Physical Education is an integral part of the education process and emphasizes the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy level of physical fitness. Participation in Physical Education helps improve the mental, social and physical well being of all students. The goal of Physical Education is to encourage students to participate and develop an interest in physical activities with an emphasis on physical fitness. Components of physical fitness (strength, endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility) are stressed during the warm-up and reinforced during the subsequent activity. Students will learn to demonstrate competency in many movement forms. Students will gain an understanding of the personal and social effects of physical exercise and wellness.

The goal of Physical Education is to encourage students to participate and develop an interest in physical activities with an emphasis on physical fitness. Students will learn to:
  • Develop the skills of movement, the knowledge of how and why one moves, and the ways in which movement may be organized.
  • Move skillfully and effectively through exercise, games, sports and aquatics.
  • Enrich their understanding of the concepts of space, time and force related to movement.
  • Express culturally-approved patterns of personal behavior and interpersonal relationships in and through games and sports.
  • Condition the heart, lungs, muscles and other organic systems of the body to meet daily and emergency demands.
  • Acquire an appreciation of and a respect for good physical condition, a functional posture, and a sense of personal well-being.
  • Develop an interest and a desire to participate in lifetime recreational sports.

Students are required by both state law and local policies to pass physical education to graduate. Freshmen must take "Fitness for Living" which combines health and physical education. Sophomores, juniors and seniors must take and pass one semester of physical education per year. Successful completion of a PE class taken through the ABRHS Summer School prior to a given school year may fulfill the requirements for grades 10, 11, and 12.

Excessive enrollments in Physical Education classes can cause health and safety issues, as well as severely limit participation. Therefore, students may not double up or schedule two physical education classes in a given term without permission from the administration. 

Read the detailed course descriptions on the A-B Regional District site.

Grade 9 Integrated Health / Physical Education Curriculum
Fitness for Living 997 (Year Course)
Grouping: Heterogeneous
Prerequisite: None
Outline: Activities
Description: Class Details are on the District Website

This course provides an integrated, team taught planned approach to achieving an effective wellness program for all ABRHS 9th graders. 

The goal of this wellness education program is for students to learn about or develop: l) accurate information about health and fitness; 2) realistic self-evaluation about critical health and fitness issues; 3) self-esteem and communication skills; 4) decision-making and self empowerment skills; and 5) knowledge and practice of lifelong physical activities which promote health and fitness. 

Students will learn about and discuss risk prevention topics such as:

» Stress Management
» Teen Dating Violence
» Sports Health
» Decision Making
» Accident Prevention and Safety
» Substance Abuse
» CPR Media Literacy
» First Aid
» Sexually Transmitted Diseases
» Cardiovascular Fitness
» Nutrition

In addition to formal classroom instruction students will participate in fitness and lifetime activities such as: aerobics, aquatics, softball, flexibility, mixed games, and strength training. Read the Program of Studies for detailed course descriptions.

Grades 10, 11, 12 
955 One semester for each grade 
1.25 Credits
Description: Class Details are on the District Website

Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students will take one semester of Physical Education. Activities will focus on Lifelong Skills, Team Games and Cooperative Games. Students will choose their activity at the beginning of each quarter. 

Summer School

Session 1. 7:30am - 9:15am
Session 2. 9:30am - 11:15am
Session 3. 5:30pm - 7:15pm

This course may be taken by incoming ABRHS Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors for 1.25 credits to satisfy their PE requirement for 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Students may take this course to make up a failed semester of Physical Education or to meet the future requirements of Junior or Senior year. This course does not meet the Freshmen "Fitness for Living" requirements. PE is mandated by the State Department of Education and is an Acton-Boxborough graduation requirement. There will be four make-up classes. To pass this course, you must attend and participate a minimum of 20 days. Attending 19 or fewer classes will result in course failure. Please note that the attendance policy for this class differs from all other Summer School classes.

Out of 5 possible points per class, point deductions are as follows:
  • Not being dressed appropriately results in a loss of 5 points. Students are allowed to make up these classes for full credit.
  • Coming to class late results in a loss of 2 points.
  • Non-participation, minimal participation, disruptive behavior can result in a loss of 1 to 5 points.
  • Lack of Effort on Assessments can result in a loss of 1 to 3 points. 
  • Class absences due to truancy, loss of 5 points. These classes can not be made up.

Make-Up Procedures
Students are always encouraged to make up missed classes. Make-up procedures are subject to the final authority of the assigned Physical Education Teacher.
  • Students must make up missed classes within ten school days.
  • Before going to a different Physical Education class for make-up sessions, students must have the permission from their assigned teacher.
  • It is the student's responsibility to confirm that his or her make-up session has been recorded.

All students are expected to be prepared for class, to be on time and participate to the best of their ability. All students must change into appropriate clothing (sneakers, shorts or sweatpants, tee-shirt or sweatshirt) for each Physical Education class. 

Students should attend all Physical Education classes. If a student skips a class, he or she receives no credit for that class and cannot make up the class missed. Students who have an excused absence from school or class such as being home sick, field trips and college visits can make up the missed Physical Education class within ten school days.

In certain cases, Physical Education classes do not need to be made up. The following are examples:
  • Absences due to a doctor's excuse for an injury or illness that extends more than one week.
  • Required testing (MCAS, Evaluation, AP examinations).
  • Class meetings including community service day.

Tony Ammendolia
Eileen Flannery
Suzanne Hoag
Thomas Kamataris
Parindar Miller

Telephone: (978) 264-4700 extension 3483
Fax: (978) 266-1133


Web Links
The following web sites provide information about nutrition, sports nutrition, and health:


These websites offer resources for people who want to stop their problem drinking and for their loved ones., Alcoholics Anonymous, Life Ring, Moderation Management

Body Image, boosting body image at any weight., self esteem in women of all ages.

Calories, Agricultural Research Center, USDA

Cancer, American Cancer Society, American Institute for Cancer Research, Cancer and Nutrition, food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention.

The following books provide information about nutrition, sports nutrition, and health.

Garner, A., and J. Woititi. 1990. Lifeskills for Adult Children. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

Body Image
Freedman, R. 2002. Bodylove: Learning to Like Our Looks and Ourselves. Carlsbad, CA:Gurze Books.

Johnson, C. 2001. Self Esteem Comes in All Sizes: How to be Happy and Health at your Natural Weight. Carlsbad, CA:Gurze Books.