Horace W. Porter

PE & Health


Welcome to PE & Health Class!

Horace W. Porter Elementary School Physical Education

Mr. Piro & Mr. Tobler  

In order to reach our goal of assisting each student to grow and reach their personal best in a physically and emotionally safe environment, it is important to establish standards for participation in Physical Education. The standards, as well as the P.E. elementary school grading policy, are outlined below. 

General Requirements

Proper Attire 

  • Students need to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of movement. Weather appropriate clothing may be necessary in the cooler months.
  •  Each student must wear appropriate footwear. This is defined as shoes with non-marking soles that are made for the purpose of athletic activity. These “sneakers” must have laces or closures that are snug enough to hold the foot securely without falling off. While several types of closures fit this description, the athletic shoes that provide the best support, are those that lace up and tie. Shoes with laces must be tied snugly. It is never too early to teach students to tie their own shoes. Athletic shoes with inserts, such as “Heelys”, are not allowed, per school policy.
  • Jewelry is not allowed to be worn in Physical Education class. The exceptions to this are stud earrings with safety backs, and any jewelry indicating a medical condition. 

Medical Excuses 

  • All students who cannot participate in Physical Education due to illness or injury must have a written excuse stating the nature of the disability and any activity modifications. It must be logged at the Nurses office prior to school on the day of the class exemption. A P.E. class exemption for more than one day must be made in writing by a Physician. Parent’s notes are good for one day only. Medically excused days do not count against a student’s grade.


Horace W. Porter Middle School Physical Education

Mr. Piro & Mr. Tobler 

In order to reach our goal of assisting each student to grow and reach their personal best in a physically and emotionally safe environment, it is important to establish standards for participation in Physical Education. The standards, as well as the P.E. middle school grading policy, are outlined below. 

General Requirements

Proper Attire 

  • Each student in 5th through 8th grades will change for Physical education class. Time will be allowed for this at the beginning and end of each class.
  • Each student will need a T-shirt, gym shorts, and socks to change into. Weather appropriate clothing, such as sweatshirts and wind pants, should be brought for outdoor activities in the cooler months. Clothing worn to school should not be the same clothing worn in P. E. class. Please reference the Student Handbook, pg. 11 regarding school policies on what may not be worn in school.
  •  Each student must wear appropriate footwear. This is defined as shoes with non-marking soles that are made for the purpose of athletic activity. These “sneakers” must have laces or closures that are snug enough to hold the foot securely without falling off. While several types of closures fit this description, the athletic shoes that provide the best support, are those that lace up and tie. Shoes with laces must be tied snugly. Please reference the Student Handbook, pg. 11-12 regarding school policies on student footwear.
  • Jewelry is not allowed to be worn in Physical Education class. The exceptions to this are stud earrings with safety backs, and any jewelry indicating a medical condition.
  • Any items used for personal hygiene, such as deodorant, are encouraged. Cologne, perfume, and body sprays are not allowed.  

Medical Excuses 

  • All students who cannot participate in Physical Education due to illness or injury must have a written excuse stating the nature of the disability and any activity modifications. It must be logged at the Nurses office prior to school on the day of the class exemption. A P.E. class exemption for more than one day must be made in writing by a Physician. Parent’s notes are good for one day only. Medically excused days do not count against a student’s grade.

                                                                              Goal of Health Education
                                                                                  Mr. Piro & Mr. Tobler

The goal of Health Education at HoraceW.PorterSchool is to equip our students with the tools necessary to lead long, healthy, and active lifestyles. This will be accomplished by providing a comprehensive, PreK-8 Health Education program. This program will be implemented by certified professionals, in conjunction with Physical Education, classroom teachers, and the local community. The Health Education program is designed to prepare our students for the obstacles and challenges of today’s society.
The Health curriculum will build a solid foundation of age appropriate, health knowledge and skills in grades PreK and K. It will scaffold to additional age appropriate knowledge and skills in grades 1 through 4, focusing progressively on the application of their knowledge and skill set. In grades 5 through 8, the focus will be specific to skills and knowledge of current issues affecting students in today’s society, and the rapidly occurring changes within their own bodies.
The proposed Health curriculum will focus on the eight standards set forth by the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework for Comprehensive School Health Education (2006). The standards are as follows;

  • Standard One- Core Concepts-Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
  • Standard Two- Accessing Information- Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and products and services to enhance health.
  • Standard Three- Self Management- Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risk.
  • Standard Four- Analyzing Influence- Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
  • Standard Five- Interpersonal Communication- Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard Six-Decision Making- Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Standard Seven- Goal Setting- Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard Eight- Advocacy- Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

The proposed Health Education curriculum, is based from the following resources; 1. The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework for Comprehensive School Health Education (2006). 2. CDC’s National Health Education Standards (reviewed 2008). 3. The Surgeon General’s report, Healthy People 2010.



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