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)

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    Rec Check

    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?

    The program is held on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on days when Saint Paul Public Schools have classes in session. Start times may vary due to varying school release times.

    What's Offered?

    Children participate in a variety of structured, supervised activities, including tutoring sessions, craft-making, reading, 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. Some locations allow you to begin the registration process online, but additional registration forms must be completed onsite before a child may attend. 

    How Will I Know if My Child Attends or Not?

    Youth are required to check in with Rec Check staff upon arrival and departure. Parents can request to be notified when their child does not check in.

    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 as 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?

    Arlington Hills Community Center 651-632-3861
    Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center 651-793-3885
    Duluth and Case Recreation Center 651-298-5709
    Edgcumbe Recreation Center 651-695-3711
    El Rio Vista Recreation Center 651-789-2500
    Hancock Recreation Center 651-298-4393
    Hayden Heights Recreation Center 651-298-5716
    Hazel Park Recreation Center 651-501-6350
    Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center 651-642-0650
    Langford Recreation Center 651-298-5765
    Linwood Recreation Center 651-298-5660
    Martin Luther King Recreation Center 651-290-8695
    McDonough Recreation Center 651-558-2171
    North Dale Recreation Center 651-558-2329
    Palace Community Center 651-298-5677
    Rice Recreation Center 651-298-5727
    Scheffer Recreation Center 651-298-5820
    West Minnehaha Recreation Center 651-298-5823
    Wilder Recreation Center 651-298-5727