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Physical Education

The high school course descriptions presented here communicate the essence of the high school physical education experience. The content articulates the knowledge, skills, and confidence students need to maintain meaningful physical activity throughout their lifetime. The course sequence provides a blueprint for delivering the content in a manner that equips students to make a successful transition from the physical education instructional program to participation in physical activity during adulthood. The adult lifestyle demands that individuals initiate and monitor their own participation in physical activity. Family responsibilities, career demands, and individual choices influence physical activity patterns.

Staff Directory

James Gilmore PE Teacher/Athletic Director (408) 366-7314  
Craig Ellegood PE Teacher/PE Department Lead (408) 366-7310 ex.4821
Jill Borges PE Teacher (408) 366-7388 ex.4854
Lara Myers PE Teacher (408) 366-7388 ex.4871
Chris Oswald PE Teacher (408) 366-7388 ex.4819
Julia Roberts PE Teacher (408) 366-7388 ex.4829


PE 9

A basic course required of all freshmen, which includes instruction in beginning and intermediate skills, basic rules, history and etiquette in a variety of sports. Students must complete the objectives of an activity in each of the following areas: Individual—an activity in which the student performs without the need of another person; Dual—an activity in which a student competes against another student; Team— an activity in which a group of students compete against another group of students; Rhythmic—an activity in which movement is coordinated with music or a rhythmic beat; Aquatic—an activity which covers the basic skills of swimming; Wellness—fundamentals of good health practices are incorporated in activities.

Grading Criteria:

40% = Attendance / Participation

25% = Physical Fitness

25% = Skill Development / Written Work

10% = FInal Exam

PE 10-12

The PE 10 elective program is designed to allow choice in the selection of physical education activities. Emphasis is placed on refining basic skill and participation. The activities typically offered may include: aerobics, aquatics, basketball, badminton, body development, dance, flag football, game management, golf, gymnastics, pickleball, recreational games, soccer, softball, tennis, track, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, weight training, wrestling.

Total Fitness

The course emphasizes aerobic activity with elements of all five of the components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. This course is set to prepare students for a life of fitness after high school. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology will be introduced. Individual students will be assessed primarily on their own personal fitness level and student personal PE folders will be maintained.

Weight Training

This course is designed for those students interested in developing body strength for advanced sports skills. Students will engage in weightlifting, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility exercises. Students will utilize both free weights and weight machines.

Martial Arts

In this alternative to PE 10, students will master the PE 10 standards with a focus on the applications of those standards within the martial arts. Students will learn formal, choreographed “forms” as well as applicable skills in self-defense, both standing and on the ground. An emphasis on physical fitness will be woven throughout the curriculum, as successful martial artists must combine strength and endurance. Short lessons will address the historical and cultural roots of various martial arts forms. Additional written, oral and project-based assignments will explore the PE 10 themes of health (including nutrition, emotional and mental health), adaptive fitness, and lifelong fitness.

Graduation Requirements

Two years of Physical Education are required for high school graduation (20 total credits). Furthermore, one of the two years must be completed with a course offer within the Physical Education Department. 

Policies & Expectations


Locker Room Protocol

  1. Cupertino WILL NOT be providing locks for the lockers inside the locker room area (boys or girls side)
  2. Students may bring their own locks (Combination or Key)
  3. Students will be able to choose a locker during their PE period, students may place their belongings inside the locker and place their own lock on the locker they have chosen.  At the end of the period, the student must empty their locker and REMOVE their LOCK from the locker.
  4. The goal is to have all lockers available during each PE period, this will allow all PE student the option to choose to have their own locker and hopefully allow them ample space to change their clothes.
  5. If student DO NOT REMOVE their LOCKS at the end of each period, they risk having locks CUT OFF.
  6. If students have a BIG item that will not fit inside a locker, they may communicate with one of the PE teachers.  Typically large items are stored inside a storage room on the boys side and on the girls side items are usually stored inside the girls PE Office.
  7. The past few years, we have not had enough lockers for all PE students, students will not have to share lockers, they can choose their own locker each day, they can change lockers each day, but they must remove their locks each day. otherwise we will have issues with the system.
  8. Athletes who might use the locker room after school must follow the same protocol as PE students.  Athletes must remove their locks at the end of each practice.

Locker Room Policy 

  1. Anyone caught stealing or performing any other illegal action in the locker rooms will be referred to School Administration and a police report will be filed.
  2. Locker rooms are not secured during class, thus all valuables must be locked up in a locker.  If backpack does not fit in the locker, one must remove the valuables from the backpack and secure those items in the locker.
  3. No wet clothes should be left in the locker.
  4. No food should be left in left in the locker.
  5. Mistreating the lockers, the other students in the locker room or the room itself will result in removal of your locker privilege.
  6. Showers are available for use in the locker room following class.
  7. Any violation of the above listed policy can result in a loss of your locker room privilege.

Student Outcomes & Expectations

Student Outcomes

  1. Students will develop competency in many movement activities.
  2. Students will understand how and why they move in a variety of situations and use this information to enhance their own skills.
  3. Students will achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
  4. Students will exhibit a physically active lifestyle and will understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge and self-expression.
  5. Students will demonstrate responsible personal behavior while participating in movement activities.
  6. Students will demonstrate responsible social behavior while participating in movement activities.  Students will understand the importance of respect for others.
  7. Students will understand the relationship between history, culture and games​.

Student Expectations

  1. Attend class daily dressed out in proper PE attire.
  2. Get to class and roll call on time.
  3. Complete all class responsibilities and required work.
  4. Be responsible for all medical excuses, notes and admission forms.
  5. Care for PE attire, storing, and cleaning.
  6. All accidents and/or injuries should be reported to the teacher regardless of how minor the accident and/or injury seems to be.

Dress Code & PE Uniforms

Students are to be dressed in Physical Education attire every day.  Athletic shoes with rubber soles and athletic socks are to be worn to class.  School or street clothes (worn either under or over PE attire) is not acceptable attire for Physical Education class. Students without proper attire are subject to participation restrictions. Changing clothes before and after physical activity demonstrates good personal hygiene.

Item Cost
PE Shirt $10
PE Shorts $15
PE Sweatshirt $25

attendance and make up policy

Attendance Policy

  • All students must be checked in for tutorial on the track within the first 10 minutes of the tutorial period.
  • All students are responsible for knowing what make-up is to be completed.
  • Students must be dressed in PE clothes in order to complete a make-up.

Make-Up Policy 

  • Expectations:
  • Students dress out in PE clothes meet the PE teacher on the track (Meeting place may change when the weather is poor)
  • Students are responsible to make-up days missed if they want credit for that missed day
  • PE Make-ups will differ in terms of the day missed.
  • If a student is absent on a timed run day, they must make-up the timed run, if the student is absent on a Block day (non-timed run day) they must run 10 track laps, if they are absent on a short day (typically Monday) the student must run 6 track laps.  Students who are absent on a timed run day must make-up the timed run and the required track laps. However, the timed run laps will count towards the total number of laps required for the make-up.  For example, a student might be absent on a Block day which included a timed run, the make-up would be run the timed mile (4 laps) and complete the make-up by running 6 more track laps (total of ten laps)
  • Students tardy to class have a two track lap make-up
  • Students who fail to dress out for class or who refuse to participate in class have 10 track laps
  • Students who partially dress out have 5 track laps
  • Some PE Make-ups might take two days to complete (two day max.)


  • Monday Make-ups are completed by each student’s own PE teacher
  • Monday make-ups are at the teacher’s discretion, make-ups may include timed runs or required lap running
  • Wednesday Make-ups are track laps, 10 laps, 6 laps, 5 laps, or two laps
  • Friday Make-ups are timed runs
  • These include Timed Mile runs, Timed Gold runs, & Timed Sartwell (Mile)
  • Clarifying questions should be directed to your Physical Education teacher


late enrollment policy

All new students to Cupertino High School who add a Physical Education class after the designated start date of the semester without an incoming grade from another institution.

  1. Students who add within the 1st grading period are able to stay within the default grading system of the class and are required to make-up half of all days prior to enrolling and complete all essential missing assignments (must complete all unit quizzes if any have been given).
  2. Students who add within the 2nd grading period are relegated to a pass/fail grading system and are required to make-up half of all days prior to enrolling and all essential missing assignments including all missed unit quiz(es). 
  3. Students who add within the 3rd grading period are unable to receive full credit for the semester. They are only able to earn partial credit for their work completed (ie. 2 credits instead of the 5 total) No make-ups or late work is required.

Restrictive activity/medical policy

Students missing or on restricted/modified activity for 3 days or less

Student’s parent must call in the absence to the attendance office and/or provide note to teacher. Student is responsible for all missing work.

Missing or restricted/modified activity for more than 3 days

Students must provide a note from doctor. Student is responsible for all missing work.

Missing or restricted/modified activity for more than 2 weeks

Student must provide note from parent and/or doctor and must choose between the following three choices:

  1. Students may continue the course with a modified curriculum in which they are only eligible to receive a pass/fail grade.
  2. Students may drop the class and retake at a later time.
  3. Students may make-up all missing work and remain eligible for an “A”, “B”, “C” letter grade

Students who miss a skill test, fitness test and/or written test due to medically excused non-participation or absence will be expected to make up the test(s). Make up test are be arranged with individual instructors for a time that is mutually agreeable. Students are responsible to notify PE instructor prior to school-related absences.