Physcial Education

Ask any student what happens in the gym and you will hear them answer "physical education". The gym is a place where learning takes place. The students understand that the goal of the class is to both move (physical) and learn (education). Our bodies will be with us for our lifetimes, and we need to take care of our precious commodity. Through exercise, team sports, individual sports, body awareness, and health education, the students learn the importance of keeping their bodies fit to the best of their ability. I stress to them that lifelong fitness is a desirable and attainable goal. To help foster lifelong fitness, students are exposed to many activities that can be taken with them well past their school years and into adulthood. Past activities include golf, shuffleboard, aerobic dance, cooperative games, and physical fitness. All of the preceding activities are options to anyone at any age. Of course, other activities are offered such as basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, floor hockey, and various other individual and team sports. During all activities, students are encouraged to do their best and have fun, regardless of their physical condition.

A typical day in physical education would depict students engaged in activity with smiles on their faces. You might see the "non-winning" team (that sounds so much better than "losing team") congratulate the winning team for a job well done. You might see one student helping another student, teaching the finer points of basketball. You might hear the entire class applaud a fellow student for making a basket for the first time. The students respect each other's athletic capabilities. They understand that to be a good athlete, they must first be a good sport.

Parents are encouraged to promote physical fitness at home. Being a positive fitness role model and supporting physical education is vital to the child's decision to make exercise a lifelong activity.

Safety Rules/Procedures for Physical Education

-All students must wear gym shoes with shoe laces or velcro ties. Students who do not have appropriate shoes may not participate due to safety concerns.

-Jewelry can cause injury during physical activity and therefore is not allowed during class.

-A parent signed note is necessary if a student is unable to participate in PE for any reason for one day.

-Students who are unable to participate for more than two sessions due to medical reasons must provide a doctor's note.

"Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best." -H. Jackson Brown, Jr
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