• Fitness and Exercise Science

    Contact Info:

    Teacher: Mr. Dinsmore      

    Email:     jmd28@scasd.org


    Course Description: Fitness and exercise science is a combination of classroom and lab experiences. This course will provide students with a broad knowledge of exercise science and a foundation for understanding the role of science in exercise and health promotion. This course is designed to provide a sound knowledge for students interested and preparing for professional work in health promotion, fitness-related careers, physical and occupational therapy, kinesiology, and allied health careers. Content areas consist of basic exercise science, program design and implementation for various populations, advanced level strength training concepts, anatomy and physiology, injury prevention, client consultation and fitness assessments.



    • Provide a broad knowledge of exercise science and a foundation for understanding the role of science in exercise and health promotion.
    • Acquire knowledge through fitness concepts.
    • Provide a sound knowledge base for students preparing to work in health promotion and fitness-related professions.
    • Develop a positive attitude toward physical self and lifelong wellness and fitness activities/behaviors.
    • Apply and develop skills to personal evaluation




    • Students are expected to dress appropriately for EVERY
    • Students are expected to be on time and ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE.
    • Students with medical restrictions are expected to dress appropriately for EVERY class and participate in a modified or alternative activity if possible.
    • T-shirts, athletic shorts, sweats, warm-ups and athletic shoes are acceptable for most activities.
    • Hats are not permitted inside for any activity.
    • Students will receive a verbal warning if they fail to dress properly for class and will earn no points for that day. If student fails to dress on a consistent basis, parents /guardians will be contacted
    • Students are not permitted to bring cell phones to class unless the instructor tells students otherwise.
    • Students are encouraged to bring a lock and LOCK UP THEIR VALUABLES. Lockers are provided in the locker rooms.


    Medical Restrictions


    • Students who are ill or injured shall present a note from a parent or guardian to temporally limit their participation. This note will be honored up to 1 week (2 to 3 days). Students are expected to make up required activities.
    • Chronic or long-term restrictions require a Physician’s note to exempt a student from participation in required activities. This note shall include; the duration, restricted activities, and suggested activities.
    • Students with modified restrictions are expected to dress appropriately for EVERY class and participate in alternative activity, unless they are restricted from all activity.
    • Students with medical restriction will be assessed for the cognitive portion of the unit.
    • Students must participate in at least 60% of the class periods during the semester. If a student falls below the 60% participation threshold due to illness or injury, the student must either:


    • Schedule Make-Up classes to meet the 60% requirement (Must be discussed with PE teacher. Only applies to injury or illness situations)
    • If it's a Fall course, reschedule to the Spring
    • Retake the course the following school year


    Student Make Up Work Procedure Absences

    • It is the student’s responsibility to check teacher websites and / or contact the teacher for work. Students are expected to make up all work missed within a time period not to exceed the total number of days absent from that specific class. Thereafter, a 10% deduction may be taken for each class meeting day the assignment / assessment is late following the student’s absence from class.
      • Example: Student is out Monday (A), Tuesday (B), and Wednesday (A). Student will get A day work on Friday, and it will be due two classes later on Thursday. Student will get B day work on Thursday, and it will be due Monday.
      • Students are strongly encouraged to make up missed work and keep up with assignments while they are out.

    Unexcused Absences

    If a student cuts class and is unaccounted for in the attendance system, s/he cannot earn higher than half of the credit that was earned for the assignment.  The assignment/assessment is due the class period that the student returns to class.  

    Late Work

    It is the expectation that all students will turn in assignments on the given due date.  Late work is an assignment not turned in by the established due date/class period.  Students have up to three class periods past the due date to turn in a late assignment.  Ten percent will be deducted for each class period that the assignment is late.  A student who turns in the assignment more than three class periods past the due date will receive half of the credit that they earned on the assignment.  In order to receive credit for late work a student must turn in any late work one week prior to the end of the marking period in which the assignment was given.



    • Students will receive a grade both marking periods during the semester they are enrolled in the physical education course
    • Students grade will be determined by combination of active participation and cognitive assessments
      • 75% Based on Participation
      • 25% Based on Cognitive Assessments


    • Participation Grade                                                                                     75%
      • Active participation and following instructions
      • Appropriate shoes and clothing for activity
      • Consistent effort to improve skill/fitness/knowledge
      • On time for class
      • Treats teacher and classmates with respect

    Note: In order to receive full credit for participation, all items listed above must be present at all times during class. Failure to meet these expectations will result in the loss of participation points for the day

    • Assessment 25%
      • Self, partner, and instructor progress assessment
      • Cognitive written assessments
Last Modified on August 24, 2016