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8th Grade Physical Education and Health Syllabus


Instructors: Emily Ruegemer

E-mail:                                                          Phone:

            PE Office: 320-982-7183   Health Classroom: 320-982-7358


Course Description:

Health and Physical Education is a vital part of a complete education.  Students involved in the 8th Grade Health and Physical Education curriculum will, according to multiple documented sources, be in activities that can enhance their academic performance and classroom behavior throughout the school day.  Increasing health knowledge and developing healthy behaviors in our students helps them become well-rounded individuals.  Student will be introduced to and participate in activities that will help them remain active through a lifetime, learn to set and achieve health related goals and work with others in multiple situations.  During the Health portion of the class students will have an opportunity to explore health related topics in detail and learn positive decision making skills.


Physical Activities:

Fitness testing       Recreation Games    Basketball         Dance

Football                Softball                Floor Hockey        Flexibility

Weight Room        Disc Golf            Self-Defense        Tennis

Speedball             Lacrosse             Skating             Soccer

Ultimate Frisbee    Bowling                 Swimming         Skating

Volleyball           Snowshoeing            Pickleball         Archery  

Health Topics:

Fitness Components                             Communication Skills                          8th Grade: CPR/First Aid

Body Systems                                       Stress/Time Management

Mental Wellness/Disorders                  Chemical Health

Decision Making                                    Coping with Loss

Social Health                                         Human Reproduction


Materials needed for this course:

  • You are REQUIRED to be prepared for class each day by having a change of clothes, which allows you to function athletically and promotes good hygiene.

    • Appropriate clothes include: shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and tennis shoes.

    • Failure to dress appropriately will have a negative impact on your grade.

  • Locks will be provided and you are responsible for the lock that is issued to you and will be required to return that lock at the end of the school year.

  • A lock fee of $7 will be administered if you lose your lock.

  • Personal locks can be used as long as a combination or key is provided to the teacher.  

  • Please do not plan on sharing a lock or locker with another student.

  • Students will need to bring their iPads and pencils to class.

  • Swimsuit for the 2nd & 3rd quarters of the school year. (A one piece swimsuit is required for girls)

Textbook and Resources Utilized:

·       Presidential Fitness Standards

·       Various IPad applications

·       Edmodo Site (app) – students are expected to monitor classroom activities and requirements DAILY through
  the class Edmodo page.



You will be graded throughout the semester on each of the National PE Standards.


Standard 1:    15%    Skills Tests - average of all scores

Standard 2:    15%    Cognitive Assessments - Examples: written tests, worksheets, iPad work, peer teaching, etc.

Standard 3:    20%    Class Participation - Daily scale of 0-3, updated weekly

Standard 4:    10%    Social Responsibility - Daily scale of 0-3, updated weekly

Standard 5     40%    Projects - assignments, labs, projects, tests, etc.


·       Class Participation (20%) – Students will earn 3 points per day based on individual participation


·       Social Responsibility (10%) – Students will earn 3 points per day and are expected to dress

appropriately in exercise attire, be on time, and have all classroom materials


Grading Scale

A 95-100

A- 90-94

B+ 87-89

B 83-86

B-  80-82

C+ 77-79

C 73-76

C-  70-72

D+ 67-69

D 63-66

D-  60-62

F 59 or less


Unexcused absences:  Unexcused absences will result in the loss of points for that day or a score of



Make-up days:  Make up days will be scheduled for those students with excused absences.  They will need to be scheduled with your teacher.  


Limited participation: For extended non-participation a doctor’s note is required.

For temporary limited participation a parent/guardian note is required and students will be asked to make up those points by a modified activity or scheduling with the teacher.


Late Work: All work is expected to be turned in by the due date.


Classroom management/discipline plan:

·       1st incident results in a student teacher meeting to discuss behavior plan

·       2nd incident results in parent contact and the development of a behavior plan

·       3rd incident result in meeting with administration.


o   Behaviors that are safety issues may result in immediate removal from class.


Requirements:  Student participation is a must.  This is an activity-based class therefore students should expect to be active during the class period.  Students should be prepared to openly experience new activities.  Remember to be safe, responsible, and respectful and have fun.