Physical Education



March 2019


Grades 1-8th During the month of March, our students will be learning about the fun game of lacrosse. They will be working with partners and also teammates to achieve a common goal! This unit will help improve the student’s ability to work with one another and also improve hand/eye coordination. This unit will improve student’s foot work and coordination skills. My goal is to mentally and physically challenge each and every student in his and her own different and unique way every single day so please have your children come properly dressed and bring a positive can do attitude.

Pre-K and Kindergarten - My main focus is on improving their overall development of loco motor movements and trying to help them better understand their bodies to be more effective during many of the different games we will play this month. I am mainly going to be trying to gage where these students are physically and developmentally and what I can do to help improve them become better athletes/movers going forward…This month I will show our little ones how to go through an obstacle course. I will have rails to improve balance and so improve on their coordination. I will also add relay style games to make them compete not only with the class but against themselves. We have been doing a lot of matching and similar colors to help with what they learn in the classroom

7th Grade Health - Starting off our 2nd Semester of Health, we will be diving into more discussions on drugs and the negative effects not only on the body but also the person’s friends and family. Students will be learning about the human anatomy, and also about puberty and all the exciting changes that are going on in their bodies.

Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Strives Towards Lifelong Physical Activity and Nutrition Wellness success. The students, families, faculty, staff and community are involved in achieving health and wellness goals. Catholic Academy is committed in providing an environment of continued wellness education through Physical Education, Health Education and opportunities within the community towards lifelong health. Please click the link below to read the entire Wellness Policy. 

CAWB Wellness Policy


The philosophy of my Physical Education programming is to teach the students different sport skills and games which they can participate in outside of school time. As their teacher, my goal is to be a role model for the students and help them to succeed. My focus is to show students that being physically fit and healthy are important life goals. Safety is my number one concern in the gymnasium along with making sure students are having fun. Music will be used during class time to motivate students and I will use different strategies to keep them engaged in my lesson. I expect my students to come to class prepared and ready to learn. Everyone in the class is a winner no matter what game or skill we are doing. The rules for P.E. class will follow the acronym “Champion”. These rules will be posted in each locker room and a copy will be in each classroom. The sport units that will be covered are basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, football and badminton. Students will also participate in cooperative games and work together to achieve certain goals. A famous quote that I live by is from John F. Kennedy. He states, “Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.”

In Health class, students will learn about different topics which relate to living a healthy lifestyle. My goal in Health is to provide students with important information about the specific topic they are learning and ways to avoid the bad. I want the students to live healthy and safe lives. I expect my students to apply the information they learn to their own lives. The first unit we will start will be nutrition. “If you don’t take care of your body where are you going to live?”

There are three different programs I run at the school. The first program is Mighty Milers. This program goal is to get kids moving and see how many miles they can accomplish each month. I will administer the program during class sometimes, and the homeroom teachers will also administer it during the week. The second program is Fitness for Kids. This is a monthly program which students have a different goal for each month. These goals are related to physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Each program includes tons of free prizes students can win individually and prizes the whole school can win.


Spark This year at the middle school level, students will experience Spark. Spark is an enhancing curriculum tool that will help to develop healthy lifestyles, motor skills, movement knowledge and social and personal skills.

Fitness For Kids: is a program sponsored by Independent Health and is open to students in Kindergarten through grade 5. Students will track their progress to a healthy childhood and more importantly towards living a healthy life. Taking part in the Challenge is easy! The students use a Tracker to log all their fitness fun and healthy habits. When they turn in the completed Tracker, they have a chance to win great prizes! Each day, students aim for the following: (5) fruits or vegetables, (2) hours or less of screen time (that includes computer, video, TV and video games), (1) hour of physical fitness and (0) sugary drinks.

I will provide the Fitness For Kids Tracker and/or go to the Fitness For Kids website to print off your own!

Mighty Milers: Catholic Academy has just added a new program to the physical education curriculum. The Mighty Milers program gives kids the opportunity and encouragement to get moving, release energy contructively, improve their aerobic fitness, set and strive for individual goals and bond with their classmates and school on setting and achieving collective goals. It also helps improve attention and behavior in the classroom and improve academic performance and test scores. Mighty Milers helps meet the state mandated physical education standards for total number of physical activity minutes per week. Ultimately, it teaches students the enjoyment, importance and habit of physical activity as a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.

Students earn a membership card in the beginning, certificates along the way and each marathon of miles (26.2, 52.4, 78.6 and 104.8), they will receive a special medal. Classes will receive a "congratulations" poster for accumulating miles at three milestones; 500, 1000 and 2500.


Nathan Longbine - Physical Education