Do your BEST!
    Welcome to my web page and the 2016 - 2017 school year. Units that my classes will be covering in P.E. this fall are: Soccer, Football and Lawn Games (including Ladder Ball, Bean Bag Toss, Can Jam and Bocce). In the Winter we will be inside playing Floor Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Mat Ball, and Kickball. We will round out the year in the Spring playing Whiffleball, Frisbee Golf (on the new Frisbee Golf Course on the back field behind Alden), and Fitness Games including Capture the Flag, Speed Ball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Please consider taking your family to the Frisbee golf course to get outside and play together on the weekend or after school as it is open to the public in none school hours. Also this Spring we have 4th grade swim over at Percy Walker Pool.
    The whole country is phasing out The Presidential Fitness Challenge and replacing it with Fitnessgram. The reason the U.S. is doing this is that Fitnessgram scores students against their own personal best scores, rather than an 85% score from across the entire country. Researchers believe that scoring students against themselves is more motivating for most than going up against students from around the country. The thought is that students will develop better personal fitness habits and therefore become better Fit for Life! The other great thing about Fitnessgram is that we will be able to track students scores from K-8, with the possibility of tracking K-12. This way every child in the whole school district will be able to see their own personal improvement. Fitnessgram components that will be tracked are: Height, Weight, Curl ups, Trunk lift, Pacer Test, Push ups, Sit and reach, and Shoulder stretch (L & R). 
    Finally, I want all parents and students to understand my class expectations and how students earn their grade. Simply put, students earn their grade by their effort and behavior. My expectation for every student is that they try their best and behave properly in every class. This includes wearing proper clothes and sneakers to all P.E. classes. My rubric for grading is below:
                  Consistent great effort and behavior = 4
                  Strong effort and behavior = 3
                  Needs better effort and improved behavior = 2
                  Rarely on task and poor effort = 1
    Thank you for visiting my web page. I will be adding Links, pictures and short videos throughout the year. Please come back to see additions, updates, and improvements.

    Doug Backlund
    Alden Physical Education Grades 3-5