Physical Education

Physical education provides opportunities for all students to acquire knowledge and movement skills related to an active healthy lifestyle.

At Farnsworth Middle School, students receive physical education instruction every other day for approximately 41 minutes per day. Class sizes typically are between 20-32 students.

Standards   Clothing Requirements

A physically educated person:

1. Demonstrates compentency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.

2. Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.

3. Exhibits a physically active lifestyle.

4. Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

5. Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.

6. Demonstrates understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings.

7. Understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

  All students need to have athletic socks, tennis shoes with laces, shorts or sweatpants with elastic waist and a light colored t-shirt. We encourage students to take P.E. clothes home to be washed as needed.

Fitness Wednesdays

On Wednesdays extra emphasis is placed on overall fitness, including cardiovascular strength and endurance, and muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. This is accomplished though fitness-related activities such as the 23-minute run/walk, P.A.C.E.R., run-one minute/walk-one minute, dice game, partner relay, tug-of-war, team P.A.C.E.R, cardiovascular machines, and weight lifting machines.

Once a year, each student will be tested to evaluate five aspects of physical fitness including muscular strength and endurance, agility, cardiovascular strength, endurance and flexibility. The five tests include: Flexed-Arm Hang, Sit and Reach, Sit-ups/Curl-ups, P.A.C.E.R. and the Shuttle Run.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is equipped with stationary bikes, treadmills, selectorized weight equipment,

ellipticals, steppers, recumbant bikes, pedometers, a rock climbing wall, Ps2 bikes, and free weights.

Grading Policy    
We expect ALL students to be their BEST. Students will demonstrate respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness while being involved in Physical Education class. They will be graded on being their BEST at all times (including in the locker room area). FIVE (5) points can be earned each day, ONE (1) point for each of the letters of U-BEST (Your Best).


Wears uniform for class (t-shirt, shorts or sweatpants, proper phy. ed. shoes)
Be on time (3 lates= detention)


Listens when others are speaking.
Follows directions.
Does not prevent others from learning.
Demonstrates self-discipline.


Willingness to try.
Gives maximum effort.
Working as hard as possible.


Tries to improve skill level.
Demonstrates highest level of learning.
Follows safety rules.

(Occasionally there will be homework assignments or tests in class that will have different point values.)


Works well with all classmates.
Demonstrates positive sportsmanship.
Cooperates with others.
Accepts differences in others.