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Nov 15, 2018
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Academics: Health & Physical Education

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A Parent Guide to Physical Education in Middle School



The aim of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake District Physical Education Program is to provide the students an opportunity to:

  • Experience a program of physical education that relates to their varying social, mental, emotional, and physical needs.
  • Experience a program where they, the students, have the opportunity to select various activities, but also receive core courses.
  • Experience a program that provides a variety of activities that will enable each student the enjoyment of a wholesome physical education experience.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake District Physical Education Program will provide for each student:

  • Physical fitness activities that promote strength, endurance, and coordination necessary for optimum health, now and throughout life.
  • An opportunity to learn basic sport skills.
  • Ample opportunity to acquire skills necessary for lifetime sports.
  • An opportunity to learn and appreciate the enjoyment derived through physical activity.
  • The necessary environment where positive attitudes toward health and safety can be learned through physical activity.
  • Ample opportunity for the student to develop social skills adaptable to individual and group interaction.
  • Experiences that permit the student to assume leadership and followership responsibilities.
  • A wholesome atmosphere where the student will feel free to participate without ridicule or embarrassment from his own peer group.
  • Experiences that enhance the understanding and appreciation of excellence through participation and appreciation of sport.
  • Opportunities to be involved in making decisions and assuming the responsibilities of these decisions.
  • An atmosphere suitable for student appreciation for the rights and privileges of others.
  • An environment that enhances the importance of individual and group discipline.



1. Excuses from home participation

Excuses from home signed by a parent or legal guardian.

A student who brings a note or excuse signed by a parent or legal guardian requesting to be excused from participation in their assigned Physical Education class will follow the procedures listed below:

  • The student will take the excuse to the school nurse who will initial the excuse.
  • The student will take the excuse that has been initialed by the nurse to their Physical Education teacher.
  • The teacher will evaluate and honor the excuse, and/or may prescribe an alternative Physical Education program for that particular student. One week or longer - written report.

Note: In all cases and/or situations the student will report to their assigned Physical Education Class and teacher.

2. Dress

All students will change into appropriate dress for class participation. The appropriate dress will be: shorts, tee shirts, sweats, socks and sneakers. Cutoffs, street shoes, and all other types of dress will be inappropriate.

3. Participation

All students must be properly dressed for class. Failure to be properly dressed and ready to participate may result in the child failing Physical Education.

4. Attendance and Excuses

Students are required to attend Physical Education for 12 ten-week periods (grades 6-8) as a requirement. They are expected to attend and participate in all classes. Daily excuses will be evaluated by the Physical Education staff and the school nurse. Requests for long-term modification in Physical Education classes must be made by a physician on the appropriate school form. If a student is to be excused for an extended period of time, the physician must determine what activities the student is able to participate in and the length of time the limited participation is to be in effect. A general rule to follow is that if the student is able to attend school, he or she is able to participate in some aspect of our Physical Education program. Parents are urged to have the family physician contact the Director of Physical Education for discussion of an appropriate modified program.

5. Grading

All students will receive numerical grades based on the following assessment areas:

  • Skills
  • Knowledge
  • Personal/Social Relations
  • Participation

A general rule to follow is that if a student has not participated in class they will lose 4 points. All legal absences (refer to Student Code of Conduct) can be made up with the following make-up procedures. A student who is truant or cuts a class will receive a zero for work missed and will not have the opportunity to make-up class.



Arrangements for make-ups must be within a 2-week period of time.

  • Activity Period: running, jogging, or walking - weather permitting - fall and spring. (Prior arrangement or approval).
  • Written assignments will be given as a make-up for lengthy medical excuses.