Department: Physical Education                                                                                                     
Fall Semester 2016

COURSE TITLE: Aerobic Dance                                                                            
INSTRUCTOR: Coach Risse Thompson

PHONE: 770-819-2521 ext. 059




PHS SCHOOL VISION: Empowering Students to Become Productive Members of a Global Community

PHS SCHOOL MISSION: Modeling and Developing Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Behaviors that Lead to Success for All



  • Increase the Graduation Rate
  • Increase rigor and student engagement (Project-based learning environment)
  • Increase community and parental involvement



This course provides students with an understanding of the importance of aerobic health. It gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of ways to maintain fitness and health without participating in an organized sport. Students will learn techniques and principles for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Students will also participate in Fitnessgram Testing throughout the semester.  The results and progress will be sent out with each student’s report card at the end of each semester. Students are required to participate in these activities along with regular fitness activities for each unit.




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


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


PEHS.3: Participates regularly in physical activity.


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


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


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




  • Folder
  • Notebook
  • 2 white t-shirts
  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighter
  • Physical education attire (Sneakers, T-shirt, Shorts or Sweat Pants). NO LEGGINGS!
  • Combination lock for locker (Theft can occur and we are not responsible for stolen items that are left unsecured.)
          *Pebblebrook reserves the right at any time to remove a lock from a locker*





Students must abide by all school rules and gym rules provided by the teachers.




-  35% - Participation –Students must participate daily in physical activity (Performance Standard PEHS.3).  Each student must be engaged in all activities during the entire class period, while behaving in a respectful manner. Students cannot choose which activity to participate in.  Each student will either receive full credit or no credit for the day. Students will be graded daily for participation.

-  20 % - Dress Out – Students must wear appropriate clothing for every activity (Performance Standard PEHS.5). This should consist of tennis shoes, shorts/sweat pants and a t-shirt. Slides, flip flops, sandals, boots, leggings, compression shorts, tank tops, or sweat pants over clothing worn to school will not be accepted as appropriate clothing and will result in a zero (0) dress-out grade.  Students will be graded daily for dress-out.

-  20%- Unit Assessments/Projects –Students will be assessed on observable characteristics of skill proficiency (Performance Standard PEHS.1), Fitnessgram testing (Performance Standard PEHS.4), and given a written test based on the course material covered through-out the entire unit.

-  5%- Common Assessments –Students will be assessed at the beginning, middle and end of the semester to determine student growth based on the content of the curriculum.

-  5 %- Writing prompts/Homework – Students will be given an assignment or set of instructions for an essay. They will explain, define, classify, analyze, compare, describe, convince, give an opinion, or choose a point of view about a particular topic.  Students will also be given homework through-out the semester based on the curriculum.

-  15%= Final –An assessment will be given based on the content covered during the entire semester. 




A - 100-90%

B - 89-80%

C - 79-74%

D – 70-73%

F - 69-Below





It is strongly encouraged that you keep your Synergy login information in a safe place and that you have access to the information when needed.  Parents should contact the Main Office (770.819.2521)


Please note that when you are viewing grades in Synergy that a blank grade column for your child has no effect on their grade.  If the space is blank, then your student may not have turned in that assignment due to absence or the teacher may not have entered grades for that assignment at that time.  An “X” means that the student is exempt from an assignment at the discretion of the teacher.




Each student will be actively engaged in the following activities:

  • Aerobics      
  • Yoga    
  • Kickboxing          
  • Step Aerobics Training       
  • Core Training            
  • Walking         
  • Jogging           
  • Dance   
  • Fitness Games                 
  • Nutrition/Weight Management             
  • Choreographing      
  • Circuit Training 
  • Fitness Assessments     



  • Some of the learning that takes place in this class will be student-driven and project based.  True learning takes place when students solve problems and discover things on their own.  I will not stand in front of the class and simply tell you what you need to know. 
  • Some projects will be individual, but many will require you to work in a small group.  Generally groups will initially be two people but if students prove that they are able to work well in larger groups, I will allow it. 
  • While I understand that some people prefer to work alone, working with others is an essential skill that is needed to be successful as an adult.  If you are one of these people, please speak with me in private and I will attempt to group you with other students in which you will be compatible.


Tests and Quizzes: 

  • The majority of the tests and quizzes I give are multiple choice and short answer.  However, all tests can include a combination of any of the following: multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, graphs, charts, and map questions.
  • Quizzes will be scheduled in advance, but the teacher reserves the right to give pop quizzes. If participation in class is low, students are not able to participate in class discussions with reasonable intelligence of the material, and/or did not complete the homework, a pop quiz may be given. Quizzes will cover the readings that the student is to have completed, class activities, and any notes given in class lecture (normally only a week’s worth of material).





Students with no more than one excused absence may qualify to exempt one of their final exams.  Students with a course average of 80 or higher may exempt one final exam of their choice.  Students with a course average of 79 or below may request that ten percentage points be added to the final exam grade.  Towards the end of the semester, students who qualify may submit an Exam Exemption Form to the classroom teacher of their choice.  Teachers must verify that the student qualifies for the exemption.



LATE WORK POLICY: Any late work will receive a highest possible grade of a 70 if turned in after the assignment is due.  The student will have until the unit test to turn in late work and will receive a highest possible grade of 70.  No work will be graded after the Unit Test.


ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY: If a student receives and excused absence he or she will be able to make up the work in class that was done for the day.  Each class has a rolling folder activity spot on the back wall.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain their work from the wall and complete and return in a timely manner.  The student has up to the amount of excused absences plus one day to complete any missing work.  After that point the work will be considered late and will be graded as such.




To avoid being counted tardy, students must be seated and ready for class when the bell rings.  School policy states that students may receive Saturday School, In-School Suspension, and Out-of-School Suspension for repeated tardies. 





Students can come in after school on Monday and Wednesday from 7am-8am.  Please make sure you sign-up if you are planning on coming to tutoring during any of these times.




As per the school’s policy, cell phones are not to be used during class time unless directed by the teacher for instructional purposes. Students will receive a discipline referral after one warning to put away any electronic device (unless the device is being used for instruction). Students are allowed to bring certain technologies to class (iPad, laptop, Kindle, etc.), but it should NOT interfere with the teaching or other’s learning.


GRADE RECOVERY: Students who score 69 or below on any unit assessment are allowed to retake the assessment.  The grade will not exceed a 70 for the unit assessment.  The retake must be completed with-in one week. Please view the teacher’s blog for notification when the assessment will be administered.





Cheating is considered a serious matter.  Any student who is involved in cheating/plagiarism will receive a grade of zero on the material, an unsatisfactory in conduct, and his/her parents will be notified.


For this course, cheating is defined as, but is not limited to, the following acts:


  • Copying anyone's answers to questions, exercises, study guides, class work or homework assignments
  • Taking any information verbatim from any source, including the Internet, without giving proper credit to the author, or rearranging the order of words and/or changing some words as written by the author and claiming the work as his or her own, i.e., plagiarism.
  • Looking onto another student's paper during a test or quiz.
  • Having available any study notes or other test aids during a test or quiz without the teacher's permission.
  • Collaborating on assignments when independent work is expected.




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