GREAT MILLS, Md. (June 8, 2009)—Greenview Knolls Elementary School has been selected as a Maryland Physical Education Demonstration School for 2009-2011. This recognition is awarded to schools whose physical education programs are considered to be exemplary, and thus model programs in the state. The school has been continually awarded Demonstration School status since 2005.
The Maryland Physical Education Demonstration Schools Program is affiliated with the President's Council for Physical Fitness Center Award Program which recognizes schools nationwide that promote physical fitness. In Maryland, however, the entire physical education program is evaluated through an initial application and a subsequent on-site visit. As a part of the application, teachers are required to list three Exemplary Features and provide evidence of Quality Teaching; Philosophy; Organization and Administration; Curriculum and Planning; Assessment and Evaluation; Professionalism; and Facilities, Equipment, and Supplies.
Ms. Melissa Warner and Ms. Lisa Benamati have developed a physical education program that has been visited by teachers from other counties. Both teachers have presented at county in-services as well as at the annual convention of the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and continue to be involved in the revision of county curriculum maps aligned with the Voluntary State Curriculum.