More information for Parents and Students about the AEMS Physical Education Program

To:  AEMS Students and Parents/Guardians
FR:  Mr. Silverstein
RE:  Physical Education Program
Please review the following information with your parent/guardian.  If there are any special concerns please do not hesitate to contact me by any of the following methods:  Phone  735-5494, Email - AEMS email system, or with a confidential note.
Some simplified goals and outcomes of the Physical Education Program.
Students will:
    1.  Improve their current fitness level.
    2.  Increase their motor skill abilities.
    3.  Improve communication skills/cooperate with peers.
    4.  Pariticipate in new games and activities.
    5.  Establish and maintain acceptable behaviors.
    6.  Understand the benefits of physical activity.
    7.  Demonstrate knowledge of fitness components.
    8.  Accept all other students in the class and employ strategies to help everyone be involved.
Expectations for class participation
    1.  If injured or sick, a student must bring in a note to be excused from class.
    2.  Students may not leave the gym without teacher permission.
    3.  Students should follow the fire drill procedures according to their teacher's directions.
    4.  Students are expected to be good listeners and get the information they need to stay on task.
    5.  Students are expected to stay on task and to work to the best of their abilities.
    6.  Students are expected to keep their hands to themselves.
    7.  Students are expected to help others be successful in the class.
Students are required to wear sneakers.  Any student who fails to wear sneakers will lose two points (out of 10 points) from their grade for that day.  The student will still be required to participate, but their activities may differ from the rest of the class.  Students will be required to take off all their jewelry during class.
Discipline Plan
    1.  Verbal warning from the teacher
    2.  Student gets a time out and student/teacher conference
    3.  Write up and snack or lunch detention
    4.  Referral to the principal.
Note:  The teacher can skip any of the above steps if he feels it's appropriate.
Grading Policies
Students will gain a total of 10 points if they follow the dress code, participate during class, and follow expectations during class.  Any deviations will result in 2 points off for not following these guidelines.  Special assignments will ocassionally be a part of a student's grade.
Note:  Students must attend 75% of physical education classes to receive a grade.  Classes must be made up if the student does not fulfill this requirement. 
Adaptive Physical Education
Adaptive physical education time is sometimes offered to students who the staff feel can benefit from extra time in the gym.  The following are some of the reasons a student might be recommended for adaptive physical education:  to increase a student's fitness level, to help regulate and maintain weight, to stimulate the body in hopes of improving academic performance, and to give a student more time to learn skills which will help promote living a healthy active lifestyle.  During this time students will often do very similar activities to what is happening in the regular P.E. class, but the small group atmosphere gives the students the best opportunity to learn, be involved, and be successful.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade will cover the following topics:
Spatial awareness, loco-motor skills, striking skills, throwing, and catching skills, beginning jump rope skills, rhythm activities, beginning gymnastic skills, balancing skills, working with various apparatus (hoops, balls, scoops, cups, frisbees, etc...) and general fitness/health ideas.  Most of the activities will be made up games which promote learning the above topics.
Grades 3-5 will cover the following topics:
Review of all the previously covered skills and continue to develop them.  Practice sports skills in small group activities and modified games which allow for maximum participation (soccer, basketball, team handball, ultimate frisbee, hockey, kickball, baseball, handball, volleyball, and badmintor).  We will continue to do activities to help learn and practice fitness/health concepts.
Grades 6-8
During middle school the students will apply many of the skills they learned in the early years to game situations.  Sports/activities will be repeated each year with varying amounts in hopes of reaching a higher level of play and understanding of the sport or activity.  Besides building fitness into each class, students will be asked to evaluate thier own fitness and make recommendations to improve their current fitness levels.  In addition, students may be required to do a class project or a written paper.  Some of the topics covered are as follows:  soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, handball, omnikin ball, lacrosse, touch football, team handball, orienteering, track and field, yoga, archery, school rugby, wiffle ball, kickball, tag games, capture the flag and other invasion games, rock wall, and ultimate frisbee.