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    Why is Physical Education Important?:
     
    1. Educates a child physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially
     
    2. Promotes positive lifelong healthy attitudes
     
    3. Improves students' knowledge of fitness
    concepts such as cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility
     
    4. Improves self-confidence, self-esteem and self-control.
     
    5. Helps children establish and strive for achievable personal goals.
     
    6. Promotes different cognitive brain stimulation and " brain building" so that students can better achieve academic success
     
     
     
    Course Overview:
    Physical Education is a course at AMS that serves to teach students grades 4-8. While games, direction and skills acquired are specific to age group, students in this class are all learning to reach a common goal towards learning about their own unique physical motor movement. Within this course students are also learning important social psychological principles such as cooperation, leadership, team work and problem solving skills. Fitness will also be a major component in this class where the students will learn about specific muscle groups, biomechanics and physiology of fitness exercises. The students' cognitive understanding of fitness components will extend to: individual aerobic capacity/cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.  And students' will demonstrate physical performance of appropriate activities that improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.
     
     
    Fitness Testing
     
    Fitness testing will be given at the beginning, middle and end of the school year in order to track progress and improvement towards students overall fitness progression in class. Students will also create their own fitness goals based on the administered fitness testing, aiming to improve their own fitness on an individual level.
      
     
    Classroom: Participation/Skills/Cognitive Testing:


    Participation points will be given daily but calculated and entered in the grade book every 2 weeks. Skills testing will be administered formative (beginning of the unit) and summative (at the end of the unit). In doing both types of assessments, it allows for evidence of students growth towards skills attainment. Summative skills testing will count towards the student's grade. Skills tests will vary in points in accordance with the skills covered in that unit. Students will also take a written test at the end of each unit to test students cognitive understanding. Cognitive tests will vary in                                                                    points. These tests provide information on the success of the students                                                                          progress towards skills attainment and overall knowledge of actual game                                                                    play.
     

     Overall Grading:
    Students are graded as follows:
     
    -Participation (2 Points, 50%):
          1 Point: Coming prepared everyday to class by dressing appropriately, trying their absolute best towards the game or skill in class, cooperation towards teacher and others, adherence to school behavioral policies.  
          1 Point: The student earns this physical activity point by participating for the entire 45 minutes of class and aiming to be in at least 50% of that class in moderate to vigorous physical activity.  
     
    -Skills (30%): Students learn, practice, progress and develop their skills to the best of their abilities.
     
    -Cognitive (10%): Students have an understanding of proper game etiquette, procedures, rules and scoring in order to play the game or sport.  
     
     

    -Gym Make ups:
     
    If a student misses more than 1 physical education class due to absence, an extended absence, or "sitting out" they will have gym make ups where they will be given a short assignment to complete of the content that they missed for that day. Students are to complete the assignment and turn it in for the points they missed that day. (each make up, depending on the extent of circumstances, may be discussed and determined with the teacher and student)
     
     

    Dress Code:
    Grades 6-8 will be given a locker and lock at the beginning of the school year. They are to use that locker to store their clothing. Proper clothing includes:
     
    -Shirt
    -Shorts
    -Sneakers
    -Sweat pants or wind pants
    -Sweatshirts
    -Long sleeve t-shirts
     
     
    **Locks are the responsibility of the students
     
     
    **Clothing must be school appropriate and rotated on a weekly bases so that clothing worn by the student can be cleaned at home
     
    **All clothing and items that are brought into the locker room are the responsibility of the student
     

     LDW Requirements:
     
    Students are to show up to their given physical education class, based on their classroom teacher. Students may wear and participate in the clothing they show up to school in. Although, if a student is wearing clothing that is not PE appropriate (open toed shoes, dresses, skirts, boots, etc.) a change of clothing or shoes is required to be brought to school. Grading is based on that student's individual teacher.