All students from Pre-K through sixth grade participate in a physical education program that promotes fitness, motor skill development, sportsmanship, and cooperation. Developing an appreciation and need for a physically active lifestyle is paramount.
All students in sixth-ninth grade play on a competitive interscholastic athletic team. They learn the skills of teamwork and the important values of self-discipline, tenacity, responsibility, and sportsmanship. The goal of the program is to have every child be an active and responsible member of the teams and to represent Tuxedo Park School in a proud and respectful way.
Fall sports are coed tennis, soccer for the boys, volleyball for the girls, and field hockey for the girls. The winter sport is basketball for both boys and girls. Some students may choose not to play basketball and participate in squash, court tennis or join a conditioning class. Also during the winter, all the students participate in a five-week ski program on Thursday afternoons. In the spring, the sports include coed track and field, lacrosse for boys, and lacrosse for girls.
Teamwork is an important component of the program. Students learn to work together, respect each other’s differences, and help each other to succeed. The program is unique in the student’s education since four grades - sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth - practice together and interact across grade levels.
The first game of many of our players' careers was a fun and overall positive experience, despite the loss. Defense was the name of the game, as we made scoring very difficult for our opponents and forced 23 turnovers! That number is a testament to the good, hard, team defense and everyone playing together. While we were unable to crack double digits in scoring, I was encouraged by our ability to consistently find really good open shots - we were just unlucky with some bounces. This was a great start to our season and it was nice to "break the ice" of playing in a real game. Nowhere to go but up!
The boys showed a lot of improvement in our second game. After a tough first quarter, the team found their legs and started playing good aggressive team basketball. We were able to draw many fouls and get to the free throw line often, shooting a strong percentage at the line. Our final point total was almost three times higher than our first game! Despite our improvement, we were unable to overcome the large first quarter deficit and suffered another loss. No matter; we will continue to work our hardest at improving each day!