Physical Education 9-12
Physical Education is based upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills as a foundation for engaging in physical activity. However, the mere acquisition of knowledge and skills is not enough. The mission of physical education is to enable all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. Our vision is to provide all students with a sequential program based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive, meaningful and non-threatening atmosphere in which every student is challenged and successful.
Scheduling: When the opportunity presents itself, every attempt will be made to split classes into grouping of grades 9-10 and 11-12. This allows us to focus our curriculum on specific areas of fitness and activities based on student grade levels.
9th & 10th
11th & 12th
9 10 11 12
2.5 periods weekly
In an atmosphere conducive to discussion, students express their feelings and attitudes and discuss behavior patterns. They focus on the individual personality and mental health; health problems of social significance; disease prevention and control; community health, family life, nutrition, and drug use and abuse. Ultimately each student further develops the ability to make reasonable decisions based on available information. Required for graduation.
The students participate in a workshop which combines modern jazz and tap dance techniques. The students practice limbering exercises, stretches, body isolations, free-style movement and dance combinations. They learn the basic terminology of tap and practice its techniques such as shuffle, ball changes, and time steps. They learn to use the upper body and arms for stylistic purposes. *Course fulfills partial Art/Music requirement for graduation.
5 periods weekly
The students participate in a workshop which combines the art of classical ballet and the techniques of modern dance. They stress correct body placement posture and carriage. They practice arm and body positions and develop improved coordination through basic combinations and patterns. Classes include an elementary barre, centre, port de bras, adage, and allegro. *Course fulfills partial Art/Music requirement for graduation.
5 periods weekly
The students participate in a workshop which introduces them to a cross section of dance techniques developed by pioneer and contemporary dance innovators. The students participate in a variety of approaches to dance which stress both technical facility and the pleasure of moving gracefully.
Dance I & II or a qualifying audition for students in grades 11 & 12 only
10 11 12
In this workshop which combines techniques and choreography, the students develop individual creativity through personal discovery of movement and movement-related resources. Their exploration of basic compositional studies culminates in fully developed dances. They develop individual and group projects and participate in the school's Choreo Concert.
Dance I, II & III and/or a qualifying audition for students in grades 11 & 12 only.
Intro to Sports Medicine
This is an introductory course for the sports medicine program. The topics that will be covered in this course are: the concept of sports injury, the sports medicine team, the law of sports injury, the law of sports injury, nutritional considerations, emergency plan, anatomy, recognition and evaluation of common injuries to the body, skin conditions, thermal injuries, taping and bracing. With successful completion of this course each students will gain American Red Cross Certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED for Adult/Child and Epi Pen.
Adv. Sports Medicine
This is the second course in Sports Medicine. This course will include: comprehensive management and rehabilitation of injuries focusing on therapeutic exercise programs. It will cover advanced taping skills, protective equipment fitting, specific injury padding as well as cast covering, etc. The students will examine in great depth concussion identification and evaluations that adhere to specific NATA guidelines. The students will also develop a working knowledge of the entire individual/athlete from pre, post and in-season conditioning as well as injury rehabilitation. The class will focus on specific injury identifications such Fractures, ACL Tears, Rotator Cuff Tears, etc., in combination with detailed information about neurological functioning with regard to muscle actions specifically involving cranial and spinal nerves and their firing.
Introduction to Sports Medicine
Lifeguarding/Water Safety Instructor
We will be combining our Lifeguarding and WSI courses to enable students to earn Red Cross Certification in both areas.
Water Safety Instructor Course Description
The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor’s Course will train instructor candidates to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, and Water Safety Courses and Presentations. Water Safety instructor candidates must be 16 years old on or before the last scheduled day of the Water Safety Instructor course.
Instructor candidates will learn principles associated with teaching swimming skills from a developmental and motor learning perspective. In addition, students will learn related instructional methods that will help them to become effective teachers of children, adults, and students with various disabilities and special needs. As a result, this course will provide students with the career readiness skills, values, and knowledge needed to become productive citizens in today’s workforce. Consequently, this course will satisfy the New York State Learning Standards in Physical Education, as well as emphasize the connection between teaching, volunteerism, and service to the community.
This is a semester long course that will coupled with the Lifeguarding course.
Lifeguarding Course Description
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond effectively to aquatic emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.
Successful completion requires full and active participation in all land and water skills practice. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. Students are encouraged to check with their healthcare professional before enrolling the course.
PREREQUISITE: To be eligible to enroll in the Lifeguarding course you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session and be able to successfully demonstrate the following skills:
Note: There is no time requirement for this skill. The candidates must show only that they can swim 300 yards using the above strokes without stopping. The purpose of the swim is to demonstrate comfort in the water.
Note: When returning to the starting point, the participants must hold the 10-pound object with both hands, placing the brick on their chest, and must keep their face above the water. The time is complete once the participant has exited the water and is standing up on the pool deck. The purpose of the timed event is to ensure that the participant demonstrates comfort in the water, along with enough speed, strength and endurance to perform a combination of basic skills that are required and built upon throughout the course.
The students will learn the basics of self defense with an emphasis on Judo. Traditional as well as the Olympic competition styles of Judo will be emphasized. The students will learn the history of Judo as well as other martial arts and how they relate to self-defense. The students will be able to attain the first rank (yellow belt) in Judo by learning all essential techniques. There will be a fitness component included that directly relates to Judo. Upon completion of the yellow belt a student may take the course the following school year to achieve the next belt level. Students receive P.E. credit. Course is not eligible for Varsity Release.
Tai Chi/Kung Fu
Tai Chi Kung Fu is a powerful martial arts system focusing on the cultivation of full-body power, balance, mental concentration, martial arts techniques and relaxation. The Tai Chi Kung Fu curriculum includes instruction in physical exercises, martial arts techniques, partner drills, breathing exercises, mental imagery, meditation, stretching, strength training, physical and emotional balance work, nutrition and wellness. What ties all of these areas together is the Eastern philosophical underpinning upon which all of these methods are based. Students will leave this course with a greater understanding and appreciation of martial arts, health, wellness, meditation, Eastern philosophy and mental focus. Click here for a video on the class