Guidelines for success


Welcome to Maplewood Heights Elementary PE!  My name is Mark Thorpe…the kids call me Mr. T.   I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our K-5 success-oriented PE program!

Our program focuses on fitness….hopefully setting our students onto a path of lifelong activity!  Students have PE twice a week (Mon-Thurs 45 minutes or Friday  35 minutes).  It is our goal that students leave each day sweating and smiling! We have added a "new curriculum" this year---SPARK--which will supplement our well-rounded, FUN program!

 We start each day with a student-led stretching warm-up, followed by a short jog and walking cool-down.  Many days we follow with a fitness activity and/or discussion learning important terms.  Then finally our activity of the day.  We have adopted "SPARK" curriculum this year to supplement our program.


Our units:


1. Intro to PE / Games / 3rd-5th fitness testing  / Playground Games

2. Harvest Games

3. Soccer

4. Winter Games

5. Basketball

6. Volleyball

7. Circus Skills / Jump rope

8. Floor Hockey

9. Wii Dance

10. Bowling

11. Games / 3rd-5th Fitness Testing

12. Outside Games / Jogging / Skills / Free Play / FIELD DAY


Please send your students to class with comfortable clothing and proper supportive shoes on their 2 days!


*3rd –5th fitness testing: students are pre-tested each fall on the MILE RUN, PACER, SHUTTLE RUN, SIT and REACH, SIT-UPS, and PUSH-UPS.  They will be tested again in the spring hoping for improvement and/or scoring in the healthy fitness zone on each test.


**5th graders take a written classroom-based-assessment in the spring on our PE vocabulary discussed throughout the year…namely on the 5 health-related fitness components.  (Study questions and answer key are on this site.)



Each student/ class can earn 5 points per day.  Do they:


  1.  Walk in quietly and sit on their spots
  2. Listen/ Follow Directions
  3. Use Hands/Feet/Equipment safely / Sportsmanship
  4. Put equipment away properly
  5. Line up quietly

 Classes who earn five 5’s in a row earn a choice activity day.  The warm-up / jog/ walk is worth 3 of the 5 points possible each day for individuals.


Students receive a + / = / - grade for effort/attitude with = meeting expectations

 Students receive a 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 grade for skills with 3 meeting expectations




Strike 1:         warning / penalty box / warning slip / long-form

 Strike 2:         Penalty Box / warning slip / long-form

 Strike 3:         Warning slip  / Long form

 The penalty box is a time-out place where students sit against the wall for 2 minutes/ 5 minutes / or game-misconduct depending on what they do.


We also have a “cooler” area where students who get injured/ need a break  can go to rest until they want to get back into the activity.




Students leaving the gym is up to our discretion (unless we know of a student’s medical reason).  It is definitely NOT allowed until student activity time.  This time can change based on what we are doing, but generally the first 15-20 minutes of class is off-limits.  We have hall “passes” to allow 1 boy and 1 girl out at a time. STUDENTS MUST ASK BEFORE LEAVING!





We require a doctor or parent note to excuse kids from activity.


We plan on sending out a monthly update about what’s going on in the gym!  It will be posted on my SWIFT site, and sent via Maplewood News.  You are welcome to come watch/participate with your child any time…just make sure to check in at the main office.

 If you have any questions, email is the best way to get a hold of me:      

 Or I can be reached at (425)204- 4790  main office (425)204-4750



We look forward to a fun and active school year!