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Mr. Weinberg's Physical Education Corner

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Hi! My name is Kurt Weinberg, and it has been my pleasure to be the physical education teacher at Highland Acres for over 30 years. I am originally from upstate New York, and moved to Bismarck in 1978 to start my teaching career. My education includes a Bachelor's Degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and a Masters Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. I also serve as an adjunct professor for the University of Mary and Dickinson State University at BSC. During the summers I work for BPS Facilities and Transportation, installing and maintaining playgrounds and various grounds keeping work.
My family includes:
* my wife Pat, who is a second grade teacher at Centennial School
*daughter Katie, a special education teacher in North St. Paul, Minnesota
*son Luke who works as a custodian at Sams Club and dishwasher at BHS
* daughter Sara who swims for and attends the University of Nebraska, Lincoln(Go Huskers!)
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher as I worked with kids in a variety of activities ranging from Scouting to helping my youngest brother with school work. I have been fortunate to be able to be part of the most rewarding profession there is: teaching.

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Kurt Weinberg
Highland Acres Elementary School
1200 Prairie Dr.
Bismarck, ND
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Appropriate Footwear for PE

Appropriate Footwear Important in Physical Education Class

Physical education class at Pioneer School ranges from light physical activity to very vigorous, high intensity running and exercising. The kinds of shoes kids wear to class has an impact on several issues:
*the amount of benefit they can get from class.
*safety during the class
*performance during class.
Tennis shoes that are tied tight, or closed tight with Velcro, are absolutely the very best kinds of shoes to wear in the gym. The following kinds of shoes are NOT recommended:
*flip flops
*high, platform type tennis shoes
*skateboarding type tennis shoes, that are left laced loosely, and not tied(many of these types of shoes even have a warning on the shoe box that mentions they are not made for running)
Each of the shoes mentioned above are fine for other occasions, but are not appropriate for a vigorous, high intensity class. With the right kind of shoes, kids can be safe, participate at their highest level, and receive the benefit from a quality program of physical activity.
As you make purchases of shoes for school use, please keep the guidelines mentioned above in mind. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter!

Mr. Weinberg
Elementary Physical Education Teacher

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