GRADING: Students start with an A in physical education. Grades in Physical Education are based on participation, effort, cooperation, attendance, appropriate dress, rainy day class assignments, fitness tests, written and/or applied tests, notes, projects/reports, and homework for absences and/or as assigned. No extra credit is allowed.

    PARTICIPATION: Includes active participation in proper warm up and assigned activity and demonstrating general knowledge of skills and rules taught in each unit. 

    FITNESS: Fitness is the focus and goal of every activity. The expectation is that each activity will help develop and improve the five components of fitness:   cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition (muscle to fat ratio).   Therefore, all students will be accountable and tested in the mile and half mile each week. A quarter mile test is optional as well as push-up tests based on state fitness standards. Cardiorespiratory endurance is a significant portion of each grade.

    PAR COURSE/STEEL CHALLENGE COURSE: Students work on fitness components on the PAR/SCC course. Please be advised: The course is designed for users over 12 years of age. Before participating we recommend, but do NOT require your child get a physical check up.

    ABSENT/HOMEWORK: When absent, it is the student’s responsibility to check with the teacher for make-up work.

    DRESS CODE: Students are required to “dress out”, or change clothes into a standard physical education uniform (see below). Dressing out promotes active participation and protects regular school clothes from being torn/stained by grass and/or sweat. Full non-dresses will result in a loss of points. For identification purposes, all clothing must have student’s full last name visibly marked. No other writing/drawing will be allowed on uniforms. New uniforms are required for those who draw or write other than name on uniform. For purposes of warmth or denser coverage, undergarments may also be worn under Physical Education uniform.   All undergarments must be white. For sun protection, baseball-style caps without logos may be worn according to school policy.  A student’s first offense of the hat policy will result in a call home. A second offense will result in hat confiscation and require a parent to reclaim. Sunglasses are prohibited without medical note. No jewelry.


                SHIRT: A solid white short sleeved t-shirt (no logos, buttons, zippers, collars, etc.) 

    SHORTS: Solid colored red pull-on (no logos, pockets, zippers, etc.)

    SWEATS: Sweatpants and sweatshirts must be solid colored gray (no logos, pockets, zippers, etc.)

    ATHLETIC SHOES: Shoelaces tied and rubber soles. NO SANDALS OR BOOTS.


    PARTIAL AND FULL NON-DRESSES will result in the loss of 5-10 points depending on dress item/s. School clothes (non-uniform articles of clothing) worn under physical education uniform equals a non-dress and shall result in the loss of conduct points as well. NO DOUBLE SHORTS. Uniform shirt must be worn under uniform sweatshirt. Gloves and beanies  may be worn during winter months at department discretion. Students are prohibited from wearing other students’ uniforms.


    LOCKER INFORMATION: Any unsafe or unauthorized use of locks will result in administrative action. Students are prohibited from sharing assigned locker and/or telling others their lock information. Lockers will not be reassigned. Teachers will not open a locker assigned to different student. Students are to lock belongings/valuables in locker during Physical Education class. Teachers are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Student/parent/guardian is responsible to pay $7.00 for lost/damaged lock assigned to that student. Students are prohibited from marking lockers/locks, i.e., no writing or stickers, etc. Students will also be responsible to clean lockers at the end of the school year or upon disenrollment.   

    TARDIES: School tardy policy applies (see Golden West student planner). Additionally, students will be charged a second tardy for being late to roll call. Tardies to roll call will result in loss of points, a phone call home and/or an administrative referral. 

    PARENTAL/GUARDIAN AND MEDICAL EXCUSES FROM PHYSICAL PARTICIPATION: Students with a parent’s or doctor’s excuse note will be excused from physical participation, but are still accountable for dressing out for their grade. Additionally, students excused from physical participation will be assigned a replacement task, typically a 150 word research report pertinent to physical education or to their injury/illness. Reports are 10 points and take the place of physical participation. 

    A parent’s/guardian’s excuse note is valid for up to two (2) days. For any excuse longer than two days, a doctor’s note is required to be provided to the GWMS nurse. Parents/guardians may NOT excuse their student from physical activity for menstruation reasons. Asthma and allergy notes, including for bee stings, are to be given to the school nurse at the start of the school year. 

    Inhalers may be kept on a daily basis with the student/teacher provided a parent/guardian completes and returns the proper form available from the school nurse. Epi pens are to be provided by the parent/guardian to the Physical Education teacher.       


    ·         CONDUCT: Respectfully listen without disruption and follow directions/instructions; cooperate with teammates/ teachers.

    ·         Wear or bring to class appropriate materials: uniforms or, when necessary to take notes or write a report, paper and pen(cil).

    ·         Golden West is a “no gum school”. For safety purposes, gum is prohibited in Physical Education. 

    ·         No glass, food, or water bottles in the locker room or during class

    ·         Parents/guardians are financially responsible for any damage to school property or equipment due to inappropriate behavior.

    ·         Unnecessary/excessive noise and/or throwing of objects in the locker room is prohibited. 

    Golden West Physical Education Department policies are approved by Administration.