Physical Education with Mrs. K!
St. Patrick School honors our past through a true spirit of generosity that nurtures the faith formation of each child, seeing Christ in all we do and say. As a school community, we seek to build the future by encouraging every student to reach their academic potential and be an example of our Catholic identity, living the Gospel message in service to others.
Hello! I am Mrs. Kassab (AKA Mrs. K) and I have taught Physical Education in the Paterson Diocese for over 25 years. I firmly believe that Physical Education is an integral part of a child's education.
Why is Physical Education so important?
Because in my class, students come to class to learn about how their body works, moves and grows; to learn how to work in a group setting; and to learn skills and activities for life. These are skills that support growth and development in all areas of life - academically and other-wise.
What do students do in Physical Education classes?
Our gymnasium is alive with music and activity on any given day. Our main purpose is for students to feel a sense of success in the gymnasium. We introduce many different activities so that students may be well-rounded. Students practice skills both individually and in groups as they are incorporated in games and routines. Dance and rhythm play an important role in classes and are part of the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Standards for Health and Physical Education. All students will engage in some form of dance to promote coordination. Students perform a unit of jumping rope which culminates in our school-wide Jump Rope for Heart event.
STEM Mission Statement
We, the Catholic school educators of the Diocese of Paterson, will lead and model the teaching and integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through innovative and research-based student engagement. STEM education, grounded in Catholic values, will prepare and empower our students to be creative, collaborative and morally responsible contributors to the advancement of the global community.
We integrate STEM through the 4 C’s of Practice
Engineering Design Process
ASK: What is the problem? How have others approached it? What are your constraints?
IMAGINE: What are some solutions? Brainstorm ideas. Choose the best one.
PLAN: Draw a diagram. Make lists of materials you will need.
CREATE: Follow your plan and create something. Test it out!
IMPROVE: What works? What doesn't? What could work better? Modify your design to make it better. Test it out!