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Mary Hurwitz



The year has started wonderfully! Students were able to start the year in the new gym. (Last year we were not able to get into the gym until mid October!) Students have been practicing getting used to running in a confined area (as compared to being outside all summer) and controlling their body to avoid any collisions. We did a number of tag games, and the students LOVED them!


We recently began our soccer skills unit. In the past, only grades 1-3 worked on soccer skills. This year, all the grades are working on them. The areas of focus are 1st- dribbling & trapping, 2nd- passing, 3rd- shooting, 4th- punting, and 5th-knowledge check of terms and positions.


This year the physical education department is involved in the PER process. That occurs every seven years. Subject areas review what they are doing well and what they can do better. As part of this process, the fifth graders will have a knowledge check in 10 areas throughout the year. This will also show on their report card. I will be giving students an assignment that they should be able to complete in a relatively short amount of time (5-10 minutes, depending on how they choose to respond). Most students will be able to do this during their teacher’s PLC time.


Another change is the fitness testing. In the past, we performed a variation of the Presidential Fitness Test. This year we will be using the Fitnessgram Test. Students will be tested in four areas: PACER Test (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run), Push-up Test, Curl-up Test, and Trunk Lift. This will be administered two times this year due to the timing in receiving the equipment needed for the tests. In the future, it will be giving in the fall, winter and spring.


I will let you know of other changes to our program in future newsletters.


If you are interested in having a conference about your student(s), please see my schedule listed below. If these times don’t work for you, please feel free to contact me via email or phone to schedule a different time. Please make sure you contact me if you would like a conference rather than just stopping in the gym. I want to make sure I have adequate time to talk to you. In addition, because of the hundreds of students I see, I want to make sure I have everything ready to speak to you adequately about your child.



Mary Hurwitz



Fall conference hours:


Oct. 6    3:00-6:00

Oct. 7    3:00-4:30

Oct. 10  3:15-5:15

Oct. 13  3:30-5:30

Oct. 14  3:15-5:45

Oct. 20  3:15-5:45

Oct. 22  3:15-5:45


Please remember if your child has an injury or something that would hinder his or her participation in class, make sure you send a note or contact me to let me know what happened. Many times children can participate in other ways, which allows them to stay a part of the group and will still keep them safe. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding things we have done in class or how your child is doing in physical education. I can be reached by phone at763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail