Athletics & Physical Education
All students benefit from being physically fit and part of a team, which is why we integrate athletics into our daily program. We find that athletics provide a fun, nonthreatening environment that downplays competition and instead stresses skill-building and sportsmanship. We create an environment that increases students’ willingness to take risks—because they discover that when they extend effort, they experience success. We support the belief that sports build a students’ self-esteem, confidence, and sense of achievement.
Lower School students have Physical Education (PE) twice a week for 80 minutes, the equivalent to two periods (approximately 10:24-11:48 AM). They are bused to Wakeman Boys & Girls Club for use of their athletic fields and gym facilities.
Upper School students have PE at the end of the academic day (approximately 1:46-3:00 PM) twice a week, and are also bused to Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.
During the Fall term, all students participate on an interscholastic or intramural team, and in the Winter and Spring terms, students elect to participate in our athletics or activities program.
TSS classroom teachers serve as coaches, giving them an opportunity to interact with students in different ways.
The games themselves are viewed by the coaches as learning experiences—the competition is secondary. The athletics program is designed to reinforce the structure and success-oriented aspects of the academic day, emphasizing organizational skills, responsibility, and cooperation along with specific skills and strategies. The athletics program is a continuation of the academic day and is recognized as part of the overall TSS program.
TSS competes in the interscholastic Fairfield-Westchester League and against other area independent schools in:
- Cross country (10 years and older)
- Cheer team
- Softball (depending on interest, 10 players needed)
- Baseball (depending on interest, 10 players needed)
In addition, we have seasonal intramural programs where TSS students compete against one another. These games offer students an opportunity to actively participate in team sports where they gain skills in an atmosphere that fosters a sense of achievement and self-esteem.
During the winter season, students who are not on an athletic team participate in activities such as:
- Makers Kids and Coding Kids
- Indoor bowling
- Gym games
- Outdoor Survival
- Girls on the Go