LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 11, 2011)—Hollywood Elementary School and Town Creek Elementary School have been selected as Maryland Physical Education Honor Roll Schools for 2011-13. This recognition is awarded to schools whose physical education programs are considered to be exemplary, and thus model programs in the state. In order to achieve Honor Roll status a school must have had two previous selections as a Demonstration School prior to their third application.
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.
"Physical Education teachers Ms. Mary Kaye Roper and Mr. Shawn Knott at Hollywood Elementary School, and Ms. Debora Settle at Town Creek Elementary School are to be commended on this outstanding achievement, as Honor Roll status is only given to those schools that maintain programs of the highest quality over an extended period of time," noted Dr. Andrew C. Roper, Supervisor of Instruction for Physical Education, Health, and Athletics.
These two Honor Roll schools, when combined with the three county schools that have recently been awarded Physical Education Demonstration School status (Evergreen Elementary School, Park Hall Elementary School, and Esperanza Middle School) constitute 50 percent of all of the schools selected from across the state for 2011-2013.
"We hope that many physical education teachers from across the state will choose to visit these schools to witness outstanding instruction and a commitment to providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to be physically active for a lifetime," said Roper.