Welcome to 8th Grade Physical Education

I hope all of you had a great summer vacation.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me:

school e-mail: btucker@petk12.org

e-mail is the most reliable and quickest way to reach me. Please do not leave a message on the school voice mail system.

Here is a list of Activities that are planned for the year.


Pre-Physical Education

The first Unit is when we get to know each other and learn how to be successful. Starting with the basics of class rules and expectations and moving on to learning about our classmates and how we can all work together.

8th Grade physical education is about working as a team to solve problems. Competition and sports skills are also introduced. For everyone to be successful in working and competing it is important to build good team skills in the beginning of the year. As in real life, we don't often get to pick our coworkers but, we must be able to achieve with them. To begin with we are playing a few name games that will be fun and help everyone to get to better know their class mates.

We also learn about Physical Fitness. Why it is important and what we need to do to stay healthy. In my class we talk about two types of fitness. Athletic fitness or performance related fitness and Being a Healthy Happy Human being. Students will be asked to choose what level they want to work at. Hopefully everyone will be given the opportunity to challenge themselves to improve throughout the year.

Running and Cardiovascular fitness is an important component at PJHS. We will start out at an easy level and progress throughout the year. We will be working on ways in which everyone will be successful in improving their fitness level. Check the Tips for Success for updates and clues on keeping yourself improving.

Notebooks are an important part of the 8th grade physical education class. We use them most every day. One of our first homework assignments is to set them up correctly. Part of the daily grade is having your correct PE notebook. Check the Class News for more details.

Along with the beginning instruction and class procedures we are participating in pre- physical fitness testing. These score will help us to set goals and determine our strengths and where we need to put a little more effort. Our first test is the Pacer or beep test in the Gym. We will then move on to the Push and Curl-up tests. We will be taking height and weight as well as asking for 7th grade and 8th grade pictures for our portfolios.

I know everyone is looking forward to the first mile test of the year. Are you stronger than last year? Did all those video games over the summer have an effect? Check back soon for the results and where we are going next.

Class News

Goal Setting Form

click on the link to go to the Google form for goal setting. Use the SMART goal setting technique we discussed in class. You will need to log on to your school email account to read and edit the form. remember your email is your first initial, last name and the year you graduate from high school (18), followed by @petk12.org.

Tips for Success

#1 - Be prepared for Class. You must wear your PE uniform and bring your notebook every day in PE.

#2 - Proper shoes. Physical education is an active class. You need to wear shoes that will be comfortable and safe. Shoes that are not tied or fastened will fall off and can cause injury. "Skater" shoes, Vans, Converse etc. do not have much cushioning. When we jog and run in class they can cause pain and discomfort. No one performs well when they are not comfortable. You do not need expensive running shoes. Most all athletic shoes work well in class as long as they fit properly and are tied correctly.

#3 - Talk to your teacher! If you have questions or concerns ASK. Can't open your locker? ASK we help many students all year long until they get it. Don't want to ask your PE teacher? ASK another one. There are 5 of us and we are all willing to help.