Physical education prepares students with the knowledge and skills to lead physically active and physically fit lives. In our sedentary society, physical education makes an increasingly important contribution to the education of the whole child. In addition to helping students develop physical skills, the group and individual activities in the physical education program provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate honesty, fair play, cooperation, communication, decision-making skills, respect for others, leadership, self-control, self-expression, trust and accountability.
Physical education is a sequential program based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive and non-threatening atmosphere in which every student is challenged to succeed.
Students in the third grade attend physical education three times a week for forty-five minute periods. Appropriate attire, such as tie or Velcro fastened sneakers and comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement, is required. A physical fitness assessment is given in both the fall and the spring. Each child receives a personal “Fitnessgram” which allows parents to compare their child’s present level of physical fitness to other children of the same age level.
Physical education is a powerful tool to integrate and reinforce all areas of the school curriculum. Some examples of this integration are activities such as “multiplication relay”, “word fitness”, and “science scramble”. Physical education classes and related special events (school-wide Hoe Down, Spirit Week, and Field Day) contribute to and enhance the spirit of the total school environment.