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Physical Education

The school Physical Education Specialist is Mr. Mark Burwell. Mr. Burwell is at Bryant Ranch Mondays through Fridays from 7:20 to 10:30 a.m. He can be reached by phone at 714-986-7120, ext. 48501, or by email at

Once again this year the physical education specialist at each elementary school will be administering the State-required Fitnessgram Test. The State Department of Education requires the test be given to all 5th, 7th, and 9th grade students. We in the elementary physical education program will be giving the fitness test to the 5th grade students in our district. The results are tabulated and these scores must be sent to the State for a district-by-district comparison. The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District's 5th grade students have continually been among the leaders in fitness scores in Orange County and between 25-30% higher than the State average. The Fitnessgram Testing Program is typically scheduled for March through May. Specific tests are given weekly.

Students prepare for the Fitnessgram Test beginning in September. They practice each fitness area to be tested using a progressive system raising fitness goals each month. Each of the tests has a researched based "Fitness Target Zone." These fitness zones are based on the 50th percentile. If a student scores within a "Fitness Target Zone" he or she is considered to have demonstrated a significant level of fitness in that area.

The tests and fitness components are listed below.

Test Fitness Components

Trunk Lift

Pull-Ups/Flexed Arm Hang


Muscular Strength

One-Mile Jog/Walk

Make-up Tests

Cardiovascular Endurance

For students absent during scheduled tests



Sit and Reach

Muscular Strength (Chest, Back, Arms, Abdominals)

Muscular Strength (Chest, Back, Arms, Abdominals)


 Skin Fold Body Composition - conducted by PE Specialists


Each 5th grader will be given a personal recording sheet with "Fitness Target Zones" in all seven test areas. We have also an "Olympic Zone" which reflects scores that would be comparable to a "Highly Fit" student. 

Parents will receive a Fitness Report Card in June to indicate how your child performed on the fitness tests. District fitness certificates will be awarded to students achieving Health Fitness Zones in 5 or 6 of the fitness areas.

Please encourage your daughter or son as to the importance of the Fitnessgram Test, and the effort they put forth when attempting each one. We would like to suggest having them eat a good breakfast and wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and shoes on their scheduled physical education days. We know our students will do well. Thank you for your assistance and encouragement. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Burwell, our PE specialist. For additional information, please visit our district website at or the California Department of Education website at