2020-21 HS Course Selection Guide - HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Health & Physical Education Courses
Health Fitness (9) 1 credit
In order to reinforce information learned in the classroom environment with activities experienced in the physical education setting, health and physical education are combined into one course that meets five days per week. This course provides the opportunity for students to develop an optimal level of fitness and to create an understanding of how fitness concepts can be applied for personal improvement and disease prevention. A primary objective is for students to be able to assess their own fitness level and develop a physical fitness program to achieve personal goals. Students utilize heart monitors in the assessment of their exercise intensity and cardiovascular fitness. Information from heart monitors may be utilized to analyze student progress. In addition to the focus on fitness, other key elements of wellness include nutrition, stress, drugs and alcohol, and health-related decision making.
Health (10) .6 credit
Blended learning class - 2 days in-class/ 1 day online learning
Designed to motivate and encourage active participation in developing life skills for optimal mental, social, and physical health, this course guides students to apply health information and interpersonal and social skills to promote healthy behaviors. Emphasis is placed on developing personal and social competence in using decision-making, communication (including assertiveness and refusal skills), stress management, and goal setting skills. These skills are integrated across content areas in the units of study that reflect the National and State Health Education Standards. This class is scheduled two days per week for the entire year.
Physical Fitness (10) .4 credit
Students are provided the opportunity to enhance their understanding of health and skill-related fitness components. This focus allows students to develop experiences, attitudes, knowledge, and skills that promote adherence to an active lifestyle. Students will utilize heart rate monitors while involved in fitness activities and sports as a way of assessing their effort and progress in cardiovascular fitness. Throughout this course, students will analyze their fitness level and set personal goals that incorporate all the components of fitness. A personal fitness plan will be developed to assess understanding of training principles and personal improvement. Students will also focus on problem-solving activities that help them to develop 21st century skills necessary for working with others. This class is scheduled two days per week for the entire year.
Personal Fitness Training (11, 12) .4 credit
Designed for students who wish to improve personal fitness without engaging in team sports. Group Fitness includes Yoga & Pilates, group exercise (kickboxing, interval training, body bar, balance ball, step aerobics, slide aerobics, Latin fitness training, etc.), dance, self-defense, and cardiovascular exercise. Health-related fitness components are emphasized. Heart rate monitors will be utilized to assess cardiovascular performance. This course meets two days per week for the entire year.
Sport Physical Education B (11, 12) .4 credit
This program offers students the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of team and individual activities and sports with the emphasis placed on promoting and maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. Heart rate monitors are utilized to assess cardiovascular performance. Sport PE is scheduled two days per week for the entire year.
Advanced Physical Education 1 (12) .5 credit/semester course
Designed for students with a strong interest in physical education, recreation and related fields, students are challenged to learn more about individual activities and explore topics not covered in the traditional physical education program. Students experience the art of teaching skills and techniques to others, as well as planning and conducting an activity for community involvement. In addition, students are exposed to a variety of career related opportunities in this area. This class is scheduled 5 days per week for one semester.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of physical education in grades 9, 10, and 11; exhibit good sportsmanship and fair play; demonstrate a high level of participation and cooperation; teacher recommendation from PE 11 or Advanced PE teacher.
Advanced Physical Education 2 (12) .5 credit/semester course
Designed for students who have a strong interest in physical education, recreation, and related fields, students are challenged to learn more about team activities and also explore a variety of topics not covered in the traditional physical education program. Students experience the art of teaching skills and techniques to others as well as officiating, coaching, and designing team strategies. In addition, students are exposed to a variety of career related opportunities in the area. This class is scheduled 5 days per week for one semester.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of physical education in grades 9,10, and 11; exhibit good sportsmanship and fair play; demonstrate a high level of participation and cooperation; teacher recommendation from PE 11 or Advanced PE teacher.