Physical Education Program
Coach Knope (602) 467-5768
Dear Parents and Students,
Coach Knope is very excited to start the new school year and hope you will enjoy it with us. Our Physical Education philosophy is to introduce students to a wide variety of sports, recreational, team and individual activities as well as health and fitness. We believe that this will help students develop an appreciation for movement, varying skill levels, team sports and recreational activities; while increasing knowledge, skill level, personal fitness and sportsmanship. The number one goal is to develop positive attitudes towards a Lifetime Commitment to Fitness and Sport.
General PE Rules
1. Clothing: Each student is required to wear athletic shoes. Sandals and boots may cause injury to your child or a classmate. If your child wears any type of “skateboarding” shoe, they must tie the laces in a bow while participating in Physical Education class. Tennis shoes with wheels must have the wheels removed for Physical Education class in order to prevent injury. Also, skirts, dresses and extremely baggy pants and shirts may constrict or cause injury and therefore are not permitted. Baseball caps may be worn to protect the eyes from the sun. (Bare feet are never acceptable. In the interest of safety, shoes must be worn at all times. Closed shoes are to be worn for any type of physical activity, such as physical education, cheer practice, weight lifting.) (SRR Handbook Pg. 15)
2. Participation: Each student is required to participate. We expect each student to do the best they can.
3. Respect/Responsibility: Each student should respect themselves, classmates, instructors and equipment.
4. Behavior: Poor behavior would consist of talking during instructions, inappropriate words or actions, not following directions, etc.
5. Sportsmanship: Each student should participate in the games for the exercise, knowledge and enjoyment of that activity. Emphasis should not be placed on whether someone “wins” or “loses.”
1. Verbal Warning (Please, make a wise choice next time.)
2. Sit Out/ Walk or Jog around the field (Gives students a few minutes to calm themselves and think about their actions.)
3. Written Assignment (Allows students to earn their participation points)
4. Parent Phone Call (If behavior or poor attitude continues, or if the instructor has a concern.)
5. Lunch or after school detention (Students may be asked to help beautify the school, and help keep the playing areas safe by picking up trash on the field.) (Lunch detention can come before parent phone call in some situations.)
6. Office Referral (Students will be referred to the office if all else fails, or in the case of a serious offense.) (This step may come first in serious behavior and/or safety situations.)
Each student will receive two P.E. grades. One grade is for individual achievement. Individual achievement consists of participation and effort on the student’s part to do the best they can. Achievement grades also reflect whether students have met the Arizona State Standards for Physical Education. For intermediate students (grades 4-6) there may be a variety of written assignments. These assignments generally cover rules and regulations to the current game or activity. These assignments may be as simple as a word search to become familiar with terminology, or as complex as reading articles and answering questions about information included in the reading.
The second grade is a citizenship grade. Citizenship consists of the “Six Pillars of Character” as well as the following:
Stays on task
Works well independently
Functions as a group member
Prepares for class
Completes work in a timely manner
Respects rights/property of others
Follows school/classroom rules
Each student will begin the quarter with 100 points toward their citizenship grade. If a student loses a point they can easily calculate their citizenship grade. For example, if a student loses 15 points during the quarter, they have earned 85 points, and an “S” for satisfactory will be put on their report card. If a student is in jeopardy of falling below the “N” range, parents will be notified before report cards go home.
The following is the Deer Valley Unified School District policy regarding the participation of students in Physical Education classes. Students are expected to come to class, dress for activity and be ready to participate. If a student is injured or ill, a note from the parent/guardian will excuse him/her from active participation for that day. Parental notes need to be sent for EACH day the child needs to rest from physical activity. Rest from physical activity lasting longer than one week MUST be accompanied by a Doctor’s note. If the student is excused by a physician, a written release is necessary to resume participation for that day. All notes and releases are to be cleared through the nurse’s office. If a student is excused, the student will be required to participate in class in an inactive capacity. Class related written material may be assigned to determine the student’s grade for the day(s) he/she is excused.
A special note is required regarding allergies/asthma. If your child has allergies that do not require a physician’s care they will be required to participate to the best of their abilities. These will be handled on an individual basis. If your child has asthma, and is on medication (inhaler), please inform us by note as soon as possible. It is recommended that students keep an extra inhaler with the nurse in case of emergencies.