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The focus of the Physical Education Program at Milton Elementary School is to give students the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to encourage a lifetime of physical activity. Four licensed physical education teachers with more than 65 years of teaching experience deliver the program for 1000 students in grades K-6 at the largest elementary school in the district. Milton Elementary School, located in Burlington VT, provides an outstanding physical education program to its' students, twenty three percent of which receive special education services, and thirty percent receive special education services. Two teachers teach K – 4, two others teach grades 4 – 6. All students participate in physical education twice a week for 45 minutes. At all grade levels, students are provided with a curriculum that is guided by the NASPE National Standards for Physical education and the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunity.
The focus of the program for students in Grades K – 2 is development of basic motor skills. Grades 3 and 4 provide students the opportunities to increase their movement competency. Grades 5-6 allow students to utilize skills in modified game play to introduce sports and/or games. A look into their program sees students participating in a variety of activities to develop movement forms in dance, gymnastics, invasion games, net games, fielding games, striking activities, and team building activities. This pro-active physical education department has been quite successful in securing both internal and external grant funding to enhance the curriculum. Even students have become involved in this, securing a $5,000.00 grant from Nickelodeon to purchase a sixty foot climbing wall for the school! Parents receive frequent feedback about both the program and student achievement through newsletters, a school handbook, report cards and Fitnessgram assessments.