Coach Butler has been teaching at James Madison Charter Academy since 2003! (Wow, he’s getting pretty old). He has taught in the classroom for 13 years!  This is his third year as a Physical Education teacher.

He really loves his job and enjoys being a part of the positive environment at JMCA and helping students achieve their personal best everyday.  Not only is Coach Butler the Physical Education Teacher, but he is part of the Intervention Team (SCUBA) and the 504 Coordinator.

Coach Butler tries to lead by example and really loves to stay active, get outside, camp, hike, bike, and pretty much anything that has a little adventure involved. 

He’s also very blessed to have an awesome family that he enjoy’s spending time with them because they are A LOT of fun!  

Hello parents and students,

Below you will find some information about how I determine your grade for PE Class.

Before you read the info below, please remember that grades are simply communication – they are information that will hopefully help you improve and become a better version of yourself.   

I strive to give honest feedback and information to students and parents about their performance in class. I hope that it  will help you understand how your student is doing and give you areas that could be improved.


To produce students who have the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to lead a successful and healthy life.



  1. Demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform in a variety of physical activities.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they relate to learning and performance of physical activity.
  3. Participates regularly in physical activity.
  4. Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  5. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that shows respect for self and others in the physical activity setting.
  6. Values physical activity for heath, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.



S = Meets grade level expectations at this time

D = Progressing satisfactorily towards grade level expectations

B = Unable to meet grade level expectations at this time

If you student get’s an “S” that means they are on track for success, give them encouragement and praise for “meeting all the grade level expectations”.  

If your student gets a “D” that means that they are progressing towards grade level expectations, but have not met them yet – take it as helpful feedback that will allow you and your child to work on an area where they might have a weakness, encourage them to improve.  

If your child receives a “B” they were unable to meet expectations and have not progressed towards those expectations throughout the nine weeks grading period, they might need to put in more effort during class or practice outside of school to improve on their skill.

The idea is no matter what grade your child receives in PE, they need encouragement to get better or to continue to experience success, hopefully you can be an important part of your child’s growth and development in that way.  


  • Participation and Effort
    • Always doing their best
  • Proper Attire for Safe Participation in the Lesson
    • Please wear tennis shoes
    • Please wear shorts under any skirts or dresses                          
  • Behavior and Sportsmanship
    • Ability to stay on task and follow directions
    • Good sportsmanship when interacting with classmates
    • Listening during teacher instruction      
  • Competency (Skill & Cognitive)
    • Physical skill level
    • Ability to understand content and strategies and rules pertaining to game-play
    • Knowledge of critical features that are taught for each skill


I strive to have a program that is focused on developing a spirit of enjoyment of physical activity.  I want your students to have FUN!

I will emphasize the importance of using good sportsmanship and developing the valuable trait of perseverance when you are trying to learn a difficult skill.   

I would rather students focus on doing their best, more so than “getting a good grade.”  However, I also want to communicate clearly with parents and students about the progress of each student in my class.

I hope that I can provide students with a healthy view of sports, physical activity and produce kids that are good sports and will continue to enjoy healthy lifestyles in the future.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of help in any way.


Coach Butler

JMCA’s current pennants (updated 10.1.19)

Phone: 719.661.6997


Hello parents (and students)

It is my hope that through my P.E. program that I will help your student to develop PHYSICAL LITERACY.

What is Physical Literacy?

If you’re wondering what it is, or why it’s important – check out the videos below.

As more research that is done on exercise, sports, and Physical Education, the more we are realizing the importance of Physical Education.  Physical Education is not just important for those students that want to be athletes, but for everyone to develop social, emotional and physical skills that they will need for the rest of their lives.

Not only is Physical Education important for health, but it also improves academic performance, emotional well being and overall helps students achieve success in life through goal setting, developing perseverance, learning to use team work and improving self confidence.

It is my hope, that my program will help equip your students with the skills and knowledge they will need to lead healthy and active lifestyles.  I built the curriculum with a focus on the state and national standards, learning to be a good sport and having FUN.

I see the K-3 students four days a week for 30 minutes each period.  I see 4-8th graders twice a week for one hour each period.  I always use our limited time wisely.

The biggest influence children have in regards to their health is YOU!!  As parents, please encourage your children by spending time in activity with them, so that you may both experience the benefits of leading and active lifestyle.

I truly appreciate the opportunity to teach your children,

Coach Butler