Friday, December 13, 2013

Fitness Testing

     This year, elementary schools across the district are piloting the Physical Best program as well as the Fitnessgram fitness test (second & third grade only). Physical Best is a program that will become integrated into our already existing Physical Education classes. Physical Best activities help children learn about physical fitness and understand the importance of being healthy and leading physically active lives. Physical Best goes hand in hand with Fitnessgram.

     Many of you may remember the President’s challenge for physical fitness testing. The Fitnessgram will be replacing that assessment tool. Fitnessgram is designed by the Cooper Institute and is a comprehensive fitness assessment battery for youth. It includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. For information about the Physical Best Program, please visit For more information on Fitnessgram, visit Results from this assessment are not part of your child’s Physical Education report card grade.

     All second and third grade students have completed the fall portion of testing. In the spring, students will be retested. Soon, students will be reviewing their scores and set a specific goal for improvement in the spring. Your child’s results will be coming home shortly. Be on the lookout for the results. Help your child be successful by working on their individual goal as a family.