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Physical Education

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Burke Town School

Physical Education


Brian Gallagher

Prior to teaching, I earned a degree in accounting and worked in the financial industry for nine years.  In 2003, I decided to change careers and pursued a masters degree in physical education at Adelphi University.  My first full time teaching job was at the Concord School, teaching physical education for grades K-12.  I enjoy many outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, disc golf, skiing, and snowshoeing.  My wife Helene teaches special education at Burke Town School.  I have two children, Colin and Catrina, and a dog named Luna.

SCHEDULES:  All Students have Physical Education twice a week for 60 min.

TYPICAL CLASS STRUCTURE:  With no locker-room at BTS, students come with sneakers on dressed appropriately for movement on the days they are scheduled for PE. Students enter the gym to immediate movement with some type of warm-up for cardio, strength and flexibility components for the first 10 minutes.  Then class continues with the activity/teaching for the day in the current unit of study. Class ends with a recap of the lesson/focus.


The Physical Education Program uses Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and NASPE standards to guide the curriculum.

BURKE PANTHERS have many opportunities to move more:

·      In September/October students, staff and parents can participate in Trail Club using the Kingdom Trails for walking, jogging or running.  (Wednesday afternoons 3-4pm)

·      During January/February the whole school participates in Winter Activities on Friday afternoons for 6 weeks enjoying Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating or Snowshoeing. (11:30 ‘til 3 or 4pm)   Thanks to Burke PTO for supporting this!

·      On Tuesday’s during Jan/Feb Cross Country skiing is available to all students, staff and parents. (After school from 3-4pm)

·      Kingdom Sense of Place (KSOP)allows students many opportunities to choose activity based on interests.  Four half-day workshops are offered during the last 2 days of school.  Activities such as gymnastics, bowling, canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, mini-golf, par 3 golf, mountain biking, pump track, hiking and fishing are among some of the workshops offered.

·      Afterschool Program offers PE activities on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm with the PE teacher.

·      Burke is a member of the Safe Routes to School program.  We host 2 Walk and Roll Days as a school. October we celebrate an International Walk/Bike to school day and in May we host a State-wide Walk/Bike day. We have about 98% participation with all staff and students walking or biking from home or the “drop-sites”.  WAY TO GO BURKE PANTHERS!!



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