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6-8 Physical Education

December 6, 2019 | Zachary Licato

Instructor: Mr. Licato

Course Description

Physical Education for Grades 6-8, which meets twice every week on Monday and Tuesday mornings, is a time when students work both individually and collectively to build their motor skills in movement, strategy, rules, safety (regarding others and equipment) and sportsmanship. Students receive grades in these three categories: Participation & Fitness, Health & Safety and Teamwork & Sportsmanship.

Discussion Questions

How does one build stamina, & strength with his/her body?

How can I improve my endurance?

What is the purpose of a warm-up?

Why do we value teamwork?

How can I make a long term training plan and find a way to apply it regularly?

What units are studied in PE?

September-October: PE Policies/Procedures, Capture the flag, & Kickball.
October-November: Team Sports – Basketball
December: Miniterm
January-March: Volleyball & Badminton
March-April: Fitness Unit & Fitness Testing (PACER)
April-May: Baseball
May-June: Free Choice & Ultimate Frisbee
June – Ultimate Frisbee & Fitness Testing
Duration of activities may fluctuate throughout the year.

I heard there is physical homework…

Students do receive physical activities or requirements of core strengthening to do at home. Two days a week is not enough to reach certain goals within the National Fitness Testing each year. This allows students to understand the importance of long-term training, planning and shaping their bodies to meet their goals.

Dress Code

Students are expected to come dressed in clothes that enable movement and sneakers. Pants or shorts with an elastic waist that follow dress code, such as sweats or basketball shorts, are ideal as they allow students to do abdominal work on the floor and run with comfort. Since periods are only forty minutes long including the time to travel outdoors, students must come dressed in proper attire. Changing clothes cannot be part of their PE time. Wearing appropriate clothes with appropriate supporting garments as well as sneakers are part of coming prepared to class. Many times, PE class will be held outside. Students are expected to dress appropriately for weather.

Zachary Licato

Teacher, Physical Education and Health; Learning Support (7th Grade)

Mr. Licato is a proud lifelong resident of Hudson County. In addition to teaching Physical Education at Mustard Seed, he also coaches the Weehawken High School varsity baseball team, the Weehawken HS varsity football team and the Weehawken HS girls’ varsity basketball team.

During his time as a high school student, he played varsity football, baseball, and basketball, lettering in all three sports.

Mr. Licato grew up in an artistic family: his mother is a writer, and his father is the Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works, a professional theatre company located in Weehawken.

His greatest passions are coaching and teaching, but he also enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring the wide cultural food palate of local restaurants, and traveling with his wife, Gina.

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