The Middle School Physical Education program is focused on developing physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
Students participate in a wide array of activities that help them work towards creating lifelong fitness habits, positive teamwork, and an appreciation of all individuals. Along with sports-specific units, students participate weekly in cooperative games to develop individual skills, endurance, teamwork, and cooperation.
Units and activities follow a gradual progression from 6th to 8th grade that matches the developmental stages of adolescence. Sixth graders are exposed to basic skills, strategies, and initial development in games, while 7th and 8th graders progress into more detailed aspects of skill, athletics, and fitness. Students are exposed to a complete assortment of sport, activities, and lifelong fitness, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, team handball, badminton, pickleball, and fitness. Students are encouraged to participate with a focused effort in order to have fun and create a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
By the end of eighth grade, students will have developed proficiency in the following:
- Mastery of a variety of exercises to keep them fit for a lifetime
- Strategies to help them work successfully as a team
- An understanding of the concept of good sportspersonship
- The ability to set and work toward goals
Sixth graders are exposed to basic skills, strategies, and initial development in games. They work on developing fundamental skills needed to participate in games and activities more fully, and with greater success and self-confidence.
Students use these understandings to answer essential guiding questions that include:
- What does it mean to be physically fit?
- How does my fitness level impact my success in a variety of activities/sports?
All aspects of PE are experiential, as it involves kinesthetic learning, or learning by doing. Examples include:
- Throwing and catching in a variety of sports
- Basic racquet skills (grip, body position, etc.)
- Practice in body positioning and athletic stance
Seventh graders build upon skills and fundamentals they learned in 6th grade and progress into more detailed aspects of each unit, including strategy in game play. They continue to work on basic skills to increase success and build self-confidence.
Students use these understandings to answer essential guiding question that include:
- How does my presence and social behavior impact the group?
- How do I productively communicate with my teammates to give us greater success?
- How does my attitude and effort impact the activity and my peers?
Eighth graders progress into more detailed aspects of athletics and fitness, which includes an introduction to the workout room and more independence in choosing how to engage physically in class.
Students answer essential guiding questions that include:
- How do I support and include everyone, and help to create a safe learning environment?
- How does my understanding of the rules, etiquette, and procedures impact the class?