquiring leadership qualities and learning how to work with others to solve conflicts and create solutions to be “team players”. They will be learning to demonstrate the ability to use the decision-making skills of appropriate goal setting, risk taking and problem solving. Adventure Education also provides students with an understanding of and respect for differences. The curriculum is divided by grade level and has developmentally age appropriate activities. The focus for each grade level is broken down below:
Primary K-2
1. Working Together
2. Safety
3. Respect for self and others
Elementary (3-5)
1. Communication
2. Cooperation
3. Conflict resolution
Each class will have PE two to three times per week (please see schedule below).  Please check with your student’s teacher to find out which days his/her class has PE and be sure your student is dressed appropriately. Students should wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, shorts underneath skirts/dresses, and close-toed shoes fit for running.  Special running shoes are not required, but shoes with traction are recommended.  If your student cannot tie his/her shoes, please consider Velcro shoes.  Kids can leave their PE shoes at school if desired.

Second Quarter PE Schedule (schedule will alternate each quarter)


















Hamilton’s class is Monday & Tuesday

Edwards’s class is Monday & Wednesday

Sheridan’s class is Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

2nd and 3rd Quarter

curriculum for K-5!



2nd Quarter: K-2

Movement/Locomotor Games

Volleyball Skills & Paddles

-keeping the ball in the air

-striking an object

-eye hand coordination

Dance and Movement

-Body Coordination to commands

Chasing/Fleeing Games

25 Minute walk/run

Cardio Endurance


3rd Quarter: K-2

Movement/Locomotor Games

Cup Stacking

-eye hand coordination

-manipulation of cups

-following procedures

Jump Rope

-Coordination with an object

-Cardiovascular Endurance

-Muscular Endurance

25 minute walk/run Cardio Endurance

Roller Skating


Quarter: Grades 3-5

Basic Skills Games

Dance & Movement

–Body Coordination to commands

-Advanced Rhythms and Beat

-Replicate movement patterns and teach them to others

Pacer Test

Volleyball and Net Games

–eye hand coordination

-bumping and setting skills

-serving over the net

-team play

3 Quarter: Grades 3-5

Speed Stacking

-eye hand coordination

-manipulation of cups

-following procedures

-speed development


-pattern recognition and replication

Jump Rope

-Coordination with an object

-Cardiovascular Endurance

-Muscular Endurance

-Developed Level two Rope Skills and introduce level three rope skills

Fitnessgram Testing

Roller Skating



Girls On The Run
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Instructors: Kelly Tappendorf  and Nancy Yeagle 
Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm
Sessions start September 12th, 2016
5K Race: November 6th, 2016 at 1pm at Stephens Family YMCA
Fees: sliding scale based on eligibility for free or reduced school lunch, $25-$125
Registration: closes September 5th

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade can participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
Cross Country
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 Coach: Todd Searing
 Students can officially run cross country starting in 6th grade, but Coach Searing is dedicated to encouraging running in younger students as well.  He offers a summer running camp called Tigers on the Prairie (TOP) for his middle schoolers and their younger siblings.  Students entering 4th grade through 8th grade can participate (younger on a case-by-case basis).  Runners meet Monday-Friday, 8-9am at Prairie Park June-July.  Fees include a t-shirt and proceeds support UMS cross country.  Runners can participate in several 5K runs during this period with the camp- extra waivers and fees apply.  A flier will be sent home toward the end of the school year.
In addition, there are several 1-2 miles elementary races that students can participate in during the middle school cross country season.  Coach Searing has created two elementary races for the UMS home meets and St. Thomas More in Champaign has an open race after their Saber Invitational in August.  These races are open to any Urbana School District elementary students for no fee, waivers may be required.
Youth Basketball through Urbana Park District
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 Coaches: vary
 While not associated with the Urbana School District, basketball is offered through the Urbana Park District at Thomas Paine elementary for boys and girls grades 3-8.  Encourage your student to get a group of friends together and join the team at Thomas Paine!  Basketball starts in January and goes through mid-March.  Practice is at least once per week in the evening and games are on Saturdays.  Please see the Urbana Park District website for details, fees, and registration information.