Fitness Testing

Middle school students participate in Fitness Testing once per semester.  There are five required tests with two optional tests:
    1. Sit ups (abdominal/core strength)
    2. Pull ups (upper body strength)
    3. Sit and Reach (flexibility)
    4. Shuttle Run (speed and agility)
    5. Mile Run (endurance)

Optional:  Flexed arm hang and Push-ups

These five tests give a full picture of a child's fitness ability.  There are standards for each of these tests that give valuable information about a student's fitness level in comparison with other students of the same age/gender.  The attached links will provide you with these percentage rankings for a child's age and gender. 

At the end of the school year the P.E. department will be distributing fitness awards.  The Presidential Fitness Award is the highest award possible, with the student scoring in the 100th percent in all five of the fitness tests.  The other award is the National Fitness Award, with the student scoring in the 70th percent or higher in all five of the fitness tests.

You will notice areas of the fitness grids that are bold/highlighted/italicized.  These numbers are considered the "healthy fitness range," by the state of Missouri.  These scores would the the minimal desirable scores for a students.  Achievement of scores at or above the healthy fitness range indicates that at student is physically fit and healthy.  

The students will take part in the PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) one time per month, for a total of 9 - 10 assessments per school year.  The PACER is a multistage shuttle run created by Leger and Lambert in 1982.The PACER is designed to measure aerobic capacity, which is characterized by endurance, performance, and fitness. The objective of the PACER is to run as long as possible while keeping a specified pace. Students run back and forth across a 15-meter space at a pace that gets faster each minute. A point is scored for each 15-meter distance covered. The test is easier in the beginning but progressively gets more difficult.

The attached link provides the South Middle School grading scale for the PACER assessment.  If a student beats their score from the previous month's assessment, they will also receive a 5% bonus added onto their test grade.