THE EAGLE FITNESS CHALLENGE INCLUDES:
1. Plank Challenge (muscular endurance)
2. Push-Up Challenge (muscular endurance and muscular strength)
3. Modified Pull-Up Challenge (muscular strength)
4. Mile Run Challenge - (cardio-respiratory endurance)
5. PACER Challenge - (cardio-respiratory endurance)
6. Sit and Reach Challenge (flexibilty)
7. Shuttle Run Challenge - (speed and agility)*technically not a fitness component
There will be a FALL semester fitness challenge and an END OF THE YEAR fitness challenge.
FALL - this is a great opportunity to identify personal fitness strengths and weaknesses. This is NOT graded. Each student will record their fitness challenge data into a scorecard to keep in their google drive for their time at the JHS. This data can be used to help students set goals for improvement throughout the school year, and also identify specific areas of fitness to focus on.
END OF THE YEAR - This is NOT A GRADED "TEST" IN SKYWARD, however this is a chance for students to EARN some really cool incentive prizes. There will be 7 different challenges, each scored on a rubric scale out of 5 points. Prizes and scoring for such will be announced during the 4th marking period.
***our scoring rubric at Exeter for the EAGLE FITNESS CHALLENGE was "formulated" by using a combination of the criteria for the (former) Presidential Fitness Challenge, Fitnessgram, and previous years of experiece, as well as dialogue with other local Phys Ed teachers at conferences and conventions*** please see links below for data charts
PARENT NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS AN EXCUSE FROM ANY OF THE FITNESS CHALLENGES. IF THERE IS A MEDICAL REASON FOR A STUDENT TO BE EXCUSED, A NOTE SIGNED BY A DOCTOR NEEDS TO BE SUBMITTED.
RATIONALE FOR THE EAGLE FITNESS CHALLENGE:
1. The Phys Ed staff wants each student to leave the junior high with an understanding of their own personal fitness level. The fitness challenge is a measurable and comprehensive way to do so.
2. Each fitness challenge is directly linked to the "pilars or building blocks" of personal fitness. These pilars are also known as the 5 physical fitness components, which are listed above in yellow. These fitness components are referenced frequently throughout the school year, during our phys ed lessons and activities. We feel they are very important for students to understand how they relate to their body's physical performance (strengths or weaknesses).
3. Each student starts the year with the same opportunity to be successful. Students who physically work hard in phys ed class have more of a chance of success at the end of the year (higher fitness scores). This is where improvement can be seen and students can have a sense of accomplishment, and take ownership for their work that began back in September.
4. Like in any other academic class, specific concepts are focused on in preparation for students to be evaluated by a test. In this case, the physical concepts of personal fitness are practiced routinely throughout the year as students are exercising. Their "score" on a challenge is based on their physical performance on each challenge. The scoring rubric is an accumulation from other sources
5. It's okay for students to not be good at something or experience some type of failure. A perfect challenge score may not be realistic for every student. Adversity helps build work ethic, character, and a drive to be better at something. I am a firm believer that students should not experience failure (small or large) for the first time in high school.
F.A.I.L. - FIRST ATTEMPT IN LEARNING
It's good to set goals (which we have students write in their scorecard) and to learn find ways to improve to achieve those goals.
6. Placing a small numeric value as a grade motivates students to take each challenge seriously. Students are encouraged to always do their best, but having a score behind it is also a motivating factor. Parents - please remember this is NOT graded for or against your child. The final score out of 35 points is only used to hand out fitness awards/prizes.
7. In high school phys ed class, students also participate in fitness testing/challenges. A grade is given for this at the high school level. We are trying to help prepare students for future years as high school students.
8. Students can EARN a "gym class hero" t-shirt for earning a 30/30 on the EAGLE FITNES CHALLLENGES. Please see the photo below. Students can use this shirt as part of their phys ed uniform if they choose to. Award patches and certificates are also available to earn based on certain criteria.
9. There are jobs in the workforce that require physical fitness tests and have certain standards to be hired. (lifeguards, firefighters, police, military, etc.) Physical fitness is important in the real world!