• Greater Latrobe School District’s Physical Education Guidelines:  Grades K – 12

    Our Mission: The Greater Latrobe School District’s Physical Education Department is committed to directly impacting our student’s fitness levels within every single class period. We are also focusing on introducing our students to a variety of activities that will help to ensure a lifetime of activity. This will be achieved through a fun, structured, positive, and maximally active classroom environment.

    Our Goals:

    1.     Our department will fight childhood obesity and develop habits that will create healthy and active lifestyles. Our hope is that students will find interests that they will continue for a lifetime by introducing them to a variety of activities that will keep them moderately to vigorously active for at least 50% of our instructional time each day. We will maximize the amount of moderate to vigorous activity within each class period by designing current and well thought out lesson plans.
    2.     We will consistently target improvement in the five fitness components through grades K – 12. The first ten minutes of every class will be devoted to concentrating on these components unless those components are tied into the lesson. We will also continue to address necessary skill development and critical elements in throwing, catching, using an implement, lifetime activities, outdoor adventures, spatial awareness, body control, kinesthetic touch, cooperative work, and aquatic skills.
    3.     We will foster a fun, structured, and positive classroom environment that will give all students a positive attitude towards improving and maintaining their physical health for their entire lifetime.

    The 5 fitness Components:

    Cardiovascular Endurance - The ability of the heart and lungs to transport oxygen to the muscles during sustained activity.

    Muscular Endurance - The ability of a muscle to repeat a movement over a sustained amount of time.

    Muscular Strength - The ability of a muscle to exert one maximal effort in a single repetition.

    Flexibility – The ability of the body to move through a full range of motion without injury or strain.

    Body Composition – the body’s fat to lean muscle ratio.

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    Grading for grades 7 to 12

    125 total points for each 9 weeks

    50 points for dress: 5 points taken out of the dress category for each non dress

    25 points for participation: 3 points taken for each non dress

    25 points for heart rate/mvpa time: 2 points taken for each non dress

    25 points for cognitive tests: Tests will be given to show understanding of main concepts taught for each 9 week period.

    Each time a student does not dress they would lose a total of 10 points. 5 from dress, 3 from participation, and 2 from the heart rate/mvpa time.

    5 NON DRESSES WILL EQUAL A FAILING GRADE IF THE CLASSES ARE NOT MADE UP.

    Students will have the option to make up non dresses before the end of the nine week period by coming in during designated tutoring times before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will spend 20 minutes in a heart rate zone of 135 to 175 or an activity chosen by the teacher  to get their dress points back. Students will only get the dress points back, not the participation or heart rate/mvpa time. You must participate in physical education class to receive those points.

    Absences – Students are permitted 5 absences from class with no effect on their grade. Each absence after 5 will need to be made up or they will drop one letter grade for each absence past 5. Students missing class for athletic events will not be held to the 5 absence rule but are responsible to make up any test or homework that was given in class. Swimming is the exception to the 5 absence rule. If a student misses more than 1 swimming class is must be made up or the student will drop 1 letter grade for each additional absence.

    Key Point – We must remember that physical development cannot be compared to cognitive development, therefore grading expectations cannot be the same. Inconsistency in activity and exercise can have an immediate negative effect on our physical health. To effectively improve fitness levels, improve our testing scores, and battle childhood obesity, it is paramount that our students regularly participate in class.

    Dress for Grades 7 to 12

    Students are required to wear athletic shorts or running pants and a t- shirt for class.  No cargo shorts or jean material can be worn. T- shirts must be school appropriate. No alcohol advertisements etc.. are permitted on the shirt. T- shirts must have sleeves, no tank tops or cut off shirts are permitted.  Tennis shoes must be worn for class. Boots or dress shoes are not permitted. (SHOES MUST BE TIED TIGHTLY AND SECURELY)

    No Jewelry is permitted in Physical Education Class. This includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches that can be worn anywhere on the body. If a student has a new piercing they must see the teacher to get a waiver form and have it signed by the parent or guardian. It is the student’s responsibility to have the new piercing covered with tape or a band aid for class.

    Dress for Swimming

    Men must wear swim trunks and women must wear a one piece swim suit. No exceptions

    Grading for grades K to 6

    The following categories will be used to determine grades.

    -          Dress  - 5 non dresses will result in an automatic unsatisfactory/needs improvement

    -          MVPA Time

    -          Critical Elements

    -          Time on Task/Participation

     

    Dress for Grades K to 6

    Since students do not change for p.e class at this level, it is recommended that on physical education days that the students wear athletic shorts or pants and a t-shirt with sleeves to school. You must wear tennis shoes.  Dress shoes, sandals, and boots are not permitted for p.e.

    Students must wear tennis shoes to be permitted to take class. (SHOES MUST BE TIED TIGHTLY AND SECURELY)

    No Jewelry is permitted in Physical Education Class. This includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches that can be worn anywhere on the body. If a student has a new piercing they must see the teacher to get a waiver form and have it signed by the parent or guardian. It is the student’s responsibility to have the new piercing covered with tape or a band aid for class.

     

    Use of Technology in the physical education environment

    On a daily basis every student will be using either a heart rate monitor or MVPA calculator in class. This is where the portion of their grade in the heart rate/mvpa category comes from. Our goal is to keep our students in grades K to 12 moderately to vigorously active for at least 50% of each class period. This means that the students are moving at the pace of a brisk walk or faster. We may also set a heart rate goal, step goal, or calorie goal for each day. This helps to make it fair for all students to achieve their grade instead of setting a time or number that every student must achieve to earn their grade.  By setting a heart rate goal it allows us to assess and monitor each student’s effort individually.

    Fitness Testing –  It is important to validate our program and instructional strategies with data driven assessments. We need to show that our students are progressing while under our direct supervision and instruction. We will pre test our students at the very beginning of the year and then post test our students at the end of the year in grades K through 12. For semester students they will be pre tested at the start of the semester and post tested at the end of the semester.

    All Fitness Testing results will be tracked and stored through eschools for each student during their entire time spent here at Greater Latrobe. We will have the capability to check and see a student’s scores from any grade that they attended Greater Latrobe School District.

    Fitness Testing Protocols –

    Test 1 -  Pacer Test- Cardiovascular Endurance (use cd)

    Test 2 – Curl Up Test – Core/Muscular Endurance (use cd)

    Test 3 – Modified Pull Ups – Upper Body/Muscular Strength & Endurance (use cd)

    Test 4 – Push Ups – Upper Body/Muscular Endurance (use cd)

    Test 5 – Sit n Reach – Lower Body/Flexibility (use inches on sit n reach box)

    Greater Latrobe Fit Club!!  -  In an effort to promote healthy active lifestyles, the physical education teachers at every building in the Greater Latrobe School District will be holding      “Fit Club” during tutoring time every Tuesday and Thursday morning at every school. Students are welcome to come in and be active through fun games and fitness routines lead by the teacher. Studies show that students who are active before class show improvement in attentiveness, test scores, and focus!  Come in and make the brain body connection!!!!

     

    Students out with an injury with a doctors note can be excluded from activity with no penalty for up to two weeks. If they will be out longer than two weeks it is the teachers discretion whether or not they would prefer to assign written work, have the student take online adapted p.e, or drop the class and take another semester.

     

    Students who are in school but are recovering from a sickness, example pneumonia, ear infection, etc can miss up to 3 days without a penalty with a note written by a parent.  After 3 days the student needs a doctors excuse to continue getting full credit for class. 

Last Modified on August 19, 2019