• About the PE Program

    Mill Valley School District Physical Education Mission Statement

    The mission of our physical education program is to instill a love of regular physical activity in our students and motivate them to take responsibility for their lifelong health. As students participate in a wide range of games and activities, they develop their motor skills and a sense of fair play. In addition to maintaining healthy fitness levels, our program provides instruction in hygiene, health, and nutrition.


    Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children
    by Dr. Robert Pangrazi, whose work has transformed physical education programs throughout the country.  His textbook provides comprehensive instruction for 36 week, 30-minute lesson blocks and is aligned with the California State Physical Education Standards.
    SPARK Physical Education Program.

    SPARK PE was designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes, and SPARK was proven to work with both physical education specialists and classroom teachers. Today, after lessons learned from more than 20 years of ongoing research and field testing nationwide, SPARK PE is one of the best physical education programs in the world – a true solution to our growing problem of overweight and obese children.

    SPARK's Positive Effects: Tested and Proven

    Today, over 45 publications have documented the positive effects of SPARK PE -- such as:

    • Academic Achievement
    • Increased moderate to vigorous physical activity in students (to over 50% of class time)
    • Fitness achievement (as measured by the Fitnessgram test)
    • Sport skills development (throw, catch, kick)
    • Enjoyment of PE
    • Improved teacher instruction (quantity and quality)
    • SPARK effects are lasting (sustainability)

    Appropriate PE Clothing

    Clothing should be comfortable, practical, and appropriate for the weather. At Edna Maguire, PE teachers model wearing clothing that invites being active. If students wear dresses or skirts, we recommend wearing shorts, tights, or leggings underneath. The safest, best choice for footwear is sneakers. Sandals and crocks are adequate as long as they have a strap around the ankle. Not recommended: flip flops, clogs, or shoes with high heels.

    We instruct students to place their coats and jackets in designated areas. This prevents students from tripping on outerwear left all over the playground.  The benches by lost and found are easily accessible and keep clothes dry overnight if students forget their belongings. 

    If Your Child Has a Medical Condition or Is Injured

    Your child should carry a note to his/her PE class. Once the rest of the class has begun their warm-up, their P.E. teacher will work with your student to make the best accommodation in a one on one environment. 
    Students with serious injuries go immediately to the office! For minor injuries we keep Band-Aids in the shopping cart, which is on the playground during school hours and for use at recess too. Before going to the office students should always check in with us first, so that we are aware of the situation.