Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter

September 2015

Meet the Physical Education Teachers

Each month an electronic newsletter will be sent home letting you know about the physical education program at Stonewall Tell. Feel free to e-mail any of the teachers if you have any questions or concerns.


This is my 24th year teaching elementary physical education. I have 3 children, and love to travel! I have my National Board Certification in Physical Education; as well as, my Georgia Master Teacher Certificate.


This is my 28th year with Fulton County Schools. I love working in P.E., and I enjoy working with animals. I also teach APEC and love Zumba.


This is my 12th year teaching physical education. Previously, I taught Health & Physical Education at West Lake High School. I have a 5 year old son who is the joy of my life.

Sharnea Boykin

I am a product of the Fulton County School System. I played basketball at Westlake. Later received an athletic scholarship to attend Mercer University. I enjoy being active just as much as I love my basketball.

Karen Bernstein -

I am a retired Fulton County Schools Health and Physical Education teacher. I am excited to work at Stonewall Tell on Wednesdays. I enjoy to travel and love going on adventures with my dog.


By now your child should have come to P.E. at least 6 times, and we are taking the first formal assessment of the year! The graded papers will be sent home next week. We are committed to providing a quality physical education program at Stonewall Tell Elementary. We received the Excellence in Education Award from the Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 2005 and 2012! And we just received the Gold Medal in The Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll program for the FOURTH year in a row!

All lessons strive to be developmentally and instructionally appropriate for each child. Students refine motor skills, while developing interests and healthy habits. Through success-centered activities, all children have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential – physically, socially, and intellectually.

Grading in P.E.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways in physical education. Your child will have a written tests (cognitive assessment) and skills tests (performance based). All assessments are created according to the Georgia Perfomance Standards in P.E. Also, your child’s grades will be available in the Home Access Center.

Students will have 10 grades per semester in P.E. These grades are weighted as follows:

50% - performance in class

20% - written tests

20% - presentations in class

10% - participation in fitness assessments

Recovery – Per Fulton County Grading Guidelines, grade recovery will be offered for failing grades to achieve the mastery level of 70.

Standards in Physical Education

Georgia Performance Standards in Physical Education

At Stonewall Tell, our lessons are based upon the GPS. These standards can be found in the link below.

National Standards in Physical Education:

There are 6 national standards for Physical Education. They are:

  1. Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of activities.
  2. Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
  3. Participates regularly in physical activity.
  4. Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
  5. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  6. Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.


Did you know that the state of Georgia passed House Bill 229 – the SHAPE ACT. This new law states :Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, each local school system shall conduct an annual fitness assessment program, as approved and funded by the State Board of Education, one time each school year for students in grades one through 12, to be conducted only during a physical education course that is taught by a certificated physical education teacher in which a student is enrolled.

Fitnessgram pre-testing will begin in mid-September. Your child will be tested in sit ups, push ups, flexibility (sit and reach), and cardiovascular (Pacer test), height and weight. An individual fitness assessment will be printed for students in grades 4 & 5. We will also discuss creating and achieving personal fitness goals in P.E.

Upcoming Lesson Themes

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Coach Nephew's Corner

What time is it? “HYDRATION TIME”

For a lot of our boys at Stonewall Tell it’s football season which means conditioning, practice, conditioning, practice, and finally game time. One of the most important things to do during the season is to stay hydrated. Players should not wait until they feel thirsty to start drinking liquids, they should start before practice or the game at least an hour before they hit ting the field. So what’s the best thing for players to drink? WATER, yes the sports drinks taste better, but there is no better hydration drink than good ol’ H2O. Maybe after practice or the game players can have their sports drink, but before and during they need to drink water. Can you over hydrate? Yes, if you have been watching the news there was a tragic accident of over hydration involving a high school football player, therefore, please monitor your player’s liquid consumption to no more than one bottle of water before practice or the game and two to three bottles during practice or the game. Good Luck to all of the Stonewall Tell football players.

Where there is football there are cheerleaders and to the girls that are cheering the football players on make sure you stay hydrated as well. Cheerleaders are cheering just as hard as the football players are playing and need to drink about the same before practice and the game and quick sips between cheers.