Physical Education is an important component of cultivating the whole child at MPFS and consists of a wide variety of developmentally and instructionally appropriate programs that promote healthy lifestyles, physical fitness and wholesome values.
Emphasis is placed on personal growth rather than on comparison to others. Cooperation, sportsmanship, effort, self-discipline, as well as respect and kindness towards others and self are stressed in all physical activities. The program also helps to develop skills in following directions and accepting others and their abilities. Most importantly, it's FUN!
All students in Preschool through 5th grade have PE twice weekly. In addition, an after school Intramural Program is offered for boys and girls in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, and may include such activities as Basketball, Pillow Polo, Volleyball, Softball, Scooter Polo, and Quaker Ball.
The Middle School PE program consists of elective sport activities that encompass competitive, cooperative and lifestyle sports. Each trimester, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders may choose from among 2 or 3 different sports. Competitive options include Soccer, Basketball, and Tennis and offer the excitement of after school games against other independent schools one or two days per week during the season. Cooperative options are played with classmates during PE class and vary from year to year. In the past, cooperative sports alternatives have included Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Archery, Hip Hop Dance, Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis and Roller Blade Hockey.
A number of community resources are utilized to enhance our athletic program: Sproul Lanes Bowling Center, the Middletown Archery Club Center, Cherry Street field (which is used for soccer and softball games, Flag Football and Frisbee and all outdoor intramural activities), Hidden Hollow Swim Club Tennis Courts, Smedley Park for other activities like Capture the Flag and Snow Sledding, Media Youth Center Gymnasium, as well as the school's own playground and gymnasium.