Physical Education

2020 PE Department



The Physical Education Department is excited for the new school year and we’re looking forward to seeing our returning students, as well as meeting our new 7th graders.
Over the course of the school year, the students will be challenged with a variety of units that are aligned with the California Standards for teaching Physical Education.  The units will include activities that promote physical fitness, health and well-being.  The 7th grade curriculum includes, but is not limited to: Badminton, Track & Field, Disc Sports, Project Alert, and Folk Dance.  The 8th grade curriculum includes, but is not limited to: Flag Football, Dance, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Project Alert and Lacrosse.  7th grade units and activities reflect individual and dual sports, whereas 8th grade units reflect team oriented sports.

All 7th grade students will be participating in state mandated fitness testing.  The fitness test will challenge students in the areas of cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength.  These fitness tests will include, but not limited to: the mile run and/or pacers, the shoulder stretch and/or sit and reach, push-ups, curl-ups, and the trunk lift.  Pre-testing will take place at the beginning of Term 1 and Term 2, with actual testing taking place during Term 3 and Term 4.  Students will be preparing for the fitness tests through on-going and continuous opportunities to improve strength and cardiovascular fitness on a daily basis during warm-ups and fitness activities.
All students will have an opportunity to purchase PE clothes during the first week of school, as they do not need to have anything prior to the first day.  The physical education uniform at Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School consists of navy blue shorts, a gray t-shirt, and navy blue or gray sweats.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our department.  We are glad to help and are excited for the upcoming school year!

PAL (Physical Activity Log)
What are PALs?
Physical Activity Logs (or PALs) are required by the State of California from schools using the Block Schedule format. Students must prove they are exercising 400 minutes every 10 school days. 
How will PALs be graded?
PALs are turned in the first week students enter PE. For Term 2 PE students, logs are turned in during the first week of school. Term 1 PE Students, will submit a PAL during the first week of Term 3 demonstrating their activity during Term 2 when they were enrolled in Science. Teachers will grade the logs based on completeness. Students may earn as much as 5% of their total PE grade from their PAL log. Logs without a parent signature will not be accepted.

[Print your Term 2 PAL log here!] * [Print your Term 3 PAL log here!]

  • Turn the dial 3 times to the right and stop on the first number of the sequence.
  • Turn the dial to the left, pass the first number of the sequence and stop on the second number.
  • Turn the dial to the right and stop on the third number of the sequence.
  • Pull up on the shackle.

Need More Help?
Download a more in-depth tutorial here.

Transporting books and supplies to and from school each day seems to be more of an issue than ever before. Today's backpacks are technological marvels but with function and features comes size. Our locker room was not designed to secure such large bags and there is no place for them inside our lockers. Our department has instituted the following policy regarding large backpacks that will not fit inside our lockers.
1. Students may take their bags with them during Physical Education. Each teacher will guide students with the best place to store their bag during class whether inside the gym or on the yard.
2. Students may store their bags inside our locker room in the designated bag storage area. The locker room is locked while classes are in session. Students have been instructed to always remove all valuables before choosing this option.
2020/2021 STAFF
7th Grade Ext Rm Tm
Kristen Caya 31928 Gym Gray
Scott Ellison 31926 Gym Tundra 
Whitney Van Etten 31930 Gym Red
8th Grade      Ext Rm Tm
Brett Bowden 31923 Gym Timber
Scott Ellison 31926 Gym Tundra
John Leon
Gym Arctic
Sports & Fitness Ext Rm Tm
Tina Ortiz 31929 Gym Gray

Teacher Syllabus 
Bowden see Google Classroom
Caya see Google Classroom
Ellison see Google Classroom
Leon see Google Classroom
Van Etten see Google Classroom

Teacher Document Link 
Dept Locker Room Data
T2 Physical Activity Log (link)
T3 Physical Activity Log (link)
Muscle Map (7th) (link)
Dept Muscle Map Flashcards (link)
Bone Map (8th) (link)
Dept Bone Map Flashcards (link)
Final Fitness Graphing (link)


The EPMS Physical Education Department utilizes the State of California Standards for Education to guide instruction. Parents, please feel free to review these standards to better understand our course work.

 Physical Ed. 7  Physical. Ed 8

Fitness Gram logo
The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents. Please familiarize yourself with the Fitnessgram Performance Standards


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EPMS Standards for Hydration:
Our Physical Education space has multiple water fountains and students are released to use them regularly, especially on warmer days. However, optimal hydration requires students to have a water bottle with them during Physical Education.


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