Clubs and organizations are a great way to help develop character and the skills that will benefit you in school, your career, and in life. Skills like commitment, leadership, effective communication, and being able to work successfully in a group all come from participating in a club or organization. Joining a club is a great way to make friends, develop leadership skills, and boost your college resumé.
Health and Fitness
My goal, as the physical education teacher at Oakridge, is to help every student become physically educated. There is a big difference between physical education and physical activity. Every person should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Physical education, on the other hand, teaches your children how to be skillful and safe while being physically active at school and home. I teach skills such as kicking, striking, dribbling, throwing, catching, jumping, and landing, with and without equipment. I concentrate on locomotor skills such as hopping, skipping, galloping, and leaping early, and then we build on those skills. We develop balance, agility, speed, power, and coordination, which transfer to all sports. I use technology to capture students moving so that we can use this knowledge to improve performance.
I also help students recognize and understand their fitness levels through both formal and informal assessments. With this knowledge we can analyze strengths and set goals to improve if needed, linking the appropriate activity to develop that area. Learning about nutrition is also a key to success.
Water safety, bike and pedestrian safety, and even sun safety are part of our curriculum.
However, teaching everyone the importance of cooperation, sharing, and respecting individual differences is evidenced every day. I am so happy and excited to touch so many young lives every day and instill a love of movement that will last a lifetime.
Oakridge Elementary is excited to have its own Mathematics Club. Select students in grades 4 and 5 will be meeting weekly to review math skills as well as provide enrichment. Students will practice weekly in preparation for the district competition in the spring. For more information about the dates and times of the meetings please check the letter out.
Safety Patrols at elementary schools are selected from fourth-grade students in the spring of the preceding year. Students are selected by teachers, principals, and patrol sponsors. In some cases, students must complete an application during the spring preceding the year they will serve, to be selected to serve on the safety patrol. They must exhibit responsibility, academic achievement, commitment, and a good attitude toward others. Each school site will determine how many posts they will need for the year.
School safety patrol trainees are usually chosen before school ends the year before starting at their post. They will have at least two weeks of "on the job" training with current patrol members where they will shadow them and see what the responsibilities are. When the training period is over and the trainee is able to demonstrate the ability and confidence to take over, the new patrol will take over the post. In many cases, new patrols take over before the school year ends.
The Oakridge Elementary School Chorus is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students who enjoy singing and will be meeting weekly. They are given opportunities to perform in a large ensemble while learning healthy singing techniques, developing part-singing skills, and improving general musicianship.