Physical Education

The Physical Education program is designed to introduce students to a wide range of individual and group skills that improve different motor abilities. Young children create their own movement and patterns, but also learn to work together to achieve a common goal. The Physical Education program promotes healthy lifestyles in young people, taking into account the physical, social, and intellectual development of young children.

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  • Early Childhood (PK-K)

    In the Early Childhood physical education program, children begin to learn the nature of rules and strategy and develop an appreciation for sports citizenship and cooperation. Activities include throwing and catching, basic tumbling, agility skills, obstacle courses, and perceptual motor games.
  • Grade 1

    The Grade 1 physical education program builds on the basic skills learned during the Early Childhood program. Children begin to engage in basic cooperative games, and focus on skill building, including throwing and catching balls, basic tumbling, and agility skills.
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  • Grade 2

    Many different games are introduced, incorporating skill development, rules, and strategies while concentrating on fitness. Teamwork, fair play, and sportsmanship are stressed. Children learn and practice throwing and catching, footwork and agility, and play intramural soccer, badminton, volleyball, and beginning baseball.
  • Grade 3

    Children develop a positive lifelong attitude toward physical activity and its benefits and strive to perform to the best of their abilities. They acquire age-appropriate fundamental skills, an understanding of rules and strategy, and an appreciation of sports citizenship and cooperation. In addition to sports skills, students engage in agility activities such as tumbling, hula hoops, perceptual motor rhythm games, balancing, and obstacles.
  • Grade 4

    Sports skills and citizenship, cooperative games, and perceptual motor rhythm games form the core of the program. Grade 4 students take the "physical best" fitness test.
  • Grade 5

    Children play many types of team games, such as soccer, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse, honing their basic throwing and agility skills. Grade 5 students take the "physical best" fitness test.
  • Grade 6

    Students choose each season to either play an intramural sport or participate in Physical Education. Overall fitness, movement, and health are the focuses of the Physical Education classes in the Middle School.
  • Grade 7

    Students choose each season to either play an interscholastic sport or participate in Physical Education. Overall fitness, movement, and health are the focuses of the Physical Education classes in the Middle School.
  • Grade 8

    In Grade Eight many students choose to play on our interscholastic teams, with several options each season. Physical Education classes are offered for those students not in season. Fitness, movement, and overall health are the keystones of all Physical Education classes at Sewickley Academy.
  • Grades 9-12

    Many students choose to play on our interscholastic teams, with several options each season. Physical Education classes are offered for those students not in season. Fitness, movement, and overall health are the keystones of all Physical Education classes at Sewickley Academy.

List of 6 members.

  • Cheryl Lassen 

    Chair, Health/Physical Education
    Slippery Rock University - B.S.
  • Casey Calland 

    Health and Physical Education Teacher
    Denison University - B.A.
  • Derek Chimner 

    Physical Education Teacher
    Elon University - B.S.
  • Evan Kurtz 

    Interim Head of Middle School
    George Mason University - B.A.
    University of Pittsburgh - M.Ed.
  • Shannon Rankin 

    Physical Education Teacher
    Muskingum University - B.A.
    The Ohio State University - M.Ed.
  • Lori Yost 

    Physical Education Teacher
    Slippery Rock University - B.S.

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