Exercise is an essential component of a student’s daily schedule. In addition to a morning recess and lunch recess designated for play and activity, our kindergarten-5th grade students also have a PE class two times a week. Our elementary PE teacher, Patrice Fernald, keeps her class fun and engaging by offering numerous activities throughout the year. She also focuses on teaching the importance of encouraging others, getting along with each other and working together in a group and/or team. Different sports units focused on include:
- Tennis (racket sports)
- Hula Hoop
- Jump Rope
During each session students learn the history and how to play the sport. Special events are celebrated at the end of some of the sports units. Students are introduced to fun games which promote team building between the sports units. Our 3rd – 5th grade students participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test which involves getting measured/tested in five events:
- Shuttle Run
- Sit and Reach
- Sit Ups
- Pull Ups
- One-mile Run
Track and Field Day is an event during the last week of school. All elementary classes compete in several different events. During the event students encourage one another to try their best. This fun event promotes team building among the classes and is a great way to wrap up the school year.
Middle School PE
Baymonte’s 6th through 8th grade students participate in PE two – four days a week. Our middle school PE teacher, Kristi Trefethen, is a certified group and personal fitness instructor. Kristi has been teaching middle school PE for five years at Baymonte. She also has a BS and MS degree in kinesiology and has been working in the fitness field for 25 years.
Sports units covered in middle school PE are:
Each week students have a workout day which include fitness workouts, a one-mile run, a 10-minute run and/or interval training. On rainy days, square dancing, yoga, or other indoor physical fitness takes place in the youth center.
At the end of the year, students are given an assignment which includes development of their own game, a narrative of the game, teaching/presenting the game to their classmates, and then class participation in the game.
Besides PE, our middle school students also have the opportunity to try out for an extra-curricular team sport. Baymonte participates in the Bay Area Christian Schools Athletic League (BASCAL) and competes with other Christian teams in the Bay Area. Our golf team participates in the local league with other Santa Cruz County schools. The sports seasons are:
- Girls Slow-Pitch Softball
- Boys Flag Football
- Girls Basketball
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Soccer
- Boys Volleyball
- Girls Volleyball
- Boys Soccer
- Coed Golf
Participating in one or more of these team sports is a great way to promote athletic competition as well as character building. The character of our athletes is just as important as their athletic ability and we focus in developing both. We pray before each game with the visiting team and foster positive character traits such as encouraging others and good sportsmanship. We take pride in the humble, positive attitudes of our athletes and not only honor them for making good choices but also for receiving numerous compliments on their good character.