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Update on 6th-8th Grade PE & Health

November 3, 2020 | Zachary Licato

Physical education/health class helps us build relationships as a group that are strong and solvent during our hybrid meeting schedule. Each team of students has built an encouraging and authentic place to discuss a wide variety of topics. We have been focusing on social/emotional relationships as well as CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training.

As we find ways to stay together while we are apart, it is vitally important that we exercise and release endorphins as well. The 6th-8th grade has also been able to workout outside of class and discuss workout variations and ideas about how to stay active. The most challenging type of workout given space and equipment considerations is a HIIT workout, also known as high-intensity interval training. I have received a myriad of videos each month from the students. 

Some of these workouts include:

  • Boxing
  • Running
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Weight lifting
  • Bike rides
  • Hiking
  • Wrestling

They have challenged themselves to do workouts that will be true to them. The students have done an amazing job. Perhaps their greatest strength during our class time is their thoughtfulness and their ability to carefully listen to each other. The students know that we are always stronger together. 


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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