The purpose of the physical education program is to provide a regular opportunity for students to participate in a wide variety of physical activities and experiences that promote the mastery of the core skills introduced at the elementary level. Upper School physical education builds a framework for lifetime activities and healthy living.

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  • Fifth Grade

    Five days in each six-day rotation, fifth-grade students participate in a variety of instructional physical activities at a beginner level in order to develop a solid foundation of prerequisite skills and competencies.
     
    Activities interspersed throughout the year include yoga, endurance running, sprints, as sit-ups, bicycle crunches, standing broad jump, vertical jump, medicine balls, flexibility, stretch bands, jump ropes, pull-ups, PEP exercises, plyometrics; isometrics; active and passive stretching; disc (Frisbee); volleyball; yoga; soccer; football; softball; badminton; circus arts; basketball, cooperative games, EPIC (Engaged Play Inspiring Creativity), hacky sack, and more.
     
    Instruction includes an introduction to training principles and activities that can enhance health-related fitness as students pursue personal fitness goals. The program includes social and cognitive development as well as physical skills, including a scope and sequence of activities to challenge students of all abilities and skill levels.
     
    Students are given both formative and summative assessments throughout the year along with feedback for growth. P.E. is graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • Sixth Grade

    Sixth-grade students will continue to participate in a variety of instructional and developmentally appropriate physical activities. The focus will be to develop the fundamental skills in each major unit. This class incorporates more in-depth instruction in strength and conditioning activities that can enhance health-related fitness as students make progress in achieving personal fitness goals. Students will be introduced to tracking their daily activity levels and encouraged to reflect on how active they are. The program will continue social and cognitive development and includes a scope and sequence of activities to challenge students of all abilities and skill levels. 
     
    Activities interspersed throughout the year include individualized yoga, endurance running, sprints, as sit-ups, bicycle crunches, standing broad jump, vertical jump, medicine balls, flexibility, stretch bands, jump ropes, pull-ups, PEP exercises, plyometrics; isometrics; active and passive stretching; disc (Frisbee); volleyball; partner yoga; soccer; football; softball; badminton; circus arts; basketball; cooperative games; EPIC (Engaged Play Inspiring Creativity); hacky sack; and more.

    Sixth-grade assessment addresses students’ progress towards competency building on fundamental skills developed in fifth grade, their fitness development, and quizzes on techniques and basic game rules. Students are given formative and summative assessments throughout the year along with feedback for growth. P.E. is graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • Seventh Grade

    Activities interspersed throughout the year include individualized yoga, endurance running, sprints, as sit-ups, bicycle crunches, standing broad jump, vertical jump, medicine balls, flexibility, stretch bands, jump ropes, pull-ups, PEP exercises, plyometrics; isometrics; active and passive stretching; disc (Frisbee); volleyball; partner yoga; soccer; football; softball; badminton; circus arts; basketball; cooperative games; hacky sack; and more.

    The emphasis in seventh grade will be on developing more advanced skills in each sport to build on the fundamentals developed in sixth grade. The principles of fitness training are further applied and the benefits of various training methods to enhance skills and fitness are explored.  Students will continue to track their weekly activity levels and write a self-assessment on their lifestyle. The program will continue to emphasize social and cognitive development, encouraging students to take more leadership roles in the group and to work with classmates of all abilities and skill levels.  
     
    Seventh-grade assessment addresses students’ progress towards proficiency of skills built to competency in sixth grade, fitness development, and quizzes on techniques and basic game rules. Students are given both formative and summative assessments throughout the year along with feedback for growth. P.E. is graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • Eighth Grade

    Activities interspersed throughout the year include team challenges, individualized yoga, endurance running, sprints, as sit-ups, bicycle crunches, standing broad jump, vertical jump, medicine balls, flexibility, stretch bands, jump ropes, pull-ups, PEP exercises, plyometrics; isometrics; active and passive stretching; disc (Frisbee); volleyball; partner yoga; soccer; football; softball; badminton; circus arts; basketball; cooperative games; hacky sack; and more.
     
    Eighth grade students will be instructed in a variety of developmentally appropriate physical activities in the same areas as in fifth through seventh grades, but the emphasis will be on the application of the previously developed skills, tactics and rules of game play situations.  Students will receive further instruction in methods to enhance skills and fitness and will be asked to demonstrate the ability to apply these principles. Students will complete a fitness development project to illustrate their understanding of the principles of fitness development. As eighth graders, students will be encouraged to work cooperatively as teams and to explore their role and contribution to their team through games and challenges in the Challenge P.E. activity. As such, group dynamics will be explored and individual roles on each student’s team will be self-identified. Students will agree upon a social contract that will be used to establish social expectations.
     
    Assessment will address students’ application of skills, their fitness development and their fitness plan. Students are given both formative and summative assessments throughout the along with feedback for growth. P.E. is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Department Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Ashling Bryant 

    Director of Athletics, Upper School P.E.
    415.751.0187, ext. 255
    University of Limerick - BSC
  • Drew Hetzel 

    Upper School P.E. Teacher, National Board Certified Teacher
    415.751.0187, ext. 302
    Oberlin College - MFA
    Pennsylvania State University
    Naropa University
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