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Course Description

Eighth Grade Physical Education - Personal Fitness: Sports

One third of the course is devoted to health-related fitness activities. Students are assessed on strength, flexibility and endurance. Students set fitness goals and monitor their progress throughout the semester. Students participate in selected activities for net/wall games, such as tennis and volleyball; target sports, such as archery and bowling; and invasion sports, such as soccer and basketball. Students develop skills and the attitude needed to live a physically active life. Students learn and apply the skills, strategies and rules for different group and individual sports that promote physical health. Students realize the importance of improving their flexibility, strength and endurance and how improvement in these areas improves performance in any sport.

(Students taking the semester Personal Fitness: Sports in eighth grade receive .5 high school credit and will need to take the semester Health course in their junior or senior year to fulfill the high school graduation requirement for Health and PE.) 

 Classroom Expectations/Procedures:

  • Students will be assigned a PE locker for their belongings. It is the responsibility of the student to secure their belongings with a combination lock.
  • Code of Conduct for students will be strictly enforced within the locker room.
  • All students are expected to change for class each day. Students are to wear appropriate exercise clothing. T-shirt/ Shorts/Sweatshirt/Running Shoes.  PE clothing must be appropriate. No school clothes or jeans will be allowed for credit.
  • Students who are ill or injured with an accompanying parent note will still be expected to dress for class, but will be excused from participation.
  • Students with a written doctors note, will be excused from participation and dress.
  • Students are expected to respect the facilities and equipment. No sports drinks, chewing gum, or food will be allowed in the gym.

Grading - 8th grade students will receive letter grades.  Grading in general will be based on the following criteria. 

Grading Table:
  20%  Knowledge  Understanding of basic concepts
  20%  Motor Skill Development  Proper technique/performance of skill
  20%  Personal Fitness  District established benchmarks
  40%  Participation  Attitude/participation/sportsmanship

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