Joseph Maass

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High School Physical Education
Instructors:    Joseph Maass                                                           
Contact Times: Whenever
                        Plan Periods: None
                        Office Phone Number: 402-557-3650 C:402-960-5364
                        Course website:                                             
Students will learn a variety of studio dance styles including tap, boot, hip-hop, modern, jazz and ballet. At the end of the school year, the students will perform the dance techniques, skills and disciplines taught throughout the year on stage in a show.
Physical Education instructors believe that physical education is essential to the education of the whole child. The physical education program provides opportunities for students to attain the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential for a healthy lifestyle.
(5%)   01: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns   
      needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
(15%) 02: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles,  
strategies and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
(75%) 03: Participates regularly in physical activity.
(5%)   04: Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
            *Percentages noted for influence on final grade.
Tap, Boot, Ballet, Modern, Boot, Hip-hop as well as many other dances depending on the instructor.
Skills, terminology, routine, dances, etc…
MAJOR COURSEWORK (Evidence of Learning)
Show performance, basic skills tests’, and participation on a daily basis.
Excels school wide reading and writing
TEXTS TO BE USED: Fitness for Life
Skill Assessments, Fitness Gram, Written Tests.
District Grading Policy (Standard Based)
Grading Scale
Grades will be determined using a trend score. A trend score looks at the progression of learning throughout the unit of study or the course and puts greater emphasis on the increased learning at the end of learning. All coursework and assessments are important for student learning and will be completed to provide evidence of learning. 
All coursework and assessments are judged against a proficiency scale for that topic, which judges the level of student learning from “below basic” to “advanced.” Courses will be taught at the proficient level and will provide multiple opportunities to achieve at the “proficient” or “advanced” level. Students are compared to the standard and not other students. An example of a proficiency scale for this course is attached.
At the end of a grading period, scores will be converted to a letter grade using this grading scale for the 2011-2012 school year. The final score is compared against this scale:
A = 3.51 - 4.00
A-= 3.01 – 3.50
B = 2.51 – 3.00
B- = 2.01 – 2.50
C = 1.51- 2.00
D = 0.76 – 1.50
F = 0.00 – 0.76
Independent Practice
The role of independent practice is to develop knowledge and skills effectively and efficiently during the unit of study. Independent practice helps guide the learning process by providing accurate, timely and helpful feedback to students without penalty. 
Redoing/Revising student coursework
  1. Students are responsible for completing all coursework as assigned.
  2. Students will be given opportunities to redo/revise coursework within the unit of study.
  3. Students are expected to complete assessments when given to the class or if a student was justifiably absent when the assessment was given, at a time designated by the teacher.
  4. Students must show they have completed some type of corrective action (independent practice, peer tutoring, study guides, additional reading or coursework, a review in class etc.) before they will be afforded an opportunity to attempt an alternative assessment.
  5. Redoing, retaking or revising will be done at teacher discretion in consultation with the student and parent(s). Teachers may schedule students before, during, or after school to address needed areas of improvement if not convenient during class.
  6. Scores for student work after retaking, revising or redoing will not be averaged with the first attempt at coursework or assessment; but will override the original student’s score.
Proficiency Scale
Proficiency scales for this course are available upon request (teacher will identify location) parent portal, teacher website, attached, etc.
Class Rules and Guidelines
·       Rules and guidelines set forth in the student handbook will be followed in this class. Any student who distracts other students or the instructor interferes with the learning environment and should expect consequences.
·       Attendance: Being in class, on time, is important for student success. Anyone entering the classroom after the bell has stopped ringing is tardy.  Per school policy.
·       Electronic Devices: No electronic devices (cell phones, mp3 players, games, etc.) are permitted to be seen, heard, or used in the classroom at any time.
Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible