Health/Fitness Department

Our main goal for this class is to create an environment that is both challenging and supportive, where we can all help each other reach our individual potential. The instructional strategies that will be implemented in physical education will help meet the educational needs of all students.

Power Standards: There are 11 Power Standards that we will help students master in this course. They represent the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are identified by FWPS as the most significant standards for students to meet in order to prepare them for the next level.


PS1: Demonstrates fundamental and complex motor skills that contribute to movement proficiency.

PS2: Understands safety rules and procedures to participate safely in a variety of physical activities: individual, dual/team, and lifetime activities.

PS3: Applies skills and strategies necessary for effective participation in physical activities.

PS4: Analyzes daily health and fitness habits. Draws conclusions from a personal health and fitness plan.

PS5: Achieves and maintains a health enhanced level of physical fitness in each of the five fitness components. (Body Composition, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Flexibility, Cardio-Respiratory Endurance)

PS6: Analyzes the dimensions of health and relates to personal health behaviors. (Social, Emotional, Physical, Mental, Environmental)

PS7: Understands factors and preventions related to communicable and non-communicable diseases.

PS8: Understands relationship of nutrition and food nutrients to body composition and physical activity.

PS9: Applies first-aid skills, ways to prevent injuries, and skills to respond appropriately and safely.

PS10: Understands structure and functions of body systems.

PS11: Understands issues and risks related to drug use and abuse.

Units of Study

Team Sports – Volleyball, Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Floor Hockey

Racquet/Paddle Sports – Badminton, Table Tennis, and Pickleball

Performing Arts – Dancing and Circus Arts/Jump Rope

Fitness and Leisure – Wrestling, Tumbling, Spin Bike/Cross Training, Ultimate Frisbee

Presidential Fitness Testing – Mile Run, Shuttle Run, Push Ups, Sit Ups, Sit & Reach

Health Education – KNOW Curriculum HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum & Great Body Shop

                                Parent preview nights Oct. 16th & Feb, 26th

                                Educational Service Center

                                33330 8th Ave S. Room #104

                                CPR/AED/First Aid – 8th Grade


Student Expectations

  1. A.    Suit up in their uniform appropriately everyday (waist bands go around the waist)

If a student does not bring their own PE uniform, they will be required to wear a “Loaner” suit. A student who wears a Loaner suit more than once a week will be given a detention(s). Loaner suits are to be returned immediately at the end of class

PE suits are only to be worn during PE class not during core classes.

  1. B.     Have shoes tied securely and tightly on top of the tongue.
  2. C.    Participate everyday unless they have a parental/doctor’s note.

It is the policy of our school, if a student is healthy enough to attend school; she/he is healthy enough to suit up for class. We do recognize that it is in the best interest of the child to limit their activities due to recent illness or injury. Upon receipt of written note from parent or doctor, a student will be excused from any activity that may affect her/his condition. She/he is still expected to suit up and participate to whatever extent possible (as a spotter, official, score keeper, etc.) Students who are to be excused for longer than 3 days must have a written doctor’s note with contact information. For students who refuse to suit up, their grades will be adversely affected and an office referral is given. Please note: Students who do not participate in PE for a given day are not eligible for after school sports. Once the student resumes participation in PE, she/he is eligible to participate in after school sports.

  1. D.    Deposit all gum, food, candy, and drinks in the garbage before entering the gym or locker rooms (Detentions will be given!)

Behavior Expectations

The basic principle in the classroom is the “Golden Rule.” Treat others as you want to be treated. Respectful behavior is mandatory for a safe and comfortable learning environment. I will not tolerate anything less.

Any student who interferes with the ability of others to teach or learn may receive one or more of the following consequences: verbal warning to correct behavior, after-school or lunch detention, phone call to parents, referral to office.

Cell phones, iPods, and all other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom.


In physical education, developing lifelong habits of promptness and reliability shall be included as an instructional objective.

Students who have excused absences are to contact their teacher to make-up missed tests, written assignments and fitness running. It is important to make up fitness runs!

Parent-Student-Teacher Communication

Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions or concerns regarding your student. We are willing to meet with parents or guardians any time the need arises. To make appointments, please email your student’s PE teacher at samwhite@fwps.org, dgraham@fwps.org, jmohler@fwps.org, kedwards@fwps.org or call us at 253-945-4820 (girls locker room) 253-945-4821 (boy’s locker room).

Parents should look at their student’s planner often to keep updated on classroom assignments and projects. In order to encourage independence and accountability, students, not parents or guardians, should contact me with questions regarding assignments and projects. Parents may also check their student’s progress on the Grades Online website at http://grades.fwps.org/

Assessment and Grading

Grading Philosophy:

The objective is for all students to learn and make academic progress. Grades are a means of communication between school and home about a student’s progress toward meeting standard and are not meant to ability rank or express achievement level. Teacher feedback will provide achievement performance information to parents and students, not grades. All students are expected to meet or exceed grade level academic standards. Teachers will take up to an entire school year to teach all the Power Standards for a given course. Grading charts the educational growth throughout the school year. Since education is a lifelong process, students acquire knowledge at different rates. Consequently, at Lakota Middle School, students are given multiple opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills. Our current measurement scale is a 4 point BAME scale.

Power Standard Scoring

In order to earn a YES on a Power Standard a student will need to demonstrate with evidence mastery of each Learning Target in that standard. When all Learning Targets for that Power Standard have been mastered the Power Standard will have been met.

Y4 – Exceeding Standard, Y3 – Meeting Standard, N2 – Approaching Standard, N1 – Below Standard

Assessments: Assessment grades contribute to the total overall course grade. Homework grades are considered practice and do not contribute to the overall course grade, but do contribute to the overall homework grade. In order to retake an assessment, students must have completed all assigned work associated with the assessment to demonstrate independent learning of the material.