Academics: Health & Physical Education
A Parent Guide to Physical Education in Middle School
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake District Physical
Education Program is to provide the students an opportunity to:
- Experience a program of physical education that relates
to their varying social, mental, emotional, and physical
- Experience a program where they, the students, have the
opportunity to select various activities, but also receive
- Experience a program that provides a variety of
activities that will enable each student the enjoyment of a
wholesome physical education experience.
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake District Physical Education
Program will provide for each student:
- Physical fitness activities that promote strength,
endurance, and coordination necessary for optimum health,
now and throughout life.
- An opportunity to learn basic sport skills.
- Ample opportunity to acquire skills necessary for
- An opportunity to learn and appreciate the enjoyment
derived through physical activity.
- The necessary environment where positive attitudes
toward health and safety can be learned through physical
- Ample opportunity for the student to develop social
skills adaptable to individual and group interaction.
- Experiences that permit the student to assume leadership
and followership responsibilities.
- A wholesome atmosphere where the student will feel free
to participate without ridicule or embarrassment from his
own peer group.
- Experiences that enhance the understanding and
appreciation of excellence through participation and
appreciation of sport.
- Opportunities to be involved in making decisions and
assuming the responsibilities of these decisions.
- An atmosphere suitable for student appreciation for the
rights and privileges of others.
- An environment that enhances the importance of
individual and group discipline.
1. Excuses from home
Excuses from home signed by a parent or legal guardian.
A student who brings a note or excuse signed by a parent or
legal guardian requesting to be excused from participation in
their assigned Physical Education class will follow the
procedure listed below:
- The student will take the excuse to the school nurse who
will initial the excuse.
- The student will take the excuse that has been initialed
by the nurse to their Physical Education teacher.
- The teacher will evaluate and honor the excuse, and
prescribe an alternative Physical Education program for that
particular student. One week or longer - written
Note: In all cases and/or situations the student will
report to their assigned Physical Education Class and Teacher
each time their class meets.
All students will change into appropriate dress for class
participation. The appropriate dress will be: shorts, tee
shirts, sweats, socks, and sneakers. Cutoffs, street shoes, and
all other types of dress will be inappropriate.
All students must be properly dressed for class. Failure to
be properly dressed and ready to participate may result in the
child failing Physical Education.
4. Attendance and Excuses
a. Students are required to attend Physical Education for 16
10-week periods (grades 9-12) as a requirement for graduation.
They are expected to attend and participate in all classes.
Daily excuses will be evaluated by the Physical Education staff
and the school nurse. Requests for long-term modification in
Physical Education classes must be made by a physician on the
appropriate school form. If a student is to be excused for an
extended period of time, the physician must determine what
activities the student is able to participate in and the length
of time the limited participation is to be in effect. A general
rule to follow is that if the student is able to attend school,
he or she is able to participate in some aspect of our Physical
Education program. Parents are urged to have the family
physician contact the Director of Physical Education for
discussion of an appropriate modified program.
b. Swimming - Medical excuses for swimming need to be on file
with the school nurse prior to November 1st. The physical
education staff will try to accommodate students with legal,
medical excuses from swimming with a physical activity when
feasible according to facility and class size or student will be
given a writing assignment. Staff will determine activity on an
individual basis and accommodate the student accordingly. If
appropriate, the student may be placed in another class.
All students will receive numerical grades based on the
following assessment areas:
- Personal/Social Relations
A rule to follow is that if a student has not participated in
class they will lose 7 points. All legal absences (refer to
Student Code of Conduct) can be made up with the following
make-up procedures. A student who is truant or cuts a class will
receive a zero for work missed and may not have the opportunity
to make-up class.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION MAKE-UP PROCEDURES
Arrangements for make-ups must be within a 2-week period of
- Morning swim - the pool is open from 6:30 am to 7:30 am
from September19 to May 12: 20 lengths constitutes 5 points.
(Prior arrangement or approval).
- Morning or Academic Assistance Period - running,
jogging, or walking on the track - weather permitting - fall
and spring: 6 laps constitutes 5 points based on effort.
(Prior arrangement or approval).
- Morning or Academic Assistance Period in Fitness Center
can be used as a make-up by prior arrangement with the
student’s Physical Education teacher. Maximum of 5 points
based on effort.
- Joining a similar grade level class with your teacher
(during the student’s learning lab, late arrival, early
release) would receive full credit.
- Written assignments will be given as a make-up for
lengthy medical excuse.
- Students who are not prepared for class may not be
allowed to participate and will: (1) Will be spoken to by
teacher and make-up the class. 2nd non-prepared for class,
notice will be sent to office.
- Classes will not be made up during the Regents exam
block at the end of each semester (January and June) unless
prearranged with the teacher.
- The following need two make-ups: (1) Absent from class
(2) Not prepared
- The following only need one make-up: (1) Education field
trips (2) State testing (ex. AP exams) (3) Foreign exchange
- No make-up required: Sectional/State Athletic
Competitions, Instrumental lessons.