Physical Education

Mrs. Cathleen Dnyprowsky, Department Head


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Course Information


                       COURSE EXPECTATION



                             Department of Physical Education


I       Description of Program

 The Physical Education Program at Great Neck South Middle School is committed to providing  

students with opportunities to achieve their optimal physical and emotional development.


Students engaged in this program will be:

  • Establishing healthy lifestyles through purposeful integration of mind, body and spirit.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and skills for participation in a wide variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrating effective skills in communication, decision making and stress management.
  • Demonstrating self-worth, independence and resiliency.
  • Demonstrating integrity, honesty, and respect for themselves and others.


II          Units of Instruction:

Systematic units of instruction are provided through a variety of lifetime activities that include safety, skill development, rules, etiquette, sportsmanship and knowledge as specified by the New York State Learning Standards. Units of instruction may include the following:

  • Fitness
  • Team Sports
  • Individual Sports
  • Net/racquet activities
  • Cooperative Activities
  • Lifetime activities


III        Attendance:

Regular attendance and punctuality are required.   Excessive lateness will have a negative impact on a student’s

quarter grade.



IV       Excuses:

A note from a doctor and/or parent will be accepted as a valid excuse from class. The note must include the reason for non-participation and phone number for confirmation for the student’s instructor. This type of excuse is temporary (1 or 2 days) and not to be confused with a medical note.



 V        Medical Excuse Notes:

            If a student is medically excused from participation, a doctor’s note must be on file in the

            health office. The school nurse will give a copy of the doctor’s note to the student’s teacher and department chairperson. A student with a medical excuse is required to attend class daily throughout the term of the medical excuse. Students will be assigned written reports during this time to receive credit for class. Medical excuses for physical education classes will also coincide with non-participation on athletic teams. A doctor’s note of medical clearance is necessary for the student to return to class and athletics.


 VI       Gymnasium Attire:

  •   Sneakers with laces           
  • Gym shorts             
  • Sweat tops            
  • Sweat pants        
  • Short or long sleeve t-shirt with crew neck collar


          Jewelry that is deemed a safety issue (in the judgment of the teacher) may not be

            worn during class.


          Failure to be dressed properly will result in a “U” for the day (unprepared).


VII      Participation:

            Students in attendance at school are expected and required to actively participate. Failure to participate      may result in an “O” for that classroom session (unsatisfactory effort).  Eating, drinking or chewing gum is not permitted during class.



 VIII     Grading:

              A letter grade (A, B,C, D, or F) will be given each quarter, as well as pertinent comments.

              The student’s grade will be based on his or her participation, skill and cognitive knowledge during each quarter.  If a student accumulates three or more “U”s combined, he or she will receive a failing grade.

60 % Participation
  • Preparation - proper athletic attire
  • Personal and social responsibility
  • Effort
20% Skill of the Activity
  • Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Competency and/or Proficiency
  • Proper execution of technique

20% Cognitive Knowledge/Testing

  • Comprehension of rules, strategy, history etc



 X       Locks/Lockers:

Students must use a school lock (can be purchased in the school store).It is imperative that  students lock up all valuables. Valuables that are unable to fit in their assigned locker may be placed in the physical education office during class.



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