Students at R. Roger Rowe attend Physical Education classes 2-5 times per week, depending on their grade level, taught by two certified Physical Education teachers, David McClurg and Julie Green. “Coach” McClurg and Mrs. Green have a combined total of over 50 years of teaching experience.
Students attend P.E. classes (Brain Gym) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, sometimes abbreviated as the 26. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. The twenty-six activities, along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison who say that the interdependence of movement, cognition, and applied learning is the basis of their work. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities. Even though it is not clear yet “why” these movements work so well, they often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as:
- Concentration and Focus
- Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking
- Physical coordination
- Organization skills
Students attend Physical Education classes twice a week for 50 minutes each session. Students are exposed to a variety of activities, games, and sports that will increase their fitness levels with a focus on learning that daily physical activity is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Students work with a P.E. specialist to develop hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and the ability to cooperate/participate in organized games in the P.E. program.
This course provides students opportunities to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge to individual and dual physical activities: the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance, and the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts.
In Dance P.E., the students will be learning a variety of dance styles and techniques including jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater. We will also explore the history of dance, and at the end of the year, the students will create their own choreography. Each trimester the dancers will perform on stage in a performance. The first two trimesters the dancers will perform in shows with the other performing arts departments, and in the last trimester will perform at the end of the year dance show.
Independent Study PE
Independent study is an alternative opportunity to receive P.E. credit. Students work independently in an organized physical program under the supervision of an instructor and monitored by the Athletic Director. Examples include club sports, martial arts, and equestrian. Upon approval, students must complete a written agreement and document their progress throughout each Trimester. Credit for I.S.P.E is based on the time and value of the student’s work product, as determined by the Athletic Director.
Rancho Santa Fe School District’s athletic programs are available to all students who demonstrate an interest in participating in athletics. Student athletes will dedicate themselves to the pursuit of individual athletic excellence while maintaining a good standing in both academic and behavioral policies. In addition to developing students’ athletic skills, coaches will focus on instilling the district’s core values and strong character. The administration, parents, coaches, and players will embrace healthy, age-appropriate competition with an emphasis on teamwork, responsibility, initiative, perseverance, respect, honesty, fair play and winning.
*For a detailed explanation of each sports team please check out the Overview and Structure of Athletics link on the Athletics page of our school website. Start at the Programs tab, then Athletics and click the Overview and Structure of Athletics link.