Athletics & Fitness

The mission of the Public Schools Athletic League is to provide opportunities for educating students in physical fitness, character development and socialization skills through an athletic program that fosters teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.
The goal of the C.H.A.M.P.S. Middle School Sports & Fitness program is to improve student fitness levels and overall health by increasing opportunities for children to engage in physical activity, regardless of athletic ability. The program promotes health-related fitness through a mix of several after-school and before-school activities including traditional sports, non-traditional sports, and fitness activities. The ultimate goal is for students to grow to be C.H.A.M.P.S. — Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, Positive Students — for life.

Physical Education

Joseph Seifers




        This was a busy year in the gym at P.S. 203. Students learned about health and physical education during their class time and also participated in extracurricular activities as well. Some of the activities students participated in during P.E. were kickball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, mission impossible, scooters and bowling. The younger students also participated in fuzzball, builders and bulldozers, parachute games, scooters, hula hoops, jump rope, relay races, aerobic steppers and coordination games with music and movement. Throughout the year our students learned that teamwork, communication, cooperation and good sportsmanship are just as important as skill and athleticism. 
        This year at P.S. 203 Family Activity Night was a big hit. FAN is sponsored by the PTA and covers all grades. Each grade level gets their own FAN night in the gym. This year we had bowling for second and third graders, volleyball for fourth graders, basketball for fifth graders and activity stations and parachute games for pre-k, kindergarten and first grade. 
        The PTA and the parents really helped make this year’s FAN night a lot of fun. Once again P.S. 203 participated in the New York City FITNESSGRAM assessment. We had a one hundred percent completion rate again this year. The fourth and fifth graders learned about and measured components of health-related fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Fitnessgram assessment reports were sent home with students to share with their parents. These reports have important information on how families can stay fit and healthy. The purpose of Physical Education is to encourage healthy lifestyle skills and activities that students will carry with them into their adult years.