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Nov 15, 2018
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Academics: Health & Physical Education

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A Parent Guide to Physical Education in Elementary School


The following are some of the things you should know about physical education in the Burnt Hills School District:

  • Kindergarten, first, second, and third graders will have a 30 minute physical education class three times a week. These boys and girls will be required to wear sneakers and regular school clothes. Girls should not wear dresses on days when they have gym.
  • All jewelry, unneeded glasses, watches, money, hair bands, etc., should be removed and left in the classroom.
  • All children in the fourth and fifth grades are required to wear appropriate gym clothes for personal hygiene and safety reasons. For your convenience, we have the following items for sale: girls and boys shorts, $8.00; girls and boys t-shirts, $8.00 (checks should be made out to BH-BL Schools). Also, each child must wear sneakers with laces and/or straps. Sneakers and socks are not for sale at the schools.
  • PE clothes should be marked with last name, permanently placed on sneakers(outside both sneakers) and on the girls' and boys' gym shorts and shirts (in the space provided).
  • Students are provided with baskets to keep their physical education
    clothes in.
  • Physical Education is required by the State of New York and it is mandatory for every student who is physically able to participate. If a student is recovering from an illness or injury, the student may be excused up to one week without a doctor’s excuse, provided he or she brings a written excuse from home signed by a parent or guardian and presents it to the school nurse for approval. For any period longer than one week, an excuse signed by the doctor must be presented to the instructor, except in cases of obvious injury.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We certainly hope that through a cooperative effort by all, our program will be worthwhile and meaningful for your child.

Our Goal

There are three basic goals of physical education:

  • Produce physically fit youth.
  • Teach the relationship between physical activity, physical fitness and health.
  • Promote the skills, knowledge and attitude to help children lead active, healthy and productive lives as adults.


The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Physical Education staff is a team of innovative leaders who continue to create new horizons in physical education. Their commitment and enthusiasm is generating unlimited possibilities and unprecedented results for their students.

Students participating with this physical education staff are:

  • Establishing healthy lifestyles through purposeful integration of mind, body and spirit.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and skills for participation in a wide variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrating effective skills in communication, decision making and stress management.
  • Demonstrating self-worth and independence.
  • Demonstrating integrity, honesty and respect for themselves and others.



The mission of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is to engage, educate and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. This year the Council is expanding their work to include not just a focus on active lifestyles, but on healthy eating. The Council will play an important role in the effort to help combat childhood obesity in this country. The Council also promotes and maintains the President’s Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards program which encourages all Americans to include physical activity - 30 minutes per day for adults and 60 minutes per day for youth - in their daily lives.

-Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes, Co-Chairs
-President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports


Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Physical Education Program provides a wide variety of quality units of study. These include:

  • Fitness Tests
  • Individual/Team Sports
  • Lead Up Games
  • Creative Movement
  • Dance/Rhythms
  • Project Adventure
  • Lifetime skills


Our program provides opportunities for students to develop skill related fitness such as:

  • Balance
  •  Coordination
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Speed


Develop and maintain physical fitness including:

  • Cardio Respiratory Endurance
  • Flexibility and Muscle Strength and Endurance


Develop personal living skills including:

  • Respect For Others
  • Cooperation
  • Collaboration
  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Honesty and Fair Play
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Goal Setting