A quality physical education program is offered to students as part of our curriculum. We will be using activities from the SPARK Physical Education program. SPARK (Sports, Play,and Active Recreation for Kids) is an “Exemplary Program” of the U.S. Dept. of Education.
SPARK research has shown that students who participate in at least three 30-minute SPARK PE classes each week do as well or better than others on standardized academic test scores.
SPARK PE is a unique program designed to help teachers like myself lead activities that are inclusive, highly active, integrate academic and wellness concepts, and are fun for all students. Additionally, instructional units are designed to develop students’ motor, cognitive, and social skills.
This is the “new PE” you may have read about. Students won’t waste time waiting in lines for a turn, be a target in a dodgeball game, or be chosen last for a team. All students will have many opportunities to practice and participate in high levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Everyone will feel successful each lesson.
Physical education class will be twice a week for 40 minutes. Please remind your child to dress appropriately for physical activity every day. For comfort and safety purposes, he/she should wear sneakers and clothes suitable for activity.
Coach Tim Welch is a home town Denver kid who attended University Park, Merrill, and the South High School. He earned a B.S.B.A. in Management from The Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver and played lacrosse for the Pioneers as an undergraduate. Coach Welch completed his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver and began teaching at Steele in 2005. He and his wife have two boys.