Welcome to Ms. Gilmour's Page.
I am a graduate of Western Washington University. I began teaching in 1985 and have been a Physical Education teacher in the Tumwater School District since 1987. I have two children, Lindsey is 22 and a dental hygienist in Issaquah and Carter is 19 and a Sophomore at the University of Washington studying aeronautical engineering. I love my job and thoroughly enjoy watching kids learn new skills and concepts.
Safety is number one and fun is a close second. Competition can be a great motivator but I don't use it very often. There can be only one winner in a game if the value is placed on the score. All my kids are winners! I explain to the kids that the score doesn't tell me how well they kicked the ball or that they made their first basket ever, so the score really doesn't matter.
We just completed a three year "PEP"(Physical Education Progress) Grant that brought new awareness to health and fitness in Tumwater. I am excited to see continued enthusiasm in fitness activities and applaud all my parents that are on board with keeping active.
T.H.E. P.T.A has done a great job establishing an annual Fun Run each October and I encourage parents to get involved in local fitness activites.The Tumwater Park and Recreation and YMCA offers sports opportunities, and Kidical Mass has monthly family bike rides around the area
: Students have a regularly scheduled PE class once a week. we do what we can to work on skills, concepts and fitness but it is not enough. Students are supposed to get 60 minutes of exercise every day.
Tumwater School District adopted the five for life curriculum for teaching Health and Fitness concepts to grades k-12. Part of the state requirements ask that we test students on their knowledge of the 5 components of fitness (Cardio-respiratory Endurance, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility and Body composition) as well as Nutrition in the 5th grade. In addition to testing the 5th grade we are also testing fitness levels in grades 3-6 in both the Fall and Spring.
There is a Mile Run, Sit and Reach, Push-up and Curl-up test as well as a pacing challenge. Prior to Winter break you will receive a fitness report on your child and you will receive another one again in the Spring.
I am excited to have a program that tracks your child's fitness levels through elementary and middle school, providing them with minimum health standards and goal setting for the future.