Physical Education Teacher
Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!
The Indian Community School Physical Education program provides all students the opportunity to explore, practice, and improve in a safe, caring, fun and physically active environment with an emphasis on lifetime fitness and American Indian culture and traditions.
Our teachings in class are based upon The Seven Gifts of humility, loyalty, love, respect, wisdom, bravery, and truth. All students are assessed daily on “Leading an Active Lifestyle” and “Responsible Actions” during physical education class while building on personal fitness skills.
Students complete the components of the Presidential Challenge Physical Fitness Test and Health Fitness Test to assess individual overall levels of fitness annually. The tests include; body mass index (BMI) calculation; the one-minute sit-up test (abdominal strength/endurance); pull-up test (upper back and arm strength); sit and reach test (leg and hip flexibility); shuttle run (speed and agility); and the mile run test (large muscle, cardiovascular endurance).
This year students will participate in activities such as the Peaceful Playground, "ICS/NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick", Summer Olympic Themed Sports including Volleyball, Soccer, Badminton, Archery, Gymnastics, Floor Hockey, Sock Wrestling, Team Handball, as well as Iroquois Longball, Flag Football, Baseball, Jump Rope, Oneida Longball, Yoga, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, Snowshoeing, Roller Skating, Hiking, and Fitness Training.
If you have any questions, comments, or special talents you would like to share, please contact the Indian Community School Physical Education Department at 414-525-6114 or Christofferson_d@ics-milw.org.
B. Denise Christofferson, M.Ed.
To provide all students the opportunity to explore, practice, and improve in a safe, caring, and fun physically active environment with an emphasis on lifetime fitness and Native American culture and traditions.
The Indian Community School Physical Education Curriculum including the Daily Physical Education Routine are based upon the Seven Gifts, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Content Standards, and the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Physical Education.
All students are evaluated quarterly on Leading an Active Lifestyle and Responsible Actions during physical education class. Annually, students complete the Presidential Challenge Physical Fitness Test and Health Fitness Test to determine current levels of Health-Enhancing Fitness.
Born on October 9, 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Irish, German, Polish, and Italian heritage
Married with three children (Aaron 18, Xavier 13, and Jacinta 8).
1995 National-Louis University, Evanston, Ill
Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction
Research based project on Inclusion: Physical Education Guidelines for the Elementary and Middle School Student
1991 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, Adaptive Physical Education emphasis.
Earned eight Varsity letters in Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball.
American Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, and Lifeguard.
Cho's Taekwondo Cho Dan Blackbelt
Heart to Heart Adult/Infant/Child CPR
American Lung Associaion Not on Tobacco Trainee
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Wisconsin Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Positive Coaching Alliance
1999-Current Indian Community School, Franklin, WI
K4-8 Physical Education Instructor, PBIS Leadership Team
Developed Cultural based Physical Education Curriculum
Served on the Culture, Cultural Standards, Honor Day, Pow-Wow, Red Ribbon Week, Health Screening, and Wellness Committees
Field Supervisor for UW-Whitewater Physical Education Field Experience Program
Mentoring Program Participant
Jump Rope for Heart School Coordinator
2008-2010 Theinsville Mequon Youth Baseball Association, Mequon, WI
1992-1994 Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
Adult Volleyball Instructor
1991-1999 Oak Creek-Franklin School District, Oak Creek, WI
K-8 Physical Education Instructor
Developed Physical Education and Adaptive Physical Education Curriculum
Served on the Winter Olympic, School Climate, and Peer Mediation Committees
Encore Team Leader
Adaptive Physical Education Consultant
Coached Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, and Bowling Club
STAR Program At-Risk Advisor