Physical Education

Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School

Scotchtown Avenue students learn a balance of skills, concepts, games, movements and fitness during physical education classes. The curriculum is aligned with New York State Standards and designed to enhance a child’s physical fitness, social and cognitive skills.

Activities include rhythm and dance, educational gymnastics, track and field, fitness awareness, field day activities, and the Kindergarten Festival which combines physical fitness with music. All kindergarten, first and second grade students attend two 40 minute physical education classes each week.

Goshen Intermediate School

Students at GIS are involved in a physical education program that provides opportunities to engage in many physical activities. Emphasis is placed on skills that encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

Physical education class provides an environment which fosters learning opportunities for every child. Motor and social skills are provided in a safe, supportive environment.

Grades 3-5 meet for physical education classes twice each week for 40 minutes. All students should wear appropriate clothing and sneakers. Students are excused from classes only with a note from a doctor or parent.

Our fitness assessment is the Fitnessgram, which is a health-related physical fitness assessment. Each of the test items is selected to assess important aspects of a student’s health-related fitness. It is administered twice a year: fall and spring. It will be sent home in January and again with each student’s final report card in June.

C. J. Hooker Middle School

Physical Education classes meet on alternating days (three times one week, two times the next week) for a total of approximately 90 classes per year. Each class will meet for 48 minutes, with the first five minutes and the last five minutes used for changing in the locker rooms.

Students are grouped by grade level (6, 7, 8) and all include both boys and girls. The teaching staff determines activities and instruction is either co-ed or sexes separate, based on the actual activity.

Basic classes include a warm up, followed by skill demonstrations and drills, lead up games, strategy discussions, and full field/court games or fitness activities.


  • Track and Field
  • Personal Fitness
  • Flag Football
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Team Handball
  • Project Adventure
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Dance
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
  • Frisbee Games
  • Floor Hockey
  • Field Day Activities
  • Recreational Games
  • Speedball

Locks and Lockers

All seventh and eighth grade students will be provided a school-issued lock and locker for personal use during the school year. No food or drink is permitted in the locker room areas at any time. If a lock is lost or misplaced, the student should notify his or her teacher immediately. All lockers are to be cleaned out at the end of the school year and all locks are to be returned. A fine will be charged for lost locks.

Due to facility restrictions, the sixth grade students will not be issued their own locks and lockers, but will use the common locker room area to change. They are responsible to bring their PE clothes with them for each class and take them back with them when they leave class.


All students are discouraged from bringing money or other items of valuable to PE class. Items should be left in the student’s main locker.


All students are required to change into proper attire. This includes a change of shirt, shorts, sweatpants, and sneakers. Jewelry should be removed and secured in the student lockers during class.

Tardiness Policy

Any student reporting late to class is required to bring a pass from their previous teacher to explain their tardiness. Illegal tardiness will result in a reduced daily grade, and possibly additional discipline measures.

Medical Exemptions

Any student unable to participate in class due to illness or injury must present their teacher with a parental note explaining the situation. If the illness/injury is going to force the student to miss more than two consecutive classes, then a doctor or hospital note is required and kept on file in the school nurse’s office.

Depending on the length of missed time, the staff will decide whether to assign make up work (sport folios done in the library) or keep the student involved in class activities (score keeper, referee, etc.). In any situation, the student is to report to physical education on his or her assigned day.

Goshen High School

Physical education is an educational process that focuses on increasing people’s knowledge and affecting people’s attitudes and behaviors relative to physical activities, including exercise, sports, games, dance and outdoor adventure activities. In accepting its responsibility as an integral part of the educational process, the physical education department recognizes that its efforts must contribute to more than just the physical development of the child. Physical education must contribute to the child’s social maturity, mental health and intellectual enhancement.


Theory, skill and technique training in:

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Project Adventure
  • Golf
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball
  • Fitnessgram Unit
  • Orienteering
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Fitness Activities
  • Juggling
  • Body Shaping
  • European Team Handball
  • Softball
  • Frisbee
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Power Walking
  • Power Aerobics
  • Lacrosse
  • Weight Training
  • Flag Football
  • Fitness Testing
  • Adapted PE
  • Self Defense
  • Square Dancing
  • Table Tennis
  • Walleyball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Tumbling
  • Badminton
  • X-Country Skiing
  • Bowling
  • Speedball

View the physical education and health course descriptions

Fitness Testing

The Fitnessgram assessment for students in grades K-12 is a well-established leader in the youth fitness field. Students are given valuable feedback on ways to establish positive exercise behavior geared to improving their level of fitness.

Fitnessgram measures aerobic capacity, body composition, and muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Instead of using percentile norms to evaluate performance, Fitnessgram uses objective criterion standards representing healthy fitness levels.

Fitnessgram recognizes that educating students about physical fitness, with an emphasis on the continuing benefits of exercising throughout life, is the most important objective of a testing program.

Physical Education Grading Policy

Every high school student must complete sixteen quarters of physical education with a passing grade of a “D” or better. If a student fails one quarter, they must take a double quarter sometime before their graduation date.

Students are graded on each activity they participate in and will receive a letter grade ranging from A to F. They will be given a quarterly grade computed from the average of all activities they have participated in.

It should be noted that the teacher listed on the five-week notices and report cards may not be the instructor who teaches a particular activity during that marking period. This is due to our selective curriculum program.