Physical Education and Health Education
Students will have three marking periods of Physical Education and one marking period of Health Education. Additionally, students may participate in
extra-curricular Athletics, in both intramural (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) and inter-school
programs (7th and 8th grades only). More information can be had on our Athletics page and the MCPS intramural page.
COLD WEATHER GUIDELINES FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTION
Physical education instruction will be conducted outdoors as long as the wind chill factor is above 32 degrees. When the wind chill factor is 32 degrees or lower, physical education instruction will be conducted indoors.
The only exception to this policy is instruction related to the Polar Bear Unit. Students who have voluntarily registered for the Polar Bear Unit will receive outdoor instruction as long as the wind chill factor is above 25 degrees. When the wind chill factor is 25 degrees or lower, the Polar Bear Unit will be conducted indoors.
Physical Education and Health Department Teachers
Katie Becker-Physical Education/Health- Content Specialist
Sean Adams- Physical Education/Health
Andie Barnes-Physical Education/Health
Eric Britton-Physical Education/Health
Jesse Frawley-Physical Education/Health
Erin Stout-Physical Education/Health
Education Course Description Middle school
physical education instruction focuses on standards-based content that has been
categorized into three measurement topics: health-related fitness, movement
skills and concepts, and personal and social responsibility.
Education Units of Study
Net/Wall Games – Activities
may include badminton, pickleball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball
Invasion Games – Activities
may include basketball, field hockey, hockey (floor/street), football
(flag/touch), lacrosse, rugby, soccer, speedball, team handball, ultimate
Striking/Fielding Games – Activities may include cricket, softball
Target Games – Activities
may include archery, bocce, bowling, croquet, Frisbee golf, golf, horseshoes
Personal Fitness – Activities may include cross country, gymnastics and tumbling, resistance
training/functional fitness, swimming, track and field, wrestling
Education Grading Categories
All Tasks/Assessments – 80%
District/School Required Assessment – 10%
Homework for Practice/Prep – 10%
Education Suggested Materials
In order to
physically participate in class, students must change out of their school
clothes and be dressed appropriately.
Crewneck t-shirt, MUST BE GREY IN COLOR or
Sweatshirt, MUST BE GREY IN COLOR or GMS Gear
Athletic shorts, MUST BE BLACK IN COLOR or
Sweatpants, MUST BE BLACK IN COLOR or GMS
A section for
Physical Education/Health within your binder
Gaithersburg physical education uniforms are
available for purchase BEFORE school. Purchasing
a uniform from the school is not mandatory.
Students may bring a grey crewneck t-shirt, grey sweatshirt, black athletic
shorts, black sweatpants or GMS Gear from home to wear for class.
Short Term Illness or Injury The Physical Education Physician Contact Form is required for students who will miss more than five days of physical education class due to illness or injury. Failure to return the form can result in failure of the course and/or loss of the physical education credit. If your child has a short term illness or injury, complete this form and turn it into the GMS Health Room.
Students will take a nine-week health course in grades 6, 7, and 8. The goal of health education is to emphasize
lifelong positive health related attitudes and behaviors. Life
skills emphasized throughout the program include goal-setting; decision-making;
identifying beliefs, attitudes, and motivations; assessing information; and
advocacy for personal, family and community health.
Units of study will include
6 & 7
Alcohol and other Drugs
and Consumer Health
6 & 8
Life and Human Sexuality
7 & 8
Prevention and Control
Arrive prepared to learn –
A binder, folder, and pencil is necessary to learn daily.
Expect your best –
Complete all in class and homework activities
Be on time – To class
Academic grades will reflect individual student
achievement based on the Health Education Objectives. All Tasks and Assignments have a value of 80%,
“District” or School-Required Assessments have a value of 10%, and homework/practice
prep account for 10% of the total grade.
Formative: Students will receive formative grades to assess indicators throughout
will receive summative grades on tests, and projects at the end of each unit.
Homework/Practice Prep: Students will receive
homework/practice prep. grades on projects or assignments completed at school
Learning Skills are assessed based on assignment completion and participation
Participation reflects how
consistently a student engages in learning
Completion reflects how
consistently and timely a student completes and submits assignments.
C = Consistently
O = Often
S = Sometimes
Re-teaching and reassessment:
will be identified by the instructor before the original task/assessment and
occur within an instructional unit. Only
one reassessment is offered per task/assessment.
When reassessment is offered,
all students may be reassessed, regardless of grade on original
task/assignment, if they meet the following requirements: 1) complete the
original task or assessment, 2) Complete required assignments and 3) complete
the re-teaching/relearning activities.
The reassessment grade
replaces the original grade.
The end of the unit assessment
cannot be retaken.
Late Work and Missing Work:
Each assignment will have a
due date. This is the date by which the
assignment is to be submitted. The grade will drop by one letter if the
assignment is not turned in by the due date.
Each assignment will have a
deadline (that may or may not be the same as the due date). Work not attempted or submitted by the
deadline will be recorded as a zero.
A student who makes no attempt
to do the work or submit it by the deadline will be assigned a zero.
A student who attempts to do
the work receives a 50%.
All work must be made up when a student is
absent. Any assignments previously
announced will be due on the day the student returns to class. You are responsible for all work and
instruction missed. A “Z” will be
recorded in the grade book if an assignment was missed and needs to be