Each classroom teacher provides a program to improve physical skills as well as sportsmanship. Kindergarten classes receive daily support while out at recess during their physical activity time. The kindergarten teachers are responsible to deliver this instruction. In the primary grades (1st – 3rd), students experience different primary motor perception programs. For example, the 1st grade teachers lead the students in “Movin’ and Groovin’ which inspires the students to follow directions, move certain body parts in turn with instructions, and participate with classmates in the same grade level. Weekly grade level PE activities include exercises, running around the grass area, supervised games, and PE activities.
Our upper grade students (4th – 5th) receive 200 minutes of physical education every two weeks as required by Ed Code. Classroom teachers lead the students in a number of different stretching and warm-up activities. They also provides instruction in the areas of volleyball, kickball, frisbee relays, soccer, track, and more. Many “teachable moments” allow our teachers to explain to students what types of choices make for good lifestyle decisions, such as the need to drink more water when exercising on hot days and staying indoors to exercise on certain “spare the air” types of days. On rainy days, activities and outdoor movement are curtailed and students practice quieter inside games, such as silent ball, Simon Sez, written work, watching sports-related videos, and Einstein.
Each Spring, our 5th graders participate in the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) test, which is required by the California Department of Education. All students in the 5th grade are asked to perform five different tasks, including the mile run, sit-ups, and stretches.
The Growing Healthy curriculum is used throughout our school and district. The Growing Healthy materials provide an in-depth study of the human body through hands-on materials and experiments. This program fosters respect for a healthy lifestyle and attitudes. Red Ribbon Week hosts guest speakers, including local athletes, who serve as role models and encourage students to make healthy life choices.
Our classroom teachers often take the time to monitor the lunches brought from home. Because our focus is on healthy choices, many teachers will discuss with parents the need for modifications in parent-packed lunches, such as adding items with more protein or eliminating high sugar-content items. Our school health clerk and nurse often have similar conversations with parents so that, as a team, we can help support good choices and healthy lifestyles for our students.
Each Fall, our 5th grade students participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey. This survey, mandated by the federal government, anonymously asks to students to respond to a number of different prompts that have to do with making choices about things like smoking, drugs, peer pressure, and more. The intent of this classroom questionnaire is to provide the federal government with information about the challenges faced by students and is used to allocate federal funds to different prevention programs. There is no way to track student responses, so you can rest assured that students will not be identified or tracked in any manner.