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PE Department

The goal of the Day Creek Intermediate School Physical Education Department is to build enthusiasm for physical activities, develop an awareness of physiology and nutrition, and prepare students to meet California's Department of Education's FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zones assessed by the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT).

The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the PFT for students in California public schools to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity. All school districts in California are required to administer the PFT annually to students in grades five, seven, and nine.

The FITNESSGRAM® is designed to assess six key fitness areas that represent three broad components of fitness: (1) aerobic capacity, (2) body composition, and (3) muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. The third component is further divided into four areas: abdominal strength and endurance, trunk extensor strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance, and flexibility.

The Coyote Run builds aerobic capacity and measures just under 1/2 mile which is equivilant to two laps on a track. An average person can briskly walk a mile in 15-17 minutes and students are expected to run/walk the Coyote Run in under 8 minutes. Most students are not runners or have little experience with running; however, students are expected to build their cardio capacity by running for short distances, then slowing down to walk, and then running again (Couch-to-5K Workout Plan below).

The Pacer builds progressive aerobic capacity and involves continuous running between the two lines in cadence to recorded beeps. The time between recorded beeps decreases each minute requiring an increase in pace.

Curl-ups build abdominal strength and the goal is to complete as many curl- ups as possible, at a specified pace of about one curl-up every three seconds. Students lie on their backs with their knees flexed and their hands at their sides, palms face down. Moving slowly, students curl up, sliding fingers across a measuring strip on the mat under the knees, and then curl back down until the head touches the floor.

Trunk lifts build trunk strength and flexibility and the goal is to slowly lift the upper body off the floor while laying face down, using only the muscles of the back (no hands are involved), to a maximum of 12 inches. Students need to hold the position for measurement (i.e., distance from the floor to the student’s chin), which is recorded in whole inches only.

Push-Ups build upper body strength and the goal is to complete as many push- ups as possible at a specified pace set by a cadence of about one push-up every three seconds("up...down...up...down").

The Shoulder Stretch increases flexibility and the goal is to touch the fingertips together behind the back with one hand reaching over the shoulder and the other under the elbow.

Grades for PE are determined by five categories: 40% Participation 30% Preparation (dressing out in PE clothes) 20% Cardio/Fitness (Coyote Run & Pacer & FitnessGram Testing) 10% Assessment

Please contact your child's PE teacher if you have any questions about the standards for physical fitness and the criteria for grades.


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