RMS PACER TESTING for all students grade 4-6 begins MAY 22nd during PE class!
Periodically during the school year, boys and girls in grades 4-6 will go through a series of physical fitness tests. These tests are designed to measure strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Students attempt to achieve results that demonstrate personal fitness gains over time. I encourage parents to discuss the results with their children and help them to improve scores throughout the year.
Cardiovascular Endurance (Heart and Lung Capacity)
The PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) is the default aerobic capacity test we will be using at RMS. The test is progressive in intensity—it is easy at the beginning and gets harder at the end. The progressive nature of the test provides a built-in warm-up and helps children to pace themselves effectively. The test has also been set to music to create a valid, fun alternative to the customary distance run test for measuring aerobic capacity. The PACER is the assessment of choice here at RMS for a number of reasons, including the following:
All students are more likely to have a positive experience in performing the PACER.
The PACER helps students learn the skill of pacing.
Students who have a poorer performance will finish first and not be subjected to the embarrassment of being the last person to complete the test.
Test Objective and Student Preparation
The objective of the test is to run as long as possible back and forth across a 20-meter space at a specified pace that gets faster each minute.
Students should be well-hydrated 24-48 hours prior to testing and should bring a water bottle to P.E. class. Comfortable running attire should be worn, as all students will be expected to participate during their class time (unless excused).
Physical fitness should be a result of the balance of activities that are provided in the physical education programs at school and continued by the family and in other community activities. This assessment is not the focus of the entire physical education curriculum or program. Rather, it is a part of the ongoing process of helping children understand and improve and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.
The goals of the assessment program are to:
Health-related fitness focuses on optimum health and prevents the onset of diseases and problems associated with inactivity. Maintaining an appropriate level of health-related fitness allows a person to:
Rochester Memorial School is committed to delivering a high quality, research-based physical education program weekly to our students! We continue to facilitate activities from both Project Adventure’s Curriculum for Physical Education, and the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) Physical Education program. Both programs are aligned with US National Standards for Physical Education and offer a comprehensive approach to fitness, health, and wellness. Research continues to support my own belief that students who routinely participate in quality Physical Education, do as well or better than their sedentary peers on standardized academic tests.
Adventure curriculum and SPARK PE offer activities that are inclusive, highly active, integrative of academic and health/wellness concepts, and are fun for all students. Additionally, instructional units are designed to develop students’ motor, cognitive, and social skills.
Now the "norm" at RMS, this instructional format may still be a “new” approach to PE for some families. All students will have many opportunities to play, practice, and participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, followed by periods of reflection that are intended to connect and draw relevance to each learning experience.
Physical education classes are facilitated most weeks for a minimum of 45 minutes. Please remind your child to dress appropriately for physical activity when his/her class is scheduled. For comfort and safety purposes, he/she should wear appropriate gym shoes and clothing suitable for activity. In order to fully participate in class, students will be expected each week to be dressed accordingly.
Physical activity must be done regularly to achieve health benefits. Therefore, your child’s participation is very important. If your child is sick or unable to participate in all activities, please let me know via note or phone/electronic message prior to the scheduled class.
Experts recommend children receive at least 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day. Please help your child meet these recommendations by guiding him/her to seek opportunities to be active outside of school. Ask about experiences in class each week and help them to choose extra-curricular activities that promote a healthy mind and body!
Together, we can continue to foster the healthy development of your child! If you have any questions or concerns, please use the contact option below.