1 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells us that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we are to care for it. In PE, students use their bodies to God’s glory by working hard and utilizing and improving their God-given talents. Students also have fun in PE while becoming proficient in a variety of motor skills, which encourages a lifetime of activity, as well as helps them to develop a positive self-concept and social skills such as cooperation, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Salem students participate in PE twice a week,with 25-35 minutes for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, and 45 minutes for students in 5th through 8th grades. Students in our preschool 3’s and 4’s classes have PE once a week for 20 minutes. A typical class consists of 5-10 minutes of fitness and warmups, and 20-30 minutes of skills, drills and/or games. The emphasis for younger students is on the development of fundamental and specialized motor skills and playing low-organized games. As students grow, sports skills and techniques are introduced and we cover units including volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, bowling, floor hockey, softball, tennis, jump rope, tumbling, rhythm and dance and tinikling. In the fall, students raise money for the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart foundation, and the Presidential Physical Fitness test is administered to 3rd-8th graders twice a year.
Our Physical Education classes are taught by our PE teacher, Mrs. Diane Carney.