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    Welcome to the John Muir Physical Education, Health, and Fitness page.


    The 2013-2014 school year is upon us! This year at John Muir, all students will have a chance to participate in a variety of activities, games, and sports throughout the year. I plan on building upon the wide range of gifts that our student body has by introducing students to a variety of sports and activities. Some of the many activities and games that we will work on this year include but are not limited to:


    • Circus sports - ball walking, unicycling, juggling, bridge walking, etc.
    • Team sports - basketball, soccer, football, hockey, volleyball, etc.
    • Individual sports - bowling, golf, frisbee, rock wall climbing, etc.

    We will also be covering material based on the "5 components of fitness" as outlined by the curriculum designed by Focused Fitness. Students will learn about muscular strength, muscular fitness, flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, and body composition. Students will also learn about nutrition, and about our muscles and bones. If you are interested in finding out more about Focused Fitness, you can find more information at


    Students will once again be measured in the following fitness tests which help to test different components of fitness. The fitness test and the components that they correlate to are noted below:


    Pacer (shuttle run) - Cardiorespiratory Endurance
    Curl-ups - Muscular Endurance
    Push-ups - Muscular Strength
    Sit and Reach - Flexibility


    In other exciting news, the gym will once again be open this year during morning recess from 8:25 to 8:45. Students interested in coming to the gym during morning recess must obtain a "purple gym pass" from the playground supervisors and then can come and work on their different skills. This has been a fun time for me as I am able to see students do incredible things such as students jump roping while walking on a ball!


    If you have any questions or would like further information please feel free to contact me. Also, please be sure to check the John Muir Physical Education FusionPage regularly throughout the year as I will be utilizing this tool to post important news and information throughout the year. You can reach the Muir Physical Education FusionPage at



    Daniel Downs
    K-5 Physical Education Teacher