While most of the world eagerly waits for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to begin tonight, LWSD middle school students are focused on a competition of their own. Inglewood, Evergreen, Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Redmond Middle Schools are competing in the Middle School Winter Olympics throughout February.
Winter Olympics – Middle School Style
While most of the world watches the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, LWSD middle school students are focused on a competition of their own. Inglewood, Evergreen, Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Redmond Middle Schools are competing in the Middle School Winter Olympics throughout February. The middle school Physical Education (PE) Specialists met in January to create the “Olympic” games, including opening and closing ceremonies. The teachers came up with alternative versions of Olympic sporting events for middle school students to participate in during PE classes throughout the district.
Redmond Middle School
The games began on Friday, February 9, at Redmond Middle School with opening ceremonies, a torch relay (pictured above), and speed skating (pictured on left). Teams of students competed to win the “torch” relay by running across the gym while balancing a ball on a cone, bouncing the ball and catching it with the cone, and running back across the gym before passing the “torch” to their teammate. Students then competed in a “speed skating” relay by shuffling across the gym floor on pieces of fabric, one team member at a time.
Rose Hill Middle School
In recognition of the Olympic games, PE classes at Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) held their own Royal Olympics. Students participated in teams and each team represented a country to which someone in the group has a connection. The students brought flags from their country and made cheers in the country’s language. Teams competed against each other in middle school versions of various Olympic events: a torch run, biathlon, hockey (pictured above), bobsled (pictured on right), cross country skiing and ski Jumping. The top teams earned gold, silver and bronze awards. Mr. Thornley, a PE teacher at RHMS, said the event was “a great connection to current events and diversity. The students had a really fun time.”
After each participating middle school completes an event, all times or scores will be compared to determine a first, second and third place winner in the district. Check back to see how students will compete in the middle school versions of curling, ski jump, biathaolon and skeleton.