Academics: Health & Physical Education
A Parent Guide to Physical Education in Elementary School
The following are some of the things you should know about
physical education in the Burnt Hills School District:
- Kindergarten, first, second, and third graders will have
a 30 minute physical education class three times a week.
These boys and girls will be required to wear sneakers and
regular school clothes. Girls should not wear dresses on
days when they have gym.
- All jewelry, unneeded glasses, watches, money, hair
bands, etc., should be removed and left in the classroom.
- All children in the fourth and fifth grades are required
to wear appropriate gym clothes for personal hygiene and
safety reasons. For your convenience, we have the following
items for sale: girls and boys shorts, $8.00; girls and boys
t-shirts, $8.00 (checks should be made out to BH-BL
Schools). Also, each child must wear sneakers with laces
and/or straps. Sneakers and socks are not for sale at the
- PE clothes should be marked with last name, permanently
placed on sneakers(outside both sneakers) and on the girls'
and boys' gym shorts and shirts (in the space provided).
- Students are provided with baskets to keep their
- Physical Education is required by the State of New York
and it is mandatory for every student who is physically able
to participate. If a student is recovering from an illness
or injury, the student may be excused up to one week without
a doctor’s excuse, provided he or she brings a written
excuse from home signed by a parent or guardian and presents
it to the school nurse for approval. For any period longer
than one week, an excuse signed by the doctor must be
presented to the instructor, except in cases of obvious
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We
certainly hope that through a cooperative effort by all, our
program will be worthwhile and meaningful for your child.
There are three basic goals of physical education:
- Produce physically fit youth.
- Teach the relationship between physical activity,
physical fitness and health.
- Promote the skills, knowledge and attitude to help
children lead active, healthy and productive lives as
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Physical Education staff is a
team of innovative leaders who continue to create new horizons
in physical education. Their commitment and enthusiasm is
generating unlimited possibilities and unprecedented results for
Students participating with this physical education staff
- Establishing healthy lifestyles through purposeful
integration of mind, body and spirit.
- Demonstrating knowledge and skills for participation in
a wide variety of physical activities.
- Demonstrating effective skills in communication,
decision making and stress management.
- Demonstrating self-worth and independence.
- Demonstrating integrity, honesty and respect for
themselves and others.
The mission of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and
Nutrition is to engage, educate and empower all Americans to
adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical
activity and good nutrition. This year the Council is expanding
their work to include not just a focus on active lifestyles, but
on healthy eating. The Council will play an important role in
the effort to help combat childhood obesity in this country. The
Council also promotes and maintains the President’s Challenge
Physical Activity and Fitness Awards program which encourages
all Americans to include physical activity - 30 minutes per day
for adults and 60 minutes per day for youth - in their daily
-Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes, Co-Chairs
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Physical Education Program
provides a wide variety of quality units of study. These
- Fitness Tests
- Individual/Team Sports
- Lead Up Games
- Creative Movement
- Project Adventure
- Lifetime skills
Our program provides opportunities for students to
develop skill related fitness such as:
Develop and maintain physical fitness including:
- Cardio Respiratory Endurance
- Flexibility and Muscle Strength and Endurance
Develop personal living skills including:
- Respect For Others
- Honesty and Fair Play
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Conflict Resolution
- Goal Setting