Physical Education classes meet 2 times per week. Grades K-3rd meet for 35 minutes each for a total of 70 minutes per week. Grades 4-5th meet for 50 minutes each for a total of 100 minutes per week. In physical education, students do a variety of activities such as: dance, soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, field hockey, jump rope, softball, track & field and many other traditional as well as non-traditional activities designed to improve fitness. Students are also required to participate in physical fitness testing two times per year. 5th-grade fitness test scores are sent to Sacramento to be compared with other 5th grade students throughout California and the US. Fitness Standards in the mile run, curl-ups (sit-ups), push-ups and trunk lift are all compared, along with height and weight standards. Wasco ranks very low in these areas, so we are trying to work hard on improving our students’ upper body strength, abdominal strength, and aerobic endurance (running).
Students need to come dressed appropriately for activity on PE days. Shoes need to have the laces tied and clothes should be comfortable and appropriate for weather conditions.
Physical Education classes will provide opportunities for students to learn about health and ways to live healthier. Health topics will teach students about muscles, bones, asthma, dangers of smoking and tobacco products, nutrition, heart and fitness facts, water safety and many other topics related to health.
Mile Club is designed to promote active lifestyles. Students in the 1st-5th grades may also participate in this club after lunch. Here they can earn rewards for every 5 miles they run or walk.