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A trip to remember
On Friday, November 8, the eighth graders went on a fun and challenging field trip as part of their heart rate monitor unit in physical education class. The field trip began with instruction and training at the YMCA in Oconomowoc. The class participated in many lifetime fitness activities such as cycling, rock climbing, swimming, strength training, cardio machines, and aerobics. In addition, each student wore a pedometer and worked to achieve as many steps as possible. The top student, Nick H., accomplished 28,357 steps while at the YMCA ,and almost all the students met their goal of 15,000 steps. After the YMCA they went to the Golden Corral restaurant and had a great dinner and used some of their Spanish skills as they communicated with the wait staff. Finally, they went to the Bradley Center to watch the Marquette University men’s basketball game. The whole class received Marquette t-shirts with their tickets and were chosen to form a high-five tunnel for the players as they made their way onto the court. The game was exciting and the Golden Eagles won! Krista S. said after the trip, “This trip was by far the best one in all my years at Erin. We worked very hard at the YMCA and learned a lot about fitness, but the trip was so much fun! ”
Learning body control and self-control through yoga
On Friday November 15, all the 6th – 8th graders were able to take part in a personalized yoga session during their regular physical education class period. Hope Zvara from Copper Tree Yoga Studio & Wellness Center instructed the students on different yoga poses and movements that assist in strengthening the body, increasing balance, and improving their focus on proper breathing and posture. She taught the students about the importance of breathing and how it can help more efficiently pump blood by massaging the heart, and warm air through our bodies which helps to strengthen the muscles. All the students left the class with a great experience that they have the potential to build off of in their day to day lives. Many students showed that they enjoyed the experience and some expressed an interest in looking to continue the practice of yoga.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Fifty-five Erin middle school students, plus two fifth grade volunteer banner holders, participated in the annual Hartford Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 9. We marched the 1.5 mile route from Rossman school to Lincoln School, playing “School Spirit” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by memory. A trailer float for our tuba, baritone, xylophones and guitar was provided by Rick and Renee Pafford. A special thanks to all student performers and parent volunteers for their hard work and support!
Getting stronger and smarter through Boot Camp
On Friday, October 18, all the sixth-eighth graders were able to take part in a Fitness Boot Camp during their physical education class. Tony Callen from Cal Fitness & Performance provided a challenging instructional workout. He taught the science behind getting the best gains out of basic fitness skills like push-ups, squats and lunges. All the students left the class having experienced a fun and challenging fitness workout that they could now perform on their own at home.
Zach L. (trumpet), Grace B. (trumpet), and Emma W. (Flute), were chosen from hundreds of nominees to participate in the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association 2013 honors band. These students participated in a one day event in Freedom WI on September 28th, where they interacted with students from other schools, rehearsed for 4 hours with different music teachers, and studied in instrument sectionals led by professional musicians. After this one day of practice, the students will put on a concert in Madison at the Monona Terrace on the morning of Friday October 25th as part of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association yearly convention. Congratulations to these students for their hard work and talent.
On Saturday October 5th, 16 Erin students participated in a music performance recital outside of "Kate's Kloset" in downtown Hartford for the annual Fall festival. Piano, voice, saxophone, clarinet and violin were all featured. Recitals by: Nicole R., Camila E., Karina W., Raeann E., Amiah B., Ezekiel R., Holly G., Julia and Rebekah U., Ava R., Ginny and Grace N., Katie B., Petra and Peter L., and Miranda P. These students provided entertainment to passers-by, parents and grandparents alike, and helped to foster a musical community where students of all ages come together to support creativity and encourage one another.