Welcome To James Denman Middle School
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Department
It is possible for every student to experience success in physical education regardless of present fitness level, coordination, or body type. The achievement of fitness, good motor coordination and a positive attitude for physical activity are the primary goals of our program.
THE P.E. PROGRAM
Physical Education is an instructional subject required by the state of California and the SF Unified School District. All students are required to take PE in grades 6, 7 and 8. Written assignments, homework and projects are all part of the program. The required PE framework includes skill development, biomechanics, health and physiology, fitness, sociology and historical perspectives. Each grade level has a theme which ties the skills and activities together.
Each student is expected to:
- Participate in all parts of each lesson, to the best of his/her ability.
- Be on time to class, properly dressed for PE and prepared to participate in a positive manner.
- Be prepared to listen, follow directions, work individually and in groups, and focus on the task at hand.
- Demonstrate proper manners, courtesy, respect for self, peers, teachers, staff and equipment.
- Complete all classwork and homework assigned. Make up all missed work due to absences.
- Bring a note or pass when returning from an absence or arriving late to class.
- Bring only what is required to class. Backpacks and any other personal items must be kept in PE lockers, especially cell phones and all other electronic devices. Any item not belonging in class will be confiscated and given to an administrator or counselor. Students should look at the white board in the locker room for each day’s information.
- Stay on roll call numbers during roll call and remain in the area designated by the teacher. At the end of class, ALL students must return to the locker room or designated area for dismissal.
- The PE teachers work together as a team. Always follow the directions of any supervising PE teacher.
- Follow ALL rules indicated in the San Francisco Unified School District Handbook and the James Denman Student Handbook.
A student who misses a day of school must bring documentation to the school site for an official excused absence slip, which is issued by your advisory or first period teacher. The student is responsible to make up any work missed during absences. Any student requiring extended limited participation time is required to bring a doctor’s note.
All students must wear the required PE uniform each day. PE uniforms are free this year for every student and can be obtained after their emergency card and lunch form are returned.
All students are issued PE locker (No sharing of lockers or combinations). Students have 5 minutes from the beginning of the period to get dressed and report to roll call number. The locker room is not a play area. Students must be respectful of others in the locker room and must not damage the area in any way. A safe environment must always be maintained. Failure to follow the rules and regulations of the locker room and classroom will be dealt with in a quick and responsive manner. Food, drinks, and glass containers are not allowed in the locker room.
Homework is a component of the Physical Education. Students are required to turn in homework when assigned; such as worksheets, journals, aerobic logs, projects, sports reports and health-related reports. Students are responsible to check with teacher for any missed assignments. Parents / guardians must pick up students’ classwork for any long-term absences.
Students receive two grades in Physical Education classes: a letter grade and a citizenship grade. The letter grade is based on student performance in the areas of participation, skill tests, written tests, fitness testing, projects, homework and classwork. The standard grading scale is used: A = 90-100%,
B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = below 60%.
The citizenship grade is based on behavior, attitude, and effort. Citizenship grades are as follows:
E = Excellent, S = Satisfactory, W = Warning! (Close to unsatisfactory), U = Unsatisfactory
Four (4) unexcused tardies during a six-week report card period will result in a U for citizenship.
Students receive 5 points daily for participation. A student can earn up to 25 points per week. Participation points are earned by the student’s ability to warm up correctly, be completely dressed in the required PE uniform, be on time for class, work well with others, and give his/her best effort. Points can be lost for uncooperative, negative or unacceptable behavior. Students can also be rewarded extra points for exceptional behavior; for example, assisting the teacher and/or classmate toward a productive class environment, and demonstrating positive leadership and behavior. Homework assignments, class projects, fitness logs, running days, skill tests, and written tests will be worth between 10-25 points each.