The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge, skills, values, and the enthusiasm to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. Activities are designed to promote physical fitness, to develop motor skills and to instill knowledge and understanding of rules, concepts, and strategies. Through participation, students learn the benefits of individual and team activities. Physical Education at Stevenson is also designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to self-assess, create and conduct personal fitness programs. Students become proficient in the use of a variety of measurement devices and exercise equipment. The teacher directly supervises participation in the gymnasium or in the field and serves as both facilitator and instructor working to individualize programs for students. Fitness testing is used to establish individual baseline levels for designing fitness programs, to show improvement, and to provide students with personal information. Scores on fitness tests are not used as the primary or only measure of success. Physical activities and team sports offered are safe and developmentally appropriate, ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all students. Physical Education classes meet daily.
Stevenson Track Star Wins Gold, Silver and Bronze in The Metro League Track Championship
The race Chris Schroeder most wants to win is the race against his best time. Chris competes hard in every event. As long as his times improve and he's contributing to his track team's success, he is satisfied. The junior recorded a gold in the 800m, silver in the 400m and bronze in the 1600m for Stevenson at the Metro League Track Championship in Astoria Park last semester.
This summer Chris continued to challenge himself, as he completed his first two triathlons in Queens and Staten Island. Chris hopes to continue running in college though he hasn’t chosen the college he would like to attend.
“He will have a future running in college when more get to see the special qualities that make up this young student athlete,” declared one of his coaches, Nick Alexander. "He is able to maintain strong focused despite any distractions. I have never heard Chris complain during a workout and he is constantly challenging himself.”
“Chris is every coach’s dream,” said head coach, Ric Couchman. “He is highly disciplined; takes in the training concepts and applies them in every training session and event. Actually the word ‘embrace’ better describes Chris's approach to training under his coaches' guidance, no matter the situation”.