“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman, Poet & Naturalist


By integrating STEM concepts into different content areas, such as P.E., we are encouraging students to build the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century and enthusiasm for working out their minds and bodies.  


Archery is a fun, safe and life-long skill that almost anyone can enjoy.  In 2012, millions of people went to the theaters to watch the Hunger Games [an adaptation of the book series for young adults], and after they watched "Katness Everdeen" (the hero of the movie) dominate the bad guys with her bow and arrows all through out the film many of these movie goers left the theaters inspired.  Archery was suddenly very interesting and Katness had made shooting a bow look extremely fun and cool.  After seeing this performance many young people wanted to learn the art of archery and be able to use a bow like they had just seen on the big screen.  Such enthusiasm helped in establishing the CMS Archery Program which follows the National Archery School Program [NASP] rules and protocols.  These specific procedures incorporate many STEM strategies and attributes such as maintaining a certain distance between archers on the shooting line and following the 11 Steps to Archery Success.

following the National Archery in the School Program [NASP] fundamentals

Check out this process taught by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) and Centershot Ministries. Following these simple steps has helped millions to establish a solid foundation and discover a true joy for archery, while avoiding issues like target panic down the road. Developed in-part by a former olympian, these steps highlight just a few key fundamentals for any aspiring archer. If you're new to archery, hold off on all the bells and whistles for now... Let go of your conscious self and practice the shot process instinctively. As your accuracy improves, you will gain a greater appreciation for your abilities. This is where most people discover their joy for archery - it's been that way for literally thousands of years!


At CMS we work as educators to create unique and effective learning environments and know that camaraderie fostered during "Spirit Week" can help our students to learn creative ways to compete, all building confidence and a spirit of collaboration.


Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.



We use STEM concepts in all areas of our lives.  So often subjects are taught in our CORE classes without any connections made between them.  Students may not realize that they are using literacy skills throughout the day as they do Science Experiments and learn about Ancient Egypt in Social Studies class.  In a similar way, students in physical education are using the STEM Design Thinking Model as they work in teams or small groups to design, test, and refine their games, which encourages them to communicate clearly with one another and build a collaborative environment.  Additionally, during games, students are problem-solving issues that may arise where their plans are thwarted by the opposing teams.  By allowing our students voice and choice they are also able to unleash their creativity and natural curiosity, as they use the weight machines or follow the rules for Tennis.  So, during Physical Education there are many transferable skills that students are applying from other disciplines.