Milaca Public Schools
500 Highway 23 West
Milaca, MN 56353

8th Grade Physical Education and Health


Teacher: John Hodson E-mail:     

Phone: 320-982-7387 Best time to contact:  7:15-8:00am or 3:15-3:45pm


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 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. Students 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.


Potential Physical Activities: 

Fitness testing Basketball Badminton

Football Softball Floor Hockey

Weight Room Pickleball Tennis

Track/Field Lacrosse Soccer

Ultimate Frisbee Team Building Gymnastics

Bowling* Swimming** Volleyball


* Students will go bowling for 5 days during 4th quarter, cost will be approximately $15

** All students will need a swimsuit and towel for 2nd quarter (we have extras if needed)


Health Topics:

Wellness Triangle Mental & Emotional Wellness/Disorders            CPR/First Aid

Physical/Mental/Social Health Suicide Prevention

Fitness Components Alcohol, Tobacco, Vaping

Stress Management Human Growth and Development


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. 
  • Shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants, 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.  
  • Swimsuit for the 2nd quarter of the school year. (A one piece swimsuit is required for girls)

Textbook and Resources Utilized: 

  • Google Classroom – students are expected to monitor classroom activities and 

requirements DAILY through the class page.

  •  Fitnessgram Fitness Standards
  • Teen Health Textbook

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 try new activities with an open mind.  Remember to be safe, responsible, respectful and have fun. 


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


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


Class Participation  & Responsibility – Students will earn 5 points per day in physical education class based on dressing appropriately in athletic attire, participation, and being respectful to self, staff, classmates, and equipment.  Health and PE assignments will consist of classwork, homework, tests, skill assessments and projects.  Each PE & Health assignment will have a point value to it.


Milaca Bullying Policy:

This class follows the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program:

  • We will not bully others.
  • We will try to help students who are bullied.
  • We will try to include students who are left out.
  • If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and at home.

Locker Room Expectations:

You will have 5 minutes before and after class to change. You should do so quickly and go into the hallway as soon as you are ready for class. Cell phones are NOT allowed in the locker room. There will be consequences for misbehavior, rough housing, and vandalism. 


Absences for PE: Students will be given 5 absence days without having to do a make up workout.  Once the student has missed more than 5 days, they are expected to get a Make Up Form from me and complete a 30 minute workout (approved by me) and turn in within one week from absence to receive points for the days missed.  A parent’s signature is required on this form.  


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. If an assignment is turned in late it will receive partial credit.  Late work will not be accepted after the unit assessment has been given.  


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. 

**Behaviors that are safety issues will result in immediate removal from class. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email or call me. ;