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Prepping for Physical Fitness Testing, Grades 4, 6, & 8

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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!


Image result for healthy heart clipartMrs. 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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