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!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Field Day is this Friday June 10th!!!

-One of our favorite days in the PE department is coming!  Field day for this school year will this Friday June 10th.  All K-4 students will be participating in fun field days activities throughout the morning at the HCS field.  We will commence this fun morning with lunch.

We hope to see you there!


-Mr. Shackett and Ms. Stanley

Monday, May 23, 2016

6th Grade Frisbee Unit...

-6th Graders have been working on a Frisbee unit.  We have been learning how to throw and catch a Frisbee.  Today we tested those skills with "keep away" games!  It was a beautiful day!


-Mr. Shackett

Saturday, May 21, 2016

7th Grade Archery Study Guide...

-The two pictures below are page 1 and 2 of the "Archery Study Guide" that was sent home with all 7th graders participating in the 3rd trimester three day a week intensive physical education class with Mr. Shackett.  Our upcoming unit that we will be starting this week is Archery!  In order to ensure safety of every student participating in this unit, all students received a study guide on basic safety protocols, archery terms and archery shooting procedures.  There will be a quiz this Monday May 23 on this study guide.  Students will need to be able to answers questions pertaining to safety correctly in order to be allowed to participate in the Archery unit.


-Mr. Shackett

7th and 8th Grade "Yard Games Unit" Groupings: Tuesday May 24, 2016

-These are the group assignments/games to play for class on Tuesday May 24th.  Remember that you will be playing your first game for the first half of class and the other game for the second half of class.

-We acknowledge that some students have had trouble learning the rules of each yard game via the videos we have posted for this "flipped" unit.  In order to meet the needs of all of our diverse learners we have found the written rules to all seven yard games we have been exploring and posted them below.  We will also have printed copies in class on Tuesday.  See you then!


-Mr. Shackett and Ms. Stanley

Thursday, April 28, 2016

7th and 8th grade "Yard Games Exploration Unit" Explained....

-Below are the groupings for our upcoming 7th and 8th grade Yard Games unit.  Make sure to watch the video below that corresponds to which yard game your group is playing.  Whatever your group plays today, you will play the yard game in the column to the right the following class and so on.  Always be sure to watch the "how to" video on the blog that corresponds to the yard game your group will be playing for that class.

Thank You,

-Ms. Stanley and Mr. Shackett

Lily TaffLily MeadAlexah LabergeErik SimkinsHunter FrancisJamie BouchardSeamus GreenwoodCassie MacMahon
Hunter KehoeGarrett LaBellAmelie LeppleEvi MillerIsaac BergeronJulia BakerWill CornishChloe Landers
Kate CheneyLiz GirardAshton BarbeauFinn MurrayJacob NicholsonMorgan KittellAlissa MinerDonald MonFreda
Levon ApplinLucy PicardConnor ContoisGabby ParontoJade LeavittOlivia MortonCameron MartinEllie Baker
Miro GohackiShea McCafferyShayne WaiteJazmyn WalkerNathan Fillion
Sam JohnsonJulia BlanckAnna PelkeyClayton ThorpeDominic WhiteNick BurroughsHunter Poquette
Liam HeiningerGraham Coates-FarleyCole GloverBella DurochiaEthan FrostScott Loftus Jr.Jake Twarog
Julia GrantEmaleigh HunterRyan GladstoneAlex CurtisAvery Murray-GurneyAsha HickokMaddie Baker
BJ BennettMatthew HernandezSophie YarwoodErin CurtisCodi MaringT WeishaarBianca Lococo-Snyder
Chan CrawfordDeona ProulxKianna AyerCaroline HobbsDallen Fortier








Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 Jump Rope for Heart Event!!

-The 2016 Jump Rope for Heart campaign finished with the main event on Wednesday April 13 from 2:45-4pm.  We had 101 participants in grades K-5 take part in the event!  It was a good time had by all.  Stay tuned for how much our Hinesburg scholars raised...  

Thank you to Miss Lass, Miss Stanton, Karen and Deb (in the office) and Ms. Miller for the continued support of this great event!  Thank you to parents as well for allowing your children to be apart of this and for allowing them to raising money for the American Heart Association.  We appreciate everyone's efforts.

All the best,

-Ms. Stanley and Mr. Shackett

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Word Up" -Another great game that taught us Cooperation...

-This is one groups finished word bank.
-Groups earned points (scrabble tiles) from every down and back trip they made across the gym.  Each down and back trip had to be a different motor skills and teams must stay connected at all times.  If a team broke apart they had to go back and try again.  They got 5 minutes at the end of the game to create as many words as possible.

-Nice job to Ms. Feussner and Whitman's 3rd grade classes as they worked hard to complete the game "Word Up."


-Mr. Shackett

Thursday, March 31, 2016

4th grade dance!

Our K-4 students have been perfecting their dance moves this past week.. here is a sampling of our 4th graders.

Cha Cha Slide

Watch Me Whip dance off!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

6th Grade Jump Rope Routines: Ms. Galyean's Class

-Ms. Galyean's 6th grade homeroom had their jump rope performances this morning in class...  Check them out!  Nice job to all 6th graders this past month in the jump rope unit!


-Mr. Shackett

Monday, March 28, 2016

6th Grade Jump Rope Routines: Mr. Lasher's Class

-The two 6th grade homerooms at HCS have been doing a short jump rope unit in PE class for the past three weeks.  Students first learned or reviewed the basic jump and then were taught/exposed to 10 unique short jump rope tricks.  We concluded this unit with students getting into groups and creating a routine to music.  Nice job to all sixth graders so far!


-Mr. Shackett

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Fun Moments From Class: Week of 3/21-3/25

-Our HCS Kindergarteners are learning via stations/centers.  It is a terrific way to get every student in a large class engaged in the physical learning!  The top video is of 7th graders using the "Derby Cars" they built to try and score the large Omnikin Balls in the other teams goal.  Objectives are cooperation and physical fitness.  What a work out!


-Mr. Shackett

Monday, March 14, 2016

End of Sport Stacking Unit and the Start of Snowboarding Unit...

-Two pretty cool videos showing our 4th graders hard at work in the conclusion of their sport stacking unit and our Kindergarteners really hard at work in the start of their snowboarding unit.


-Mr. Shackett

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

K-2 Striking unit with balloons

Striking skills- K-2 The students practice a variety of ways to strike the balloon using hands and paddles. 

Sport Stacking Relays!

-A good way to burn calories while practicing and reinforcing basic sport stacking patterns.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sport Stacking at HCS!

-This has been a lot of fun showing HCS students at "non traditional sport"!


-Mr. Shackett

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Triple Threat

1st graders practice their throwing, rolling and aiming skills in this exciting game!

Moving on up!

4th grades practice and reinforce fitness skills, number recognition, and  recognize the differences between greater than, less than, more, less, high, low, and equal to through the thrilling game of Moving On Up.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What is "Speed Stacking"???

-HCS 5th and 6th graders have just started a unit on "Speed Stacking"!  Check out the above video to see the potential impact that cup stacking can have on not on not only a PE program but on a school wide community.  I am very excited to have recently gone to a training on speed stacking as well as to have 30 sets of stacking cups on loan from our friends at

I will try and post a video soon of HCS students doing some speed stacking!


-Mr. Shackett

Monday, January 11, 2016

Here are some recent videos of fun activities that HCS students have been doing in class lately...

-In HCS PE we continue to teach our students motor and fitness skills as well as life skills of problem solving, cooperation and teamwork.  Each and every class we try to have our students moving for at least 80 percent of the time in order to get the best possible work out they can get.  

We are excited for the new year and second half of the current school year with some new initiatives and activities coming to class.  Look for videos on snowboarding and speed stacking!!!


-Mr. Shackett

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


The goal of this game is to get the small balls back to the teams' hoops, without using hands!
1st graders did a great job..rising to the all challenges

Hula Hoops!

4th grade hula hoop warm-up

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

8th grade Battleships

It's battleship vs. battleship as each group tries to knock down other teams' pins. Great throwing, aiming, and cooperative activity.

Kindergarten Across the Hedge!

It's the squirrels vs. the chipmunks in this fast paced throwing game!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Kindergarten "Match Madness"!!

-Our Hinesburg Kindergartners did a terrific job completing the activity "Match Madness" last Friday.  Students found playing cards underneath the spots on the gym floor.  They then had to use their words to find another student who had the same card  (suits and colors did not matter).  Once they found a "Match" they had to run a lap around the gym as fast as they could and then get a point (wristband) for their effort!  We also added in jumping jacks as a way to earn points with your partner as well.


-Mr. Shackett

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hungry Hippos

Using scooters and team work 1st graders try to collect as many "rubies" as they can! After getting their gems, they try and see how high they can stack them.

Friday, November 20, 2015

ABC's and 123's

1st graders playing a literacy infused cooperative game! Partners take turns leading each other blindfolded through the ABC's and 123's

Two Heads Are Better Than One!

The 4th graders working on their throwing and tracking skills in this cooperative game..

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's Okay To Be Odd!

1st graders playing "It's okay to be odd!!" 
This fitness game keeps them moving and reinforces their new knowledge about odd and even numbers!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Cold Hard Cash" A terrific game for fitness skill repetition and financial literacy practice...

-Watch as 5th graders play "Cold Hard Cash"!  Student's are exercising in an attempt to "buy" buckets and reach the ultimate goal of having the most cash as a team.  Students competed for 30 minutes.  This was truly a great and fun workout!


Mr. Shackett

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Seventh Grade Cooperative Game...

-We did some cooperative work in our seventh grade this morning.  Groups worked together in a game entitled "Don't Get Carried Away".


-Chris Shackett

"Two Heads are Better Than One"

-Check out the above video's to see why "Two Heads are Better Than One" in this sixth grade game!


-Mr. Shackett