Bill Casey, Chair
BS, University of Illinois
MS, University of St. Francis
Dave Brouwer (Health)
Audrey Carroll (Pool Aide)
Bill Ellinghaus (Dr Ed)
BA, Elmhurst College
Dan Fitzgerald (PE)
BS, Northern Illinois University
MS, Northeastern Illinois University
Laura Kurtyak (Health)
Rich Monis (PE)
Len Penkala (PE)
BS, Springfield College
MAEL, Benedictine University
David Ricca (Health/Dr Ed)
BS, Taylor University
Dylan Rowan (Health/ Dr Ed)
BS, Millikin University
Shelby Thormeyer (PE)
Physical Education Syllabus
Physical Education: Freshman Year
Physical Education: Sophomore Year
Physical Education: Junior/Senior Electives
Physical Education: Junior/Senior Year Long Choices
The physical education staff at Neuqua Valley High School is committed to offering one of the most comprehensive physical education programs in the nation. The Neuqua Valley Physical Education Department was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award from the Illinois Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Dance and Recreation for having one of the top programs in the state of Illinois. This award was a direct reflection of the professional physical education staff and the outstanding students they impact on a daily basis. The freshman and sophomore curriculum is predetermined for students with a wide variety of activities, including important life skills such as swimming, CPR, personal fitness, dance and a number of team sports skills.
The junior/senior curriculum is one of “choices” and each class is a quarter long. Every quarter, juniors and seniors have the ability to choose classes that they want to try or are passionate about. Each quarter the student can usually choose from the categories of group fitness, personal fitness, dance, team sports and individual sports. This allows our students to create an experience in a wide range of activities that will contribute to a lifetime of wellness. Neuqua Valley also has year long classes that can be signed up prior to the year. These classes are limited in the amount of students they can accept and require an application which is usually made available every January. These classes include Peer Partners, P.E. Leaders and Advanced Dance.
Grading: In our physical education program, we assess students’ cognitive and psychomotor performance, while continually working to enhance the affective domain as well. While physical education may require times of subjective analysis of student performance, we will use objective data to assess when at all possible. This psychomotor analysis may include rubrics or checklists and will be technique driven vs. outcome driven. Students will be held to high standards and challenged each and every day.
Scale: Grade: Weights:
100-90 A Demonstrates outstanding progress Engagement: 70%
Engagement: Engagement makes up 70 percent of the unit grade. This grade will be based on a 5 point daily rubric system. Grades may be determined both objectively and subjectively. Students are expected to come prepared for activity and participate fully every day for full participation credit. Cardio. Days (Wednesdays) will also have an additional 5 points as part of a participation assignment for the day. This makes cardio days worth a total of 10 points.
Dress: We believe that students need to learn how to dress appropriately for activity and that dress should be similar to what they would wear in a health club. All students need to wear appropriate attire for activity. We strongly ENCOURAGE students to change their clothing for P.E. class every day. The Department requirements are as follows: shirt that covers the shoulders and mid riff, shorts or athletic pants and gym shoes. Wearing clothing outside these simple requirements (e.g. spaghetti strap shirt, flip flops, etc.) will be considered a “no dress”. A "No Dress" will result in a 10 percent deduction and the drop of a letter grade. There is no reason for a “no dress” as there are rentals available for $1.00. This includes shorts, shirts, and/or shoes. We will work with students who have insufficient funds.
Attendance: Students must be in attendance in order to accomplish course objectives. Please see the make up policy below for excused absences. Unexcused absences will result in a 10 percent deduction and will result in the drop of a letter grade for that unit.
Short term and long term, approved absences for reasons such as family trips, field trips, religious holiday observance, school visits, etc. should be considered before the actual date(s) that the student will be absent or not participating. By working with the teacher, the student can schedule to do make up days before the time they will actually be missing. We encourage students to be proactive in thinking about this type of required scheduling as all missed class time is required to be made up for a complete grade. Neglecting to consider needed scheduling can result in a failing grade or an incomplete grade that would require additional work the following semester or school year.
Medical Absences:For a short term medical absence (one week or less), the student will be required to makeup work missed. This can be done after school and should be arranged with the student’s teacher. All makeups should be completed before the end of the quarter.
A long term medical absence (more than one week) will require the student, parents and doctor to work on a plan with the teacher for alternative, physical activities. Being provided safe, physical alternatives every day will allow the student to continue pursuing a grade in the class without having to make up classes after healing. We have a wide range of equipment and expertise and will work individually with every student. A doctor is required to sign off on approved activities before the student may start and any missed P.E. days will be required to be made up in order to not have a negative effect on their grade. If there are any days that the student is not allowed to do any activity, then the student will be required to makeup all missed days or it will be counted against their grade.
Long term medical absences where the student is not at school will have their grade locked and deferred until they come back. This must be approved by the Guidance Department and missed work is expected to be completed in order to complete a grade. Absences totalling six weeks (30 days) or more during a semester can result in a drop of the class and the student will be required to makeup the credit. For any long term medical absences, the District #204 Medical Restriction Form is required to be filled out by a medical professional in order to allow a student to do any allowed activity.
Tardies: Students must be dressed and sitting in attendance lines by 5 minutes after the bell rings. Students who are not in their assigned space at this time will lose participation points and be reported as tardy. There will be a loss of 3 out of their 5 daily participation points for the tardiness.
Assessment: Assessments will account for 30 percent of the unit grade. Assessments may include: written tests, skill tests, quizzes, online tests, and/or alternative assessments.
Quarterly Make Up Policy: When students cannot be in attendance for class, we expect that they will make up this workout time they have missed. Upon the 4th and subsequent excused absence(s), students can only make up these participation points by printing the P.E. Student Makeup Form and complete the criteria outlined. Make-ups must be completed at the BFC campus cardio. room after school (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:45 - 4:15). Unexcused absences and no dresses may NOT be made up; each incident will result in the loss of a letter grade for that unit.
Sophomore Swim: Sophomore swim students who cannot participate in P.E. for approved medical or religious reasons will remain located in the pool area and perform daily activities on stationary bikes and/or pool stairs. These workouts are made to resemble the same level of cardiovascular fitness that we are building in students participating in the swim unit. If this is for a medical reason, a doctor's note must be submitted to the nurse’s office prior to the start of the unit. If this is for religious reasons, then a document from the religious institution and signed by the institution’s administrator must be given to the teacher before the start of the unit.
Lost & Found: Due to the volume of lost and found, we will hold items for 14 days before using as rentals or donating them. Phones and valuables are turned in to the campus Student Resource Officer when found.
*** Please keep valuables at home! Theft does occur. The best prevention is to keep all valuables out of the locker room. The next best prevention is to keep items locked at all times! While we do have locker room supervision by our staff during passing periods, we can not be responsible for students’ personal items.***
Discipline: If necessary, discipline will include redirection, email home, phone call home, and/or referral to the dean.