Mr. Magill's Physical Education Class

  • Physical activity for children is essential for proper development.  Being physically active has been shown to: improve cognition, improve self esteem, improve behavior in the classroom (Mahar et. al., 2006; Bailey et. al., 2006), improve mental health (ie., depression and anxiety), and decrease the chance a person will be absent from school and sick with coronary heart disease later in life (Dwyer, 1979) (Basch, 2010).  Students who are more active have been shown to get better grades and get higher test scores.

    Expectations in the gymnasium:

    1. Be safe (Stay in the proper area, Be aware of your surroundings)
    2. Be on task (Stop, Look and Listen)
    3. Attitude (Play fairly, Ask for help when needed)
    4. Be Respectful & Responsible (Follow directions, Use equipment properly)

    Explore further options for keeping your child active outside of school:


    Click here to view what's offered and register your family for activities.

    What is Rec Check?

    Rec Check is a free after-school program for youth in grades 1–5 provided at the recreation centers listed below. Rec Check is open for youth who live or attend school in Saint Paul.

    When is it held?

    Starting Fall 2019, Rec Check will run weekdays from 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on days when Saint Paul Public Schools have classes in session. 

    What's offered?

    Children participate in a variety of structured, supervised activities that are recreation focused.  These may include arts-n-crafts, community building games, homework/quiet time, and more. To promote health and fitness, staff will engage the youth daily in physical activity. A daily snack is also provided.

    Do I need to register my child?

    Yes. All sites have limited enrollment. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You may begin the registration process online, but additional registration forms must be completed onsite before a child may attend. 

    After School Transportation

    A change in Minnesota law now allows Saint Paul Public Schools to transport children to two of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation's youth programs, Rec Check and S'more Fun.

    • The recreation center attended must be within the attendance area or transportation area of the school attended and must be more than one mile of walking distance from school.
    • An application for childcare transportation must be completed if the student is attending a recreation center program that is more than one mile from the school but the student's residence is less than one mile from school.
    • Transportation to Saint Paul Parks & Recreation youth programs must be arranged through the school that the child attends. The application form is available from the school office or the SPPS Transportation Department website.
    • Transportation to any students' residence from Rec Check or S'more Fun is not provided.

    Where is Rec Check?

    North Dale Recreation Center    651-558-2329