Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Ultimate is a team game, which is quickly becoming more and more popular across the country. The object of the game is to pass a disc (many of you know them as Frisbees) with teammates as you travel across a field to score a "touchdown". A touchdown is scored when a member of your team has made a successful catch, with two feet, completely across the "touchdown" line. You are not allowed to move with the disc in your hands, so using a variety of throws as the passer, and moving/cutting/juking as a receiver will increase success. It is a fast paced game that allows for success at all skill levels. One of our PE department's favorite aspects to the game is "The Spirit of the Game". The game of Ultimate is self refereed, and players are always asked to play using "The Spirit of the game". By that I mean teams officiate themselves, and even at the highest level, the game is played without officials or referees.

We finally had snow, so we took advantage with some snowshoeing!

Well, the snow came to Vermont a little late this year. Thankfully we took advantage with a quick, three day snowshoeing unit towards the end of March. Three classes for each 3rd/4th grade student (spanning 1-2 weeks) was all the snow would allow before it began to melt. First, students were sized with their correct snowshoe. Next, Mrs. McClintock passed on here amazing snowshoe knowledge to the students, and to finish off the mini three day unit we had two days out in the snow. Students learned how to take on and off their snowshoes, how to stand up in snowshoes, how to run, how to walk backwards, how to ascend a hill, and finally how to descend a hill. What a great lifetime activity to learn when you live in the beautiful state of Vermont.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

3rd/4th Grade Bowling!

 Our 3rd/4th grade students have been participating in our bowling unit the past few weeks. I know we, as the PE teachers, really enjoy this unit as well! We begin the unit with basic instruction consisting of how to hold the ball, the walking approach, and a successful roll towards the pins. Students rotate through the job of roller and "Pin Machine". We discuss bowling etiquette, safety, and teamwork/positive social interactions as students progress through this unit. What fun!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Disc Golf

 What a fantastic lifetime activity we are able to offer to our students here at WCS. We are lucky to have a   12-hole disc golf course just a 3-5 minute walk from the school. The pictures to the left show a group of 4 students as they play through hole #6. Within this unit students learn the proper mechanics to the backhand and forehand throw. The focus on course etiquette is another valuable piece to this unit. We hope a few of our 5th - 8th grade students have discovered this new lifetime activity, through our PE program, and will look to continue their play with family and friends!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sizzlin' Summer Games

 A new unit to our PE program is Sizzlin' Summer Games. Through the course of this unit we teach students four small group games, as well as introducing capture the flag. This unit falls under the category of Lifetime Activities. The small group games include KanJam, Bocce, Cornhole (pictured left), and Spikeball (pictured below). We also spend one day discussing capture the flag and how it is an activity they could set up with their friends on their own. What a fun unit, full of great opportunities to work towards improved social skills. Hopefully they found an activity they enjoyed and wish to continue playing in the future!


Flag Football

Flag Football Unit! Our first team sport unit of the year was our Flag Football unit. We discussed proper throwing mechanics and the many different routes you can run as a wide receiver. My goal for the students was to put them in a situation where they could set up, create rules, and play a flag football game without an adult being present. I wonder if any of them will find a way to set up a game on a weekend or evening? A great unit to kick off the year!


Friday, September 2, 2016

Active Students!

Well, the first day of school was a rainy one. We had a beautiful day number two, and it looks like WCS students took full advantage of the weather. Look at all these bicycles! Our physical education team is always proud to see our students find opportunities to exercise and be active on their way to and from school.