The Physical Education Curriculum at St. Jude is sequential through the years. The focus is on activities that can keep the student physically active, engaged, and healthy as they move through life.
A combination of individual, group, and team activities are presented, with an emphasis on sportsmanship and enjoyment.
Instruction in correct fitness form is given beginning in the primary grades, and by middle school, students create their own warm up activities. Heart rate monitoring is included in the instruction, and students create their own goal for target heart rates based on fitness goals and desired outcome. By the end of the school year, each student has created a 20 minute, personal workout that combines cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength exercises.
In addition to personal fitness, the following sports and activities are covered:
8.) Group Games, &
9.) Team Building Games.
*Weather permitting, outdoor winter activities-snow shoeing.
Teacher Bio: Kim Hill
Kim Hill has a long history with St. Jude School. She has been teaching Physical Education at St. Jude School since 2010. Both of Mrs. Hill’s children attended St. Jude School. During her time as a parent, she was Swim Team Coach, Assistant Tennis Team Coach, Athletic Board Member, Christmas Fair Co-Chairman, Waldameer Picnic Chairman, Room Parent Chairman, Boy Scout Leader, Brownie Leader, and Advisory Team Member. Prior to teaching at St. Jude School, she taught at Mercyhurst Prep, Penn State Behrend, Gannon University, and University of Michigan.
In addition to teaching at St. Jude, Kim is Executive Director of Mindfulness Strategies, a national educational company that focuses on Mindfulness Consulting and Wellness Education.
Kim also is a consultant and educator with Play Like a Champion Today, a nationally recognized youth character education program at the University of Notre Dame.
Kim is a Certified Outdoor Emergency Responder, and is member of the National Ski Patrol. She volunteers as an emergency responder for Head of the Charles Regatta and as an Adult Trail Crew Volunteer for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Kim is also a certified Yoga Instructor.
Mrs. Hill’s favorite activity is spending time with her adult children, John- (OLCS Class of 2004) and Ellie-(OLCS Class of 2009).