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Darcy O'Shea

Darcy O'Shea

Darcy Blaszczyk-O'Shea is a Physical Education/Health Teacher at John C. Daniels.  Spending her youth and young adult years playing softball and soccer, she has a passion for health and wellness.  She is very active participating in yoga, cycling, and several recreational sports.  Mrs. O'Shea obtain her Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State  University in 2005.  Before teaching in New Haven she spent time teaching High School Physical Education in West Hartford, CT and Elementary Physical Education in Region 14.  Mrs. O'Shea enjoys teaching in an urban community and looks forward to continuing her career here in New Haven.  Mrs. O'Shea will begin her Master's in Teacher's Leadership in the fall of 2017 and follow up with a doctorate in Educational Leadership in the coming years. Until then she is enjoying teaching in the gymnasium of JCD. 

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Dear JCD Families and Community,

Please take a moment to read the below message:

During the past 5 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teaching your child/ren physical education and/or health education. I have been blessed with opportunity to create learning experiences to allow your child to begin to understand and explore why health, wellness, and physical activity are fundamental to their success as students and individuals. We have laughed and learned in class, creating countless learning experiences that I know that I will cherish always.

Your child/ren have taught me endless lessons on culture, community, empathy, autonomy, and seeing life through their eyes. I have grown in countless ways as a teacher and as person, I am thankful for all that our school community at John C. Daniels has given me. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach within this unique and diverse learning community.

With that said, I have been speaking to each of my classes regarding me resigning my position here at John C. Daniels, for a new opportunity that is closer to my home and my children. I have explained this change to them and have allowed them to ask questions that are relevant or important to them. I have explained that Mr. Casella will still be here and physical education/health will go on. I will officially be resigned from my position at JCD on October 24, 2019. If you/family have any questions please reach out to myself or administration.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you and your children for allowing me the opportunity to teach, learn, and grow within John C. Daniels, I am eternally grateful.

Fondly,

Mrs. Darcy Blaszczyk-O’Shea

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 

 

We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

 The form has been update in English and Spanish! 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations

 

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Welcome Back to School! 

I am looking forward to a great year in physical education. As you are getting ready for the school year remember your child will need: 

Sneakers

JCD Gym Uniform (Navy Blue T-Shirt & Navy Bottoms)*

 

Students will be able to order JCD PE T-Shirts and Spirit Wear, so please stay tuned for more info!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I am looking forward to hearing about how you had an ACTIVE summer break.

 

Mrs. O’Shea

 

 

*Students do not need a PE Uniform for the 1st day of physical education. A PE uniform will be needed starting September 3rd!

 

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Beginning to Prepare for Spring Fitness Testing!

Students in grades 4, 6, & 8 are beginning to prepare for the mandated Physical Fitness Testing in the Spring Testing window.  Testing will begin during the month of April.

Students are tested on 4 areas of fitness: 

Cardio Respiratory Endurance: How much stamina/endurance do they have to run for an extended period of time

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Upper Body Strength & Endurance: How long can they preform proper pushups

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Abdominal Strength & Endurance: How much stamina do they have to complete curl-ups (abdominal style sit-up)

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Flexbility: How flexible is the student's lower body (hamstrings/lower back)

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As we begin to prepare for these tests, your child can also practice them at home! Please follow the link to the State of Connecticut's website. This website will show you and your child videos of the test being performed correctly, plus you can download the cadence for each of the tests that require audio prompts. 

Physical Fitness Test Manual (All Grades 4, 6, 8)  

We are looking forward to a great testing season! If you have questions please contact either Phys Ed Teacher!

 

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Hockey is Happening in Mrs. O'Shea's Phys Ed Classes!

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Students in Grades K-5 are learning the basics of hockey.

All students are learning how to stick handle, dribble, and pass the puck!

Students in grades 3-5 will be quizzed on the charts below! Please share with your child so they can "study"! 

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Keeping Fit Through February Break 

Winter break is here! Keep your keeps busy, happy, and entertained with some of these fitness based activities! When you are done, complete the writing prompt to bring back to Mrs. O'Shea! Have a fun and fitness filled February break! 

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https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/indoor-ice-skating-balance-strength/

 

https://princesspinkygirl.com/creative-indoor-activities-for-a-cold-winter-day/2/

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Come Say to Your JCD Phys Ed. Teachers

Phys Ed. Teachers, Mrs. O'Shea & Mr. C will be downstairs at the gym during Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wednesday 1/30 from 1:30-5:30! 

 

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Pickleball is BACK at JCD! 

This week, Mrs. O'Shea's Grades 3-8 and Mr. C's 6-8 Phys Ed classes started their pickleball unit!

Pickleball is a racquet sport, played with a paddle and wiffle style ball. 

Students learned this week about the history of pickleball and some basic skills.

Students have been challenged to think deeply, investigate, and report back to Mrs. O'Shea to answer 2 burning questions! 

1) What breed of dog was Pickles?

2) Why does the pickleball paddle have holes in it? 

The 1st class to tell Mrs. O'Shea the ANSWERS to BOTH questions will earn extra time in the gym! 

Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. O'Shea 

 

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Jump Rope

Mrs. O'Shea and Mr. C's Phys Ed classes recently completed jump rope units. Mrs. O'Shea's students worked on creating personal best records! One student jump 216 times in a row! 

Jump rope is a fantastic way to exercise and all our students really enjoy learning all the tricky jumps Mr. C has to offer! 
Take a look at our Personal Best Jump rope Record Board created this year! 

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November Fitness Calendars! 

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Let's keep moving all through the month of November! Here are this month's calendar! 

 

Student's who complete the month & return with their parents initals, will get a prize! Complete every month until June to enter into a raffle! 

 

Mrs. O'Shea is collecting October calendars too! 

 

November Calendars: 

November 10 At a Time

November Full Activities Calendar

 

 

 

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Fitness Testing

Beginning October 15, 2018

for all students in Grades 4, 6, & 8!

 

Students in the above grades will begin fitness testing on their PE days.

Students need to wear PE uniforms & sneakers.

We encourage you to help your child get restful sleep, hydrate before & after, eat well balanced meals, plus encourage them to do their best.

These tests are valued by our district as much as the Smart Balance and other tests.

 

Let's have the best scores YET!  

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Our Mission

At John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication students are taught to be creative thinkers who understand and appreciate the diversity in their communities and in the world. Students learn to communicate in different languages enhanced by technology and infused with the arts.  Students are inspired to excel in their studies, to be healthy and active and to contribute to a global society.

 

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It is the policy of the New Haven Public Schools district that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment. Protected classes include Age, Ancestry, Color, Gender Identity or Expression, Genetic Information, Learning Disability, Marital Status, Mental Disability, Intellectual Disability, National Origin, Physical Disability, Race, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, equal access school facilities and school premises to Boy Scouts for America and other designated youth groups.

 

 

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Interim Principal: Mrs. Tina Mitchell
Assistant Principal: Ms. Yesenia Perez

569 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

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