Eagle Mile ChallengePosted by James Roach at 9/12/2017
Mr. Roach & Mr. D encourage students to step up to the Eagle Mile Challenge. The goal is to see how much each student can improve from his/her Eagle Mile time during the previous school year. Runners will compete by grade level in a class competition during specialists time (Music, Library, PE) on the Eagle Mile cross-country course to see which class has the fastest average time. EVERY RUNNER COUNTS!!
We encourage our students to get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. However, we know that most of them are not getting close to this. With PE only lasting 75-90 minutes A WEEK, Mr. D and Mr. Roach provide our students with "Morning PE" where students are able to jump rope in the gym or run on the track every day from 8:10 - 8:35 before school.
Please ask your son or daughter about their Running Club Card. We encourage each student to keep his/her Running Club Card in their backpack so that they can use each morning to keep track of their laps. Every time they complete a lap, a designated student or teacher stamps their card. Because our track is 268 meters in length, every 6 laps = 1 mile. Every time a student completes 10 miles (60 stamps), Mr. D records their name as a way to keep track during the school year. Students who achieve a designated number of miles by the end of the school year earn a prize!
Elementary District Track MeetPosted by James Roach at 5/30/2017
Kids Bowl Free!Posted by James Roach at 5/1/2017
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Go online and sign up for FREE bowling this summer! Hiline Lanes, in Burien, along with other select bowling lanes across the nation are offering 2 free games of bowling every day, 7 days a week, ALL SUMMER LONG! All you have to do is register online to receive your free passes every week by email. All children 18 years of age and under can enjoy this opportunity from April through the end of September!
F.I.T. Day 2017 Success!Posted by James Roach at 3/31/2017 12:00:00 PM
On Friday, March 24th, 2017, Madrona played host to F.I.T. Day. Students in grades 4, 5 & 6 competed in a variety of events administered by the district's elementary PE teachers. This year's event saw 2 new stations that were kept secret until the day of event. As a test to kind of even out the playing field so that 1 school would not have more practice opportunities than any other, these 2 stations were a hit and saw more participants than any other station! Also new this year was the use of Twitter & Periscope to help broadcast the Shuttle Run station live! You can view more info about this district sponsored event, including results, on our F.I.T. Day event page. CLICK HERE for a link to the replay of the live broadcast!
Field Day 2016Posted by James Roach at 6/15/2016
With cool temps and intermittent showers throughout the day, Field Day 2016 went off without a hitch. Grades 1-6 enjoyed fun under the cloudy skies on Monday while kindergarteners enjoyed mass fun on Tuesday. Check out photos from this year's event below:
Free Bowling!Posted by James Roach at 6/1/2016
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Go online and sign up for FREE bowling this summer! Hiline Lanes, in Burien, along with other select bowling lanes across the nation are offering 2 free games of bowling every day, 7 days a week, ALL SUMMER LONG! All you have to do is register online to receive your free passes every week by email. All children 18 years of age and under can enjoy this opportunity from April 1 - September 30.
To sign up, visit: www.KidsBowlFree.com/Hiline
Elementary District Track MeetPosted by James Roach at 5/12/2016
The Highline School District Elementary Track Meet is coming to Highline Memorial Stadium on Friday, June 3rd, from 2:45 - 5:00pm. Please plan on arriving early so you don't miss the Community 1-Mile Run!
Click Here to download the Event Flyer.
Click Here to download the Spanish version.
New Tag BoardPosted by James Roach at 5/5/2016
On Wednesday, May 4th, Madrona’s gymnasium and foyer outside the cafeteria received new tag board, courtesy of Highline grounds crew Kimberly Magee. While our gym was receiving a new coat of paint, I decided to look into alternative ways to hang posters and other pertinent information for our kids. Because tape does not always adhere to brick very well, we figured that tag board would be the way to go; plus it does not leave a sticky residue! Within a week of placing the work order, Kim was on site with me to go over the plans. Back at the shop, she was able to cut the boards to size and create a border before securing them precisely to our desired locations. I appreciate Kim’s hard work and professionalism in being able to provide our PE department with long overdue tag board so that we can pass on information to our students.
Game Lines PaintedPosted by James Roach at 4/23/2016In preparation for F.I.T. Day 2016, I began looking for ways to improve the appearance of our school since we would be hosting this year's event. While scoping out a location for our basketball spot shooting contest, I noticed that our outdoor courts were in need of some uplifting. With F.I.T. Day quickly approaching, I took it upon myself to clean up the backboards. Unfortunately, the backboards were too stained and rusted that I was left with no choice but to paint them. Due to the nature of the spot shooting contest, I decided to wait until after F.I.T. Day to paint the basketball court lines. In the meantime, Mr. D and I repainted the tetherball and four square courts. With Mr. D taking on the basketball and hopscotch courts, our students and rest of the community are now able to utilize our resources even more for fun physical activities!
New Gym Paint!Posted by James Roach at 4/22/2016
During the week of April 18th - 22nd, the walls of Madrona's gym received a fresh coat of paint, thanks to Dale Wammer (Highline School District Paint Lead). The current Madrona building is now 13 years old and that was the last time our gym was painted.
After our running track refurbishment earlier this school year, I started looking for other ways to enhance our facility. Then while hanging 2 new flags in the gym, I noticed that our walls appeared to change color as I climbed higher up the ladder. I knew that the walls were marked up and stained from the thousands of kids that have used it over the years. That's when I decided to put in a work order so that hopefully by this summer, I could potentially paint it myself. As I arrived to work on Monday the 18th, I found Dale up on a ladder in our gym scoping out the original paint color. I thanked him for coming out and helping to get the ball rolling. Little did I know, Dale would begin prepping our gym that day!
Within the hour, Dale was taping off baseboard, scraping loose paint, patching holes and caulking cracks. I was reminded about how much prep work was involved and suddenly glad that we had a professional on our hands to get the job done right. As our students rolled in the gym for PE, Dale continued to work around us during the last week of our gymnastics unit. The non-toxic paint used in our schools is also used in hospitals and emits very low odor. With the doors open and warm air blowing in from outside, the paint was dry to touch within a half hour.
Mr. D and I used this as a teaching opportunity for our kids to emphasize PE Expectation #7 (Treat equipment like it is your own and for its own purpose). Just as we expect our kids to take care of our equipment, we expect them to take care of our facility. Although the walls of schools are bound to be in need of repainting every 10 years or so, we can help to preserve them by being conscious of how we use them.
By Friday the 22nd, our gym now shines as bright as the day it was brand new! Our students and staff thank Dale for his professionalism in being able to work around us and for doing an outstanding job. We will enjoy and take care of it for years to come!