Physical Education is included at all levels from K through Grade 12. Sport modules generally rotate on a six week basis, weather dependent. During the winter months, all students participate in our annual "ski days", which are four scheduled full days on the mountain, weather co-operating.
Students are taught and encouraged to succeed in two areas simultaneously: the first being active participation & skill; the second being attitude, teamwork & leadership—with more emphasis given to the latter.
Sport modules include:
The Mount Shasta region boasts spectacular scenery, and we make the most of the many trails in the area. Black Butte, Fairy Falls, McCloud Falls, Hedge Creek Falls, Spring Hill, Heart Lake and Castle Lake among the many trials we make use of.
A short 5 minute drive from the "I AM" School is Lake Siskiyou, which has a fairly flat 7 mile trail around the perimeter of the lake. It usually takes us an hour to bike completely around.
Lake Siskiyou has two easy access launching sites on the North Shore. Students learn how to paddle, and have fun racing each other and exploring our small safe lake.
Skiing / Snowboarding
The Mount Shasta Ski Park is a short 15 minute drive from the "I AM" School. Every year we block off 4 "ski days" and all students participate in lessons, depending on their level.
The Ski Park does have youth teams for skiing and snowboarding that students are able to join.
Our local archery club is approximately 7 mins drive from the "I AM" School on the other side of Lake Siskiyou. We are privileged to have six week lessons with experienced instructors. Safety and technique is taught, and self-confidence and concentration are key learning activities.
Students can join the local archery club to become a regular practicing member and compete.
Shasta Rowing Association established a satellite club on Lake Siskiyou in 2018 directly after the devastating Carr Fire that destroyed their boatyard in October 2018. We are stationed at the Lake Siskiyou Camp Ground, and have 3 fours and 3 single and one double boat. This is a community sport, for students grades 9 to 12 (height dependent) of which our P.E. teacher is the Coach. Students can participate in California and Oregon regattas. It is a highly prized sport for entering college, and many scholarships are available.
Basketball is a school wide challenge that is often played during break and lunch times in the parking lot outside the main school building, where a permanent basketball hoop is situated. You will often see the Administrator also taking part in a quick game of "Lightening" during break with the students.
Ice Skating / Hockey
Mount Shasta Ice Rink is located in Shastice Park, a short 5 minute drive from the "I AM" School. We usually have 4-5 afternoons at the ice rink, which the school often has completely to ourselves.
There are local ice hockey teams of which several of our students take part in, competing with neighboring town teams.
The Mount Shasta Resort Golf Club has two resident golf pros and we have been blessed to have six week lessons to improve our putting, chipping, sand wedging, and driving skills. Also course etiquette and rules of the game are taught.
We also utilize the Lake Shastina golf course, a 15 minute drive from the
"I AM" School.
Soccer is a much loved past time at the "I AM" School, and often times during break you will see the students out on the lawn with one or more soccer balls in action. We also practice drills and fitness around soccer skills, and have an "end of year" teachers & parents verses students' game—always a heated challenge!
There is a local town soccer team which several of our students participate in during the season, travelling to neighboring towns to compete.
Softball skills include throwing and catching, hitting, pitching, rules of the game and we concentrate on teamwork. We use our own yard for catching and throwing drills, and Shastice Park (a short 5 minute drive from the "I AM" School) for games and hitting practices.
Mount Shasta is well-known among the rock climbing community, and Mount Shasta has a small rock climbing gym about 2 minutes drive from the "I AM" School. Alternate years we hold a six week course in climbing techniques and challenges, venturing up to the large climbing gym in Medford for harness training walls.
The Mount Shasta Resort tennis courts are approximately 5 mins drive from our school, and have four courts and back board. We learn forehand, backhand and serving, fitness & drills, the rules of the game and tournament play.
There is a local community group that plays regularly that students may attend. They have ball machines and regular games and training.
Spike, set and bump (dig) hits are introduced and practiced through drills and in groups. Games are played by splitting students into even teams, and rules of play introduced.
We have a sand volleyball court and outdoor practice area we make use of which is a short 3 minute drive from the "I AM" School.
Self-confidence, team work and co-operation are key goals in learning.
Mount Shasta and nearby Weed have disc golf courses set up among the scenic pine trees above Shastice Park and next to the College of the Siskiyous in Weed. Disc golf is a relatively new sport and a fun way to have an active afternoon with the students.
Circuit Training / Fitness Training
Amazing Race /
Capture the Flag
Capture the Flag is a school favorite, whereby students are divided into two groups guarding a flag. Teams must try to grab the opposite team's flag without being "tagged" by that team.
The Amazing Race is a game that utilizes orienteering skills (maps, compass, directions), wilderness skills, fitness, problem solving, drama, and strategy. It encourages team work, self-confidence, healthy competition and a serious amount of fun and laughter.
Miss Erika, Physical Education Co-ordinator
One afternoon a week we practice strength, fitness training, or balance/resistance training. Yoga or Qi Gong practices encourage strength, suppleness and correct breathing and balance techniques; and help quiet the mind and body after a busy academic day.
Often times the kindergarten join in with the whole school.
We complete a timed one mile run, (or two mile, depending on the level of the student) for a six week block at the beginning and end of the school year when the weather is nicer. This is often in conjunction with strength training or a beep test to set a base of the students' cardiovascular fitness.
Kindergarten students love to join the "big kids" and participate as much as they can.
For the fitness afternoons, a cycle of circuit training is set up that incorporates lightweight and resistance training; for example: bicep curls, upright rows, push ups, chair dips, lunges, step ups, trampoline knee ups, squats, skipping, sit-ups, planks, medicine ball swings, and many more. Cycles are 1 minute at each station with a 30 second rest in-between.
The kindergarten love to join in with these activities.