•  Bonner Middle School Health & Physical Education Syllabus

    Mr. Burton / Ms. Waller 

    Health Philosophy: 

    The purpose of health education is to promote positive life experiences, touching different dimensions of wellness. Health education creates healthy people who in return create healthy communities that stand and work together for healthier lifestyles. The predominant health education philosophies are behavior change, cognitive-base, decision- making, freeing and functioning and social change. All five of these philosophies will be closely tied into health education. 

    Health Course Description:

    Middle School Health aids students in creating a foundation of personal health. Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness; namely, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are taught the skills necessary to improve every aspect of health. They are also encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week. This course is designed to promote awareness of physical, mental, emotional and social developmental needs for optimal health throughout life.  This course is designed to assist each student in developing and maintaining a lifestyle that promotes wellness by providing accurate and up-to-date health related information as the foundation for making educated, responsible, and healthy personal health decisions.  


    Health Course Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this health curriculum, students will be able to:

    - Apply health promotion and disease prevention concepts and principles to personal, family, and community health issues

    - Access valid health information and appropriate health promoting products and services

    - Practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks

    - Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, and technology on health

    - Use goal-setting skills to enhance health

    -  Use and develop decision-making skills to enhance health

    - Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and other social skills that will enhance health

    - Demonstrate advocacy skills for enhanced personal, family, and community health


    Physical Education Philosophy:

                 Physical Education is an important part of the total educational program.  Students participate in physical activities that allow them to develop an understanding of the physical abilities of themselves and others.  Students become aware of the social benefits of physical activity through participation. The mental and emotional benefits of physical activity become evident when an active role in physical activity is encouraged.

                 The total development of students is the goal of the educational system.  Physical Education is a vital part in reaching this goal.  A variety of activities are incorporated into the physical education program.  Activities vary from creative movement to lifetime sports.  The age level of the individuals is a factor determining what activity is to be provided, but the outcome at any level should be the same.

                 All students have the need and right to enjoy the benefits of physical activity.  Through a creative and well-rounded physical education program, students will benefit.


    Physical Education Course Description:

    This course provides students with the opportunity to learn a variety of sports and sport-related movements as well as health and fitness concepts. Emphasis is placed on active participation and positive social interaction during fitness and sports activities. The purpose of physical education is to develop physically-literate students – students who acquire the knowledge, processes, skills, and confidence needed to make healthy decisions and engage in meaningful physical activity both in the present and for a lifetime. -P.E will include varying activities, stretching, conditioning, skills, and play.  


    Physical Education Course Outcomes:  

    •  Demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. (Motor Skill Development)

    •  Apply knowledge of the structures and functions of the body and how they relate to and are affected by human movement to learning and developing motor skills and specialized movement forms. (Anatomical Basis of Movement)

    •  Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness. (Fitness Planning)

    • Demonstrate the aptitude, attitude, and skills to lead responsible, fulfilling, and respectful lives(Social Development)

    • Explain the importance of energy balance and nutritional needs of the body to maintain optimal health and prevent chronic disease. (Energy Balance)


    Class Expectations:

    • Be in/on your assigned spot, prepared, and ready to work.

    • Participate in class:  Students are expected to participate during the entire class period to receive full credit.

    • Students who put forth the effort will develop the skills needed to do well in class.

    • Class time consists of 45 minutes

    • Positive Attitude/Behavior:  Students must exhibit a positive attitude and good behavior every day. In addition, students must show good character and act appropriately at all times.

    • Respect for teachers, classmates, and self is required. 

    • -     (For P.E) Students will be introduced to new games and skills. Everyone is on different levels. Bullying and humiliation, abuse or harassment will NOT be tolerated!


    Gym Shoes information:

    Students are recommended to wear shoes with laces that provide support! Some shoes such as: crocs, shoes/boots without laces, shoes with very short laces (ex. Hey dudes), and shoes with velcro straps are NOT recommended due to lack of support for the ankle/foot. If a student wears these types of shoes that are NOT Recommended, the parents/guardian are accepting all risk, and understand the teachers are not responsible for any injury resulting from non recommended shoes . We do not allow students to change shoes in the gym & student’s will lose their participation point when they are not able to participate. 

    • Prohibited footwear (student cannot participate at all)- sandals, slides, dress shoes with heel, boots with heels, dress shoes or boots 


    Physical Education Units:

    - Some units: Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Team Handball, Floor Hockey,Tennis, Team Building activities, Current Event activities, and games..

    - (PBIS)-Student Choice Day- Friday’s (Based on Behavior, Participation)

    - Students will participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Testing each quarter. Skills for this include the pacer, push ups, sit ups.



    A 90-100

    B 80-89

    C 70-79

    D 60-69

    F below 60


    Health/P.E Grading

    (Gold) 40% FitnessGram, Participation/Effort/Behavior

    (Silver) 35% Health Quizzes/Test

    (Bronze) 25% Homework, Writing prompts, Exit tickets, Review activities, other graded assignments


     A doctor's excuse will be required if your child is to be excused from participating in physical education class. This must accompany your child on the day the excuse will begin.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at school between 7:30-8:20am @ 434-799-6446 or by email at:  

    bburton@mail.dps.k12.va.us  or  kwaller@mail.dps.k12.va.us