Physical Education with Ms. UThe Physical Education (PE) Program at John Stanford International School is activity-based and introduces your child to movement activities and motor skills in a variety of individual, lifetime, and team sports. My goal for my students is for them to love to move, have fun, and want to lead an active life. We follow the Seattle Public School’s "Five for Life" curriculum, which is health and fitness based. We practice good sportsmanship and work cooperatively, so everyone can learn.
Students in the first through fifth grades are assessed in four components of fitness at least twice a year. The assessments are the PACER, curl-ups, push-ups, and the v-reach, which is a flexibility assessment. The annual goal for each student is to improve his/her individual fitness scores. The fifth graders also take the written Elementary Concepts of Health and Fitness Assessment.
International Education is a major focus at our school and in PE. In the spring we feature an artist-in-residence dancer. The dancer “guest teaches” classes for two weeks, and we learn dances from the continent featured for the year in our International Arts Program.
In June we have Field Day based on Japan’s Sport Day. The school is divided into a Red Team and a White Team, and the events are held at Gas Works Park. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and/or attend to cheer on the students.
Safety is an important part of every PE class, and the students should wear appropriate shoes (no cowboy boots, flip flops, party shoes, etc). They should also wear clothes they can easily move in, since they will be moving during every class.