Mr. Mario Lopez
Mr. Mike Aparo, Part Time
Physical Education News:
December 2016 Update:
We are in full swing downstairs in our gymnasium working with manipulatives with our K-5th graders. Manipulatives involve actions such as throwing, catching, dribbling and striking that directly enhance coordination skills and dexterity in handling small equipment such as balls, hoops, and ropes. Concepts such as control, force, speed, and accuracy are interwoven into lessons. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade is currently working on catching, passing and scooping with lacrosse sticks as well as playing small-sided games (like Cradle Tag) which reinforce skill acquisition in a fun manner. Students are also exposed to the history of lacrosse, its Native American roots, and the corresponding concepts of playing with “honor and honesty”. Students are encouraged to “challenge themselves” and work at their own level while acknowledging that we all bring different skill sets or familiarity with the sport.
K, 1st and 2nd graders are working on striking using balloons as well as using our colorful scoops and large whiffle balls to develop catching, passing and rolling skills with control either with or without a partner. We have also been practicing some yoga for our younger students because yoga helps us “get stronger, stretchier and smarter”.
A huge thanks goes out to our PTO for supporting the purchase of new climbing ropes for our gymnasium. We will be acquiring soft, elementary school designed ropes with various holds so that all of our students can feel successful using the ropes to help build confidence and strength in a safe way. Thanks again PTO!!
Photo/Video Gallery: Check out our students in action in the Gym! Photos/Videos coming soon!
Quality physical programs recognize and develop individual needs and talents through creative movement experiences to ensure that students achieve their personal best and develop in a positive , responsible and cooperative environment. A highly effective program will help students build a foundation for developing lifelong wellness skills that encourage a desire for continued participation in physical activity. Through their active engagement in our program students will:
- Understand movement concepts and dem- onstrate movement patterns.
- Understand and master, or show progress toward mastery, in the four components of physical fitness as defined by the Connecti- cut Physical Fitness Assessment.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to par- ticipate in cooperative learning activities.
- Respect and show appreciation for the dif- ferences among people.
- Understand the process of critical thinking through inquiry, problem solving, and self- evaluation.
- Choose to participate in physical activities outside of the physical education program.
- Experience fun and success!!
- Skills that involve locomotor movements such as walking, running, hopping, jumping and non-locomotor movements such as twisting, stretching, balancing, and supporting.
- Actions such as throwing, catching, and striking that directly enhance coordination skills and dexterity in handling small equipment, such as balls, hoops, and ropes.
- Activities that help improve flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular endurance.
- Body management skills in relationship to large apparatus including climbing, balancing, hanging, and supporting.
- Traditional dance patterns such as folk, line, square dances, rhythmic activities, and creative dance.
- Activities that encourage a sense of interpersonal confidence, mutual support within a group, and the enjoyment of cooperative learning.
Appropriate clothing for physical education classes should allow the child to move freely, comfortably, and safely. SNEAKERS ARE VERY IMPORTANT on PE Days. Examples of appropriate clothing include:
- Jogging pants, shorts, t-shirt
- Sneakers (not Crocs or sandals)
K -3rd Grade: Two 30 minute sessions
4-5th Grade: Two 45 minute sessions
Gagnon: Tues –Thurs