Welcome to Grover Heights Physical Education

Hi, my name is Danielle Seiler and I am the PE teacher here at Grover Heights Elementary School. We are so excited about this upcoming school year and look forward to providing fun activities that will help every child become lifetime movers. Please feel free to browse the web-page to find out more about Grover Heights Physical Education Program.

My goal is to provide the students with exciting, fun, challenging, and thought provoking activities that will help them strive towards overall wellness. We will be following the California State Standards and because of that we will be able to focus on many various units such as Foot-Eye Coordination, Hand-Eye Coordination, Striking Skills, Object Control, Rhythm and Dance, Track and Field, and Fitness. Within all of these units we also work on team building, responsibility, social and cooperative skills.


What's Happening in PE


This month we are beginning the units listed below: 
1st - 3rd
Rhythm/Dance: Tinikling
Fitness: Tag games
Gymnastics: Traveling Down the Mats: Animal walks, log roll, egg roll, somersault, tripod stand, and cartwheel

4th - 6th
Flag Football
Bleach Ball
5th: FitnessGram Testing


**Coming Soon will be the Lucia Mar Elementary School Track Meet held at AGHS, tentatively on Saturday, May 19th.  The kids will be participating in a Track and Field unit and have competitions at that time to see who will be able to compete at the meet.  All 4th - 6th graders will have the opportunity to learn the events and compete at the site level...then take part at the meet at AGHS.  It is a super fun, community event!! 



Students will learn the main muscles and bones an of the body and where they are located, how they work.

**The human body has more than 600 muscles and 206 bones. Muscles do everything from pumping blood throughout the body to helping us lift something heavy...Bones have many functions, including the following: Support: provides a framework for the attachment of muscles and other tissues; stores crucial nutrients, minerals and lipids and also produce blood cells that nourish the body and play a vital role in protecting the body against infection.**

Mr. Bones:  

Bone of the Week:
Cranium/Mandible - October
Scapula/Pelvis - October
Humerus/Vertebrae - Oct.
Radius/Ulna - November
Phalanges/Metacarpals/Carpals - Nov.
Phalanges/Metatarsals/Tarsals - Dec.
**5th/6th grades:  Quiz before Winter Break

*Copy and Paste to URL and you can practice and study the bones of the body!!!  

  -Copy and paste the link above and you will find fun videos, games, recipes and much more on Kids Health.
  -Click "How the body works" and it will show you all parts of the body and there you can click on the bones video and muscle video.  You can also view it in Spanish.


Students will be learning the anatomy of their heart and how it works during exercise. We will going over the benefits of warming up, cooling down, and stretching out. Students will learn about target heart rate, and the benefits of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Students will have a written test during PE in the Spring.

As a child, their resting pulse is between 90-120 beats per minute (BPM).  As an adult, your resting pulse slows to an average of 72 BPM.

The aorta, the largest artery, is almost the diameter of a garden hose.  Capillaries are so small that it takes ten of them to equal the thickness of a human hair.

Contact Me

Good communication between Parents, Teacher and Students is very important to me. If you need to contact me there are a few ways that can be done. Since I travel between two school sites and spend most of my hours outside with students I recommend that you please send me a note or an email. You may also phone the office and leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Email: danielle.seiler@lmusd.org
Grover Heights Office: 805-474-3700

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to providing your child with an exciting and rewarding physical education program. The P. E. classes will prove to be an integral phase in their physical and social development. We take pride in our program and are committed to giving the students the best instruction possible.  The aim of the physical education program at Grover Heights Elementary is to develop and improve students’ personal fitness and motor skills by providing developmentally appropriate activities through purposeful, creative and enjoyable instruction. By incorporating challenging yet achievable tasks, the students will attain positive attitudes about physical activity and movement.  

Your child’s locomotor movement, manipulative skills, personal behavior, and fitness level will be monitored and assessed throughout the school year. The Fitnessgram test is required for students in 5th Grade and will be administered in the Spring.  The tests consist of the following:  cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body fat composition.  We are always working on the individual tests by creating workouts that will help address all 5 components throughout the year.  A detailed Fitnessgram report will be logged by the students and sent home at the end of the year for all 5th grade students.

Every child is expected to participate to the best of their ability each day they attend class. There are days however, when illness or injury may inhibit your child’s ability to participate. If so, please send a note with your child, with a brief description regarding the nature of the restriction.  If the condition restricts activity for more than 3 consecutive days, a doctor’s note will be required.

We are concerned about your child’s safety and for that reason; we ask that they wear athletic or running type shoes. Shoes with heels, boots or sandals make it difficult for children to participate safely. We strongly encourage students to wear socks with their shoes and girls that choose to wear dresses or skirts should wear shorts underneath their clothing.
If your child has any ongoing health concerns or restrictions that we need to be aware of, please send a detailed note with instructions for their class participation limitations.

The information on this letter will be posted on the P. E Web Page for you to view anytime.  Thank you for your support, and we look forward to working with your child.

Mrs. Owens                

Head Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. A and Mrs. Carrillo - Instructional Aides

PE Days:

Monday: 6th and 5th grades

Wednesday: 5th, 4th, 2nd, 1st and 3rd

Friday:   3rd, 4th, 2nd, 1st and 6th

PE Standards

Check out what your child is learning in Physical Education.
Click on the link below and scroll to see the standards that your child is working on.

PE Standards
Grade 1/2: p.13-20
Grade 3/4: p.21-28
Grade 5/6: p.29-35

Grading Scale

Our district has decided that we are to grade our students on effort, participation, attitude, and behavior during the elementary years. When a student is not meeting the standards in these areas he/she will be marked down and their grade will drop. (Please see the codes below). 

Students are graded on the following Marking System and Rubric. If a student displays the following behaviors they are marked down. For every 6 marks a student has on the grading sheet, they drop 1 letter grade. Additionally, if students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade do not "pass" (minimum of a C-) on any of the following tests (one subject per trimester) bones, heart, and muscles, their grade will l drop by 1 letter grade.  

Marking System

FD - not following directions  

L - not listening

T - talking while the teacher is talking 

P - not participating in the activity

E - lack of effort  

A - negative attitude

SH - shoes

Rubric for Grades

A or 4 Excellent (0-5 marks)

- 100% effort

- Participates all of the time

- Excellent attitude and cooperation

- Follows instructions the first time asked

B or 3 Consistently Demonstrates (6-11 marks)

- Average effort, gives everything a try

- Participates most of the time

- Good attitude and cooperation

- Reminders on instructions

C or 2 In Progress (12-17 marks)

 - Moderate to limited effort

- Participates most of the time

- Attitude or Cooperation need to be

worked on

- Behavior: needs to be reminded of rules

D or 1 Limited Progress (18-23 marks)

- Very limited effort

- Limited participation

- Attitude or Cooperation needs to be

worked on

- Behavior: several reminders of the rules

*Reflection Form 

Given when a student is continually choosing inappropriate behaviors.  The student completes the "reflection" form.  The student signs it; I make a copy for myself, and send the master home for a parent signature.



The FITNESSGRAM will be administered to the 5th grade students this year and their results are sent to the state for comparison to other schools in our district as well as throughout California.  A detailed Fitnessgram report will be logged by the students and sent home at the end of the year for all 5th grade students. Below are the 5 components of Fitness and what they mean...

Five Components of Health Related Fitness

Five Components of Health Related Fitness 

What does it mean to be physically "fit?" Physical fitness is defined as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity" (USDHHS, 1996). In other words, it is more than being able to run a long distance or lift a lot of weight at the gym. Being fit is not defined only by what kind of activity you do, how long you do it, or at what level of intensity. While these are important measures of fitness, they only address single areas. Overall fitness is made up of five main components: 

In order to assess your level of fitness, look at all five components together.

What is "cardio-respiratory endurance (cardio-respiratory fitness)?"

Cardio-respiratory endurance is the ability of the body's circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel during sustained physical activity (USDHHS, 1996 as adapted from Corbin & Lindsey, 1994). To improve your cardio-respiratory endurance, try activities that keep your heart rate elevated at a safe level for a sustained length of time such as walking, swimming, or bicycling. The activity you choose does not have to be strenuous to improve your cardio-respiratory endurance. Start slowly with an activity you enjoy, and gradually work up to a more intense pace.

What is "muscular strength?"

Muscular strength is the ability of the muscle to exert force during an activity (USDHHS, 1996 as adapted from Wilmore & Costill, 1994). The key to making your muscles stronger is working them against resistance, whether that be from weights or gravity. If you want to gain muscle strength, try exercises such as lifting weights or rapidly taking the stairs.

What is "muscular endurance?"

Muscular endurance is the ability of the muscle to continue to perform without fatigue (USDHHS, 1996 as adapted from Wilmore & Costill, 1994). To improve your muscle endurance, try cardio-respiratory activities such as walking, jogging, bicycling, or dancing.

What is "body composition?"

Body composition refers to the relative amount of muscle, fat, bone, and other vital parts of the body (USDHHS, 1996 as adapted from Corbin and Lindsey, 1994). A person's total body weight (what you see on the bathroom scale) may not change over time. But the bathroom scale does not assess how much of that body weight is fat and how much is lean mass (muscle, bone, tendons, and ligaments). Body composition is important to consider for health and managing your weight!

What is "flexibility?"

Flexibility is the range of motion around a joint (USDHHS, 1996 as adapted from Wilmore & Costill, 1994). Good flexibility in the joints can help prevent injuries through all stages of life. If you want to improve your flexibility, try activities that lengthen the muscles such as swimming or a basic stretching program.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical activity and health: a report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; 1996.

Fitnessgram Tests that will be administered to the 5th grade class
  • Sit-n-reach (flexibility)
  • Curl-ups
  • Push-ups (muscular strength and endurance)
  • Mile for time or PACE (aerobic capacity)
  • Trunk lift (muscular endurance)
  • BMI - Body Composition (heights/weight/age/gender)
Here is the link to see the performance standards for ages 10-17.
FITNESSGRAM Performance Standards