Physical Education

Students explore and develop their health and fitness in a variety of ways in Physical Education classes. Each student has the opportunity to succeed regardless of their abilities. Students learn how to develop a foundation for lifelong fitness. P.E. units incorporate traditional and non-traditional activities, as well as individual and cooperative activities and sports to improve skills. Students also learn and practice the health and wellness curriculum throughout all three grades. Beginning in the sixth grade, students explore a foundation of many activities, sports and health topics and then refine those skills in grades 6 through 12.

Middle School P. E. includes a two-semester, required course in sixth grade and then a one-semester requirement plus elective courses in seventh and eighth grades.

Sixth Grade P. E.

Required: first and second semesters

In sixth grade Physical Education, the emphasis is on introducing basic skills in multiple sports and activities that target a variety of criteria. Sports and activities vary from traditional to nontraditional and may include: rock wall, circus, team building, cooperative games, jump rope, basketball, badminton, Frisbee, flag rugby, and much more. Health Related Components of Fitness, Skill Related Components of Fitness, the muscular and skeletal systems, and the Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type (FITT) principle are interwoven throughout activities.

Students also study health topics throughout the year. Topics may include goal setting, mental health, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, gender and identity, as well as human growth and development.


Seventh Grade P. E.

Required: first or second semester

In seventh grade Physical Education, the major emphasis is skill development. Units are approximately 2 weeks in length. Examples include Ultimate, soccer, badminton, floor hockey, modified cricket, and lacrosse. Within these units, students explore the Five Components of Fitness, skill-related fitness and the Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type (FITT) principle. In the fall and spring, students focus on cardiorespiratory endurance with longer jogs culminating with a jog around Greenlake. Throughout the year the seventh graders go into the classroom for one-week lessons on the following health topics: nutrition, social and emotional health, stress management, depression, suicide prevention, drugs and alcohol, media/digital literacy/cyberbullying, as well as human growth and development.

Eighth Grade P. E.

Required: first or second semester

In this course, students continue their physical education experience and explore meaningful ways they can personally find fitness for life. Students develop increased skill and strategy application in activities and games. Units may include volleyball, lacrosse, baseball and softball, flag football, badminton, pickleball, rock wall, and more. In addition, students are introduced to the fitness center to learn how to safely build a foundation for their strength and endurance. Students deepen their understanding of topics such as body systems, training principles, goal setting, the FITT principle and create their own personal fitness plan. This course may include field trips to explore health and fitness in our community.


Team Sports

Elective, seventh and eighth grades
First or second semester

Students develop skills in competitive games using the Sport Ed model to deepen student understanding. Students explore officiating and other roles in tournaments and longer games. Units may include: basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, and others based on student choice.

S.E.L.F.: Specialized Exercise for Lifelong Fitness

Elective, seventh and eighth grades
First or second semester

Students learn how to improve their health and fitness through a variety of fun group games and individualized fitness activities. Units may include rock climbing, biking, pickleball, yoga, running, walking, and others based on student choice. Students also learn how to use the fitness center, biofeedback, nutrition, the components of fitness, and personal goal setting. This class includes activities in the community through field trips.