Hello all! I’m Mr. Merrill,
and together with Mr. McGilvery (Mondays) we will be teaching physical education to
the students here at Riley this 2016-2017 school year. We take each
class out for 50 minutes of p.e. every week. Throughout the course of
the year we will be covering the California State Standards for Physical Education .
I have been with SBCUSD for 19 years now, 16 of which has been teaching
PE, while the other 3 years was working in elementary special
areas we cover vary depending on the grade level of the students, but
in general we cover areas such as eye-foot skills, eye-hand, rhythm and
dance, locomotor and balance, striking, Frisbee, etc. More
specifically, it would be activities like dribbling a ball with your
feet (as in soccer), or with your hand (like basketball), hitting a ball
with a bat off of a tee, or throwing and catching a Frisbee to a
stationary and moving target.
Physical Education is different than what you may remember back in
middle school and high school. Instead of team sports and activities,
we focus on individual skills that each child can use for their future
participation in both team and individual sports. Our ultimate goal is
to encourage a lifetime of physical activity to improve each
individual’s quality of life!
expectations for the students of Riley are that they attempt to do
everything that is presented to them. I don’t require that they be the
fastest, strongest, or best, but that they would just try the skills
that are being used that day.
far as what clothing to wear, it is best that your child wear clothes
that are comfortable to exercise and be safe in. For instance, open-toe
sandals or shoes with high heels on them are dangerous for kids to wear
while being active.