• Somerville High School Physical Education Requirements

     Somerville High School physical education department will utilize the following criteria to evaluate student understanding and progress in content.  

    Grading Points Breakdown:

    • Students will be able to earn up to three points per day of class instruction.  At the conclusion of each week, students will be evaluated for their performance from the past week.  Students enrolled in a five day per week class can earn up to 15 points* per week, students enrolled in a laboratory science course will be evaluated for four days of instructional activity and can earn up to 12 points*.  Earned points are then converted into a percentage grade and placed in the grade book.  


    • Ex. Week 1 – 9/12 – 9/16 (non-lab student) earned 11/15 points = grade in grade book = 73%
    •       Week 2 – 9/19 - 23 (non-lab student) earned 14/15 points = grade in grade book = 93%
    • End of marking period all week averages are average for final grade = 83% 
    • Weeks that consist of three days or less will be combined into the previous week of instruction.



    Skill, Knowledge, and Personal Development:

    This will be determined through teacher observation, along with the student’s ability to apply rules, game strategies and team concepts. Attitudes displayed in the area of sportsmanship, leadership, cooperation, safety, and performance will be evaluated on a daily basis throughout each activity. Students will be expected to dress in clothes that are appropriate for physical activity. The Somerville High School approved dress code will help enforce this expectation.


    Inappropriate Physical Education Attire, Consist Of:   

    A student’s ability to actively perform the required requisite skills of the assigned activity will be impacted by the following and therefore are prohibited:

            --Dresses, Skirts, Jeans and Dress Pants are not acceptable wear

            --Additionally, appropriate footwear must be worn to maintain the integrity of the activity and ensure student safety.

            --Therefore, the following is a requirement with respect to all footwear: A closed toe, secured (able to be tied), flat shoe, with a rubber sole and no heel



    The following acronyms will be used by the Physical Education Department to denote a student’s performance:

    • Absences:   A = Absent from school or class
      • Students will be given 3 FREE ABSENCES from Physical Education activity over the course of the marking period. This is inclusive of student activities**.  
      • A student has the ability to make up an absence (after their 3 free) to restore credit to their grade for up to two previous weeks.   Make-up for absences beyond this are only administered at the discretion of the administration and the physical education instructor.  
    • Excused Absences:  E – Excused from the class period
      • Passes from administrative offices or dismissal for athletic teams are not required to be made up – student is graded as if he/she has met the daily requirement.
    • Student Activity SA = ** (school sanctioned event)School sanctioned class trips, college visitations, non-athletic excused lists
      • Students that are dismissed or excused for athletic teams are not required to make up the class period.  
    • Medical:   M = Medical excuse from a physician from school or class
      • Students that miss less than 20 days with a physician note will be excused from making up the missed class time. The overall marking period grade will be calculated based only on active weeks during the marking period.  
      • Students who miss physical education class in excess of 20 days with a physician’s note, will receive:
        • (P)Pass/(F)Fail if the student returns to class before the conclusion of the marking period. This allows the student to earn credit, but will not calculate as part of the overall GPA.
        • Students that are not able to return to class for the duration of the marking period due to injury/illness, will receive credit through medical exemption (ME).  This, however will not calculate as part of the student’s overall GPA.
      • Students who receive temporary exclusion from PE from the nurse are required to make up missed time.  
    • OSS/ISS: Suspension- 10 days or less, students are not required make up missed classes as this was an administrative excused absence.   
    • MU - one-day Medical Excuse from the school nurse.  


    Physical Education Make-Up Policy

    • A student cannot make up more than 2 Physical Education classes in any given day.
    • Physical Education classes may be made up during the school day if the student has a study hall and/or lunch. The student should obtain a gym make-up slip from his/her activity teacher, sign out of study hall or lunch, report to the gymnasium and take class. The make-up teacher will sign and return the make-up slip to the student at the end of class. It is the student’s responsibility to return the signed make-up slip to his/her teacher to receive credit for the class.  
    • If a student does not have lunch or a study hall, arrangements can be made with a Physical Education Teacher before or after school during individual teacher office hour days. (schedule is posted on PE Office doors)
    • Physical education make-ups should not occur for any day that occurred more than two weeks prior.  


    Structured Option II:  

    Students that are members of school sanctioned, NJSIAA athletic offerings, the marching band, or color guard will have the opportunity to meet the physical education requirements through alternative methods of activity and through the required instructional sessions throughout the marking period.  Structured option II status is not offered during required health education marking periods.

    *Students that opt for the alternative will agree that their physical education grade for the assigned marking period will be excluded from their GPA.


    • Senior athletes, marching band and color guard members can complete the required Option II paperwork and be placed into a study hall during their assigned physical education period.
    • At the conclusion of the season, the student will return to their normally scheduled physical education period
      • Fall athletes – Marking Period 1
      • Winter Athletes – Marking periods 2 and 3 – one of which will be a required health section
      • Spring Athletes- Marking period 4
    • Athletes, band and color guard members that are in season during their assigned health period will not be excluded from the requirement


    Locker Room:   

    Students will be assigned a locker for the year.   All student belongings are to be placed in their locker and secured prior to entering the gymnasium each day.  

       -- Each student is responsible for their own lock.

       --All valuable should be secured at all times

       --Lockers are not to be shared


    Other Considerations to the grading policy:  

    Physical education class will be completed each marking period and course credit will be either earned or denied at the completion of the marking period.  Each marking period of enrollment will result in 1.25 credits toward the requirement of 3.75.  Students opting for option II status will only have those markings in physical education class count towards their GPA and not the marking period assigned to alternative measures. Option II students will receive a P/F for the marking period.     

    Grading Rubric



    Skills, Knowledge, and Personal Development Level


    Non participation or preparedness


    Minimal effort of skills and knowledge of the activity, inconsistent enforcement of safety guidelines, and concepts of the game


    Satisfactory effort and application of all rules, concepts, safety guidelines and activity techniques.  Demonstration of proper sportsmanship


    Exemplary effort and application of all rules, concepts, safety guidelines and activity techniques.  Demonstration of proper sportsmanship and leadership displayed