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Physical Education guidelines


While attending Farnsworth Middle School all students must attend courses of instruction in physical education (New York Education Law). All students shall attend and participate in all classes for which they are registered. Attendance means being physically active for the duration of the class. Participation means being actively involved in the activity as prescribed by the instructor.

Dress Code

While attending and participating in Physical Education classes, students are expected to dress appropriately for the activity. In most cases, this means shorts, a T-shirt, socks and sneakers that tie or velcro. In the interest of pupil safety, it shall be the policy of this department that students shall not wear any form of jewelry while participating. Jewelry includes rings, hanging earrings, facial piercings, watches and bracelets. Hats may not be worn during class.

No clothing that shows the mid-drift area or undergarments
No jean pants or jean shorts
Students must change their entire outfit from what they wore to school

Students who are unprepared for Physical Education:
1st time - warning
2nd time - phone call home
3rd time - PE detention


Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at FMS have the opportunity to participate in the intramural sports program. Intramurals are an outgrowth of the instructional program and involve activities which permit further skill and knowledge growth. Students will normally meet during activity period (3:20 to 4:05 p.m.) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. A permission slip is not required to participate. View a complete listing of intramural sports offered throughout the year.

Interscholastic sports

Students in 7th and 8th grade are eligible to participate in interscholastic sports, which involve competitions against other area schools. Tryouts are required, and daily practices will be held after school. A sports physical is required and students must sign a code of conduct agreement. View a complete listing of interscholatic sports offered throughout the year.


Student progress in Physical Education shall be reported on the Student Evaluation Form. Areas to be evaluated on a unit basis include:
Effort and behavior

Locks and Lockers

Students are assigned an individual storage locker(sharing not permitted). Students are required to provide their own combination lock. The physical education staff will engrave the students' name on their lock and also record all combinations. Students are responsible for keeping their lock combination secret, and staff may take away the right of a student to use a locker if the student cannot demonstrate responsibility in the locker room.


Students who are in school must participate in Physical Education. Students may be excused for a maximum of three days upon receipt of a written note from a parent or legal guardian. For periods of time longer than three days, a doctor's note is required.


Physical Education teachers plan on maximally utilizing the outdoor time available to expedite planned outdoor units of instruction. Students are expected to be prepared for class with proper outdoor clothing when appropriate.


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