Centre teachers join phys ed and music


Centre first- and second-graders use a parachute-type material to form a mushroom, a cloud, a free-standing top and other shapes and stunts during the ?Our Greatest Hits? program on Friday.

What happens when elementary teachers combine music with physical education?

At Centre Elementary School, it?s done with songs and activities brought together in an imaginative and entertaining way by teachers Lynley Remey, music, and Stan Wiles, physical education.

The most recent production was May 8 in the high school gymnasium, but it was bittersweet with news that both teachers will not be at the school next year.

For that reason, and to celebrate a decade of cooperation between the two departments, this year?s event was named, ?Our Greatest Hits.?

?The first year we hosted this event (was in 1999),? Remey said. ?It was two hours long and 103 degrees. Our principal, Neal Weltha, said it was entertaining, but asked it not be so long again.?

Since then the production has been kept to within 90 minutes and is considered a ?highly anticipated annual event.?

Some of the favorite songs and activities of the past 10 years for kindergarten through sixth grade included a parachute routine, hula-hoop house relay, space invaders, monster ball and spot shot from the physical education side?all with music.

Kindergarten through fourth-grade students also sang ?Jeepers Creepers,? ?Yellow Submarine,? ?Do-Re-Mi,? ?Gone Forever,? ?The Marvelous Toy,? ?Tomorrow? and the ?Mickey Mouse March.?

The fifth- and sixth-graders sang ?Heart and Soul,? ?Downtown? and ?The Swing.?

All students took part in both the physical and musical side of the program.

At the end of this year, Wiles will retire and Remey accepted a full-time band and choir position at Centre High School.

Tyler Weinbrenner, a Tabor College graduate, will be taking over as physical education teacher.

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