Sumner County Schools

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Physical education is a planned, sequential pre-k -12 curriculum program that follows national standards in providing developmentally appropriate, cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of physical activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythm and dance; cooperative games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education promotes, through a variety of planned individual and cooperative physical activities and fitness assessments, each student's optimum physical, mental, emotional and social development; and provides fitness activities and sports that all students, including students with special needs, can enjoy and pursue throughout their lives. Qualified professionals such as physical education teachers and physical activity specialists provide physical education and related fitness activities.

Brain.jpgSubstantial evidence shows physical activity can help improve academic achievement (including grades and standardized test scores) as well as have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes, including enhanced concentration and attention and improved classroom behavior.

Physical Activity

Strategies for Classroom Physical Activity

Integrating Classroom Physical Activity in Schools


School Walking Tracks
Sumner County Coordinated School Health installed walking tracks in elementary schools with funding from the Tennessee Department of Health's Project Diabetes grant! 



PE Teacher Resources

Active Students, Active Learners

Plyoga Full Workout Videos

Plyoga 1 minute Exercise Videos

The P.E. Geek


SPARK Ecademy

Sumner County SPARK Stars

We had a great SPARK training on 7/31/19 and 7/30/20, and we have some PE teachers from across the county who are serving as SPARK stars. They are someone to reach out to for questions and suggestions about SPARK and PE in general. Here is the list:

Elementary School

Molly Bargery – H. B. Williams Elementary

Terri Curcio – Merrol Hyde Magnet

Lynsey Evans – George Whitten Elementary

Bobby Moore – Gene Brown Elementary

Angela White – Dr.  William Burrus Elementary

Kelsey Plummer/Shannon Brown- Vena Stuart Elementary

Darrick York- Clyde Riggs Elementary

Jackie Campbell- Benny Bills Elementary

Shawn Kring- Lakeside Park Elementary


Middle School

Lynn Heath- Ellis Middle

Elyse Webb – V. G. Hawkins Middle

Matt Overton- Shafer Middle


High School

Greta Parker – Gallatin High

Cindy Towers – White House High

 Mark Curry- Beech High

PACER Resources
The Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) is a state-mandated aerobic capacity test for grades 4, 6, 8, and high school Wellness. It replaced the mile run in the 2013-14 school year. 

-New PACER Remixes- Fun Music with Encouraging MCs!
- PACER 15M Music
- PACER 20M Music
- PACER Lesson Example  
- PACER Cheat Sheet
- PACER Training Video from California Department of Education

Professional Development
-We provide professional development opportunities for PE teachers district wide throughout the school year.

Walk Across Sumner
Walk Across Sumner is a 4-week physical fitness campaign that encourages Sumner County students to get up and get moving for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Any type of physical activity is encouraged! 

The goal of Walk Across Sumner is to create and encourage healthy lifestyles. The CDC recommends that children get 60 minutes a day of physical activity, 6 days a week. Walk Across Sumner encourages students to get an extra 30 minutes a day beyond what is now required by the new PA law (130 minutes for elementary and 90 minutes for middle and high per full school week).

The first annual Walk Across Sumner Superhero 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run was on April 6, 2019. 

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The next WAS event that was scheduled for September 19, 2020 had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

Physical Activity Law, TN - HB2148 
a. Each Local Education Agency (LEA) shall integrate the following periods of physical activity into the instructional day for all students:
     i. For elementary school students, a minimum of one hundred thirty (130) minutes of physical activity per full school week; and
     ii. For middle school students, a minimum of ninety (90) minutes of physical activity per full school week.
b. To satisfy the requirements of section (a), an LEA shall offer elementary students at least one (1) fifteen (15) minute period of physical activity per day.

Go here for full details of the Physical Activity Law.


Sumner County Schools is a collaborative culture of high performing students, teachers, and school communities.