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PHYSICAL EDUCATION SYLLABUS

SYLLABUS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION
TEACHER: Betsy Cooper
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The middle school physical education program is designed as a prerequisite for the high school physical education program. There will be a heavy emphasis on physical fitness. The students will participate in the national “FitnessGram” test as required by the State Department of Education. Additionally, students will be exposed to a variety of activities and be expected to become age-level proficient in at least two of the activities. The students will be in this course for one nine week period.
DAILY SCHEDULE:
Ist period –planning
2nd period -8th grade
3rd period -8th grade
4th period -7th grade
5th period -7th grade
6th period -lunch
7th period -6th grade
8th period-6th grade
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENTS: I teach one half of the students in the school and the ages range from ten to fifteen years old, all grades inclusive. Our student body is made up of the full socio-economic spectrum with the majority coming from rural, middle class working families. The minority population is mixed with about 26 per cent African American. We have about two per cent of out students from other ethnic backgrounds.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE STANDARDS
Standard 1 The student will demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2 The student will demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the leasrning and performing of physical activities.
Standard 3. The studentt will participate regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4. The student will achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Standard 5. The student will  exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical-activity settings.
Standard.6. The student will demonstrate awareness that physical activity provides the opportunity for heath, enjoyment, challenge, self -expression and social interaction.

MAJOR ASSESSMENTS: DATE ACTIVITY

Aug.Oct.,Jan., March Fitness pre-testing and tracking for students
Sept.-Nov.-March-May Written assessment from hand-written reports
Sept.-Dec.-March-May Written assessment on sports knowledge
Nov.-Jan.-March-May Hand-written reports on fitness related information
Oct.,Jan., March,May Fitness post-testing to compare pre and post tests

Grades based on a predetermined scale for each item.
Dressing out-5 point deduction--Not participating in class-5 point deduction.
Dressing out and participation are 50% of the nine week grade.
Written assignments, physical activity journal, ecercise grades, and skills tests are 50% of the nine week grade.

HOMEWORK: Students will be given activities to do at home that will correspond with Fitness activities and subjects we will cover in class. Parent participation is required via written acknowledgement of the assigned and unassigned activities.

MAKE-UP WORK: Ample time will be allowed for students to make-up work that was missed while they were absent. Any written work must be hand written and can be made up within five school days.

EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR:
1. Students should come to class on time.
2. Students should bring necessary materials to class. They will be expected to dress out and participate in class each day.
3. Students should keep their hands, feet, and all other objects to themselves.
4. Students should respect themselves and others.
5. Students should follow all school rules.

CONSEQUENCES:
1st step: A conference with the student and teacher takes place. Points are deducted in not dressing out or participating in class activities.
2nd step:Notification of the parent/guardian and a conference with the student. Point deduction if applicable.
3rd step: a conference with the teacher, student. Point deduction if applicable. 
4th step: Referral -Point deduction if applicable.
Disruptive behavior will result in immediate referral or admministrative intervertion-ex. fighting, profanity, sexual harrassment
 STUDENT PROCEDURES: Students will be expected to arrive to class and in the locker room by the time the tardy bell rings. Five minutes are allowed for dressing out in the proper attire (black shorts/sweatpants, red t-shirt/sweatshirt, socks and athletic shoes). Students will be allowed to get water in the facilities during class.

RULES AND PROCEDURES: Students will explore the rules and procedures during the first days of school and will be allowed to ask questions and give input to class procedures.

DRESSING OUT FOR CLASS: It is rare that students who are healthy enough to come to school are not healthy enough to participate in physical education. Students who are ill should be kept at home. Students who become ill during school and come to PE class will have to be screened by the teacher for possible referral to the school nurse. Otherwise, students are expected to meet the class in proper gym clothes (shirt and shorts). Students who “forget” their gym gear will still be expected to participate in all activities that can be executed safely. Once again, the teacher will be responsible for making the decision as to the safety of the activity for those not dressed in proper attire. Those students who do not dress out or participate in class will have points deducted from the 9 week grade.

REWARD SYSTEM: Students will also be rewarded for going above and beyond the standard expectations. If students have exhibited excellent behavior and effort and are encouraging others working in an outstanding manner, they will be recognized, rewarded with special treats, and recorded as such in the teacher’s grade book (ex. Choice Day).

COMMUNICATION: Parental communication will be done in a variety of ways. Phone calls, personal contact, and notes and letters will be sent home.

MODIFICATIONS OF SYLLABUS: This syllabus is a flexible listing of activities done in physical education. Some changes will be made due to assembly programs, picture days, state mandated testing, rainy day, fire ants, etc.