Physical Education

Please wear appropriate shoes to PE. Wearing appropriate shoes to PE can help reduce injury when exercising.  

Donate Shoes to PE

Our PE program is in need of slightly used tennis shoes to have on hand for students who need them for PE classes. Please send them in with your students. You can email Mr. Scheaffer or Mrs. Sears if you have any questions. 

 

FitnessGram

Encouraging our youth to be physically active is more important than ever before. Increasing a child’s level of physical activity is not only important for improving their health, but recent studies also indicate that physical fitness levels are associated with academic performance, school attendance, and discipline.

All 4th & 5th grade students district-wide participate in the FitnessGram assessment during Physical Education.  The individual tests are the Pacer, Curl Ups, 90° Push-Ups, and the Back-Saver Sit & Reach.  We ask that you encourage your child to participate with his/her best effort and to the best of their ability. The FitnessGram assessment provides a measure of good health as opposed to athletic ability.

Student are not graded on their performance. However, a confidential FitnessGram report will be provided for each student at the end of the year to take home. This report will include your child’s scores and information about whether or not they achieved the FitnessGram Healthy Fitness Zone®. The Healthy Fitness Zone represents the level of fitness needed for good health.

PACER Running Challenge

Health Importance:

Good aerobic capacity (cardiorespiratory endurance) has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and some forms of cancer. Aerobic capacity is evaluated using estimates of VO2max (also known as maximal oxygen uptake). VO2max reflects the maximum rate that the respiratory, cardiovascular, and muscular systems can take in, transport, and use oxygen during exercise.

How the Test is Administered:

The Pacer test measures aerobic capacity or cardiorespiratory endurance.  Students run back and forth between two lines (distance of 20 meters) trying to match the Pace.  The Pace is sounded with a beep.  The pacing starts slowly and then gradually gets faster.

Curl-Ups

Health Importance:

Musculoskeletal fitness (muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility) helps an individual perform daily activities more easily, reduces the risk of injury, and improves abdominal and back health. Most important, helping children and youth be aware of the status of their muscular strength, endurance and flexibility can carry forward into adulthood, preventing health concerns and improving quality of life.

How the Test is Administered:

Curl Ups measures abdominal strength & endurance.  They begin with their back lying flat, knees bent, feet flat, and arms straight.  On the signal they curl up until their fingers slide across a 4.5-inch strip and back down to the starting position.  Students do as many curl ups as possible while staying to a cadence from a CD.

90º Push-Ups

Health Importance:

Musculoskeletal fitness (muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility) helps an individual perform daily activities more easily, reduces the risk of injury, and improves abdominal and back health. Most important, helping children and youth be aware of the status of their muscular strength, endurance and flexibility can carry forward into adulthood, preventing health concerns and improving quality of life.

How the Test is Administered:

Push Ups measures upper-body strength & endurance.  Students do as many push-ups as possible while staying to a cadence from a CD.

Back-Saver Sit and Reach

Health Importance:

Musculoskeletal fitness (muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility) helps an individual perform daily activities more easily, reduces the risk of injury, and improves abdominal and back health. Most important, helping children and youth be aware of the status of their muscular strength, endurance and flexibility can carry forward into adulthood, preventing health concerns and improving quality of life.

How the Test is Administered:

Sit and Reach measures hamstring flexibility.  Each leg is tested separately. Testing is done with one leg bent and the foot flat on the floor and the other leg straight. Students slowly reach forward 4 times to see their highest measurement.

PE Teachers

Moorlands PE Teacher, Justin Sheaffer

Justin Sheaffer
jsheaffer@nsd.org

Moorlands PE Teacher, Shelly Sears

Shelly Sears
ssears@nsd.org