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Physical Education

Athletic  Director- Mr. Friel

Lead Teacher - Mr. Boll

Each student at Commack High School has to successfully complete 4 years of Physical Education in order to fulfill their graduation requirement. In January, the student body has the opportunity to select a block of activities for the following school year. These activities are designed to develop their cardiovascular system, improve flexibility and posture, increase muscular strength, endurance, and more importantly, provide your child with the skills to lead a life of good health and wellness.

The curriculum includes:

Team Activities - Badminton, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Touch Football, Speedball and Volleyball

Lifetime Activities - Tennis, Yoga, Self-Defense, Weight Training, Step Aerobics,

Power Walking, Advanced Athletic Preparation

Wellness for Life - Fitness Training, Circuit Training, Core Training with fitness balls, Pilates, Step Aerobics/Cardio Kick Boxing, and Muscle Sculpting

Project Adventure- Ice breaker games, trust activities, initiative activities, and Low Elements


Students formally excused for medical reasons are scheduled and provided with individual instruction following their doctor’s direction. The adaptive program is primarily a weight training, conditioning program that stresses the use of exercise to improve overall physical fitness. The program devised will best suit the needs and capabilities of each individual class member. Any student not permitted to do any activity at all by the doctor will be assigned to the Cognitive (writing) part of Physical Education. Any student in this program will be assigned weekly written assignments to be graded by the Physical Education teacher. This will be the basis of the student’s Physical Education grade.


The philosophy of Physical Education for grades 9-12 is to provide a quality education that meets the needs of all types of learners. Students in all grade levels are exposed to concept related to wellness promotion and disease prevention. Students regularly participate in health-enhancing fitness activities, and are encouraged to exhibit a physically active lifestyle. Students need to be able to demonstrate the ability to practice wellness enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks by utilizing goal setting techniques and decision-making skills. In addition, proficiency in certain movement forms is expected. Wellness in life long fitness skills provides enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. Demonstrating responsible personal, emotional, and social behaviors is essential in life. Students are evaluated in affective, psychomotor, and cognitive assessments throughout each marking period, whether the student is in a sport-related class or an individual-fitness class.

  1. In order to be eligible to graduate, each student is required to successfully participate and pass an approved physical education program each academic year - grades 9 through 12. The Physical Education program is designed to satisfy New York State Learning Standards of personal fitness, safe environment and managed community resources.

  2. A student who fails to complete successfully an approved Physical Education program in any given year must make up the deficiency prior to the receipt of a diploma from Commack High School.

  3. The evaluation of a student’s progress will be made at the conclusion of each marking period. Physical Education is graded on a numeric scale (0-100) for each marking period with an average final numeric grade.


Physical Education grades are determined based on the following system:

Psychomotor: 15 Points
      a psychomotor assessment will be based on a students ability to re-create a skill or technique.
Cognitive: 10 Points
      a cognitive assessment will be a verbal or written assignment evaluating the knowledge learned in a specific unit.
Affective: 75 Points
      Preparation: 25 Points (5 Points/Day-Adjusted To Total #of Days/Semester)
      Participation: 25 Points 5 Points/Day- Adjusted To Total #of Days/Semester)
      Effort: 25 Points (5 Points/Day-Adjusted To Total #of Days/Semester)

Total: 100 Points

Attendance/Class Make-ups

The Physical Education Department has developed an attendance policy to encourage and promote life-long physical fitness. Students are expected to attend Physical Education classes on a regular basis. If a student is legally absent from class, he/she may make up the class. Please refer to the following guidelines for the attendance procedures:

For Excused Absences, students must make-up the appropriate activity, or complete written work for each day they missed.

A total of 3 make-ups are available each marking period for excused absences. Make-ups are held throughout the entire school year. The fitness room is open before and after school as an option for the students. All 3 make-ups can be a physical activity, depending on the agreement between the student and teacher. The teacher will ultimately have final approval on these make-up assignments. Students should schedule with their physical education teacher a before or after school make up.

The students will have an assignment related to the lesson or unit we are presently teaching. Possibilities include: review articles, completion of handouts, research on that physical education topic, etc. These assignments will cover the 5 points earned each day for preparation, participation and effort. Students will still be responsible for any information or assignment that may have been covered in class. The cognitive assignment when completed by the student should be a typed, 1-page document, using the modern language association format (MLA).

In the event a student is excessively absent due to extenuating circumstances, his/her situation will be reviewed by the Lead Teacher, and if need be, presented to the Child Study Team for further review.

Students cannot make up points lost in class due to non-participation. If a student is unprepared, refuses to change and or participate, these points cannot be made up.

If a student is unable to participate for any reason, they must do cognitive or reflective work. Examples include: taking notes related to the lesson or a reflective critique. If possible, encourage the student to referee, coach, assist, etc. Student will be required to be Prepared in the event that they are not able to participate physically or they lose a point for being unprepared.

Students are not permitted to sit on the side line. They must either have a role as an assistant to the teacher in the lesson and or a cognitive assignment provided by the teacher. Students will fail and not receive credit for a course for the following reasons:

  • Illegal Absences
  • Inconsistent Preparation, Participation, and/or Effort
  • Poor Performance of Cognitive Assessments
  • Poor Performance on Psychomotor Assessments
  • Excessive Absences without Making Up Appropriate Assignments or Activity Time


Make-up classes are offered by the Physical Education Department in an effort to help students achieve passing status.


    Students excused from Physical Education for medical reasons must follow these procedures

      1. A note from home should first go to the teacher and will normally excuse a student for a period of one day. Anything beyond one day’s excuse must come from a doctor. A medical excuse for more than 2 weeks will place the student in the Adaptive Program.

      2. All doctors’ notes must be brought to the Nurses’ Office, not to the Physical Education teachers.

      3. A form giving permission for student wearing glasses or contacts to participate must be filed with the nurse.

      4. A student must check with the Physical Education teacher to obtain permission and a pass to leave the class for medical reasons.

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    By Mail:  1 Scholar Lane Commack, NY 11725
    By Phone:  (631) 912-2100
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