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Growing Guardians of the Earth

New Haven, CT, Est. 1913

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Elisa Basini

Elisa Basini

P.E. Teacher


College Major/Degree: Exercise Science - Physical Education


College Attended: Southern Connecticut State University / University of Saint Joseph


Fun Fact: I taught myself how to play the guitar beginning at the age of 7; currently working on how to play the piano!


Favorite Quote:  "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Favorite part about being an Environmental Studies School: That our students get to appreciate, experience, and develop a relationship with animals, plants, theories and concepts that other schools just glaze over.

Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart!

Posted by on in Latest News

February is heart health month! This year Barnard will be participating in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart.  We will be raising money for the American Heart Association.

We are joining millions of others to help save lives with the American Heart Association!

At our school, we are learning how we can help make a difference by raising lifesaving donations to help kids with heart disease. We're also learning about our own hearts, and how to keep them healthy. And we're getting active! We will hold our hoops event for grades 6-8 from March 20th-24th, and our jump rope event for grades PreK-5 from March 27th-31st.

We're excited about raising money for other kids - kids with hearts that don't exactly work right and to help fund new medicines and treatments to be discovered.

Please help us make a difference! Thank you!

Our school's fundraising link is:http://jumphoops2017fda.kintera.org/barnardmagnet 

Fall in the Gymnasium

Posted by on in Grades 1 to 2

Welcome to another year of physical fitness and activity! So far this year we have been working on our classroom rules, routines and procedures.  We have also been reviewing our locomotor moves: sliding, galloping, hopping, jumping, skipping, leaping, walking and running.

We are currently finishing up a unit on fitness where students completed a number of body weight exercises, and practiced using hula hoops and jump ropes.  We also played some really interesting tag games to get our heart rates up.  Go ahead and ask your student what their favorite tag game during P.E. has been so far, and see if they give you one of our skill focuses or an environmentally themed game. :)

Our next unit is sure to be a good one, where we will be learning and practicing skills and concepts that have to do with soccer!

- Ms. Basini and Mr. Gagliardi

Grade 8 Fitness Testing!

Posted by on in Grades 7 to 8

Welcome back!  The fall is always an exciting time in the gym, especially for grades 4, 6, and 8.  Fall is our key time to pre-test our students' physical fitness levels!

The four components of fitness that we focus on are: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.  These areas are assessed by a push-up test, curl-up test, flexibility test, and the pacer test which involves interval running to a cadence.  We would love to have students begin to set individual fitness goals based off of their pre-test scores.  

Throughout the year the physical education staff does our best to plan lessons and activities that will help our students to get great exercise while working together and having fun.  We will be testing push-ups and the pacer again in the winter, and then we will be post-testing push-ups, curl-ups and the pacer in the spring.

Grades 7-8 have been focusing on fitness as well as invasion games.  Invasion games involve going into your opponent's territory in order to score points.  Games that we have played so far include:  wall ball, capture the flag, and cone ball.  Our next upcoming unit will focus on another invasion game and its skills - soccer!

- Ms. Basini and Mr. Gagliardi

Grade 6 Fitness Testing!

Posted by on in Grades 5 to 6

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Welcome back!  The fall is always an exciting time in the gym, especially for grades 4, 6, and 8.  Fall is our key time to pre-test our students' physical fitness levels!

The four components of fitness that we focus on are: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.  These areas are assessed by a push-up test, curl-up test, flexibility test, and the pacer test which involves interval running to a cadence.  We would love to have students begin to set individual fitness goals based off of their pre-test scores.  

Throughout the year the physical education staff does our best to plan lessons and activities that will help our students to get great exercise while working together and having fun.  We will be testing push-ups and the pacer again in the winter, and then we will be post-testing push-ups, curl-ups and the pacer in the spring.  

Grade 5 is also finishing up a unit on fitness, and the next unit for both grades will be soccer and soccer skills!

- Ms. Basini and Mr. Gagliardi

Grade 4 Fall Fitness Testing

Posted by on in Grades 3 to 4

 

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Welcome back!  The fall is always an exciting time in the gym, especially for grades 4, 6, and 8.  Fall is our key time to pre-test our students' physical fitness levels!

The four components of fitness that we focus on are: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.  These areas are assessed by a push-up test, curl-up test, flexibility test, and the pacer test which involves interval running to a cadence.  We would love to have students begin to set individual fitness goals based off of their pre-test scores.  

Throughout the year the physical education staff does our best to plan lessons and activities that will help our students to get great exercise while working together and having fun.  We will be testing push-ups and the pacer again in the winter, and then we will be post-testing push-ups, curl-ups and the pacer in the spring.  

- Ms. Basini and Mr. Gagliardi

 

What We're Up To!

Posted by on in Pre-K and Kindergarten

Hello!  The physical education staff (Ms. Basini and Mr. Gagliardi) are excited to welcome everyone back to a great year!

In our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes we have been working hard to learn and review our locomotor moves this fall.  Locomotor moves are like the bulding blocks of movement.  They include: sliding, galloping, hopping, jumping, skipping, leaping, walking and running.  We are starting adding in some fun movement games, and learning how to log and pencil roll!  Ask your student to show you their favorite locomotor move :) 

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