"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys
to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative
—John F. Kennedy
Physical Education Requirement
All students in grades K-12 are required by New York state to
participate in the Physical Education Program. For a student to
graduate High School, they must successfully earn two credits of
physical education. A half unit of credit is given for the
successful completion of physical education at each grade
Elementary Physical Education Policies
Physical Fitness Attire
Students must wear sneakers that have either laces or Velcro.
They must have good support and non-marking soles. Footwear such
as hiking boots, wrestling shoes, heeled boots, flip flops/shoes
of any type are unacceptable. Safety is our primary concern.
T-shirts and athletic shorts or an athletic sweat suit are
acceptable. Please refrain from wearing skirts or dresses for
activities or wear shorts under them.
Third, fourth and fifth-grade classes will have time to wash hands and
face at the end of class in the locker rooms. If they use
deodorant, this is the time to reapply.
Students who have notes to be excused from physical education
classes should bring the notes to the nurses office immediately
after reporting to homerooms. An excuse from physical education
means that no sports/activities will be allowed at recess time
either. A note from a parent is effective for only three
consecutive days. If necessary to be excused from physical
education longer than three days, a note from a physician is
The focus will be on the student’s effort, participation,
sportsmanship and being prepared for class.
First, and Second grade will have P.E. EVERY DAY for 30 minutes.
Fourth, and Fifth grade will have P.E. EVERY OTHER DAY for 50
The President’s Challenge
The President's Challenge is a physical fitness and award
program open to second- through fifth-graders. It includes five
events that measure muscular strength/endurance,
cardio-respiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility.
The program offers two different awards.
Learn more about the program.
Award–Boys and girls who score at or above the 85th
percentile on all 5 events are eligible.
Award–Girls and boys who score at or above the 50th
percentile on all 5 events-but fall below the 85th in one or
more of the events.
1. Curl-ups: To measure abdominal strength/ endurance by maximum
number of curl-ups in one minute.
2. Shuttle Run: To measure speed and agility.
3. Endurance Run/Walk: To measure heart/lung endurance by
fastest time to cover a mile distance ( 1/2 mile for second
4. Pull-ups: To measure upper body strength/endurance by maximum
number of pull-ups completed (*To qualify for Presidential
Award). OR flex-arm hang alternative to pull-ups (*To qualify
for National Award).
5. Sit and Reach: To measure flexibility of lower back and