Physical Education

In middle school, our physical education program is designed to provide appropriately strenuous exercise, develop athletic skills, and promote team cooperation. Specific skills in a wide variety of games are incorporated into the curriculum, including all of the sports offered through the athletics program as well as Frisbee, juggling, football, floor hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, badminton, and distance running. In eighth grade, students participate in a double period of outdoor education each cycle in addition to their regular twice-per-cycle PE class.

SPORTS TEAMS

All students in grades 7-9 are encouraged to take part in the after-school sports program. Sixth graders are invited to participate in team sports if there are spaces available. Team sports are an extension of the physical education program. Our interscholastic athletics program shares many of the goals as our PE program. The sports program at Foote provides an opportunity for all students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to participate voluntarily in a number of seasonal sports. Foote is a member of the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council.

Fall Sports: Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey, Co-Ed Cross-Country
Winter Sports: Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Co-ed Swimming, Co-Ed Squash
Spring Sports: Boys’ Lacrosse, Girls’ Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Co-ed Tennis


Sixth Grade

Our goal in physical education at this level is to provide strenuous exercise, develop athletic skills and promote team cooperation. The sixth grade can be broken up in various ways depending on the activities chosen for the class. Activities include field hockey, soccer, Frisbee and football in the fall; basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, juggling and gymnastics in the winter; baseball, softball, lacrosse and badminton in the spring. The mile run is also done in the fall and spring. Many other modified games and large group games are played throughout the year. In addition, the sixth grade students have an opportunity to participate on most interscholastic sports teams.

Seventh Grade

The seventh grade is broken up in various ways depending on the activities chosen for the class. Students participate in field hockey, soccer, flag football and Frisbee in the fall; basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, juggling and floor hockey in the winter; and softball, baseball, badminton and lacrosse in the spring. They also play many large group games as a whole grade throughout the year. In addition, seventh grade students have the opportunity to participate in daily team practices and play team sports against other schools. The sports offered are soccer, field hockey and cross-country in the fall; basketball, squash and swimming in the winter; and lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis in the spring.

Eighth Grade

Physical education provides rigorous physical activities and athletic skills development. Activities may include badminton, floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, flag football, field hockey, Frisbee, basketball, softball, baseball and lacrosse. An outdoor education course provides students with team building activities and a high- and low-ropes course. Students practice leadership skills and work on problem solving as a group. All students are taught the proper way to belay a teammate. They finish the course by climbing our two high ropes elements. Interscholastic team sports offered are field hockey, cross country and soccer in the fall; basketball, squash and swimming in the winter; and lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis in the spring. The sports program enables students to compete with students their own age from a broad range of regional schools.

Ninth Grade

Physical education provides rigorous physical activities and athletic skills development for ninth graders. Activities covered in classes include badminton, floor hockey, soccer, flag football, field hockey, speed walking, Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and lacrosse. Interscholastic team sports offered are field hockey, cross country and soccer in the fall; basketball, squash and swimming in the winter; and lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis in the spring. The sports program enables students to compete with students their own age from a range of regional schools.

The sixth grade Festival of the World caps a yearlong study of global cultures, religions and geography. Each student studies a different country, creating a range of informational and artistic projects, including a model of a famous landmark.