HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The physical education program is based on helping students develop healthy, active lifestyles by experiencing a balance of activities in a positive, responsible, and cooperative environment. These activities include the movement areas of dance, fitness, adventure/cooperative education, and sports/games. It is through these experiences that we address the diverse needs of our students in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains. A component of physical education classes in grades 9, 11, and 12 will focus on substance abuse prevention. These classes will include basic information about chemicals and their effects on the human body and society. Students will examine their own attitudes as they practice communication skills, decision-making skills, and refusal skills.

The health education program in grade 10, offers a foundation of functional health information and skills so that students become health literate. Content areas are multidimensional, encompassing the areas of emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, spiritual wellness, social wellness, physical wellness, and occupational wellness. The dynamic nature of wellness requires that our curriculum focus on critical health skills, such as communication, decision-making, goal-setting, advocacy, self-management, analyzing influences, and accessing information.

Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11 & 12

Full Year Course:

  • Wellness 9 .5 credit

Full Year Course:

  • Sophomore PE .25 credit, one semester
  • Health Education  .25 credit, one semester

To meet Physical Education graduation requirements, between Junior and Senior years, students must complete three semesters of Physical Education. Each semester completed is .25 credits earned. 

Students must successfully complete 3 semester courses of Physical Education during their junior and senior year.

Fall Semester (1)

  • Personal Fitness
  • Lifetime Activities
  • Team Sport Concepts and Strategies
  • Empowering Students Through Leadership in PE (Physical Education teacher recommendation required
  • Physical Education Strategies (Physical Education teacher recommendation required)

Spring Semester (2)

  • Group and Personal Exercise
  • Self and Peer Defense
  • Team Sport Concepts and Strategies
  • Empowering Students Through Leadership in PE (Physical Education teacher recommendation required
  • Physical Education Strategies (Physical Education teacher recommendation required)

 

**Students in the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 are required to complete 1.75 credits of PE and Health for graduation. These credits must include: 1.5 in PE and .25 of Health.

**Students in the class of 2023 are required to complete 1.0 credits of PE and 1.0 credits of Health for graduation.

Medical Excuses 
All students are expected to attend and participate in physical education class. We recognize that during the course of the year, a student may become sick or injured. A student with an acute illness or injury (upper respiratory infection, sprained ankle, etc.) should present a note from his/her physician to the nurse. Excuses from physical education class are valid from the time the doctor's note is received by the school nurse and only for the time period stipulated by the doctor. Retroactive excuses are not acceptable unless immediately following a school absence covered by the doctor's note.

Medical Exemptions
There may be a time in a student's career when, because of chronic illness or injury, a medical exemption from physical education class is requested. The parent/guardian should follow the process outlined below to request an exemption.

  1. The student will contact the school nurse, inform her of the need for exemption, and obtain the required medical form.
  2. The parent/guardian will mail the medical form to the student's physician. The doctor must clearly indicate on the form the types of physical activities in which the child can participate (mild, moderate, vigorous, or full exemption).
  3. The physician will specify the length of the exemption or modification in the student's physical education program.
  4. The school nurse will inform the physical education teacher and the counselor of record of the desired exemption.
  5. In the event that adjustments must be made in a student's schedule and program, the adjustments will be made through the school counselor who will notify the physical education teacher.

Wellness 9

.5 Credit
Grade 9

This course will address physical and health education needs and requirements.  Key concepts included in this course are: Stress & Self Management, Substance Prevention & Accessing Information, Maintaining Safe & Healthy Relationships.  Additionally, students will be exposed to lifelong fitness concepts and activities while applying strategies.

Sophomore Physical Education

Grade 10
.25 credit

Sophomore physical education classes meet three times a week for one semester and build upon the activities presented in the freshman year. Tenth grade students participate in the CT Physical Fitness Assessment and this instruction will guide the students in their goal setting for an improved personal level of physical fitness. Sophomores enroll in one semester of Health Education and one semester of Physical Education.

Health Education

Grade 10
.25 Credit

A one-semester course in Health Education is required for graduation. Students are scheduled for Health Education during their sophomore year. The course will place emphasis on how to stay well by developing the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and the services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Skills will include accessing valid information, products and services; goal setting; decision making; using effective interpersonal communication skills; analyzing internal and external influences; and advocating a healthy position. Topics will include human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, substance use/misuse/abuse, sexual harassment, stress and suicide prevention, and nutrition. Sophomores enroll in one semester of Health Education and one semester of Physical Education.

Empowering Students Through Leadership in Physical Education

Grades 11-12
.25 credit
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation required

Juniors and Seniors, who have successfully passed their freshman and sophomore health and physical education courses and who have been recommended by their Physical Education teachers, can enroll in this physical education class. This one semester course meets the junior and senior physical education requirement. The activity-based course will give students the opportunity to continue to develop their own fitness and physical education skills while developing their leadership potential. Course experiences include: Designing and leading effective dynamic warm-ups, practicing methods and techniques for teaching and coaching various activities, officiating various sports and activities, learning ways to support peers, including special needs students and learning the basics of first aid and CPR/AED.

Physical Education Strategies

Grades 11-12
.25 Credit
Prerequisite: teacher recommendation required

This one semester course is open to juniors and seniors who would like to take their physical education knowledge and skills to a new level by working to help other students develop their recreational, social, and physical education skills. Class participation involves working one-on-one or in small groups with fellow students. Skill practice will include tracking objects, catching, and throwing. Games, sports, and cooperative activities will be used to help students develop relationships and an appreciation for student differences. Students must be recommended by a physical education teacher. Students must have successfully completed previous physical education and health requirements, as determined by physical education teachers. Class is limited to 10 students. Physical Education Strategies is a half-year course.

Lifetime Activities

Grade 11-12
25 Credit

A one-semester course in Physical Education.  In this non-competitive course, students will explore and engage in “lifetime” activities such as Archery, Disc Golf, Backyard Games, Golf, Orienteering, Tennis, Pickle Ball and Badminton. The specific activities will be determined by season. The focus of this course is exposure to potential lifelong physical activities, improving overall personal fitness, principles associated with gaining and maintaining healthy lifestyles choices and overall wellness. Utilization of journaling, self-reflection and goal setting will be incorporated in this course.

Team Sport Concepts and Strategies

Grade 11-12
.25 credit

A one-semester course in Physical Education. In this course, students will learn and demonstrate concepts of team dynamics, tactical strategies, effective communication, and execution of game skills. Examples of team sports are Team Handball, Flag Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Pillow Polo and Speedminton. Activities will be season dependent. Assessments will focus on utilizing video of high-level game play to develop the students ability to analyze applied tactics and strategies for effectiveness and revision as well as self, peer and team performance. 

Self and Peer Defense

Grade 11-12
.25 credit

A one-semester course in Physical Education.  In this course students will focus on young adult/teen safety through self defense tactics, concepts and strategies.  Sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and social media safety and awareness will be explored and researched.  Students will engage in specific physical defense movements as well as research and present to peers additional safety options.

Group and Personal Exercise

Grade 11-12
.25 credit

A one-semester course in Physical Education. Aerobic exercise and yoga are key components to developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This course is designed to expose students to a variety of types and methods of group and individual aerobic exercises that support lifetime fitness. Students will learn skills in, knowledge of and gain a greater understanding of how to develop and institute a personal fitness program that utilizes aerobic exercise and yoga. Assessments will focus on the students understanding of the physiologic response to the variety of exercises utilized. Students will create, execute and analyze their personal program.  This course is offered in opposite semesters with Personal Fitness

Personal Fitness

Grade 11-12
.25 credit

A one-semester course in Physical Education. This course is designed for students who want learn how to create and execute personal fitness goals and programs. Basic to advanced exercise and conditioning programs are designed based on individual needs and goals. Greater knowledge and skills in the areas of strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, agility, nutrition and power are the focus of this course. Students will be required to create and record goals, progress, self-assessments and reflections.  This course is offered in opposite semesters with Group and Personal Exercise.