Physical Education (PE) is an important component in the overall education of every student at Odyssey. Regular physical activity can improve academic performance because it releases pent up energy and helps to reduce stress, which allows students to stay focused. We want our students to learn the right way to stay healthy and fit through a program that provides instruction on skill development and encourages regular physical activity and improved physical fitness. Further, our program encourages good sportsmanship and builds self-esteem, self-confidence, social skills, and self-discipline.
Students in grades K-5 receive PE instruction one time per week for 50 minutes. Students in grades 6-8 receive PE instruction in a block schedule format. Therefore, each middle school student will have PE for 50 minutes per day, every day, for an entire 9 week period. Students in all grades learn the basic skills in sports such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball. We also incorporate original and traditional games. Lessons are created based on the Georgia Performance Standards for Physical Education, which are themselves based on the National Physical Education Standards set forth by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
In addition, students in grades 1-8 are required to participate in part or all of the state required FitnessGram Assessment. FitnessGram is the most widely used health-related physical fitness assessment. It does not measure skill or agility but instead measures various components of fitness and physical activity levels in our students. These components include aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. Assessment results help to inform students and parents and allow us to develop lessons that will most benefit our students.
Students are graded based on effort and participation and they must come prepared for class. On their PE day they should be wearing shorts or loose pants and sneakers and they should have a water bottle. This ensures students will stay hydrated, considering water fountains are not present on the field or in the gym. Students are always met where they are, in terms of their abilities, and gradually improve to reach standard goals.