The district’s overarching philosophy toward physical education (P.E.) is for students to experience and understand the short-term and long-term benefits of physical activity and to motivate them to be lifelong movers. Complementary to this philosophy is our fundamental departmental belief that a strong P.E. program must promote inclusion, appropriately challenge students physically and mentally and embrace problem solving through cooperation and teamwork. The basis of this belief comes from our K-12 Project Adventure curriculum. In the elementary grades, these values are accomplished through manipulative (throwing, catching, sticking, etc.), locomotor (running, skipping, hopping, etc.) and non-locomotor (twisting, balancing, extending, etc.) skills developed as an individual and in cooperative groups. At Gates and as freshmen and sophomores in high school, a student’s P.E. experience will include progressive cooperative group challenges, lifelong wellness activities, a hands-on personal fitness experience and various traditional and non-traditional team sports. In grades 11 and 12, students select their own focused P.E. elective which, depending on the elective selected, could include the use of our dynamic adventure education course.

In addition to Physical Education programming during the school day, the following supporting/extension opportunities are also available to enrich student experiences:

  • State of the Art Fitness Centers at Gates Intermediate School & Scituate High School (M-Th, 2-4:30pm)
  • Before school and after school physical activity programs supported by school-based PTOs and Scituate Recreation
  • 5th and 6th Grade Monster Dash (October) and Spring Track Meet (May)
  • Engaging and community-building Field Days at elementary schools and at Gates Intermediate School
  • School spirit-building physical activity tournaments at the High School
  • Elementary Field Day run by the Physical Education Teacher, focusing on Physical Education skills and Team-working activities

TIME ON LEARNING:

  • Kindergarten: Receive 1, 30-minute P.E. class per week.
  • Grades 1 – 5: Receive 1, 45-minute P.E. class per week.
  • Grade 6: Receive 1, 45-miunte P.E. class per week and approximately 12, 45-minute sessions of Project Adventure which consists of teambuilding and cooperative activities.
  • Grade 6: Second step instruction.
  • Grades 7 & 8: Receive a 45-minute P.E. class every other day.
  • Grades 9 – 12: Receive one quarter of P.E. per school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION FACULTY:

Kevin Sawyer

Cushing School

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Mark Puzzangara

Hatherly School

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Amy MacDonald

Jenkins School

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Rob Greene

Wampatuck School

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Gayle Coughlin

Gates Intermediate School

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Trevor Schattgen

Gates Intermediate School

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James Flynn Gates Intermediate School

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Brian Hurcombe

Scituate High School

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Kathleen McCarthy

Scituate High School

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Will Seward

Scituate High School

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Greg Ranieri

Scituate High School

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SUPPORTIVE WEBSITES:

Project Adventure

http://www.pa.org/

Project Adventure is an international nonprofit education organization based in Massachusetts focused on providing dynamic adventure-based experiential programming

Focused Fitness

http://www.focusedfitness.org/

Focused Fitness is a leader in fitness and health based curriculum that aligns with State Standards and intrinsically motivates students to pursue an active life that leads to lifelong wellness.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

http://fitness.gov/

 

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition provides information regarding health and wellness trends, exercise and proper diet. Through partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the President's Council promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives.