Mark Twain Physical Education
WELCOME to the Physical Education program at Mark Twain! My name is Brian Wildgrube and I will be your child’s P.E. teacher the upcoming year. Our aim is to use physical education as a full partner in the educational process and appreciate the contributions it can make to the development of the whole child for a lifetime of physical activity and wellness.
Physical Education is a very vital part of your child’s educational process. Every student will have 90 minutes of physical education per week. Grades K-2 will have P.E. three times a week for thirty minute classes, while grades 3-5 will have P.E. two times a week with 45 min. classes. Each student will be given a chance to develop skills at his or her own pace, often while working with their own piece of equipment. I will utilize a variety of teaching styles to accommodate all of my students, and allow them to learn and develop in many different ways. This will include cooperative learning experiences for their social development. Students will be instructed in the “how’s and why’s” of motor development, the benefits of an active lifestyle, as well as physical fitness and health-wellness concepts. The Mark Twain Physical education program is based upon developmentally, age appropriate, sequential instruction. This class will be fun and beneficial for your child, they are all winners!!
It is very important that all the children have on the proper attire for P.E. class. Due to safety factors, as well as mobility reasons, all children should wear rubber-soled shoes on their P.E. days. Hard-soled shoes, sandals, boots, and cleats are not appropriate for the activities to be performed in class. Although no particular type of clothing is required, please send your child in something that is easy to move in. Girls should also wear shorts underneath any dresses or skirts that are worn in class. If your student is unable to participate, they will have a sidelines sheet to complete so they can still follow along with the class and still learn about the skills we are practicing.
Regular participation in Physical Education will be required unless your child is excused by a doctor for health reasons. If your child is temporarily disabled and unable to participate, please send a note from home with the date and reason for the excuse. Please remember—sometimes the student can be allowed to participate in a limited way or may be feeling better by the time that P.E. class meets.
All students will receive a report card at the end of each quarter.
Evaluated regarding participation and effort, developing movement patterns and concepts, following directions, and behavior and respect for others.
Evaluated regarding developing movement patterns, demonstrating understanding of movement concepts, participation and effort, fair play, and behavior and respect for others.
Evaluated regarding developing a variety of individual, dual, team sport, and dance skills, understanding of movement, sport skill, strategy, dance and fitness concepts, physical fitness and wellness participation, effort, sportsmanship, as well as behavior and respect for others.
A health related fitness assessment known as the FITNESSGRAM will also be given to students at all levels. The information will be sent home on each with your child’s final report card.
It is very important that I have a well managed classroom for all of my students to benefit. I will have a set of rules posted in the gymnasium with my expectations for behavior. During the first 2 weeks of school, the rules will be presented and discussed with all of the students. The rules are as follows:
The consequences for breaking a rule are as follows:
I will show enthusiasm and always encourage the students to try their hardest at every skill. I enjoy interacting and joining in with some of the activities for a little extra motivation. I want them to know that it is the effort they put forth, not how well they perform a task or skill. They will develop at their own paces, and I will try to spend time with each and every student to allow them to achieve success!
ENJOY THE GAME
We are also going to continue with our Enjoy the Game program. This is a character-based education and accountability program that teaches and encourages students demonstrate respect for self and others, cooperation, self-control, fair play, and doing the right thing. The content presented in this program meet 3 of the quality teaching standards set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
The basic principles taught in the elementary program are:
All students will participate in the Fitnessgram Fitness test. This is a comprehensive health-related fitess and activity assessment with a computerized reporting system. The fitessgram Fitness test involves several components: aerobic capacity, body composotion, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility.The students will build their fitness levels from activities that we participate in class, as well as practice fitness tests once each quarter to mark their progress and set goals. I take one final assessment in the spring and the Fitnessgram recording sheet will be sent home with the students report card.
Here is a link to help answer any further questions.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to physically educate your child at Mark Twain Elementary. I want to help every child understand the importance and benefits of being physically active and living healthy lifestyles, and plan to do so in my program. I know that we are going to have a great year, and I will do my best to make sure that PE is a positive experience for all of my students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I have a website up and running on the Mark Twain homepage. There you can find additional information about the program, class schedules, fun links, and easy access to my email address.
Mr. Brian Wildgrube
Mark Twain Physical Education
962-0613 ext. 5033
Your Childs PE times are indicated below: