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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


47 Whiting Lane
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: 860-233-8541
Fax: 860-236-9367

Karen Kukish, Principal

Physical Education at WL! 


Upcoming Events!


Hip Hop Dance April 17-23

Hip Hop Dance Night April 23 5-6:30






Special Olympics Motto


Field Day May 23

Rain date June 1



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What students should wear to class

Sneakers and loose clothing that allow your child to move freely, comfortably and safely are appropriate for physical education classes. Some additional hints that will help your children enjoy their time in physical education classes include:

  • Empty pockets before coming to class,
  • Tie back long hair,
  • Refrain from wearing jewelry, and
  • Remember that skirts, dresses and tight clothing can restrict movement

Vision Statement

The West Hartford K-12 Physical Education Program is based on helping students develop healthy, active lifestyles by experiencing a balance of activities in a positive, responsible and cooperative environment.

These activities include the movement areas of body management and educational gymnastics, dance, fitness, adventure/cooperative education and sports/games. It is through these experiences that we address the diverse needs of our students in the physical, social emotional, and cognitive domains. Our curriculum provides sequential, spiraling, enjoyable and successful experiences appropriate for each child’s developmental stage and ability level. Furthermore, our intent is to create opportunities for our students that inspire confidence, honesty, creativity, teamwork and a persistent drive to excel.

Content Overview

In the elementary schools, students explore movement through a series of guided experiences, which allow for divergent responses to meet individual developmental levels. The major movement concepts explored include body (what the body does), space (where the body moves), effort (how the body moves), and relationships (how the body moves in relation to others and to the environment). An integral part of this approach involves guiding students toward mastery of the key elements of immature and mature forms of the basic locomotor skills(walking, running, jumping, hopping, galloping, skipping, sliding and leaping), non-locomotor skills, including educational gymnastics (curling, stretching, twisting, balancing, climbing, vaulting, hanging, swinging and supporting), and manipulative skills (throwing, catching, striking, kicking, dribbling, and volleying). As a result of this strong movement foundation, students are able to refine and apply their broad base of movement skills successfully to specialized skills in dance, gymnastics, adventure education and sports (team, individual, and dual) in the upper grades.

Why physical activity?

Due to the obesity epidemic, which has become a national health crisis, with annual health care costs over $150 billion, Physical Education is gaining momentum again and its value in schools is more important than ever. In fact, former First Lady Obama, in recognizing the need for children to move more and eat better, had started a national campaign called LETS MOVE.

· In 2006, nearly 10 million children and adolescents were considered obese

· Along with rising obesity rates, the rate of prescription drug use by children for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol is increasing.

· Obese adolescents have significantly greater risk of developing and dying from chronic diseases in childhood.

· Of all U.S. deaths from major chronic diseases, 23% are linked to sedentary lifestyles.

· Children’s physical activity level drops dramatically between the ages of 9 and 15.

· Evidence suggests that physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive ability, avoiding tobacco use, insomnia, depression and anxiety.

· Several large scale studies found improvements in students’ academic performance with increased time spent in physical education.

· Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life and lower risk of CVD, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Together with other healthy lifestyles choices, such as better nutrition, we can have a positive impact on student’s education and a way to improve life-long and well-being.

· * Facts from the American Heart Association

Upcoming Events

  • April 2019
    • ThuApr25 Passover (8 days)
    • ThuApr25 Gr 2-Roaring Brook Nature Center 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • ThuApr25 Hobby Quest-Fashion Trends-rm 3 3:20 PM to 4:20 PM
    • ThuApr25 HWC- PR 2 3:20 PM to 4:20 PM
    • ThuApr25 Paul Cryan 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM


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West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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