Physical Education



    Aaron Shaw- Department Chair



    Physical Education is a vital element in any comprehensive well-balanced educational program.  This subject area offers a learning experience that can be a major contributing factor in the optimal development of an individual in all phases of life – physical, mental, emotional, and social.


    The state framework for physical education emphasizes three major goals for the physical education curriculum.  It is important to realize that in physical education “games, fitness and sports” are the means to becoming physically educated and the curriculum should be based on sound disciplines.  Physical education is based on the disciplines of motor learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, human growth and development, psychology, humanities, sociology, and historical perspective.


    Increasingly effective motor skills are developed, and the fundamentals of movement are understood by practicing and analyzing purposeful movement.


    A positive self-image is developed and maintained and self-realization is achieved through planned physical activities.

              Self-image:  “How I picture myself.”

              Self-esteem:  “How I feel about myself.”

              Self-realization:  “How I become the best I can be.”


              Appropriate social behaviors are develop by working independently and with others during planned physical activity.


    1. Fitness and Wellness

    Students will demonstrate physical wellness by examining the relationship that exists between personal behavior and wellness.  Students will establish and continually demonstrate patterns of behavior that promote physical and mental well-being.  Students will understand the components of dietary wellness and the components of physical fitness.  The will continually work to meet and maintain health-related fitness standards, as well as, develop a plan for optimum lifelong fitness and wellness.

    2. Movement Skills of Sports/Activities

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of principles, mechanics, and concepts of movement in relation to physical activity and specific sports skills.  Students will demonstrate various skill movements included in activity units.  Students will incorporate learned skills into cooperative and competitive games situations.

    3. Social Development and Interaction

    Students will develop and demonstrate appropriate social behaviors by working individually and with others during planned physical activity.  Students will develop a personal code of ethics that can be used when demonstrating how to resolve conflict peacefully through communication, negotiation and compromise.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how sports and society are inter-related.

    4. Safety, First aid, and CPR

    Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of safety, and the components of first aid and CPR.  They will demonstrate when and how to use appropriate actions in the case of injury/illness.  They will demonstrate knowledge and application of first aid and CPR procedures.

    5. Musculoskeletal System

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of their body’s musculoskeletal system as related to strength and flexibility.


    The high school curriculum will build on what has been previously learned in the middle school grades.  In each unit rules will be reviewed and more advance skill techniques and strategies will be covered.

    Students may participate in various activities with an emphasis on team sports.  Classes are generally co-ed and each unit is five to ten weeks in length.  Some of the following activities will be offered:

    Volleyball                                    Badminton

    Softball/Hustleball                      Soccer/Supersoccer

    Basketball/Superbasketball        Tennis

    Ultimate Frisbee                         Eagle Football


    • Daily calisthenics, stretching, and jogging

    • Pre-test and post-test:  California State Fitness (mile, sit & reach, push-ups, curl-ups, trunk extensor, body composition)

    • Year-long work on personal fitness program as part of the Personal Wellness Notebook       

    • Cardiovascular work-out log

    • Strength (weight room) work-out program

    • Flexibility program

    • Weekly timed runs to measure fitness achievements and progress in training program.  (1-2   miles)


    Long Term (3 weeks or more)

    If a student is to be medically excused from all physical education for a period of 3 weeks or more, the student shall not receive physical education credits, but an attempt will be made to place him/her in another class for credit.

    Short Term (1 day-3 weeks)

    If a student is to be medically excused from all active participation in Physical Education for a short period of time the following procedure will be implemented:

    1.  Student should dress for class every day even when medically excused from activity.

    2. Student must bring a note from a parent requesting limited/no activity due to injury/illness. The note cannot exceed three class meetings. 

    3.  If a student needs to be excused for four or more days, a note from a doctor is needed indicating the length of time to be excused. 

    4. If a student becomes injured or ill during the day before his/her P.E. class (doesn’t apply to per. ½), a phone message that day will excuse the student’s inactivity. 

    5.  In any of the above three medical situations, the student should dress and participate in limited activity, according to the teacher’s instructions. If the student is unable to do any form of physical activity, he/she may do a written assignment given by the teacher. The assignment is to be worked on during class time and checked by the teacher at the end of the class period. The assignment must be appropriately completed in order for the student to receive credit each day of his/her medical excuse. 

    Any athlete in season in a regular physical education class is expected to do the same activities as the rest of the class.    An athlete who is medically excused from participating in a P.E. class will not be allowed to practice and/or play in a game that same day. 


    • Any injury or accident that occurs during class or in the locker room must be reported to the teacher immediately.

    • Accidents reports will be filled out by the teacher and turned in to the main office.


    Written work will be required in the form of essays, notes, logs, assignments related to the Personal Wellness Notebook.  A complete packet of information regarding the Personal Wellness Notebook will be handed out and included in each student’s notebook.  The Notebook must be completed at a 70% level in order to pass Physical Education.  Copying any portion of another student’s notebook (without specific permission from the teacher) could result in failing the class.  Also written tests will be given as a check for understanding during different units.


    Daily Points – 20 possible

              Completely appropriately dressed          2 pts.

              On time to class                                     2 pts.

              Calisthenics/Stretching                          4 pts.

              Daily participation performed at Teacher’s expected level of effort  12 pts.  


    1. For every non-suit or unexcused absence, a student’s grade drops one letter grade  (i.e. B to C)  
    2.  A student may make-up a non-suit or unexcused absence by jogging five laps on the track at a time that is pre-arranged with the teacher (generally during 7th period or lunch).  Make-ups are held twice a week on a regular basis.
    3. Student have three weeks from the date of the non-suit to make it up.  

    Fitness Grading

    Timed weekly runs will each be worth 20-40 pts.  Students will receive a certain number of points based on their time.  Timed runs must be run/jogged in order to receive credit.  All students will receive at least half the points when they run regardless of their time.

    • A student medically excused from running (all semester) will be on a walking scale.

    • A student who is not highly skilled in physical education can receive an above average grade with good effort


    The following physical education uniform will be used by students in class:

    1.   OPHS PE T-shirts and shorts are available during registration and during the first week of school from the student store. Students may wear non-OPHS PE clothes of same color

    2.      Sweats may be worn with PE shorts and T-shirts – they must be gold, white, gray, navy, or black in color.

    4.      No turtlenecks, sweaters, or coats.  

    Students must be completely appropriately dressed in order to participate.  Students should change from their regular clothes – they should not wear what they wear to school for P.E.  It is recommended that uniforms be marked with name identification to help prevent loss and theft.


    • Lockers are checked out at the beginning of the year by the P.E. instructors.
    • You are assigned a locker and may not change lockers without teacher permission.
    • Locks left on lockers that have not been checked out may be cut off.
    • Only athletes will use the athletic lockers.
    • One locker per student – do not share lockers.
    • Students may bring their own locks and are responsible for their belongings.
    • No food or drink is allowed in the entire gym facility.
    • The locker room is not a play area – no running or throwing things is allowed.
    • Locker room may be left unlocked during class – please remember to lock your belongings up in your locker.
    • After class, students are to report to the area designated by your teacher to be dismissed.


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