• A quality physical education program is offered to all students of Country Hills Elementary. As part of our curriculum we will be using activities from the SPARK Physical Education program. SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) is an “Exemplary Program” of the U.S. Dept. of Education. This curriculum was provided to our school thanks to a county-wide physical education grant I participated in. SPARK research has shown that students who participate in at least three 30-minute SPARK PE classes each week do as well or better than others on standardized academic test scores. Unfortunately, I only see you child for two 30-minute sessions every 8 school days. Experts recommend children receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day. Please help your child meet these recommendations by helping them to seek opportunities to be active outside of school.

    SPARK PE is a unique program designed to help teachers like myself lead activities that are inclusive, highly active, and integrate academic and wellness concepts that are fun for all students. Additionally, instructional units are designed to develop students’ motor, cognitive, and social skills.

    This is the “new PE” you may have read about. All students will have many opportunities to practice and participate in high levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Everyone will feel successful in each lesson.

    To support our physical education program we hold an event called Kids Heart Challenge. This is a new name for our Jumprope For Heart event that takes place during PE class or during field day(s). This program focuses on whole-body wellness, helping our students improve their own health and strengthen their character while fundraising for the American Heart Association. The donations go to help kids facing heart health issues.

    Students in grades 2/3 multi-age and 3rd through 5th grade also participate in the FITNESSGRAM assessment. This is a series of five challenges. The Pacer (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) examines your child’s Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Push-ups examine upper body strength, Curl-ups examine abdominal strength, Back saver Sit-and-Reach measures flexibility along with the Trunk Lift.

    My goal as always is to help your child find a life long physical activity that will keep them healthy and happy throughout their lifetime. I love teaching your child to LOVE physical education.