The key to success is motivation. Our school has seen that our students most enjoy participating in soccer games/activities during recess and lunch playtime. Through several years of student requests, we have been able to start our district's first district-wide elementary school soccer league. Every school was invited, but only a few were able to dedicate the resources and time to making it possible. Our Koalas make up a large part of that few.
My students love soccer and the start of this league has boosted motivation for classroom success to ensure playtime on the soccer field.
Imagine a group of 4th and 5th graders learning the value of teamwork, the thrill of winning, and the agony of defeat together as a group of students united by their love of soccer and school pride. Those are the kids you are supporting, they work hard in the classroom, they deserve the chance to show their hard work on the field.
Our students will learn lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, collaboration, responsibility, and respect, as well as instruction/practice of basic soccer skills and rules. As members of our first school soccer team, students will participate in weekly hour long practices and intra-district matches, in which each child will be required to wear protective shin guards.
All 4th and 5th grade students that put forth the effort to attend try-outs, regardless of prior experience or skill level, made the team.
These shin guards and socks will enable us to provide each student with the necessary protective gear to participate on the team without adding an extra required expense to our Title I families.
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