>>>Physical Education and Academic AchievementTop of Page
A robust body of research (Coe et al, 2006; Trudeau & Shepard, 2008; Rasberry et al., 2011) has established positive associations between physical activity, physical education, and successful academic outcomes. California EdCode mandates minimum physical education minutes for all schools:
200 minutes/10 school days for all elementary school students
400 minutes/10 school days for all secondary school students
Specifically, physical activity has been shown to exert positive influences on ability to focus, memory and student behavior (Trudeau & Shepard, 2008).
The California Content Standards and Frameworks for Physical Education can be found HERE.
All Grade 5 and 7 students are required to participate in California's Physical Fitness Tests (PFT). The testing window for the PFTs opened in February 1, 2019. The PFTs consists of a battery of tests addressing the following broad fitness areas:
Abdominal Strength and Endurance
Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
Upper Body Strength and Endurance
Each fitness area is aligned to 1 or more tests and students meet mastery of these tests if their scores fall within the healthy fitness zones (dependent on age and gender).
>>>Yoga and Tinikling for Physical EducationTop of Page
Eureka Union School District is proud to present a wide variety of physical education units and lessons for our students. PE teachers receive professional development opportunities that includes multicultural dances, taichi, and yoga. The pictures below show students engaged in learning the dance 'Tinikling' at Cavitt (and getting serious aerobic exercise) and performing Yoga for flexibility and stability at Olympus: