Physical Education

Mr. Corey White and  Ms. Samantha Cushing


The Physical Education program at Amherst Middle School includes a variety of activities designed to develop an appreciation for the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. A physically active person understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. Students will be exposed to a variety of movement experiences, skills, and games that are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, and physical development of every child. Throughout the year, activities will be presented to allow students the opportunity to grow physically and emotionally through movement. Students will make progress at their own pace while being constantly encouraged to challenge themselves.

Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to participate in a variety of physical activities: competitive, cooperative, team/individual challenges, fitness, wellness, and non-traditional. We hope to develop skills, interest, and an appreciation for the need for life long physical activity and recreation. The Physical Education program at AMS supports the National Association of Sports and Physical Education National Standards.


  • Appropriate clothing includes: athletic sneakers, shirts/tank tops, athletic shorts (no jeans, cargo pants, or zip off pants), sweatshirts/pants, or cold weather clothing. All clothing worn in P.E. class must meet the school dress code requirements.
  • Students are provided with a lock and basket in the locker room. Loss or damage to either will result in a replacement charge.


  • Participation is an integral part of the grade in physical education. Parent or medical notes are required if a student is injured or ill. A note from home will excuse a student from active participation for that day. A doctor's note is required to excuse a student for an extended period of time.


The five National Physical Education Standards that will be used to grade students are:

STANDARD #1- Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

STANDARD #2- The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

STANDARD #3- The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

STANDARD #4- The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

STANDARD #5- The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Students will also receive a Work Study Practice (WSP) grade.


  • For safety, jewelry is NOT Exceptions are medical alert jewelry or stud earrings
  • DO NOT BRING VALUABLES TO CLASS. Responsibility for the loss of personal possessions, resides with each student. Lock your basket at all times.
  • No gum, candy, food, or drinks are allowed in the locker room and gym.
  • Do not leave the class area or use any equipment without permission.
  • Report all injuries occurring in PE. class to the P.E. teachers immediately.
  • Please stay off the bleachers when in closed position.
  • If you are on an Interscholastic Team:

1. You must be prepared for and participate in PE. class in order to attend a practice or game on the same day.

2. Team uniforms are not to be worn as P.E. clothes