Overview and Grading

6th, 7th and 8th Grade WELLNESS Syllabus



Teacher Information:


Mr. Sean Callahan


Mr. Scott Morneault


Mrs. Killeen Leonard


Ms. Kelly Smith



Ms. Shannon Puzinski



Wellness Department Mission Statement


Our mission is to expose and foster students in a multitude of successful and meaningful movement experiences in an environment that is positive and safe physically and emotionally. It is our goal to empower students with the skills and concepts necessary to participate in responsible decision-making and demonstrate behaviors to improve and enhance the quality of their lives. We are responsible to develop the whole learner, including critical thinking, literacy, physical, emotional and social skills. A strong focus is placed on healthy lifestyles and respect for lifelong physical activity. In providing these opportunities, each student will be prepared to lead and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.


Course Objective:  Students will be introduced to a variety of activities in both small and large group settings. Each lesson will actively engage students while teaching specific strategies and tactics for lifelong use

Wellness Essential questions:

  • Why should you maintain a healthy, safe, and active lifestyle?
  • How do you demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior?


National Standards for Physical Education


Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

A physically educated person:

Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.

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

Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

GRADING: Students are assessed using the Wellness Grading Rubric at the end of every six-day rotation. (A copy is attached to this syllabus). Periodically students will have the opportunity to use the Wellness Grading Rubric to complete a self-assessment. This will give students and their teacher an additional chance to discuss areas of strength and areas that may need additional support.


In order to achieve a maximum score of 25 points on the rubric, students must be present, punctual, prepared and actively involved in both PE and Health class.  Students must consistently demonstrate outstanding effort, understanding of concepts and improvement of skills.  Students must respect the environment (teacher, classmates, equipment) and initiate a positive leadership role.


Assignments:  Homework, Journal Assignments, Projects, Quizzes and Tests.


Reflecting on what has been learned in class will be a focus throughout this course.  There will be journal assignments where there will be an opportunity to reflect on the class, personal health & fitness, and other relevant topics.  Written assignments should be handed in complete and ON TIME to receive full credit.  Late work will be penalized a letter grade for each school day it is late.


Health Notebook:  Students will be required to keep an organized notebook for this class.  This notebook will include the course outline, grading rubric, class notes, handouts, and journal entries. It is required for students to bring this notebook to class each Health day.


Preparation:  Being prepared means:

  1. Being dressed appropriately for physical education class.  This includes:
    • An appropriate change of athletic clothing
    • T-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts, warm up pants, or sweatpants
    • Socks and sneakers that are tied correctly for safety
    • Appropriate clothing follows the HB dress code. 


Punctuality: Students are expected to be in the gym changed and ready to begin within 5 minutes of passing time. If arriving late for class, go into the locker room and change first before going to class with a signed pass or traveler.


Locker Rooms: Students should enter and exit the lockers rooms through the hallway before and after class. Cutting through the gym space that is being used by a teacher is not permitted. Please make sure to WALK at all times using appropriate voice levels. Students in the locker room are expected to abide by all school rules. This space should only be used for changing for Wellness and locking up personal belongings. Students should keep socialization to a minimum in order to report promptly to class.


Har-bur Husky Traits: It is the expectation that students demonstrate behaviors that reflect the six Har-Bur Husky Traits:

  • Positive Attitude
  • Fairness
  • Friendliness
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility


Rubric Grading Examples 


Possible Point Range Out of 25

Grade Percentage Range

Student forgets change of clothes, has sneakers and participates



Student does not participate, does not have medical note



Student changes and has sneakers but is disruptive and unsafe



Student is a role model, is punctual, prepared, encourages and helps others





Grading Rubric:
Students in grades 6 & 7 meet 3 times for PE and 1 time for health during each 6-day rotation. Students are graded on a 25 point rubric based on social expectations, safety, respect, engagement, and application of knowledge in each class during that rotation. Please see attached document for rubric breakdown. 
Students in 8 grade meet 2 times for PE and 1 time for health during each 6 day rotation. Students are graded on a 25 point rubric based on social expectations, safety, respect, engagement, and application of knowledge in each class during that rotation. Please see attached document for rubric breakdown. 
2016-17 wellness formative rubric.doc