Physical Education Syllabus


Goals:

We are committed to providing a strong physical education program that contributes to the health and fitness of our students. A lifestyle that includes regular and vigorous physical activity, good nutrition, a healthy body weight, flexibility, and proper muscle strength and endurance can help people live long and productive lives. Individuals must develop methods of handling stress and should have a knowledge and skill base of sports and other lifetime activities for effective use of leisure time. The true measure of a productive program is seeing students utilize their acquired skills and abilities in real life outside the regular school day. In a society where medical expenses are tremendous and the single greatest factor determining an individual’s level of health and wellness is choice of lifestyle, it is critical that our students be provided with well-rounded and varied physical education opportunities.

 

Course Description:

Physical education is a required course for which ½ units of credit are awarded per semester. A student takes P.E. on a daily basis all-year long during freshman year. As a sophomore, students will have one semester of P.E. and one semester of required health, both of which meet on a daily basis. Sophomore athletes, involved in a competitive, school sponsored sport, may choose to take Athletic Fitness one semester instead of regular sophomore P.E. During the junior or senior year, students must take one additional P.E. elective course to satisfy the graduation requirements. A student may take additional P.E. electives if they wish. Courses may be taken more than once (i.e. fitness classes), for additional credit. In the required classes, 9th and 10th grade, students are exposed to a wide variety of team and lifetime sports and activities. Units last approximately three weeks, during which time they learn about the history of the activity and how the sport actively contributes to physical fitness and mental well-being. Correct techniques, along with safety precautions are demonstrated. Cooperative teamwork is encouraged. Upperclassmen choose an area of interest that promotes lifetime involvement: team sports, racquet and leisure sports, lifetime sports, aerobics, athletic fitness, personal physical fitness, or fitness for life. An advanced health class is also offered as a general elective. In this course, students are certified in CPR, first aid, sports and safety training, and the basics of sports nutrition and exercise. Students learn advanced sports skills as well as strategies, etiquette, and safety in the sports-related classes. In-class tournament play is provided. In the fitness-related classes, fitness terminology, as well as anatomy and physiology are taught. Students set up their own program with goals and keep accurate records of strength gains, measurements, and assessments in other areas such as flexibility, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory improvement, and body composition.

 

Grading System:

The grading system is based on a 400 point scale, divided equally into four categories.

  1. Attitude and Participation (100 points)
    • Attitude is based upon a student’s behavior in class, the effort given to activities, and sportsmanship shown in competition. Participation is the refection of a student physically giving forth their best effort at all times so optimum skill achievement can be attained. Misbehavior or failure to actively participate will result in a loss of points.
  2. Skills Tests (100 points)
    • Skills tests are objective measures of a student’s physical talent while performing an athletic skill or skills. An example of a skills test could be a batting average in a softball unit or the number of assists a student has in a soccer unit.
  3. Knowledge Tests (100 points)
    • There will be a knowledge test/assignment following a unit. Students may also be assessed for knowledge through the use of a written assignment, portfolio, or a “pop-quiz”. A study guide is available for use to assist in preparing for the written exams.
  4. Dressing Out (100 points)
    • Students are expected to dress out daily in a complete change of clothing from that which was worn to school that day.
    • What you need:

o   Non-marking tennis shoes

o   T-shirt

o   Pull on shorts/pants/sweat pants (all shirts, shorts, and pants must follow school dress code)

o   Money

o   Jewelry

o   Cut-offs, jeans, or boxer shorts

o   Head gear

o   Sunglasses (unless approved by instructor)

 

Failure to Dress Out:

By failing to dress out in appropriate gym clothes, the student risks losing 25 points from their grade partial points may be deducted for missing some of the required uniform upon the instructor’s discretion.

o   1st offense: -25 points and warning

o   2nd offense: -25 points and a discipline referral and letter of notification sent home to parent/guardian.

o   3rd offense: -25 points and an teacher assigned detention

o   4th offense: -25 points, failure for the semester, and a discipline referral sent to the Assistant Principal and a conference with the student takes place. Detentions are assigned and the student is warned of further infractions.

o   Any additional non-dresses result in a referral with disciplinary action taken by the Assistant Principal.

o   A student may arrange with the teacher to make-up a non-dress after school. Only one non-dress may be made up per day. Make-up days will be posted or arranged with the teacher. See attached schedule. Students are responsible for making these up in a timely manner (within the 6 week grading period).

 

Lockers:

We want to keep loss of valuables to a minimum in the P.E. area. Students are provided a lock and locker. If it is lost, they will be assigned a charge of $5.00. In order to help achieve this goal, specific policies are implemented. Do not bring valuables to class. Students are required to lock belongings in their locker. Double check to make sure your locker door is secure and the lock is locked. Do not share your combination with others or let anyone see your combination.

Illness, Medical Excuse, Injury:

If you are sick and at school, the following guidelines apply: ALWAYS DRESS OUT. If you need to miss more than one day of in-class participation, you must have a medical note from a doctor that clearly explains your limitations. You will be expected to complete written assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for the assignments and be responsible to turn those in upon return to class with a doctor’s release. Please consult the student handbook for missing more than 30 days.

Non-Dress and Tardy Detention Schedule:

After school detentions for non-dress make-ups and for tardy detentions will be available during:

o   Day: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

o   Time: 2:30-3:00 pm

o   Where: Weight Room

·         Winter: November-February:

o   Day: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

o   Time: 2:30-3:00 pm

o   Where: Weight Room

·         Spring: March-May

o   Day: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

o   Time: 2:30-3:00 pm

o   Where: Weight Room

·         Student expectations during non-dress detentions:

o   The student will dress out and participate in the activities assigned by the weight room instructor.

·         Student expectations during tardy detentions:

o   The student will be assigned to the weight room instructor and will be expected to be academically involved during the session. If the student does not follow the expectations of the instructor, then the student will be dismissed from the detention and disciplinary referral will follow.

       


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