PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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 Movement Studio at Gates Middle School  & Scituate H.S. Fitness Center (M-Th, 2:45-4:15pm)
  • Elementary (4th & 5th Grade) and Gates Turkey Trots (November) and Spring Track Meet (May)
  • Engaging and community-building Field Days at elementary schools and at Gates Middle School
  • School spirit-building physical activity tournaments at the High School

TIME ON LEARNING:

  • Grades K – 5: Receive 1, 45-minute P.E. class per week.
  • Grades 6-8: Receive a half-year (every other week for the school year) of 50-minute P.E. class.
  • Grades 9 – 12: Receive one quarter of P.E. per school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION FACULTY:

Kevin Sawyer Cushing School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8770
Mark Puzzangara Hatherly School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8780
Amy MacDonald Jenkins School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-4910
Rob Greene Wampatuck School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8790
Gayle Coughlin Gates Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8760
James Flynn Gates Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8760
Trevor Schattgen Gates Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8760
Brian Hurcombe Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x346
Kathleen McCarthy Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x345
Will Seward Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x316
Greg Ranieri Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x401

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.

FitnessGram

http://www.cooperinstitute.org/fitnessgram

FitnessGram is a non-competitive health-related fitness assessment based on the scientifically established Healthy Fitness Zone® standards in an effort to help schools evaluate and evolve their physical education programming into an education experience that supports the whole child.  Over 35 years of research, evaluation, validation, and enhancement have made FitnessGram the most trusted and widely used fitness assessment, education, and reporting tool in the world.