Saturday, June 9, 2018

"Stay ComPOSED" Yoga Game!

-The above video is an awesome introduction to Yoga game that we played with 1st graders this past week entitled "Stay ComPOSED" (pun intended!!).  Students got to practice a wide array of yoga poses.  To ensure they were getting their full practice in they were required to hold each pose for 5 "Mississippi's".


-Mr. Shackett

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

HCS Perfect Preview!!!

Ever heard of Dude Perfect on youtube??  Here is our 7th and 8th grade version. More to come on this, but until then check out our scholars work thus far!

Friday, March 16, 2018

2nd grade choice day!

                                      Second graders enjoying their choice day they earned!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Striking skills 6th grade

Sixth graders are practicing their striking skills while playing hockey prairie dog pick off!

Monday, February 12, 2018

4th Graders Summit the HCS Climbing Wall!!!

Mr. Greg Glade (Father of 4th grader) has been coming in on Monday mornings to help his sons 4th grade class learn to “Top Rope” climb on the HCS climbing wall!  With the Help of two experienced 8th grade helpers, Mr. Glade and Mr. Strano (student teacher) the 4th graders of Ms. Bickfords class have all summited the HCS climbing wall!!  Thanks to awesome community members, student teachers and mature 8th graders for this great effort!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cup stacking creations

3rd graders demonstrating teamwork as they create sculptures using the cup stacking cups and buckets.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rock Wall Additions | Basketball dribbling leads to amazing block structures | Crazy Scooter Skills!!!

-We have had a lot of FUN since coming back from winter break at HCS!  The climbing club has been busy learning to build new routes on the climbing wall as well as practicing proper maintenance procedures for the wall.  4th grade practiced dribbling skills in a fun game entitled "Dice Daze" which led to earning blocks that they could make amazing sculptures out of!!  5th graders have been working on some advanced scooter skills through the game of "Scooter Scavenger".

All the best,

-Mr. Shackett


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scooter Skills Galore!

Kindergartners exploring new ways to move on a scooter while working with a partner.

Monday, December 11, 2017


The 6th graders practicing their striking skills in pickleminton!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Team Thunderball!

7th and 8th graders practicing throwing for accuracy in Team Thunderball!

Pinball Soccer!

3rd graders practicing dribbling, passing, defending, and scoring in this fun soccer game!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The HCS Climbing Wall!!!

-Over the summer we had a state of the art Everlast Climbing wall installed in the HCS gymnasium!  It is equipped with 4 "top rope" walls that are used for belaying students up the wall.  The wall is 20 feet wide and 20 feet high. 

Ms. Stanley and Mr. Shackett were fortunate enough to attend a "traverse and top rope wall" class through Everlast climbing in order to get certified in belaying.  Here are some photos of the walls construction as well as some of our scholars taking the wall on!!


Mr. Shackett

Click here to see construction photos!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

3rd graders playing...Head Honcho

Head honcho is a cooperative game where students try to move from level to level by winning jumping rock, paper, scissors!

Climbing the Pegboard!

We just had our pegboard installed..Look at this eighth grader go!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Welcome Back! First Week FUN!!

We would like to welcome all to a fantastic, fun filled new school year in HCS Health and Physical Education!!  Here are some photos of some first week "cooperative" work with our scholars.  All the best and please continue to check back for weekly updates!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2nd grade-Castling

Beautiful day for a fun cooperative game.. Castling.. This is a small team capture the flag game!

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Middle School Fitness Competition...

-HCS was well represented at this years SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Education) Vermont Middle School Fitness Competition.  The competition was this past Thursday May 4th at Norwich University!  24 6th-8th grade students attended and competed in a battery of four events.  The events were mile run, push ups, curl ups and sit n' reach (flexibility).  It was a beautiful weather day and fun was had by all who attended!  A special thanks to Ms. Stanley, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Dolan and Mr. Sivo who served as the coaches/chaperones for the students.

-Mr. Shackett

Stations = Too much fun!!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mindfulness and Physical/Financial Literacy...

We have been ending our classes utilizing the "Calm App" on our sound system.  We dim the lights and students get relaxed for 1-5 minutes.  Students are led through breathing/mindfulness exercises.  This is especially beneficial after working and moving our bodies vigorously in PE class.  We need to calm down so we are ready for other academic subjects that follow PE class!  Also check out the video of the fitness game "Stash of Cash"!!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Basic Training" of health, physical education and literacy....

Our kindergartners our working through the activity of "Basic Training" this week in the HCS gym!  Basic training takes our kindergartners "back to the basics" with a fast-paced, energetic, seek out and capture game where teamwork, perseverance, and memory are essential to being victorious. Basic Training is a cross-curricular game specifically designed to reinforce the learning and/or memorization of the alphabet, sight words, numbers, shapes, colors, and food groups.  It is really cool and the kindergartners love it!


-Mr. Shackett, Ms. Stanley and Mr. B!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Some recent FUN in the HCS Gym!!!

-We are always trying to broaden the physical activity skills that we teach in our PE program at HCS in the hopes that all of our scholars find something that interest them and also what they excel in.  Check out 5th graders doing 5 stations that focused mostly on the skill theme of balance.  Also check out the bottom video of some of our scholars taking part in before school Archery practice!


-Mr. Shackett

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

The "Scooter Racetrack" and "Bank It"

-1st graders completed a scooter board lesson on safe driving, safe grip and safe maneuvering yesterday!  They learned the "alligator" and "bear crawl" positions as well!  The lessons learning targets were practiced using the activity "Scooter Racetrack", which is where students get to practice driving through the "racetrack" that is set up in the HCS gym!

-5th graders competed in the game of "Bank It" yesterday, which tested their abilities to throw, catch and manipulate a foam ball with different parts of their body in order to score "buckets"!

Check the videos out below:


-Ms. Stanley and Mr. Shackett

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A few primary videos to share...

-Just a few videos to share what our primary students have been up to in PE class!  We are wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season.  Stay safe, stay warm and enjoy the time with loved ones!

All the best,

-Miss Stanley and Mr. Shackett

Sunday, November 6, 2016

1st grade "Scarf Unit"

Learning hand/eye coordination with scarves!  Enjoy the video of our 1st grade scholars learning to manipulate a scarf while improving their hand/eye coordination.


-Ms. Stanley and Mr. Shackett

Monday, October 31, 2016

HCS PE: Curriculum Night Video

-Below is the video that the PE department will be showing at the Unified Arts Curriculum Night on Tuesday November 1st.


-Ms. Stanley and Mr. Shackett

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Frisbee Golf Unit in Middle School PE...

-This morning 7th and 8th graders started a Frisbee Golf unit.  Lots of walking, jogging and great frisbee throwing for both distance, accuracy and finesse!


-Mr. Shackett

Monday, October 10, 2016

"Roll With It!"

-First graders tested their jogging/running skills today in the math infused game of "Roll With It".  Students faced off against one another in a dice face off, whoever rolled the highest was allowed to get one point for their team.  Whoever rolled the lowest had to jog a half lap!  These first graders got a great workout in today!


-Mr. Shackett

Archery unit challenge stations...

-The seventh and eight graders ended their archery unit this past Friday morning with three challenge stations: shooting an arrow through a dollar bill, shooting an arrow through an apple and shooting and arrow through a balloon to pop it!

Too much fun!

-Mr. Shackett

Dollar bills taped to the target.  Shoot an arrow through a dollar bill and you get to keep it!!

Apples on top of spare arrows.  Try and shoot an arrow through an apple!!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

"Over the Fence"- An activity to improve throwing/catching

-Our 1st graders got better at throwing/catching with the game of "Over the Fence!"  Too much fun on a Friday afternoon! 

Have a great weekend!

-Mr. Shackett

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A look back at the last few weeks in HCS PE...

-Too much fun in the HCS gym of late!!

Alphabet Mania...

In "Alphabet Mania" students hop, skip, jump, crab walk, bear crawl, gallop etc. to the beat of the music while dragging their jump ropes around.  When the music stops they go to the closest orange spot and flip it over.  Whatever letter or number they reveal they have to try and create it with their jump rope.  Students are also encouraged to use their bodies to complete the more complex letters and numbers.

Nice job to our K-1 students at HCS with this complex activity!  A great way to learn, practice and reinforce some very important skills!


Mr. Shackett

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"Do You Want a Bus Ride?!"

-Kindergarten PE is off to a terrific start!  Students are learning how to move safely and efficiently in their own space as well as to work together with one another.  A perfect way that we practice the aforementioned skills is through the game "Do You Want a Bus Ride?!"


Mr. Shackett

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2nd grade- Hula Hut Relay

2nd grade-Hula Hut Relay
The students did an awesome job working together in this  cooperative activity... building hula hoops huts and going through them..

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome Back To HCS PE!!!

Welcome back to what will hopefully be another wonderful year of learning and having fun at HCS!!  PE classes are off to a wonderful start!  Students have been learning about cooperation, fair play and gymnasium procedures, all of course through the wonderful medium of movement.  We hope to update the PE blog weekly and share the wonderful work our scholars are doing in the gym or on the playing fields.  Different classes will be featured in their movement education endeavors so look out for your child in the featured posts!

HCS is also proud to be hosting a Special Olympics Young Athletes Program this fall.  The program will take place on Saturday mornings at HCS from 10-11am starting September 10th and run for eight straight weeks.  The Young Athletes program is a motor skill and movement based program for children ages 2-7 years of age with or without intellectual disabilities.  Click on the link and flier below to learn more.

All the best,

-HCS Physical Education!