Physical Education & Health 17-18

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

Team Sports

-Flag Football

-Ultimate Frisbee

-Soccer

-Basketball

-Volleyball

-Team Handball

-Diamond Sports

 

Fitness Concepts

-Yoga

-Weight Training

-Aerobics

-Pilates

-Zumba Fitness

-Cardio Training

-CrossFit

 

Cooperative Games

Project Adventure

Racquet/Net Sports

-Badminton

-Tennis

-Pickleball

-Volleyball

 

Fitness Concepts

-Yoga

-Weight Training

-Aerobics

-Pilates

-Zumba Fitness

-Cardio Training

-CrossFit

 

 

Individual

-Golf

-Outdoor games

 

 

Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

9 10 11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly

 

Health Education

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.

Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

10 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly



Dance I (Formally Dance I & II)

This course explores the basic techniques of various styles of dance. Throughout the year we will be studying dance using creative expression and technical achievement. We will be exploring jazz, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and composition through various exercises and floor work. The movement portion of the class consists of a complication of warm ups, center floor exercises including balancing skills, body alignment, and stretches, as well as across the floor exercises. Students learn the beginning skills of choreography through guided group projects. Students will work with partners and start providing dance feedback using dance language. *Course fulfills partial Art/Music requirement for graduation.

Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

9 10 11 12 

Credit:

1

Meets:

5 periods weekly/Full Year Course

 

Dance II (Formally Dance III)

 

This course explores the intermediate techniques of the various styles of dance. The focus is on developing and enhancing previously learned skills/ techniques and expanding into performance and composition. Students will become more conversant with useful terminology. Students will review the elements of movement, as well as learn components of choreography. Small group choreography will be emphasized to enhance creativity, expression, movement, and use of space. Students will work with partners and start providing dance feedback using dance language and start exploring the art of critique.

Prerequisite(s):

Dance I (or a qualifying audition for students in grades 11 or 12 only)

Grade(s):

9 10 11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly

 

Dance III (Formally Dance IIIA)

This course explores the advanced techniques of the various styles of dance. The focus is on developing and enhancing previously learned skills/ techniques and expanding in into a much more advanced level of performance. Students will be conversant with useful terminology and use it while describing movement and choreography. Students will create pieces using the elements of dance, as well as learn more advanced components of choreography. Individual choreography will be emphasized and encouraged for our annual CHOREO showcase. Students will be introduced to dance criticism and the art of critique.

Prerequisite(s):

Dance I & II or  a qualifying audition for students in grades 11 & 12 only

Grade(s):

11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly

 

Dance IV  (New 2017)

This course explores the most advanced techniques of the various styles of dance. The focus is on developing and enhancing previously learned skills/ techniques and expanding in into a much more advanced level of performance. Students will be conversant with useful terminology and use it while describing movement and choreography. Students will create pieces using the elements of dance, as well as learn more advanced components of choreography. Individual choreography will be required for our annual CHOREO showcase. Different techniques like ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and tap will be covered both stylistically, technically, and gesturally. A major portion of the course will be on Dance Criticism and the art of critique in enhancing our overall performance.

Prerequisite(s):

Dance I, II & III and/or a qualifying audition for students in grade 12 only.

Grade(s):

12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly


Strength and Conditioning Course (New 2017-18)

A Physical Education course geared towards covering strength and cardio muscular endurance training. The class will also have lessons geared to physical fitness and health as a lifetime sport. The students will incorporate specific types of training such as Cross fit, Yoga, Free Weight and Machine assisted workouts. Different types of Cardio endurance workouts such as running, swimming and biking (if possible). Students will gain knowledge of muscle function, physiology, and human movement, while understanding how physical activity enhances health-related physical fitness. They will look at the relationship between nutrition and performance. Students will assess their health-related fitness, learn specific activities to develop or maintain fitness, and design a personal exercise program.

Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

10, 11, 12

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly



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.

Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

10 11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

5 periods weekly

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.

Prerequisite(s):

Introduction to Sports Medicine

Grade(s):

10 11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

5 periods weekly

 

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.

 

  • ÞPREREQUISITE: To be eligible to enroll in the Lifeguarding course you must be at least 16 years of age before the last scheduled class session and be able to successfully demonstrate the following skills:
  • ÞFront Crawl-25 yards
  • ÞBack Crawl-25 yards
  • ÞBreaststroke-25 yards
  • ÞElementary Backstroke-25 yards
  • ÞSidestroke-25 yards
  • ÞButterfly-15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute

 

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:

 

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:

     

    • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick.
      • Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or the front.
    • 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breath, kick and glide sequence.
    • 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke, The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.

      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.

       

  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. NO GOGGLES ALLOWED

    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.

     

  • Tread water for 2 minutes with both hands out of the water.

 

This is a semester long course that will coupled with the Lifeguarding course.


 

Self Defense/Judo

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.

Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

10 11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly

 

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.
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Prerequisite(s):

None

Grade(s):

10 11 12 

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly

 

Dance IV  (New 2017)

This course explores the most advanced techniques of the various styles of dance. The focus is on developing and enhancing previously learned skills/ techniques and expanding in into a much more advanced level of performance. Students will be conversant with useful terminology and use it while describing movement and choreography. Students will create pieces using the elements of dance, as well as learn more advanced components of choreography. Individual choreography will be required for our annual CHOREO showcase. Different techniques like ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and tap will be covered both stylistically, technically, and gesturally. A major portion of the course will be on Dance Criticism and the art of critique in enhancing our overall performance. 

Prerequisite(s):

Dance I, II & III and/or a qualifying audition for students in grade 12 only.

Grade(s):

12  

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly

Dance IV  (New 2017)

This course explores the most advanced techniques of the various styles of dance. The focus is on developing and enhancing previously learned skills/ techniques and expanding in into a much more advanced level of performance. Students will be conversant with useful terminology and use it while describing movement and choreography. Students will create pieces using the elements of dance, as well as learn more advanced components of choreography. Individual choreography will be required for our annual CHOREO showcase. Different techniques like ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and tap will be covered both stylistically, technically, and gesturally. A major portion of the course will be on Dance Criticism and the art of critique in enhancing our overall performance. 

Prerequisite(s):

Dance I, II & III and/or a qualifying audition for students in grade 12 only.

Grade(s):

12  

Credit:

0.5

Meets:

2.5 periods weekly