Swim Week has Fourth Graders Learn Water Safety

This week Beasley fourth graders spent the first part of each day in the Orthwein Pool learning valuable swim lessons. MICDS started the lower school “Swim Week” unit in 2017 when the Steward Family Aquatic Center opened. 

“One of my goals was to develop a curriculum to ensure that our LS students were water-safe,” said Khannie Dastgah, Director of Aquatics and Facilities. “We previously had swimming as a part of the Middle School P.E. curriculum and it’s been a fantastic addition to our Lower School P.E. program.”

MICDS recognizes the importance of water safety and understands that swimming is a life skill. Students come to the program with different experiences, skill levels, and swim knowledge. As the week goes on their confidence grows and their improvements can be seen day after day. Physical Education Teachers Susan Orlando and Jim Lohr remain in the water with the children, helping them develop water survival skills and basic stroke techniques while having fun and improving their health and fitness.