Tappan Zee High School

Physical Education Department

Welcome to the Physical Education program at Tappan Zee High School. The teaching staff here is looking forward to working with students to: improve their physical fitness, teach new skills and engage them in challenging games and activities. We are committed to helping every student achieve success.

Physical Education plays a vital role in today’s society by helping students gain an appreciation for wellness, fitness, and participation in lifelong physical activity. Our curriculum includes traditional games, individual and team sports, physical fitness principles and project adventure.

Physical Education Post Test Review Sheet

Alternative Physical Education Medical Assignments
Article Review
Physical Activity Research Report

Course Requirements
Signature Required – Course Requirements Form

At Tappan Zee High School all students are required to participate in Physical Education each year. During these four years of high school, students must successfully complete eight semesters of Physical Education in order to meet the New York State requirements for graduation. A student who fails Physical Education must make up the semester he/she failed.

Students numerical grade in Physical Education each quarter will consist of the following:


  • Actively participate in all of the classes each quarter. Both quarters are cumulative towards your final semester grade.
  • Maintain a passing average in all skill tests, written examinations, and projects assigned throughout the year.
  • Medically excused students must complete individual written assignments.


  • Arriving late to class three times is equal to one unexcused absence.
  • Each class that is missed after (1) will affect your grade according to the grading rubric.
  • School policy dictates that you may not miss more than (6) classes per semester in Physical Education. Noncompliance will result in course failure.
  • This includes illegal absences (cuts), unprepared classes.
  • If you are not in class due to any other reason such as a music lesson your grade will be affected in accordance to the Physical education grading rubric.


  • Students can make up P.E. classes with any teacher by appointment during office hours. A sign in sheet will be held in the P.E. office during the final two weeks of each quarter. There will be a limit of 12 students for each 15 minute segment of time.
  • Students will not be allowed to make up a class by going into other Physical Education classes.
  • Only one class may be made up for each 15 minute session of time.
  • Making up a class will consist of a fitness/conditioning element of approximately 15 minutes.

Safety, Preparation and Attire

  • Appropriate clothing for active participation in physical education class includes shorts or sweatpants, T-shirts or sweatshirts, and sneakers.
  • Inappropriately dressing for class will be marked as an unprepared and he/she will not be permitted to participate.
  • In the interest of safety, all jewelry, ropes and body piercings must be removed before participating in class.
  • Keep your personal items locked up. Valuable items should be left at home.


  • Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times. This includes respectful language and responsible behavior.
  • Improper use of equipment or facilities resulting in damage or breakage will result in the replacement cost being assessed to the student.

New York State Learning Standards for Physical Education

Standard 1 Personal Health and Fitness

Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sport activities. Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and body composition.

Standard 2 A Safe and Healthy Environment

Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication. Students will be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants.

Standard 3 Resource Management

Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity. They will be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs. Students will also be aware of some career options in the field of physical fitness and sports.

Physical Education Rubric

Physical Education Staff

Mr. Tom Cromer
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone Number: 680-1000 x1681
Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Emily Donovan
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone Number: 680-1000 x1642
Email: [email protected]

Mr. George Gaine
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone Number: 680-1000 x1681
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Stephen Sutton
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone Number: 680-1000 x1681
Email: [email protected]

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