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PE 7&8 Course A Syllabus


Instruction involves a variety of activities. Emphasis is on the student acquiring proficiency in the elementary skills, rules and strategies of team sports as well as knowledge and understanding of the components of fitness. Throughout the year, fitness is integrated into activities and units. The major areas of emphasis include:


Cross Country:  Fundamental running skills, rules, scoring, and team strategies.  Students will run a one-mile cross-country course.
Mass Games:  Participation in various mass games and relays; safety factors are stressed.
Personal Fitness:  Throughout this unit students will experience an assortment of activities that are fitness oriented.  Physical fitness testing and analysis of individual health/wellness profiles will enable students to design a personal fitness plan.  The components of fitness will be taught and included in activities. This unit will also include cooperative learning games that will challenge the students both physically and mentally.  Communication, cooperation and team work will be major themes in each of these games.
Speedball:  Elementary skills, rules,  strategies, basic offense and defense, playing field nomenclature, safety factors, and player positions and responsibilities.
Softball:  Elementary skills, rules, player positions and basic responsibilities, basic terminology, and safety factors.
Volleyball:  Elementary skills,  rules, basic offensive and defensive strategies, scoring, playing court nomenclature, safety factors, and player positions.

No tool(s), instrument(s) or equipment (compasses, knives, scissors, bats) used in the instructional process of this course may be removed from the classroom/lab/shop/gym without the express permission of the teacher in charge.

We seek a program in which students:

  1.  Actively participate in physical education activities.
  2.  Dress appropriately for physical activity.
  3.  Actively participate in warm-up exercises prior to participation in physical activity.
  4.  Demonstrate correct execution of warm-up and conditioning exercises.
  5.  Actively participate in drills designed to improve execution of skills
  6.  Incorporate skills in game and activity performance.
  7.  Demonstrate a knowledge of the rules governing physical activities.
  8.  Demonstrate a knowledge of the concepts inherent to physical activities.
  9.  Participate successfully in physical education activities.
10.  Exhibit acceptable, social interaction skills, such as cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship, when participating in activities.
11.  Exhibit a positive outlook toward physical activity.
12.  Recognize the importance of cardiovascular development, physical fitness, psychomotor development and coordination.
13.  Adhere to safety rules and regulations as established by the physical education department.

    (Specific instructional objectives for each activity are available upon request.)
FALL and SPRING  (Marking Periods 1 & 4)

Speedball                                  3 1/2 weeks
Cross Country                           2 weeks
Softball                                     3 1/2 weeks

WINTER  (Marking Periods 2 & 3)

Personal Fitness                       6 weeks
Volleyball                                3 weeks


Grading system for boys and girls in physical education

Each student starts out each marking period with 100 points.

Area I - Proper Attire - Participation - Attendance  70 points

Each marking period, a student may earn a maximum of 70 points toward his/her physical education grade by  wearing proper gym attire, participating in all activities, and being in attendance at the time "roll" is initiated.

         2 points off  - First (1st) unprepared:  Failure to wear entire prescribed gym uniform.  A student will be considered "unprepared" and WILL NOT be permitted to participate in physical education class if he/she is (a) without sneakers, or (b) wearing inappropriate trunks or shirt, or (c) is wearing jewelry.  Sneakers must be securely fastened with all laces visible on the outside.  Hiking boots are not allowed.

         4 points off - Second (2nd) unprepared and subsequent unprepareds

         1 point off -   Missing socks

         1, 2, or 3 points off - Unsatisfactory participation

          2 or 4 points off - "cutting" class will be considered as being unprepared for class and the appropriate amount of points (1st, 2nd, or 3rd unprepared) will be deducted - in addition, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken by the school administration.

         Area II - Skill ability - Knowledge of Activity - Effort, Improvement and Cooperation

         Each marking period, a student may earn a maximum of 30 points toward his/her physical education grade as indicated in the following areas.

         1.  Skill Tests                                                       20 points

         2.  Effort, Improvement and Cooperation           10 points



1.    Physical education instructors will be available during the time of 2:20 - 2:45 PM to provide instruction to students who desire extra help in physical education and to administer written and skill tests to students who need to make them up.
2.    It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor and arrange for a time to make-up any assignments missed.  A student who misses a written or skill test, due to an  absence, will be allowed two weeks from the date he/she returns to school to make up the test(s) missed.  
3.    Failure to make-up a written or skill test will result in a zero (0) being awarded for that particular test.
4.    A medical excuse is defined as an illness/injury that is verified by a nurse/doctor's note. Should students accumulate 20 or more medical excuses in a marking period, he/she will be given a medical excuse for that marking period. No grade or credit will be awarded for that marking period.  A medical excuse has no bearing on a student's final grade.
5.    Any unique situation which is not covered in the above guidelines will be resolved by the department supervisor/principal, with each situation being evaluated on its own merits.