• Physical Education Program
     
    The Wonderful World of Physical Education
     
     
    Grades K-2 Physical Education
     
    All students at Belmar Elementary School are required to participate in Physical Education classes.
     
    Grades K-2: As part of our program, it is required that all students have sneakers on days they have physical education classes. No student will be permitted to participate in gym classes without sneakers. This year the gym floor has been completely refinished. Due to this, if your child has a type of sneaker that marks the floor, they will not be allowed to participate that day. They will be asked to get different sneakers. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but a lot of money was spent to make our gym floor safer. To be excused from physical education classes a student must present a note from a parent, guardian, doctor or school nurse. Students in grades 1-3 are graded on their participation and behavior.
     
    Grades are as follows:
     
    O - Outstanding
    S - Satisfactory
    N - Needs improvement
    U - Unsatisfactory or failure
     
    Please keep in mind that the state of New Jersey requires that all students in grades 1-8 participate in and pass physical education each year.
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Miss Kordulak or Mr. Basaman, at 732-280-8267.
     
    Sincerely yours,
     
    Brian Basaman / Connie Kordulak
    Physical Education Instructors
     
     
     
    4th-5th Grade Physical Education
     
    In grades 4-8, students are issued locks and lockers and are required to change clothes for physical education classes. Gym clothes may be any of the following: shorts (any type), pants, sweat pants, t-shirts, sweat shirts and sneakers. Gym clothes are to be worn only in physical education classes. They may not wear their gym clothes back to class. They MUST change back into their school clothes. Students will receive a “U” for each time they are not prepared for gym class.
     

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    For 4th and 5th grade students, the Grades are as follows:
    O - Outstanding;   S - Satisfactory;   N - Needs improvement;   U - Unsatisfactory/Failure
     
    Please see Physical Education Grading Procedures below for information on the new grading procedures for 6th-8th grade
     
    Realizing the vast difference in abilities, class grading has been designed so that all students have an opportunity to receive an “O” in gym class, regardless of their ability. Any student who is always prepared, shows both good sportsmanship and team play, and scores 80 or above in both written and skills tests will receive an “O” for the marking period. If a student is unprepared 5 times in a marking period, they will receive a “U” for that marking period. To be excused from class a student must present a note from either a parent, guardian, doctor or the school nurse.
     
    Please keep in mind that the state of New Jersey requires that all students in grades K-8 participate in and pass physical education each year.
     
    Physical Education Grading Procedures
     
    There has been a change in grading procedures for Physical Education classes this year. All 6-8th grade students will now receive a numerical grade for P.E. class.
     
    This grade is based on several criteria; preparation, attendance, sportsmanship, team play and both skill tests and written tests.
     
    Preparation is essential to participate in physical education class, this means dressing out for gym. Each student is issued a lock and a locker for the school year so they can bring in their gym clothes and have them for class. Dressing out means a change of clothes other than what you wore to school. It can include any types of shorts that are the required length, pants, sweat pants but no jeans and no leggings. A change of shirt, as long as it is not button down, low cut or midriff type, and the straps are at least 3” in length. Sneakers that are tied or have Velcro are the preferred type. If a student does not dress out for PE class 20 points are deducted from that portion of their grade for each day they are unprepared. This is 30% of the grade.
     
    Attendance involves being in class, on time, and therefore can participate. If a student is absent they lose 5 points off that part of their grade for everyday absent. Medical excuses do not count towards these points. If a student is late to class they lose 3 points and an excuse from gym, not from a medical Dr. is also a 3 point deduction. This is 10% of the grade.
     
    Team Play (participation) has to do with participating in the activities that are part of each PE class. Effort is a huge part of this grading criteria - which means does the student try their personal best to do the skills, drills, activities and games that are a part of the curriculum. Each student is graded daily on their effort in the class on a 10 point scale. If a student is unprepared for gym they receive 1 for participation that day. This is 40% of the grade.
     
    Sportsmanship (behavior) is how the student gets along with the other students in their class as well as the teacher. Do they follow directions, are they supportive of the teammates, are they both a good winner and loser, how do they handle events when they don’t go their way. These are the elements of sportsmanship for which they receive a grade. This is 10% of the grade.
     
    Tests: Students will be tested throughout the marking period on various skills. They may also be given written tests on rules of the game, skill mechanics, and vocabulary. The grade from the test will be part of this grade category. This is 10% of the grade.
     
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mr. Basaman or Miss Kordulak, at 732-280-8267.
     
    Sincerely yours,
     
    Brian Basaman / Connie Kordulak
    Physical Education Instructors
     
    What A Difference A Year Makes!
     
    Fifth graders experience big changes in Phys. Ed. class. This is the first year they have to dress out for gym, as well as, learn how to open a combination lock.
     
    Dressing Out
     
    It is daunting task to dress and undress in front of 20 others students. Mr. Basaman and I give them techniques to help them dress quickly, for example lay your gym clothes out before you undress. Take your shoes off first, change into your shorts first and then your top. Students are asked to leave the locker rooms quickly after they dress so no one feels uncomfortable. We explain that they are not alone in feeling nervous, that everyone in their class is new to the experience of dressing out for gym. In time they feel more comfortable and it just becomes part of their gym class routine.
     
    Combination Locks
     
    We give each 5th grade student their own combination lock that will be their as long as they are in Belmar Elementary School. The combination they receive in 5th will follow them all the way to 8th grade, provided it does not get lost. Opening their lock also provides some stress for the 5th graders, most have never used a combination lock. We give them instruction and supply each student with a paper that explains how to open the lock. We also allow them to take them home over night to practice. Just like dressing out, the combination lock becomes as easy as tying their shoes. It just takes practice. 
     
     
    Look What's Happening in PE...
     
    Physical Education ~ President’s Physical Fitness Challenge
    Every year one of our Physical Education objective has to do with the President’s Physical Fitness Test, which we have been using to assess the fitness levels of our students as compared to the rest of the nation. We want to show a marked improvement for all students in grades 4th-8th in their test scores. In the past we have administered the test once a year in the spring and have used those scores to gauge where our students stand in the nation. In an effort to improve our scores and our standing, we are embarking on a Physical Fitness Journey. The President’s Physical Fitness Test will be administered two times a year, as a pre and post-test. The students will take the pre-test in September and the post-test will be given in May. Between September and May the students will participate in a developmental fitness program that will enable all students to improve on their Physical Fitness Test scores. The developmental program will consist of some sort of fitness activity every physical education period throughout the school year. Those activities include a 6-minute jog, wall push-ups, crunches, jump rope, crab walk, jumping jacks and other agility, endurance and strength exercises. These activities have been chosen with test score improvement in mind, as well as, an overall improvement of physical conditioning. Our hope is that through this program we can encourage the students to participate in some kind of fitness activity for the rest of their lives.
     
    Test Components
    There are 7 tests in the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge. Each test measures a different fitness component, agility, strength and endurance. The student performs each test and is given a score. The score is determined by how other students in the country have performed the same test and points are given. The following are the 7 tests:
     
    Softball Throw: measured in feet
    50 Yard Dash: measured in seconds
    600 Yard Run: measured in minutes and seconds
    Standing Broad Jump: measured in feet and inches
    Sit-ups: how many in one minute
    Shuttle Run: measured in seconds
    Flexed Arm Hang (girls: measured in seconds) / Pull-Ups (boys: how many in one minute)
    Each event has the possibility of scoring a high of 100 points and a low of zero points. Therefore the highest possible score is a 700. Presidential Badges are given for students who score between 575 and 700. Regular Fitness Badges are given for students who score between 450 and 570. Participation Badges will be given to any students who raise their scores by 10% and did not receive a Presidential or Regular Fitness Badge. We live in a society where children are not as active as they should be. They sit and use computers, video games and watch T.V. That is good occasionally, but we are trying to get America’s Youth more fit, so PLEASE ENCOURAGE your children to participate fully in our program so they can become AMERICA’S FITNESS CHAMPIONS! 
     
    The Importance Of Physical Education
     
    The physical laws of motion, a vast variety of creative and efficient movements the body is capable of producing and manipulation of objects. This is done by exploring and then answering the following questions:
    1- Where can you move? (Space)
    2- What can you move? (Body awareness)
    3- How do you move? ( force, balance, weight transfer)
    4- How can you move better? (Time, flow)
    The students explore and answer these questions by using skill themes which include:
     
    Locomotor Skills
    walking
    running
    hopping
    skipping
    galloping
    sliding
    chasing, fleeing, and dodging
     
    Nonmanipulative Skills
    turning
    rolling
    balancing
    transferring weight
    jumping & landing
    stretching
    curling
     
    Manipulative Skills
    throwing
    catching
    kicking
    punting
    dribbling
    Volleying
    Striking w/ racquets
    Striking w/ long handle instruments
     
    All these skills prepare these students for Physical Education in grades 4-8.
     
    LOCOMOTOR SKILLS TEST
     
    Approximately 8 years ago Mr. Neice and I developed a Locomotor Skills Test. The test was designed to assess the running, hopping, jumping, and skipping skills of our k-3 students as well as their ability to throw a ball, do sit-ups and a long run. We give a pre-test in the Fall and then a post-test in the spring. We then analyze the data to see the growth of the children skills.
     
    Throughout the school year we practice our locomotor skills every gym class by doing our Fitness Warm-up. This warm-up prepares the students both physically and mentally to learn what ever skills are on the agenda that day. The Fitness Warm-up consists of 5 sprints, 2 skips, a hop on right and left foot, a 2 foot jump and a 2 minute run. Sounds like a daunting task but it takes place in the gym and is really quite invigorating. It's amazing the improvement we see in the students. Throughout the year we practice our throwing skills. We teach the children the proper form for an overhand throw and explain how to transfer weight, follow-through and aim.
     
    During the year we throw all kinds of objects from tennis balls, to bean bags, to volleyballs. You now know what your students do.....NOW it's your turn....! Take some time and help your child with their locomotor skills. Make sure they can hop on one foot, encourage them to practice, make it fun, work on each foot. Model how to skip and jump with your feet together. Go for a walk or maybe even a short jog with your child. Play throw and catch...with any kind of ball. This time together will not only help your child's skills but it will also give you hours of fun together.
     
    Our Fourth through Eight grade program educates students to understand movement concepts and principles and apply them as they practice, assess, and refine movement skills in a variety of physical activities. These activities include games, sports, and lifetime recreational pursuits. Knowledge of movement concepts and practice skills enhance the likelihood of independent learning and participation in physical activity throughout life.
     
    Our program focuses on the skills and rules of various sports and games. Students are encouraged to integrate their knowledge and skill to participate in the spirit of cooperative play with their teammates and understand and show the elements of good sportsmanship.
     
    Activities included in our program include:
     
    Field Hockey
    Soccer
    Basketball
    Scooter ball
    Volleyball
    Step Aerobics
    Track & Field
    Physical Fitness
    Floor Hockey
    Softball