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Physical Education


Physical Education classes are provided to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade twice a week for 30 minutes each session. Middle school students meet twice a week for 40 minutes.
During Phy-Ed class, the goal is to increase the student’s overall physical development while participating in fun and physically active activities. The program stresses body awareness, basic motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.
The impact of regular physical activity on overall health and well-being is firmly set in the research literature. For children and adolescents, physical activity improves body composition, physical fitness, metabolic profile, academic achievement, and brain and cognitive development. Further benefits include improved emotional intelligence and social skills (Ring-Dimitriou et al. 2019; Lu & Montague 2016).
Studies evaluating the best type of physical activity for children highlight the benefits of participation in group sports and other structured activities that have specific rules and regulations (Ring-Dimitriou et al. 2019; Bidzan-Bluma & Lipowska 2018). Group sports provide a host of benefits for children’s motor, cardiovascular, respiratory, hormonal, and nervous systems. Beyond the physical rewards, group sports foster a sense of belonging and teach coping skills. The social and emotional skills learned can include but not be limited to learning how to win and lose graciously, taking turns, sharing, and respecting friends, adults, and oneself.