Physical Education Grade 8
This year-long course meets once a week and is designed to provide an opportunity for students to further improve their fitness and well-being (through exercise, stretching, teamwork activities, and games) as well as to gain further awareness and insight about the role of fitness in lifelong health. Health is incorporated – including the basics of nutrition, substance abuse, and wellness.
Your 8th graders will be receiving classes this year on social responsibility, high school preparation, Catholic values, and planning for the future. They will, also, be required to do a project where each student will explain, lead, instruct, and participate a gym class designed by them.
Phys Ed is a pass/fail class. There are two criteria I use, Participation and Attitude.
Coming to class in the correct gym uniform
Participating in the day’s activity
Doing the best they can do in the activity
Team work when necessary and individual effort when required
Not being disruptive during instruction
A “can do” attitude
Polite and kind to other classmates
Class is designed to be interactive, fun, challenging, informative, and educational. 8th graders are given some health classes that focus on spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness. Fitness classes are designed to create teamwork and to challenge each individual.
The only tests are physical fitness tests which are done twice a year. It consists of push-ups, sit-ups, arm curl hang or pull ups or chin ups (8th graders get a choice), and a 1 mile run. It is a pass/ fail test that the sole criteria is doing their individual best.
Since Phys Ed is a pass/fail class, grading is simple. A student that participates in uniform to the best of their ability will receive a passing grade for the day. A student that is not in the correct uniform or refuses to participate will receive a failing grade for the day. If a student has 30% or more failing days, they will fail the quarter. Most students will have 10 classes per quarter. If they receive 3 failing days in a quarter, they will fail the quarter.
The goal is to introduce wellness to all students. Total wellness. Mind, body, and soul. So that they can begin to understand that living a healthy lifestyle is the key to a long and vibrant life.
A Couple of Housekeeping Notes:
- Having an extra curricular sporting event or practice the night of gym class does not excuse a student from participating in the class activities.
- Each student should have some form of clear water bottle.
- Inhalers and Epi-pens should be easily accessible during class.
- Please ensure that students are wearing appropriate footwear. We do a lot of running so sneakers with good arch support and cushioning are recommended.
In order to utilize Greeley Park during class time, students must have returned a completed permission slip to the main office.