Physical Education – Mrs. Gambeski & Ms. Zargarov

Physical Education

What to Expect This School Year

  • Movement Skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Team Building
  • Health Promotion, Prevention and Treatment
  • Human Body Systems
  • Communication and Decision- Making

Fitness and health activities in school encourage students to:

  • Be physically active.
  • Learn to make healthy decisions and develop a healthy lifestyle.
  • Experience traditional and non-traditional health-related fitness activities.

The components of the Physical Education Curriculum are:

  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Muscular Fitness
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Body Composition

Students in the 4th and 5th grades will participate in the Fitness Gram Assessment.  Students in grades 4 and 5 will have their height and weight measured.  A BMI (Body Mass Index) will be computed.  In addition, students will have their Aerobic Capacity, Strength, Endurance and Flexibility assessed.

Aerobic Capacity-Aerobic fitness is how well the heart and lungs perform during physical activity.

  • The Pacer test measures aerobic capacity. Students run laps between two points in a certain amount of time.  The score is the number of laps completed.

Strength, Endurance and Flexibility- Muscle fitness helps to prevent injury and keep the body working properly.  Strength, endurance, and flexibility are important for good posture, a healthy lower back, and overall body function.

  • Curl-Ups test stomach and back strength (core) fitness and are similar to a “crunch” or sit-up. The score is the number of curl-ups a student can do without rest.
  • Push-Ups test upper body strength and endurance. The score is the number of push-ups a student can do at a 90-degree elbow angle without rest.
  • Sit-and-Reach tests the flexibility of hamstring muscles in the legs and lower back. With the leg straightened, the student reaches as far as possible toward the toes.  The score is the number of inches the student can stretch and hold.
  • Trunk Lift tests the strength and flexibility of the back.  While lying on the stomach, the student lifts head and shoulders off the floor.  The score is the number of inches the student can lift the head off the floor.
  • The results will be computed and parents and students will receive personalized feedback in June.
  • Below is a link to view videos of the components of the Fitness Gram Assessment.

STUDENTS MUST WEAR SNEAKERS TO PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION.  If the weather is bad, students can change into their sneakers in the gym.  Not being prepared for class will be reflected in a student’s grade. Students should practice tying their shoes.



Heather Gambeski


Rachel Zargarov