Something new is happening in PE classes this week - golf!
NFS and The First Tee DRIVE Program have come together to introduce the game of golf to our Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade students. DRIVE stands for Develops Rewarding Inspiring Values for Everyone. These basic ideas, as well as the nine core values that First Tee promotes: respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgement, perseverance and integrity are very similar to the NFS SPICES (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship).
Students have fun while learning the basic skills of golf, as well as the nine core values. Our students are practicing proper feet placement, grip on the club, and checking for safety issues with their “caddy” or partner before hitting the ball.
Over the course of the unit, the students will be introduced to the four basic golf shots - putt, chip, pitch and full swing. These classes offer first swings of a golf club to some of our younger students. FORE!!!
On February 13th and 14th, NFS students participated in a Jump Rope for Heart event. During their PE class, they jumped rope to support the American Heart Association. Students were encouraged to wear as much red as possible and they brought in financial contributions from their family and friends. The school surpassed the goal of $2,650 that was set, by collecting $2,977 for funds raised! We thank the NFS community for their generosity.
On Friday, February 10th, Caryn Lin, who plays the electric 5-string violin, brought her Science of Sound assembly to NFS. A classically trained violinist, Caryn began playing violin at the age of nine and then went on to study violin performance at Northwestern University. After college, she moved to Germany to continue her violin studies, and it was while living there that she first experimented with electrifying her instrument. It opened up a whole new way of playing that she has now shared with school groups for over 15 years.
Caryn Lin opened the program with a piece of music she described as Native American, West African, techno-tribal, Australian, cosmic-Celtic, dance-rock, and Egyptian, which demonstrated how her music defies categorization. Her performance technique involves using “stomp boxes” to layer many sounds, rhythms, and melodies on top of one another to create a vibrant musical mixture. Throughout the presentation, she highlighted the science of sound by explaining sound waves, electricity, frequency (pitch), and volume (decibels). There were opportunities for many students to participate by helping Caryn demonstrate how certain stomp boxes worked, like the phase shifter, echo box, distortion pedal, and looping pedal.
A 3rd grade student’s question at the end of the program, “Wow! I find what you are doing so interesting and I want to know how all of this technology works?” showed that Caryn’s approach to playing music was expanding the students’ awareness of how music can be played. By using modern technology, Caryn Lin has created music that defies genre and engages the listener. NFS students loved her presentation!