SHS Physical Education

Physical Education is required for all students in every grade and must be passed each semester for graduation.  Students in grades 9 and 10 are scheduled into four strands of Adventure I, Creative Movement, Lifetime I and Team Sports. Orientation to the fitness center is presented to all students.  The physical fitness levels of students are assessed and recorded each year in a pre-test and post-test format.  Skill competencies, written assignments and class evaluations are incorporated into the units.  Each grade level is expected to show proficiency in the activities that are important for their personal development at the appropriate stage. 

Adventure I

Required   Semester    Grade(s):  9-10    Prerequisite:  None
Adventure I is a required course for 9th or 10th grade students and satisfies, in part, the physical education requirement for graduation. This course will allow students to progress through an experientially-based program that emphasizes interpersonal skills and individual growth. Throughout the semester, students will be encouraged to develop greater self-confidence while acquiring a sense of trust and commitment in their classmates. This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation. The Adventure Education strand includes the following activities: Icebreakers, Trust Activities, Low Outdoor Adventure Elements, Selected High Outdoor Adventure Elements and Indoor Rockwall
 

Creative Movement

Required   Semester    Grade(s):  9-10   Prerequisite:  None
Creative Movement (CM) is a required course for 9th or 10th grade students and satisfies, in part, the physical education requirement for graduation. CM Introduces the fundamentals of movement through the development of basic dance techniques and comprehension of rhythm. Elements of dance composition are introduced and provide students with the opportunity to create individual and group work. The integration of basic yoga practices allows students to learn skills including relaxation, postures, breathing, concentration, meditation, and positive thinking. This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation. The Creative Movement strand includes the following activities: Ice breakers, Swing, Waltz, Line Dancing, Hip Hop, Yoga, and Cardio Kickboxing.
 

Lifetime I

Required   Semester    Grade(s):  9-10     Prerequisite:  None
Lifetime I is a required course for 9th or 10th grade students and satisfies, in part, the physical education requirement for graduation. Lifetime leisure and recreational activities are purposefully designed to offer students experiences that will provide a foundation for leading a healthy, physically active lifestyle. The activities selected for this course are designed to teach skills associated with the enjoyment of individual and dual lifelong activity.  This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation. The Lifetime I strand includes the following activities: Icebreakers, Heart Rate Monitors, Fitness Orientation, Frisbee Activities, Golf, Tennis, Badminton, and Pickleball
 

Team I

Required   Semester    Grade(s):  9-10   Prerequisite:  None
Team I is a required course for 9th or 10th grade students and satisfies, in part, the physical education requirement for graduation. Introduction to basic rules and individual/ team skill development with practical application through game competition. This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation. The Team Sports strand includes the following activities:: Icebreakers, Group Initiative Activities, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Floor Hockey, Multicultural Games
 

Adventure II 

Elective     Semester    Grade(s): 11 and 12.    Prerequisite:  Adventure I
Adventure II is an elective course for 11th or 12th grade students and may be taken to meet, in part, a student's minimal physical education requirement or as an additional elective course. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop teamwork and problem solving and goal-setting strategies while experiencing risk-taking challenges through the engagement of experiential education, cooperative games and upper level challenge course activities.Students participate in the following activities: Icebreakers, Trust Activities, Low Outdoors Adventure Elements, High Outdoors Adventure Elements.  This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation.
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Lifetime II 

Elective    Semester    Grade(s): 11 and 12      Prerequisite:  Lifetime I
Lifetime II is an elective course for 11th or 12th grade students and may be taken to meet, in part, a student's minimal physical education requirement or as an additional elective course. The purpose of this course is to enable students to reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day and encourage students to engage in these lifetime activities outside of the school day and beyond high school. Students will participate in a variety of activities such as Icebreakers, Heart Rate Monitors, Orienteering/Geocaching, Mountain Biking, Lawn Games, Pickleball, and Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing -weather permitting.  This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation.
 
 

Personal Fitness and Conditioning

Elective    Semester    Grade(s): 11 and 12    Prerequisite:  None
Personal Fitness and Conditioning is an elective course for juniors and seniors and may be taken to meet a student's minimal physical education requirement or as an additional elective course. Students will examine the five health-related components of fitness and strategies to address each in their fitness training. Students will design and implement their own fitness program, use heart rate monitors, record their progress, and complete activity logs to monitor their success. This course meets for 3 days during the 7-day rotation.
 

Team Sports II 

Elective    Semester      Grade(s) 11 and 12     Prerequisite:  Team Sports I
Team II is an elective course for 11th or 12th grade students and may be taken to meet, in part, a student's minimal physical education requirement or as an additional elective course. Students will learn each game’s skills and techniques, and put them to the test in tournament play run by the students, through the Sport Education Model teaching system.  Students will rotate through different role playing assignments, including, but not limited to, captains/coaches, fitness trainers, equipment managers,  statisticians/scorekeepers,  referees, and, player perspectives. Through their experience in these positions of responsibility for running their team, the students will have a chance to ultimately gain valuable insight and lifetime carryover skills for supervision and management, along with information on each sport.  Team II strand includes Icebreakers, Flag Football, Soccer, Team Handball,& Basketball
 

Foundations of Physical Education

Elective     Semester        Grade(s): 11 and 12    Prerequisite:  Director’s Approval

This  is an elective course for 11th or 12th grade students and may be taken to meet, in part, a student's minimal physical education requirement or as an additional elective course.  Students under the direction of the adaptive physical education teaching staff, serve as peer partners in a unified physical education setting. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that promote physical education, wellness, sports and recreation activities for all abilities that can be incorporated into a physically active lifestyle.  All students will gain valuable physical activity experiences while working in a diverse setting that fosters leadership & teamwork in a safe and supportive environment. Course meets 3 days during the 7-day rotation.

 

 

 

 

Goals for Teaching Physical Education...

Goal #1. Teach Essential Body Management Skills
The most well-known goal of any physical education class is to promote movement but there's more to this aspiration than breaking students out of a stationary lifestyle. P.E. classes teach children skills that they will use throughout their entire lives.
For many younger children, physical education classes offer their first chance to learn about the relationships between nutrition, exercise, and health, while acquiring basic body management skills such as:
  • The ability to stop and start on signal
  • Spatial awareness
  • Body part identification
  • Balance and control
Though these skills may not seem as crucial as literacy and numeracy, the absence of them can result in sedentary children who feel too “clumsy” to engage in any regular activity. After time, the inability to develop mature motor skills can cultivate sedentary adults, who struggle to achieve career goals or lack self-confidence.
 
Goal #2. Promoting Physical Fitness as Fun

Quality instruction from our dedicated educators helps children develop fundamental motor patterns. But it's also important for teaching students that being active can be a fun, natural habit.

The more that young students consider physical fitness a natural part of their daily schedule, the more likely they are to be engaged in fitness as they age leading to a healthier lifestyle. One in three children are overweight in America, and youngsters who enjoy physical activity are the ones most likely to be active in the future.

While physical education isn’t the only factor helping children get active, it can be a useful way to help them uncover new skills and discover activities that they enjoy. By exploring a range of sports and fitness solutions, from gymnastics to running and climbing, physical educators give students a chance to find the activity that appeals most to them giving children their own personal tool in the fight against obesity.

 

Goal #3. Developing Teamwork, Sportsmanship, and Cooperation

Physical education allows children to experience healthy social interactions, teaching cooperation through group activities, and encouraging teamwork through identification as one part of a team. These social skills stay with children throughout their lives, increasing the chance that they'll become involved in their communities, take leadership roles, and build lasting relationships. Social skills develop confidence, contributing to academic performance and mental health.

When students are stressed, they struggle to focus and manage their emotions properly. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress, promoting positive mental health and enhanced learning strategies.

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