Gloversville students complete archery unit
GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Middle School students recently took aim at learning new skills through a centuries-old sport: archery. Students participated in an archery unit where they received instruction on how to safely handle the equipment (bows and arrows) and practice proper technique during physical education classes this spring.
“The students understand the seriousness of what we are doing, and are all very well behaved when we are in the archery range,” said physical education teacher Michael Hallenbeck in a news release. “It’s exciting to watch students who may not do well in traditional sports, enjoy themselves and succeed during the archery unit. They also enjoy it when their teachers join them during this unit. Many of the teachers, just like the students, have never shot a bow before, so they come in for lessons to learn the proper technique.”
Physical education teachers at the middle school are National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructors. Students who chose to participate in the archery unit are taught the 11-step process on how to safely and properly aim and release arrows at targets. During the unit, students shoot for scores, as well as play different archery games.
The archery unit concluded with a tournament that had a total of 88 students and staff members compete after school. Half of the participants were eliminated during each round of the tournament. Participants shot seven arrows during each round and could score a total of 70 points. The top 20 competitors in the tournament consisted of 11 staff members and nine students.
Eighth-grader Garrett Dooling and teacher Todd Stoller tied for first with a total of 62 points.
Eighth-grader Alex Rosmarino was third with 61 points, teacher Jillian Kremler was fourth with 60 points and teacher Matthew Richardson as fifth with 56 points.
Middle school students participated in archery for three weeks. Archery has been taught every other year at the middle school for the past five years. Physical education teachers received training during a professional development conference day in 2013.
“Archery is one of my favorite units to teach because it gives the students an opportunity to learn a skill that they otherwise may never have the chance to learn,” Hallenbeck said in the release.