This is the 8th Grade page which consolidates all of the information that 8th grade students will need to have access to to be successful and have an enriching learning experience in my class. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Sickler at any time.
On the first day of class I handed out this welcome letter for all students and parents to read. Feel free to download and print it.
I have created this classroom presentation which details the key topics related to my class- philosophy, grading, dressing out, curriculum, participation, and much, much more.
DAILY PARTICIPATION- 45%
WEEKLY RUNS/FITNESS- 25%
FITNESS ASSESSMENTS - 15%
WORKOUT CLOTHES- 10%
Click HERE for a Breakdown/Description of each of these categories.
Most of the information for the class will be posted on Google Classroom such as assignments, announcements, critical thinking questions, make up assignments, etc. It is very important that you get yourself enrolled in the class.
Google Classroom is automatically synced with our gradebook system so you should be in your class's Google Classroom. Please check and make sure. If, for some reason you are not in class or are in an incorrect class, email and/or come and see me so that I can get you the correct code. You will need to be in Google Classroom immediately.
PE UNIFORM INFO AND POLICY
Click HERE to get all the information you need about PE Uniforms- how to purchase, policies, etc. NOTE: APPROPRIATE work out attire meeting our department standards MUST be worn everyday to PE class.
PE EXCUSES AND MAKE UP POLICY
The CMS Physical Education department policy around medical/sick and other excuses is clearly outlined in the Bear Pride Handbook. There are short term excuses (up to 2 consecutive days) and longer term excuses (3 or more consecutive days). Click HERE to read, verbatim, the policy regarding PE excuses.
To also read about my class Make Up Policy, click HERE.
Most homework assignments will be posted on Google Classroom with specific due dates. Each assignment description will explain what and how to turn in the assignment. Late assignments usually result in either half or no credit (depends on the assignment).
You will have a variety of runs though out the year that range from individual to partner to team runs. Runs are either "Training Runs" or "Testing Runs". The Testing Runs are either the Mile or 2 Mile Run. These runs have a specific rubric and are weighted more than the Training Runs. Training Runs can be a variety of runs that focus either on interval (speed) training or longer endurance training. They are intended to add variety into the class and better prepare students for their testing runs. All missed runs need to be made up for credit. The Mile and 2 Mile runs have a specific rubric:
1 Mile Rubric- Click HERE
2 Mile Rubric- Click HERE
To see a list of all of the scheduled Mile and 2 Mile Runs for the year, click HERE.
Every run that is missed has a specific make up requirement. Click HERE to see what make up distance or time is associated with a specific run.
Most weeks, students will have some type of fitness activity. Fitness activities can range from individual challenges to partner and team challenges. We use AMRAP, Tabata and circuit format workouts all the time. We also try and use various equipment like Kettlebells, Battle Ropes, TRX suspension trainers, med balls, jump ropes, BOSU trainers and much, much more. 8th graders have full use of our modern weight room as well.
BEAR FIT CHALLENGE (BFC)
The Bear Fit Challenge is going to be a significant aspect of your overall participation grade in class. As an 8th grader you are pretty familiar with it. Click HERE to learn about it or refresh your memory.
1st SEMESTER UNITS (Blocks 1-4)
Block 1 (8/30-9/24) Lacrosse
Block 2 (9/27- 10/22) Floor Hockey/Weight Room Orientation
Block 3 (10/25-11/19) Ultimate Frisbee Skills/Game
Block 4 (11/29-1/7) Dance
2nd SEMESTER UNITS (Blocks 5-8)
Block 5 (1/10-2/4) Yoga/Meditation
Block 6 (2/7-3/11) Pickleball
Block 7 (3/14-4/15) Track & Field
Block 8 (4/25-5/20) Flag Rugby
5/23-6/3 Strength Training
For a printable list of this year's units, click HERE.