Westminster Schools

Physical Education Dept.

Welcome to the Physical Education Program

Physical Education class occurs twice per week for 45 minutes. The physical education

program is sequential, developmentally appropriate and in alignment with the National Association for

Sports and Physical Education. The physical education curriculum and assessments are aligned with

Standard 3.6 of the Vermont Framework for Standard and Learning Opportunities and with the Vermont

Physical Education Grade Expectations. The majority of physical education class time is spent in

moderate to vigorous physical activity. Currently, the PE teacher uses the Physical Best and President’s

Challenge programs. There is a focus on lifetime physical activity. Children receive instruction in

skiing, snowshoeing and skating as well as walking, jump rope, and dance. Sports are also taught during

the PE classes, for example: soccer, hockey, and bowling.

The children’s safety is of paramount concern and equipment is replaced on a rotating schedule. As one

measure of safety, the PE teacher provides mouth guards for students to wear when engaged in activities

requiring that level of precaution. We are committed to improving the fitness of our students and do not

pull them from PE for other instruction.

The curriculum equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong physical

activity. The curriculum offers students multiple opportunities to engage in a variety of lifetime physical

activities. The curriculum builds students’ competencies in their own physical abilities and thus

improves their self-confidence. The physical education program is closely coordinated with the overall

school health program. Physical education topics are integrated within other curricular areas. In

particular, the benefits of being physically active are linked with instruction about human growth,

development, and physiology in science classes and with instruction about personal health behaviors in

health education classes.

Since the completion of the new gym at the Center School there are minimal interruptions to scheduled

physical education classes. Currently we are designing improvements to outside equipment to allow PE

classes to run concurrently with recess, without sharing space. Students have Physical Education class

twice per week and should wear appropriate clothing for fitness activities on those days. This should

include appropriate footwear. In an effort to protect the new gym floor, all children will be required to

wear sneakers or non-marking court shoes during indoor physical education class.

The physical education program includes all students, unless otherwise contraindicated medically. The

physical education teacher has the data on each student’s fitness level, height & weight, and general

statistics; this information is available to parents on request.

Patricia Gomez

Westminster Schools

301 School Street

Westminster, VT

722-3241 ext.205