Welcome to Mr. Pule's P.E. Palace!
The Whittier P.E. Program is "success-oriented," with emphasis on individual skill building, small and large group activities, and the creation of a safe, cooperative environment. Sometimes children are turned off to physical activities because they are thrown into large games with underdeveloped skills. They may not be successful and will seek to avoid repeat experiences. At Whittier, students are introduced to many different skills and activities in a manner that helps them succeed and will hopefully lead to a lifetime of activity...whatever they choose to pursue.
Whittier students juggle, roller skate, do archery, use throwing/catching skills, bowl, bike, unicycle, and so much more. First- through fifth-graders will track their improvements and achievements in their own P.E. Portfolio over the course of the year.
The Seattle School District's P.E. curriculum is called Five for Life and will emphasize the 5 concepts of physical education. They are:
- cardio-respirtory endurance
- muscular endurance
- muscular strength
- body composition
Students will set goals, keep track of their progress, and strive to improve. Remember: fitness challenges are best used as helpful information and openings to discuss continuing health and activity.
Mr. Pule also heads up many school-wide health-promoting programs, including...
Unicycling: Whittier has a strong unicycle tradition, with Mr. Pule and experienced riders bringing new riders into the fold all year long. One-Wheeled WildCats ride in several parades throughout the year! Gym is open at lunch recess (when there is no class) to learn, train, and improve skills. Riders may check school unicycles out overnight and/or weekends. As of April 1, 2016, Whittier has 167 riders and is trying to break last year's record of 178. Level One riders earn our unicycle shirt: One Wheel To Rule Them All.
Before- and After-School Recreation: WildCats come to the gym to get physical twice a week before school year-round and/or after school during Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Awesome way to get the brain going before or after sitting at a desk! Registration required. Get more information here.
Whittier Running Club: WildCats record their running/jogging/walking miles before school each M/W/F year round and earn a chain token for each mile completed. All Wildcats may participate in Fall's annual Seattle Kids' Marathon! Whittier has participated in 14 marathons in a row.
Walk and Wheel Month: in October, WildCats and their families are encouraged to get to school by foot, bike, roller skates, scooters, skateboards — let's get out of our cars!
Screen-Free Weeks and Game Nights: WildCats are challenged 2-3 times a year to go "Screen-Free" for a week. Mr. Pule hosts an evening of fun activities for the whole family in the gym during these "Screen-Free Weeks" to encourage life off-screen.
Bike-to-School Month: In May, Mr. Pule organizes fun month-long activities and incentives to encourage bicycle commuting and mentor new riders. Bike Commute Month is a great follow-up to Whittier's April/May Bicycle Skills and Safety Unit.