Middle School

Physical Education & Health

Physical Education is a critical component to the Middle School curriculum. During physical education class the students have the opportunity to get a healthy portion of the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. While learning about the importance of physical activity for a healthy life, the students are exposed to a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Ellis physical education includes but goes beyond the standard sports of soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball. Our students also gain experience in field hockey, lacrosse, pickle ball, bowling, golf, rock wall climbing, ultimate Frisbee, floor hockey, and educational gymnastics.

Skills and activities are introduced in progressions that are appropriate for the social, emotional, and physical development of each grade level. The progressions facilitate individual achievement by providing the student with a sound basis on which she can develop and improve her skills. Emphasis is placed on individual accomplishments and pride in performance during all units. Students are required to have their own shin guards, mouth guards, and goggles for appropriate sports.

Physical Education and Health Curriculum

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  • Physical Education

    Required Course | Grades 5-8

    While learning about the importance of physical activity for a healthy life, students are exposed to a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Physical education courses at Ellis go beyond the standard sports of soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. Students gain experience in field hockey, lacrosse, pickle ball, bowling, golf, rock climbing, ultimate Frisbee, floor hockey, tumbling, and recreational games. Skills and activities are introduced in progressions that are appropriate for the social, emotional, and physical development of each grade level. Progressions facilitate individual achievement by providing students with a sound basis on which they can develop and improve skills.
  • Grade 5 Health

    Required Course

    This course offers a curriculum designed to address the issues and concepts vital to students’ age and maturity level. Course content provides students with many opportunities to develop healthy behavior as they apply health concepts to their own lives. The curriculum aims to stimulate interest and curiosity in health issues that are appropriate, to give accurate and current information, and to motivate students to use information when making healthy lifestyle choices.  Students are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility for their own health as individuals and as members of the family and community.
  • Health

    Required Course | Grades 6-8

    Courses are taught through the advisory program and through health talks given by grade level advisors and the school counselor. Topics are covered in a developmentally appropriate progression at each grade level and include friendship and relationship dynamics; healthy eating and nutrition; managing stress; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug awareness; and health and sexuality.