St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
301-733-1184 | email

Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

Physical Education

Mr. Hendershot

“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.”  John F. Kennedy

“PE is Powerful Education”

“The game is never more important than the people you play with.”   Debra Demaline Maxted

Physical Education Guidelines

We will be focusing on multiple different movements and activities through out the school year.  The units that we will cover this year for middle school students consist of Badminton, Pickleball, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, 3 Fitness Test, Wiffleball.  I might add or subtract a couple of these units through out the school year.  The younger students are going to be participating in Catching and Throwing Unit, Cooperative Learning Unit, Kicking and Punting Unit, Locomotor skill Unit, Space  Awareness Unit, Floor Hockey, Indoor soccer, and 3 fitness test.  Again, some of these units will be added or subtracted by the end of the school year.  At the end of each unit for grades 3 through 8, students will be taking a quiz about the previous unit learned.  Most of the 5 question quizzes will consist of performance cues that we learn along with game play strategies.  Students will be well aware to when each unit will end.

The 3 fitness test are connected with each other.  Students must improve from the previous fitness test to get a high grade.  Students will be tested on the 4 different fitness components: Muscular Endurance (Sit-ups), Muscular Strength (Push- Ups), Flexibility (Sit and Reach), and Cardio Respiratory  Endurance (PACER test).



Fitness Unit 1


6th-8th Grade

Fitness Unit 1

Physical Education Rules and Expectations

  1. Wear the proper uniform
  2. No Gum, No Jewelry
  3. Come in, get in spots, and please be quiet
  4. Warm Up exercises
  5. Listen to daily activity and skills objectives
  6. Be Respectful of the teacher and your classmates
  7. Cooperate, Encourage, Participate
  8. When the whistle blows- Please freeze and be quiet
  9. Play by the rules, be fair, no foul play!
  10. Do your best and HAVE FUN!!


Jump Rope 4 Heart will be Feb 13-17, 2017.  Paperwork is due by Feb. 10th.  Please do not turn in paperwork before Feb. 6th



St. Mary Catholic School running team students participated in the 5K in Williamsport over Memorial Day weekend. The proceeds of the run went to help fund a WWII Memorial for the town. The coaches encouraged the kids to participate in this race for a few reasons, most especially to perform a civic duty for the Washington County community and help celebrate Memorial Day with a true purpose. After the race, the coaches asked their running friend, Gil Crumrine, to address the kids about the significance of this weekend.  Mr. Crumrine is a Vietnam Era veteran who shared with the kids his military responsibilities, answered questions from our runners (and parents), and told the kids the real meaning of Memorial Day (not just a long weekend). Mr. Crumrine’s children also attend St. Mary Catholic School.... read more

Maryland BOOST Scholarship Program

Application Information BOOST is a State Maryland Program, enacted in 2016, to ensure lower-income students could afford the K-12 education best fit for their needs. BOOST provides scholarships to eligible students to enable them to attend a nonpublic school. Now in its second year, Maryland’s BOOST Scholarship Program will provide nearly $6 million in scholarships in the upcoming school year to eligible K-12 students toward tuition at a qualifying nonpublic school of their choice. Who’s eligible for a BOOST Scholarship? BOOST scholarship are available to public school students and current nonpublic school students whose family incomes is: • $30,044 or less for a family of 2 • $37,777 or less for a family of 3 • $45,510 or less for a family of 4 • $53,243 or less for a family of 5 Click here to APPLY TODAY! Applications due by June 15,... read more

May 2017

We have finished our alphabet study and will be reviewing our letters while making mini books to “read”. We have been learning about different authors and illustrators each week and doing some special art work to go with our stories.  I wish to thank all the parents that helped out with our field trips to the Catoctin Zoo and Maryland Theater.  What a great learning experience and appreciation for the arts and nature!  We are working on learning our songs and parts for the end of year program on June 2 at 9:15.  I hope everyone will be able to join us for this day of celebration and awards.  There will be a reception following our program.  Many thanks for sharing your child with us this... read more

Race 4 Technology

St. Mary Catholic School offers a competitive and forward thinking technology initiative to students.  Technology provides an avenue for communication, collaboration, problem solving, and efficiency. Our goal is to ultimately provide a one-to-one computing environment for all students. St. Mary Catholic School is working proactively to provide a competitive learning environment for our students with awareness of the Digital Learning Plan implemented by Washington County Public Schools.  Our students are not only provided the technology by physically placing iPads in their hands, they are also provided the tools for maximizing the educational benefits of iPad use by our faculty who embrace the teaching methods and means for implementation in the classroom learned during iPad specific Professional Development sessions.   St. Mary Catholic School students participated in our Race 4 Technology on May 12, 2017. Funds raised in support of this event will be used to purchase iPads for the 2017-2018 school year.  Take a step today towards the future of technology at SMCS: Pledge Form_2017 Online giving can be arranged through St. Mary Parish at Please select Race 4 Technology from the list of funds.... read more

Lady Crusaders win Championship Game!

ST. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL’S LADY CRUSADERS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP HAGERSTOWN, MD – St. Mary Catholic School’s varsity girls’ basketball team played in the Antietam Girls’ Basketball League’s Tournament on Friday, February 11, 2017. The girls played back to back single elimination games against their two toughest competitors.  The Lady Crusaders achieved a win over E. Russell Hicks with a score of 29-21.  Next, they went up against an undefeated Western Heights.  The girls fought hard to win the championship with a score of 25-22. The Antietam Girls’ League is comprised of teams from E. Russell Hicks, Western Heights, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Hancock, and St. Mary Catholic School. The season ran from December 3, 2016 through February 11, 2017. The girls were ranked 2nd at the end of regular season.... read more


  The St. Mary Catholic School Welcome Grant Program is exclusively available to students currently enrolled in a public school who actively participate in a local Catholic parish. Students who are entering grades 2-5 will receive a tuition discount for two consecutive years; $2,000 off the first year’s tuition and $1,000 off the second year’s tuition. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to experience all that St. Mary Catholic School has to offer. There are a limited number of grants available per grade through May 1, 2017. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Challenging the Mind – Living the Faith. The mission of St. Mary Catholic School is to empower children in their faith journey and promote academic excellence and life-long service inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a nurturing community. Learn with the Best Teachers. St. Mary Catholic School teachers are dedicated to offering the highest level of academic excellence possible to each student in their care. In addition, they are role models as the students develop in all aspects, academically, spiritually, and physically. Students are encouraged to excel in all areas and to enhance their love of God, own self-image, respect for others, environmental awareness, self-motivation, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills. Reinforce you Family’s Values in a Safe and Age Appropriate Environment. Our students live their faith each day through daily prayer, daily religious instruction, special liturgies, and school Masses. Our secure building offers 24-hr video surveillance at all entry/exit points as well as a commitment to downtown Hagerstown. Students are supervised during breaks and recesses in our... read more

September News

We have begun our alphabet study.  We are very excited about the learning that will take place across the curriculum as we study our letters.  We would like to coordinate Show and Tell with our alphabet letters.  The more association your child has with the letter/sound, the greater will be his/her retention.  Please have your child choose something that begins with the letter of the week.  Help your child prepare a few sentences to tell about their item. Show and Tell will typically be held on Fridays.  Last week we did lots of apple activities…counting, sorting, graphing, patterning, weighing, eating (homemade applesauce -YUM!), and making apple prints.  You can help reinforce learning by displaying your child’s alphabet art each week and encouraging your child to bring an item for Show and Tell that begins with the featured letter.  We will continue to focus on getting to know each other, learning to recognize our names, body parts, and positional words.  The children are enjoying sharing their me posters and getting to learn all about their new friends. Many thanks to all the families that came to Back to School Night! Reminders… We go to the library on Thursdays each week to check out books.  Please remember to return your child’s library book by Thursday each week. Scholastic Book orders were in the back to school night folders or sent home with your child.  Orders are due by September 22nd.  You can order online or send the form back with your payment.  Checks should be made out to Scholastic. Please remember to check your child’s yellow folder daily and remove the... read more

Welcome to Pre-K

Welcome to Pre-K at Saint Mary Catholic School. We are looking forward to introducing your child to a new year of learning and a positive first day of school.  We are excited to meet with you and your child when you come to pick up your child’s t-shirts and tote and visit the classroom.  Reminder letters were sent out with your scheduled time.  Look for that information in your mailbox this week! The first day of class for Pre-K students will be Wednesday, August 31st or Thursday, September 1st.  The staggered schedule will help to ease the transition. Our day will start in the gym at 8:15.  Dismissal is at 11:30.  You will pick your child up in the Walnut Street parking lot.  We look forward to a fun and exciting year! God Bless, Jeanie Stark Sister... read more

Enjoy your summer!

Boy did this year seem to fly by!  I have enjoyed all the time I have spent with the students and I am looking forward to seeing them again in the fall. I don’t think my mind ever rests when it comes to new ideas and projects for art.  I hope everyone has a fun, relaxing and safe summer and that you all do some drawing!!  I am excited to see how many students take me up on my drawing challenge.  Stay... read more

Graduated from Salisbury University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education.  Before college, I graduated from South Hagerstown High school were I played football and baseball.  I helped coach football for the Junior Hubs and baseball for Funkstown Junior Legion.


Derrick Hendershot

Physical Education , St. Mary Catholic School