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My name is Jill Singleton and I am one of the Physical Education teachers at Rogers Park Elementary. This will be my 13th year at Rogers Park. I am excited to work with your children this year!
Because every child receives 90 minutes of Physical Education instruction each week, Rogers Park requires two Physical Education teachers. Ms. Singleton works Monday through Friday, and Mr. Elbow works Monday through Thursday, and Friday afternoons. Most students will have either only Ms. Singleton or only Mr. Elbow, although a few classes will see us both.
Kindergarten through third grade students have three, 30-minute sessions of P.E. class each week. Fourth through sixth grade classes have two, 45-minute P.E. classes per week (with the exception of Mrs. Price’s class, who have one hour long P.E. session, and one 30-minute P.E. session).
Be Friendly and Caring
These are our expectations, and we know all of our students are capable of participating successfully in P.E. class. If a student chooses not to follow a rule, they will experience the following consequences:
*1st time – Warning;
*2nd time – Brief Time Out followed by a quick debrief with the P.E. teacher;
*3rd time – Time Out for the remainder of P.E. class.
Kindergarten – These students are assessed every quarter on a few different gross motor skills, following our district’s SBAR (Standards Based Assessment and Reporting) criteria. The assessments are Running, Galloping, Weight Transfer, Spatial Awareness, Hopping, Sliding, and Physiological Concepts.
First through Third grades – At the end of each P.E. class, students in these grades give themselves a self-evaluation of either a 1, 3, or 5 based on how hard they tried, how well they listened, and how well they participated. We as their teacher will either agree with their self-evaluation and write it down, or tell them why we disagree with their assessment, and write down the grade that we’ve determined. At the end of the quarter, these daily grades are averaged to determine their quarterly grade.
Fourth though Sixth grades – These students receive an “Effort” grade in PE class that is calculated the same way as the 1st-3rd graders. They also receive an “Achievement” grade that is determined based on the results of our quarterly Fitness Testing (Mile Run, 30’ Shuttle Run, Sit and Reach, Sit-Ups, Pull-Ups/Push-Ups/Flexed Arm Hang).
Level 5 – Outstanding (Helping others willingly, encouraging and complimenting others, unconditional acceptance…)
Level 3 – Satisfactory (Cooperating, following directions, showing good sportsmanship…)
Level 1 – Needs Improvement (Not following directions, choosing not to participate, abusing equipment…)
Sneakers -- Students should come to P.E. class wearing sneakers (that are tied tightly) and socks every day.
Healthy Futures – We’re excited to participate in this program once again, so look for these papers to come home in early September, and then again in January.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I'm looking forward to a great year of movement with your children.