Physical education is concerned with total
mental, emotional and physical development of the individual. This
development is attained through physical activities that promote
sportsmanship, muscular coordination, leadership and the ability to
follow others. Children are taught to recognize their own strengths
and weaknesses as well as those of other children.
In kindergarten, two 30-minute periods for physical education are
provided per week. In grades one through three, each child is
scheduled for three times per week for 30 minutes. In grades four
through six, students have physical education four times per week
for a total of 120 minutes. A before or after school intramural
program is also available for students featuring many activities.
Adaptive physical education as defined by the Committee on Adaptive
Physical Education of the AAHPER is "a diversified program of
developmental activities, games, sports, and rhythms suited to the
interest, capabilities and limitations of students with disabilities
who may not safely or successfully engage in unrestricted activities
of the general physical education program." Adaptive physical
education will be provided for pupils with chronic disabling
conditions and also for those recuperating from injuries and
accidents and those convalescing from long and short-term illnesses.
This point of view precludes the concept of "gym excuses." Special
evaluation will be made to determine the most appropriate program
for your child. Close coordination will be needed between you, your
family physician, and the school.
The President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test is administered
annually to youngsters beginning in the fourth grade. Students who
qualify with high physical fitness scores receive Physical Fitness
Award patches. This testing program is offered by the President's
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in cooperation with the
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance.
In October of each year, the department conducts an after-school
cross-country meet for boys and girls in grades 4-6. Held at the
Colonie Town Park, this event has six races, where over 500 students
compete. In the late spring, we have an annual track and field meet
for boys and girls in grades 5 and 6 during the school day at the
Shaker High School track.
Elementary Physical Education Handbook (PDF)
Blue Creek Walkers Club
Coach Reggie Daigle has formed the Blue Creek
Walkers Club, a group of fitness-minded students, teachers and
teacher aides that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:15 - 8 a.m., to
get some exercise through walking.
Cross Country Race was fast-paced fun — all the way to the
On your mark...get set...go! The district's annual Elementary
Cross Country Race took place on Oct. 10 at the Colonie Town
Park. Boys and girls in grades four through six, from all six
elementary schools, competed in a 1.0 mile cross country run.