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My name is Todd Reinert and I will be your son or daughter’s Physical Education teacher this year. In this letter I want to briefly describe the physical education program for 5th graders at Schuylkill Valley Middle School. Let me begin, however by briefly introducing myself.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from West Chester University and recently completed my Master’s Degree in Classroom Technology at Wilkes University. At West Chester, I competed on the Track and Field Team for five years. I place a high importance on fitness and staying active and currently participate in various sports recreational leagues in our area (track, soccer, football). Coaching has been an annual commitment for me as I have spent a lot of time with the Junior High and High School Track and Field teams at Schuylkill Valley. It has been great to see many of our SV students learn track in class or at our camp at an elementary/middle school age and then grow and develop in the sport. In 2012, 2016, and yet again in 2018 we were fortunate enough to win the Boy’s Track and Field State Championship! In addition, this past year we won our school districts first ever female State Championship
As a result of taking university courses, attending professional conferences each year, and many years of teaching I have designed a program for children that helps them develop the physical competence that leads to confidence and participation in physical activity for a lifetime. My goal is to help children find a variety of ways to enjoy being physically active so that they will be able to get all of the physical, emotional, and social benefits that are achieved by the physically active.
In class your child will have Physical Education twice every six days for 40 minutes each session. Our program is designed to focus on these areas that contribute to one’s physical health and well being.
- Movement concepts: Basic and more advanced ways of moving the body are taught and practiced at this age.
- Skill themes: Basic motor skills such as throwing, kicking, volleying, and striking with a racket are taught in these grades. The children are taught how to use these fundamental skills in games and sports and also applying strategies.
- Wellness Concepts are taught throughout the program. Examples include nutrition, puberty, and ways to improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. First aid, heart rate monitoring, and healthy choices in our daily lives will also be stressed.
- Proper attitude and behavior towards a healthy lifestyle: finding motivation to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle
- Cooperation and Sportsmanship: Learning how to work with other students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Also learning how to play games and sports in a manner that can handle winning and losing in a positive way.
- Integration of Math and Literacy: Many lessons will have the kids solve problems and situations where they will rely on group or individual work to answer math problems and/or use reading.
As a teacher I recognize that children are at different developmental levels, with a variety of needs and interests. For this reason, in every class I attempt to provide all of the children with learning experiences that are both beneficial and enjoyable. Each lesson is also adjusted to take into account the wide range of skill and fitness levels that characterizes children in 5th grade. I am very proud of our physical education program at Schuylkill Valley and look forward to being your child’s teacher this year.
5th Grade Health and Physical Education
- Try your best (Focus, Desire, Determination, Dedication)
- Show positive sportsmanship
- Use teamwork and cooperation
- Learn healthy information
- Implement the healthy information
- Be motivated to sustain a healthy lifestyle
- All students must wear athletic clothing each PE class. Students may use the locker rooms to change into athletic clothing, or come to school already prepared wearing athletic clothes. Points may be deducted each class for lack of preparation/proper clothing.
Clothing requirements are- sneakers, no jewelry, t-shirt, appropriate length shorts or sweatpants.
Stay away from jeans, cargo pants, dresses, buttoned/collared shirts, boots, heals, sandals, or dress shoes on our PE days. Also, no hanging or long jewelry are to be worn during PE class. Example: If a student comes to school in a dress they must have extra athletic clothes with them to change into before class starts in the locker room.
Masks mandatory inside, optional outside.
- If excuse is only for one class a parent excuse is adequate. If excuse is for multiple classes a doc note is needed.
- Students may still earn points and stay busy by dressing for class even if they can’t participate due to illness or injury (keep score, timer, manager, etc.)
Grading (Percentage grade based on S.V.M.S. grading system)
- Attitude, effort, and participation
- Works to personal best/participates
- Follows rules and participates/cooperates well
- Displays good sportsmanship
- Student is prepared with proper attire each class
- Warm-up completed correctly
- Health and Fitness related work and assessments (various points that will not equal more than 25% of quarterly grade). Health questions will concern the materials covered and observed during that class. Fitness questions will concern the materials that we covered and used in the unit being learned at that time.
DAILY CLASS INDIVIDUAL SCORING RUBRIC
Each student will be graded daily on a 1-4 scale based on their participation, effort, attitude, and cooperation. Scores will be earned off of the following rubric.
4= Student is actively engaged in class and following directions. Student takes initiative to participate and puts forth a positive attitude while cooperating with classmates. Student is prepared with proper attire and footwear. Teacher does not have talk to student about behavior, participation, etc.
3= Student follows most directions and is mostly engaged in class. Student had to be told about their behavior or attitude no more than twice during the class period
2= Student has to be reminded of directions due to factors including not paying attention, talking to a classmate, etc. Teacher has to talk to the student several times about their behavior, attitude, or following directions. Student lacks initiative to participate in activities.
1= Student is not engaged in class and/or is refusing to participate. Teacher had to talk to student several times about behavior and/or had to send student to office for disciplinary actions. Teacher had to talk with teacher and/or guardian about student’s behavior, attitude, or participation in class.