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Physical Education


Sixth Grade:
In our students' first year of physical education we present them with the opportunity to discover how their bodies work and give them the opportunity to explore their strengths and weaknesses in a curriculum that revolves around five components.

Each day students will participate in one of the five following curriculum components:
  1. Exercise Science- Students come to the Exercise Science Lab to test and measure themselves with state of the art equipment. When the tests are complete the data will be entered in to each student's own personal profile on the computer.
  2. Cardiovascular Fitness- Students have the opportunity to participate in a 1.5 mile timed run.
  3. Rhythm, Movement and Flexibility- We introduce and refine skills of flexibility, rhythm and movement through dance, stretching, jump rope and basic coordination skills.
  4. The Body Shop- Muscular strength and endurance techniques and principles are presented in a format to help students understand the value of attaining and maintaining a healthy body.
  5. Basic Skills- Students explore the basic skills of hand-eye coordination, foot-eye coordination, striking, kicking, throwing, catching and movement.
Seventh Grade:
While the three components of Exercise Science, Cardiovascular Fitness and the Body Shop continue to be vital components of our curriculum, the seventh grade program is supplemented by two new components.
  1. The Adventure Academy- A ropes course designed to teach students skills in communication, critical thinking, self-esteem and leadership using challenges that are both on the ground and up to 45 feet in the air.
  2. Individual Sports- Students participate in a variety of sports that are "individual" in nature and may include golf, badminton, racquetball, pickle ball, table tennis and track and field.
Eight Grade:
The sequential and developmental skills presented in both the sixth and seventh grades are taken to a more advanced level during the eighth grade year. Students continue their personal portfolio in the Exercise Science lab; in addition, they continue to challenge their cardiovascular fitness levels and progress in the Body Shop to heavier weights and more challenging activities. The emphasis on group dynamics in the Adventure Academy will continue to be important as these skills will transfer to the focus of the eighth grade curriculum in "Activity for Life." During this year and emphasis will be placed on team and individual activities that can be played for a lifetime. Examples of these activities include volleyball, basketball, tennis and golf.

TPMS Physical Education Grading Policies

There are three grades that every student receives in Physical Education. Regardless of the class the student is in, the following guidelines apply.


This part of the student’s grade is largely based on a possible 10pts. to be earned every class period. The daily points are divided up into 3 points for the daily run and 7 points for effort and participation.

Students also accumulate points each trimester through graded runs. These occur every two weeks and are either “The Mile” run, or the “Continuous Run”. These runs are all worth 10 points a piece. In addition, there are two fitness tests (push-ups and curl-ups) each trimester worth 10 points a piece. *These fitness tests are scored according to state standards and points are earned based on the student’s performance.

There may also be a standards based skill test depending on the unit of study.

Students may lose points for lack of participation, poor effort, failing the daily run, poor behavior, or chewing gum. The amount of point deductions for each of these infractions are up to the coach’s discretion depending on the frequency and severity of the student’s behavior.

Points lost for behavior can not be made up.

Work Habits

This portion of the student’s grade is largely based on their academic grade. However, other considerations, such as a student not improving on their push-up score over the trimester and or effort level during class time, can affect the final grade. The scale below shows a guideline used to break down the number of marks a student has accrued during the trimester into a possible Work Habit grade.
  • 98% and up= O
  • 97% - 86%= G
  • 85% - 75%= S
  • 74% and down = N/U


This piece of the student’s grade is driven by a number of things. Does the student come to class, on time, prepared each day? Is the student following school wide expectations? The scale below shows a guideline used to break down the number of marks a student has accrued during the trimester into a possible Citizenship grade.
  • 0 marks= O
  • 1 – 2 marks = G
  • 3 – 5 marks = S
  • 6 – ? down = N/U

Physical Education Excuses

Any student may be excused from physical activity for a documented medical excuse. A note from a parent may excuse a student for up to three days. After three days a doctor's note is requested. 

Physical Education Make-Ups

Every Thursday after school make-ups are offered for those students who have tardies, missing cross country runs or who need to make up missing assignments in the Exercise Science Lab. Make-ups are supervised by the Physical Education staff on a rotating basis. Students may take the activity bus home upon completion of the make-up. 

Fitness Gram

The state required fitness test called Fitness Gram measures five components of physical fitness which have been identified as being important because of their relationship to overall health and fitness. The five components are:

Aerobic Capacity Body Composition Muscular Strength
Muscular Endurance Muscular Flexibility

All students will be instructed in the appropriate technique for each of the required test items. Also with the new SB78 students will now be required by law to pass all five areas before graduating from high school.

Class Rules

  • Arrive in the locker room before the tardy bell.
  • Wear the proper clothing to class. Torn clothing or shorts with pockets are not allowed.
  • Respect the rights and feelings of others.
  • Follow the safety instructions set by the Physical Education Staff.
  • Take pride and care for all of the equipment and school facilities.

Locker Room Rules

  • Keep locker locked at all times
  • Do not share lockers or combinations
  • Do not share P.E clothes with anyone
  • The locker room is for use only during your P.E. period
  • No glass containers in lockers
  • No food, drinks, or gum
  • Use restrooms during dressing time only
  • Students are to remain behind the gate on the blacktop after changing until the bell rings
  • For everyone''s safety…No aerosol spray/scented body spray/colognes, no throwing of objects and no horseplay allowed in the locker room

P.E. Clothes

All Students Will Need a Change of Clothes to Dress for P.E.

Physical Education is a required academic class and we will expect students to be prepared for class by bringing their P.E. change of clothing. If students forget their clothes, they may borrow a "loaner" set of clothing from the physical education department.

A change of clothes for Physical Education consists of either an Twin Peaks P.E. Shirt and Shorts or preferred blue shirt and black shorts brought from home, socks, and athletic shoes (laced tightly). A sturdy lock will be used to secure their belongings in the locker issued to them at the beginning of school. Master locks are available for purchase if desired.

Price List

  • P.E. Shirts $10.00
  • P.E. Shorts $15.00
  • P.E. Locks $5.00
Please send cash or checks made out to Twin Peaks Middle School.


Physical education classes and after school sports activities can be very rigorous and accidents occasionally occur. Because of this, parents are strongly encouraged to purchase personal injury insurance for your son/daughter.

The Poway Unified School District is not liable for any accidents that may occur during a school related activity. Insurance Information is included in the first day packet or can be picked up in the counseling office.
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Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406