Middle School Physical Education
Middle School Physical Education Syllabus
Please refer to the following guidelines to understand the requirements and expectations of Physical Education at Stone Bank School. When students come to class, they will be engaged in learning activities that teach a variety of concepts such as teamwork, strategy, movement and sport skills, motivation, competition, sportsmanship, and personal fitness. Each class period begins with a group warm-up, followed by movement activities that are varied and can include individual skill work, team play, cooperative tasks and other active games or competitions.
Student Expectations during class
Grades 6-8 have physical education two times per week. Students are expected to:
- come to class prepared (properly dressed, with a positive attitude, and ready to give their best effort).
- engage in class activities and contribute positively to our learning community.
- demonstrate good sportsmanship while participating in a diverse class setting (work well with other students of varying ability levels).
- develop personal responsibility for achieving a healthy, active lifestyle.
Gym Clothes/Locker Room Procedures
Students are required to change clothes at the beginning of class and change back into their regular school clothes at the end of class. (This is for the development of good hygiene habits, as well as the ability to participate fully by wearing appropriate clothes/shoes.) Students will be given approximately four minutes to use the locker rooms for this purpose. It is highly recommended that each student purchases a lock to be used solely in the locker room so they can keep their clothes locked up. Mr. Green and Mrs. Vance are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.
While in the locker rooms, students will be expected to conduct themselves in a way that respects themselves and others. The locker rooms may be monitored periodically to ensure this. Any type of misconduct may result in any or all of the following: contacting parents, detention or administrative intervention.
Required gym clothes include: shorts (sweat pants), t-shirt (sweatshirt) and athletic-type shoes. Students are encouraged to include a sweatshirt/long pants for days that are chilly, as classes will be going outside in the fall and spring. As many middle school P.E. classes are in the morning when the grass is wet, an extra pair of socks is also recommended to avoid having to walk around in wet socks for the rest of the day.
Physical education is a participation class. Students begin each class period with five out of five possible points for their daily participation grade. It is their responsibility to keep those points by striving to meet the following expectations:
A “5” student is one who comes prepared (properly dressed), fully participates in the warm-up and learning activities with a cooperative and respectful attitude, and demonstrates good sportsmanship.
Points will be deducted at the discretion of the teacher according to the following:
· Conduct (behavior) that is unsafe, disrespectful and/or inappropriate in any way that diminishes the
quality of the learning environment.
· Quality of effort/performance that does not demonstrate that the student is doing his/her best.
· Sportsmanship that does not meet the following expectations.
Up to two points will be deducted for not coming properly dressed (after one freebie per quarter).
Good sportsmanship is expected in physical education class. Someone who demonstrates good sportsmanship:
- plays fair and follows the rules.
- shows respect to others at all times (uses encouragement instead of put-downs).
- does his/her best regardless of the activity.
- is a good winner/loser regardless of the outcome of a competition or game.
- cooperates (is helpful and shows kindness).
- uses appropriate communication with classmates, teammates and teachers.
*The following activities will be incorporated throughout the school year, within other units, with a focus on goal-setting for individual fitness improvement and learning fitness components (cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility):
· Fitness testing*
· Strength/agility/coordination training
· Tag games
· Sport stacking/Juggling/Rhythms
· Active gaming
*Fitness testing is completed twice a year (fall and spring) in grades 4 through 8. The main purpose of the testing is for students to have an awareness of their own personal fitness level and to learn about setting personal fitness goals. Fitness test scores are not used to determine students’ grades.
Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns you may have. Email is the preferred method of communication, but we also welcome phone or face-to-face conferences as needed.
Dan Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody Vance email@example.com