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Taneytown Receives National Recognition for Physical Education

Release Date: 10/15/2008 3:07:44 PM

The physical education program at Taneytown Elementary School has been recognized by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) as a “STARS” School for Quality Physical Education. In the six years of the NASPE STARS project, only thirty-four schools in the nation have achieved this elite status. Taneytown Elementary is the first school in the state of Maryland ever to receive this national honor.

STARS is a national achievement program recognizing outstanding physical education programs in K-12 schools across America. The STARS project identifies and recognizes quality physical education programs that provide meaningful learning opportunities for all students. STARS schools exemplify excellence in teaching knowledge and skills of motor development and health-related fitness. More information about this program can be found by visiting the web at
Through a very intensive and rigorous portfolio process, physical educators examine program strengths as well as areas of program improvement to best serve the students, faculty, and school community members at-large. The STARS project is centered upon six areas of program analysis – (program resources; professional growth and development; program policies; curriculum; instructional practices; and communication – and a total of thirty-one criteria for quality physical education. All areas of the project are examined in view of the National Standards for Quality Physical Education, as well as the National Standards for Teaching Physical Education.
Physical educators Jamie Hitchner and John Code will represent the entire Taneytown school community when they attend NASPE’s formal recognition ceremony in Tampa, Florida in April, 2009.

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