Physical Education is an integral part of the total education program. It is that phase of education, which provides an opportunity, through activity, for physical, mental and social development, and improvement of the individual to meet the challenges of life. It is the Middle School for Girls physical education department’s mission to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for high school experiences, and also a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
The physical education program provides the student with the opportunity to develop the body, mind and spirit. It is our vision to create an atmosphere of wellness in our classroom that will extend into the community. The foundation of our program lies in physical fitness, character education, skill development and the acquisition of sport knowledge. These ingredients delivered with kindness and caring will enable your children to flourish.
- A note from a parent is required to excuse a student due to injury or illness. It will be accepted for a maximum of three consecutive days. To be excused longer than three days, a doctor’s note is required.
- Students will be given five minutes at the beginning of class and five minutes at the end of class to change clothes. Students wishing to shower after class must provide their own towel.
- No gum chewing is allowed during class. No food or drink is to be consumed in the gym or locker room areas.
- Abuse, destruction or misuse of physical education equipment will not be tolerated. Obscene language, gestures, harassment or disrespect will not be tolerated.
- Any injuries or emergencies not witnessed by the teacher must be reported immediately to the teacher during the class period so the proper action can be taken.
Students will receive a numerical grade for effort and conduct. Included in this are certain class expectations:
Conduct – Conduct is a reflection of a student’s commitment to positive behavior in the classroom.
- Respect: Students respect themselves, their classmates and their teachers. Positive attitude and behavior is required; students are expected to be open to learning and to not disrupt learning, for themselves or others. Respectful behavior also includes listening attentively and respectfully to classmates and teachers.
Effort – Effort includes preparedness, participation, and responsibility.
- Preparedness: Students arrive on time to class with necessary materials, including all work that is due.
- Participation: Students will actively participate in class activities, discussions and projects. The comments or questions will be valuable and positive. Following directions is also part of being an active learner.
- Responsibility: Students assume responsibility in the classroom by communicating with teachers and classmates if they are absent. Seeking help and advocating for one’s self is also part of a student’s responsibility.
Dress Code Requirements
- A complete change of athletic clothing must be worn during each class period including a PE uniform, t-shirt, navy blue shorts, white socks and non-marring gym shoes. No school clothes should be worn over or under physical education clothes.
- Classes may be held outdoors in the fall and spring. The physical education teacher will usually notify the students when the class will be participating outside and whether additional clothing is needed (example: sweatshirt or sweatpants). It is suggested that students have warmer clothes on hand in case needed.