Grades 4 - 8th

PE Information

4th ~ 8th grades

Welcome to PE for the new school year!  We are very excited for our new year and would like to share with you important information regarding PE.  Grades 4 and 5 have PE twice a week and grades 6 through 8 have PE once a week.  We are fortunate to have the exclusive use of American Heroes park during the school.  The park is locked and closed to the general public from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Each PE period starts with warm-up exercises and a warm-up jog.  We then will play some sort of organized game determined by the grade level.  We work on encouraging students to enjoy the benefits of physical activity, trying new things and the benefits of being team players with good sportsmanship.

On PE days please send your student to school wearing appropriate (athletic type) shoes so that they will not incur any injuries (they may bring shoes to change into).  Please NO “skater shoes”, slip-ons, mary-janes, or boots on PE days.  Please send a water bottle filled with water with their name on it. This is in addition to any water you have sent for lunchtime.  Please no sports drinks.  We recommend wearing some type of slider pants under the PE shorts for modesty.  The PE schedule is listed below for your convenience.  Ms. King teaches grades 4 through 8 PE.

If your student has an injury or illness a doctors’ note will be an excused absence from PE that day.  A parent note will be an unexcused absence for PE that day.  For their own well-being students will sit in the office or classroom and they will also sit at the lunch tables during recess and lunch with a book.  Otherwise everyone is expected to participate.

Junior High (6th-8th grades) and 5th grade only:  Junior High will be required to run a mile in a set time each trimester as part of their PE grade requirement;  8th grade; 11 minutes, 7th grade; 12 minutes, 6th grade; 13 minutes.  The 5th grade will not have a set time; we only require that they complete their mile.  Each trimester the goal is to improve on your personal time.  Please look on the Sports Board for the Top-Ten Mile Runs.  We will practice during class periods, however we do encourage students to run on their own time as well.  We have set these times based on the high school requirements.

FIT Minute Program ~ The Los Angeles Clippers challenge students in elementary and middle school to change their way to a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. Each participating student is asked to track the number of minutes they spend doing physical activity each day. The physical activity can be anything from walking, running, jogging, skipping, playing sports, jump roping, dancing, or anything that requires a student to get up and move! Please see the attached FIT minute sheet for an example of a completed sheet.  Our goal is for participating students to record a minimum of 20 minutes of physical activity per day.  All 4th through 8th graders are expected to participate in the FIT minute program.  Every week they will be given a new FIT minute sheet to be completed and turned in on the first PE day of the following week.  This will be a grade each week for PE.  I've attached an example of  a completed FIT sheet.  We will review the FIT program during the first week of PE.


We look for toward a great year,


Ms. Nora King, Director of Athletics and PE Teacher
Ms. Dolores Synegard, PE Teacher