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Health, Physical Education and Athletics


Vision and Mission Statements

Mission Statement: The Sachem Central School District Health and Physical Education Departments are dedicated to helping students become life-long learners with strengths in physical, mental and social domains so they can lead healthy productive lives.

Vision Statement: The Sachem Central School District Health and Physical Education Departments are committed to the development and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle in students. Our program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to enjoy and maintain a lifetime of health and fitness.


Posting of Coaching Positions for 2019-2020

Immunization Requirement Update!!!
As of September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering 7th and 12th grades in New York State must be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school. Your child will not be permitted to begin school in September if they are not compliant. Please click the link below for more details.

NYS Dept of Health Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement


Important Information Regarding Student Accident Insurance

Please contact the Building Nurse or Athletic Office for Student Accident Claims Forms.



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Office of Health, Physical Education, Health Services & Athletics
51 School Street
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

fax: 631-471-8976


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Sachem Health Educator Honored With Suffolk Zone Award 

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Sachem High School East Health Education teacher Patricia Broderick was honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, receiving a Suffolk Zone Professional Award as the Secondary Health Education Teacher of the Year. Recipients of this award are nominated by their colleagues for their extraordinary work as an educator and professional contributions to their school and community.   



Sachem North and Sachem East Suffolk Zone Awards Dinner Winners

Sachem East’s Seniors Lindsey Gelderman and Andrew Oakland and Sachem North’s Seniors Bella Lorenzo and Nicholas Gambino were recognized on November 28, 2018 by Suffolk Zone of New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) for their outstanding “Physical Education Achievement.”   The students which were nominated by their physical education teachers exceeded in the awards criteria of physical education achievement, scholastically sound, outstanding character, leadership and role model.  We are very proud of these young individuals for their commitment to physical education, academics and taking part in living a healthy lifestyle.

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Sachem Educator Named New York State Secondary Health Teacher of the Year

The Sachem Central School District’s Chairperson for Secondary Health Education, Lori Hewlett has been named the Secondary Health Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.    

A distinguished educator in the district for 34 years, Hewlett received numerous nominations from fellow colleagues before she completed a rigorous application process and was selected for this great honor. Among her plethora of professional accomplishments, Hewlett has been the vice president of the Suffolk Zone for the NYS AHPERD for six years, is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and has educated thousands of students in lifesaving skills utilizing her vast number of first-aid instructor certifications. 

“What an honor it is to be selected as the NYS AHPERD Secondary Health Teacher of the Year,” Hewlett said. “It has been my professional aspiration for 34 years to create a high-quality, skills-based, authentic health education program and culture that empowers students to achieve optimal health. When I first started teaching, my administrator shared with me his educational philosophy, ‘If you make every decision with students in mind, you will never make a bad decision.’ Those words have driven me to represent our students and Sachem in creating a model health education program that other districts seek to emulate.”

Hewlett will be honored at the NYS AHPERD 81st Annual Conference at Turning Stone Convention Center in Verona, New York, on Nov. 14.

Teens as Teachers Award Ceremony 

Sachem’s Teens as Teachers is a Health Education substance abuse prevention education initiative taught at Sachem East and North High Schools. The course and club were developed in order to proactively address the growing problem of substance use and abuse among our students. The purpose of the peer-to peer substance abuse education program is for the students to collaboratively work with one another, educating their younger peers, on how to stay drug-free and empower the students with the skills to make health enhancing decisions. The program uses the peer education model to facilitate substance abuse prevention lessons to middle school students.  The Peer-to-Peer Substance Abuse Education program uses peer educators to serve as advocates, group facilitators, discussion leaders, and credible role models for successfully resisting pressures, to the students in the middle schools of Sachem Central School District. The skill-based lessons facilitated include goal setting, communication skills, managing emotions, and resistance skills. Both peer educators and those they teach are benefited by increased self-esteem, increase knowledge and skills about health and drug related issues, and develop advocacy and leadership skills. 

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Physical Education, Health and Nurses News and Media

30 Years of Lifesaving Skills in Sachem 

Sachem Middle School students are ready to react when it comes to emergency situations, thanks to a districtwide CPR initiative, which started in 1988.

For 30 years, seventh-grade students throughout the Sachem Central School District middle schools have been learning a wide variety of lifesaving skills. Within their health education classes, students learn the proper CPR procedure, the Heimlich Maneuver for choking situations and how to use an automated external defibrillator in the case of a cardiac arrest. 

They begin by surveying the situation, designating a bystander to call for help and then beginning emergency care once they assess the patient’s condition. Using lifelike CPR manikins, the students also practice effective chest compression depth, cadence and how to deliver rescue breaths. 

“This class creates the next generation of lifesavers,” said Chairperson for Secondary Health Education Lori Hewlett. “This initiative prepares our students for emergency situations and empowers them with lifesaving skills.” 

After the completion of a written and practical certification exam, each student receives an official CPR certification card from the American Heart Association.




Contact Information:

Gary Beutel
Director of Health and Physical Education,
Health Services & Athletics
Phone: (631) 471-1335
Fax: (631) 471-8976

Shannon McEntee
Administrator for Physical Education
Phone: (631) 471-1335
Fax: (631) 471-8976


Sachem Central School District
51 School Street
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779