RMS Exploratories

Physical Education (P.E.)
PE Clipart

Course Description: Rifle Middle School PE students will be able to make connections about how to improve their health, fitness and quality of life through daily physical activities. 

Colorado State Physical Education standards:

1. Movement and Competence Understanding 

2. Physical and Personal Wellness
3. Social and Emotional Wellness
4. Prevention and Risk Management

6th Grade PE Students will participate successfully and demonstrate beginning strategies in a variety of activities, games, and sports. Students will understand the benefits of regular physical activity.

7th Grade PE Students will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Students will understand the importance of creating personal fitness and physical fitness goals.

8th Grade PE Students will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Students will understand and apply game strategies to physical activities and sports. Students will participate in and understand the benefits of regular physical activity.

Students will explore:

Personal Fitness

Diamond Sports

Field Sports



Table Tennis


Invasion Games

“Simply put, physical activity will help kids learn better. There’s nothing magical going on. Physical activity causes changes in the brain. As a result, we’re seeing changes in behavior.”— Charles Hillman Ph.D 

Ms. Valencia - Girls P.E.
970-665-7682 [email protected]
Kori Valencia

Mr. Caro - Boys P.E.
970-665-7903 ecaro@garfieldre2.net

Eric Caro


Health Class Clipart

Health Class Link

In 6th grade health topics include learning about how to access valid and reliable information to enhance healthy eating behaviors. This allows students the opportunity to learn how to read food labels, understand nutritional information, and learn what kinds of foods their bodies need. Students also take a dive into learning about the five aspects of health that allow an individual to be a well person. Students also look at understanding and analyzing the causes, symptoms, and effects of anxiety and depression. One of our bigger units is Draw The Line, which focuses on students being able to set limits, resist peer pressure, and practice refusal skills in a nonsexual context. 


In 7th grade health our students build off of what they have learned as 6th graders. These topics include being able to analyze factors that influence our eating behaviors. This allows students to analyze internal and external factors in their lives that contribute to their eating habits. Students also seek to develop and understand strategies to help them become socially and emotionally healthy. This can include identifying strategies to communicate feelings, the use of "I" statements, and identifying ways to tackle and manage stress. In 7th grade our students also participate in Draw The Line, where they explore the short term consequences of having sex, refusal skills, and information about STD's. 


In 8th grade, we continue to build off of all of our previous topics in health. Our 8th graders focus on disease prevention. In our disease prevention unit, we focus on how disuse of the body, obesity, alcohol and tobacco contribute to our health status.  We also take a look at how the immune system functions and how we combat disease. Students also look at being able to explain how to get help for mental and emotional issues and who it is that is contributing to those feelings. In our Draw The Line unit we take a deeper dive into setting limits, refusal skills, information about STD's and HIV.

Adam King 
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Adam King

Algebra/ + Math 

 Dennis Braspenninx
970-665-7684 [email protected]

Mr. B

A rigorous, fast paced, and challenging track for high achieving math students. An invitation is made to students scoring in the highest levels of the Maps and CMAS assessments. Daily homework is a requirement for these classes as well as maintaining a high grade in math.  6+ Math Students will complete the 6th grade curriculum as well as half of the 7th grade course work. Students on this track will be ready for Algebra as 8th graders. 7+ Math Students will finish the second half of the 7th grade curriculum and the 8th grade as well. Students will then be ready for Algebra as 8th graders. 8th Grade Algebra Students will complete freshman Algebra, here, at the middle school. Successful completion will provide an elective credit for high school. Students will still need to complete 3 years of Math at the high school.



Computer Science

Mike Hindes 
970-665-6759   mhindes@garfieldre2.net

   Mike Hindes

Mr. Hindes teaches Computer Science at RMS and works with district High School students in an after school computer science program. In Computer Science students harness their creativity and problem solving skills to begin their transition from consumers of technology to creators and innovators of it. Topics include basic computing concepts, game development, graphic design, data science, computer programming, and networking and security. Mr. Hindes has been into computing almost as long as the personal computer has been around. He started working in technology as an Avionics Technician in the U.S. Coast Guard, designed websites and developed technology for the early internet, worked as a professional video editor, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, and freelance computer technician. He previously taught earth, space and ocean science in Florida. His hobbies include music, (real) gaming, game design and development, artificial intelligence, human technology relationships and impact, and...computers.