Physical Education

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Physical Education: a healthy mind and body...


About Jefferson's Physical Education

Jefferson has a wonderful physical education program for students that range from traditional sports such as volleyball and softball to goal setting and fitness.

A daily P.E. session normally starts with a 4-5 min run, followed by warmups and stretching, and then the activity of the day, such as basketball, relays, hockey, or slapball.


Exercise and Nutrition

You likely know that your body gains strength and stamina through exercise, but you may not know how. Or maybe you are interested in how much exercise is enough? All that and more can be found on this page.


By exercising, your muscles themselves gain strength and sometimes size. This allows your muscles to endure, and have strength in physical activities. You can last longer in sports, and you gain some protection from injuries as more developed muscles provide support for your joints. Your heart gets a large gain as well. As you exercise, it works out. It gains strength and size, as your heart is a muscle also. In your blood stream, your red blood cell count goes up with demand, and oxygen can reach your muscles more quickly, allowing you to last longer in physical activities.

Some other important aspects of exercising include:


  • Flexibility protects you from some injuries such as sprains, and is gained through stretching.
  • Your metabolism is sped up by physical activities, as you burn up stored calories (fat) for energy.


Your feeling of confidence about yourself is a daily factor in how you treat life. Breaking your old records or simply enjoying the activity are great reasons to be active.


It's recommended that teens exercise two or three times a week, for 20 to 30 min. This requirement is met in P.E., but going over the limit is good for you! Team sports are good examples of exercise, as are activities such as running or biking. Good habits formed in your youth makes it easier for you to keep fit in your adult life as well.



The way that we use and store energy is through nutrition. Our digestive system sifts through our food to find nutrients, and gathers them for storage or use. But what kinds of nutrients do we use? What do the Nutrition facts labels mean on food?



We get carbohydrates that are used very quickly from sweet foods, like pop. But complex, or more slowly used carbohydrates are found in rice, fruits and vegetables. These Carbs are available longer than carbs from pop. Carbohydrates power our body as a fuel for our cells. Common forms of carbohydrates are Glucose, Sucrose and Lactose. These carbohydrates are then used by the body's cells as food.



Proteins are the base of all cells and help to spur bone growth. These proteins make up about 20% of your body. Some of these proteins can be made by your body, but others can only be obtained through the food you eat. Proteins can be found in animals (i.e.,meat, dairy) and vegetables. They reach your bloodstream after being broken down into their amino acids, after which your cells can use the proteins.



Fats are found in common foods, especially greasy ones, and are broken down by the digestive system and then absorbed by your muscle tissues to be stored and then spent later for energy.



Vitamins are small molecules that your body needs to survive. There are several different types for different cells. They are found in all foods, but different types are in different foods (oranges have vitamin C, milk has calcium). They will likely cause a disease or disorder if they are lacking in your system for a period pf time.



Minerals are not needed for survival but instead for the production of certain molecules. But without them, diseases and disorders may result. As with vitamins, they are found in most foods, are more abundant in some than others, and may be in one food but not another.



Fibers are substances that are not able to be digested by your digestive system. Some Fibers can be digested by certain animals, but humans cannot because we lack bacteria and enzymes (that is, a chemical that helps to break down a substance) to aid in digestion. It simply passes straight through our digestive system, but is useful for pushing the food through, and giving mass to all of the food. It too, is found in nearly all foods.



I will always do my best.

  1. 100% effort is expected at all times.
  2. Cooperation with others is expected at all times.


I will always be prepared for class!

  1. I will be on time to the locker room.
  2. I will be on time to the gym, seated in my role line and waiting quietly for class to begin.
  3. I know that any of the following may lower my grade: gum or other food in mouth, tardy to locker room, gym or health class, wearing jewelry in class, other items the teacher will tell me about.


I will always stay on task.

  1. No rough play in gym or locker room.
  2.  Follow game and classroom rules.


I will be a good sport.

  1. Inappropriate language, put-downs, harassment and bad-mouthing will not be tolerated.
  2. Accept the teacher/EA/TA/umpire, ref's decision 



  1. I have 4 minutes between classes. I am given an additional 4 minutes at the beginning of PE class to dress and sit quietly on the bench in the locker room. The teacher will dismiss me and I will then report to the assigned teaching station. This will be posted in the locker room each day.

  2. I will be issued a lock and locker. PE clothes must be locked in the locker. When your class is in session, lock street clothes and all belongings in a long locker.


  1. To be excused from PE, I must follow these steps:

    • Bring a note from home signed by parent/guardian and give to my teacher before class begins.

    • Depending on the injury, some activity may be expected from me.

    • Any injury or illness which keeps me out of participating in PE longer than three days must be excused by my doctor or by my parent/guardian with a note. Any long term absence a doctor's note is required to admit me back to class.

  2. Make-up activity sheets need to be picked up in the locker room or on the PE Web site



  1. PE clothes are a part of the class requirement. If I am not dressed for PE, my grade will be affected.

  2. PE clothes consist of:

    • Shorts: elastic waist, no zippers, pockets, or belts. Students will wear appropriate size. No zip off shorts.

    • T-shirts: Jefferson PE shirts are $6.00 and may be purchased at the students store. First and last name will be printed on the shirt.

    • Socks: Extra socks for A.M. PE would be suggested.

    • Shoes: Laces and good support; suggested they be used for PE only.

  3. PE clothes will be taken home every Friday to be washed. 


  1. Step one: verbal warning by the teacher accompanied by an explanation of the classroom rule in question. (Some actions may require more severe consequences.)
  2. Step two: verbal warning from teacher and a consequence if necessary. Parent will be contacted at this point. The parent will be informed of the situation and made aware that the next incident will result in office referral.
  3. Step three: having followed and documented steps 1 and 2, the teacher will fill out a discipline referral slip and send the student to the office.
  4. Counselor interventions may be utilized during this process.
  5. Parents will be contacted a student can remain for after school detention.


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