Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Goff students playing mini golf in the school gym

Goff Middle School students playing miniature golf in physical education class.

Teaching in a pandemic is a new experience. From social distancing to not sharing supplies, there are countless new challenges for teachers this school year. One thing that is not new, however, is the creativity shown by teachers to provide a fun and engaging learning environment. That is on full display in the Howard L. Goff Middle School gymnasium, which has been transformed into a miniature golf course.

The Goff physical education teachers created the mini golf course on the heels of the Master’s Tournament in mid-November. The teachers used mats, cones, foam noodles and other sports equipment to build a 10-hole mini golf course for students.

“We decided to develop this unit to promote the lifelong sporting activity of golf,” said Physical Education Teacher Tyler Rose.

Mini golf course holeThe mini golf course is spread out throughout the entire gym, and the holes are rearranged each week to keep it challenging and fun for students. There is also a “Challenge Hole” in which students can attempt a Hole-in-One. Students that successfully make the putt (up the ramp into the blue box) are recognized on the Wall of Fame.

The fun activity not only teaches golf, but it adheres to the new health and safety restrictions for schools. Each student uses their own putter and ball, which are then sanitized in between classes.

The Miniature Golf Unit, which concludes on December 16, is not the only new sport introduced at the school this year. Goff students played FootGolf and Disc Golf outdoors earlier this fall.

“These emerging sports are very similar to the game of golf, in terms of objective and rules,” said Mr. Rose, “and they also adhere to the safety guidelines – no sharing equipment and social distancing.”

Once the Miniature Golf Unit ends next week, students will trade in their putters for rackets as they start the Badminton Unit.

View photos of the Miniature Golf Unit below!

Goff students playing mini golf in the school gym

Student putting

Goff students playing mini golf in the school gym