Welcome to the Black Mtn. Primary
Physical Education Website
John Gibson: Physical Education Specialist
Welcome parents, students and anyone else checking out the best school in the county... ok, maybe even the state.
I've been teaching at Black Mtn. Primary since 1988 and have lived in
this community even longer and I wouldn't live anywhere else!
About our Phys. Educ. program:
Mountian Primary School provides its students with a well balanced and
developmentally appropriate physical education program, whereby students
are made to feel successful in the five major components of the N.C.
Standard Course of Study for Physical Education. The five major
components are: games and sports, recreational dance, stunts and
tumbling, basic movement and a health and personal fitness component.
All students receive at least one 45 minute structured physical
education class per week with a state certified physical education
specialist... me, and in addition at least 120 minutes of structured
physical activity per week. The teacher to student ratio in all
physical education and physical activity periods is such that all
students are kept "active" for at least 60 to 75% of the time they are
in class. Resting times are used for further instruction, relaxation and
other health related teaching including "body" facts, and for student
questions. Students are tested at least twice a year in the areas of
upper body strength, abdominal strength, flexibility and
Students along with
their parents and families are also encouraged to be active outside the
school setting. They are made aware of the many conference centers in
the area that have numerous hiking trails, basketball courts, tennis
courts and swimming pools as well as activity programs for children and
their families. The Black Mountain Parks and Recreation Department also
has sports and fitness facilities and provides programs for youth and
Students of all ability
levels are served in our program. We adapt test, sports and activities
to meet the state goals and objectives while being mindful of their
special needs. Modified equipment, use of teaching assistants, PT's,
OT's and teaming of other students with our special needs students are
used during classes.
We maintain two playgrounds
for the use of our students. Their design accounts for proper
boundaries and surfaces, age appropriate equipment and safe distances
from bike and automobile traffic. Our play areas are open to use by the
community and local colleges.
development, continuing education and workshop opportunities are made
available to me and any other teacher who wishes to attend them.