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Physical Education

Kids on walking path
Kids in the gym for PE, playing with discs
PE putting together a skeleton puzzle on the gym floor
PE kids in the gym in circles playing tug of war
kids outside on the walking path in the snow
kids in the gym in circles playing tug of war
Little kids walking on the walking path in the snow

Welcome to Maxine Johnson Elementary Physical Education (P.E.)

My main goal is to help your child develop Physical Literacy through our PE program.  What is Physical Literacy?  “Physical literacy is the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.”

Research has shown the positive impact that exercise, sport, and physical activity have on the development of social, emotional, and physical skills that kids will utilize throughout life. Physical Education is not just important for students wanting to be athletes, but for everyone as it helps to improve academic performance as well as emotional well being. Perseverance, self confidence, team work, and goal setting are just a few ways Physical Education helps students achieve success in all aspects of their lives. 

Through PE, it is my goal to equip your child with the tools they need to live an active healthy lifestyle and to be a good sport while having fun. To teach the state standards I am using the SPARK Curriculum which breaks lessons down by grade levels K-2 and 3-4. 

However, the biggest influence children have in regards to their health is YOU!!  So as parents please encourage your children by spending time in activity with them, so that you may both experience the benefits of leading an active lifestyle. 

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child. As an educator for the past 26 years, it’s truly my privilege to give your child an opportunity to grow and succeed academically with a healthy mind and body. 


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If you have any questions or concerns about PE, please contact me.
Lara Miller



The physically educated person will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform in a variety of physical activities.

  2. Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they relate to learning and performance of physical activity.

  3. Participate regularly in physical activity.

  4. Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

  5. Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that shows respect for self and others in the physical activity setting.

  6. Value physical activity for heath, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

I see each class twice a week for 30 minutes.  During that time we have a daily warm up, lesson, and cool down. When possible, we try to get out onto the walking path.  Walking is one of the most beneficial ways we can get physically active, and it’s the most easily accessible form of exercise. 

PE Rules and Expectations