Physical Education

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

FACULTY

Teresa Colvin          Scott Smith 

Laura Uhly 

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  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for leading a physically active and physically fit lifestyle.  With physical inactivity being identified as a major disease risk factor in our sedentary society, physical education makes an increasingly important and integral contribution to the education of the “whole child”.  The primary focus in this subject area centers on the physical dimension of human development. Curricula are based upon a developmentally appropriate progression of physical activities that nurture the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of all students.  Curricula will emphasize a combination of team sports and also lifetime fitness activities. Students will routinely be assessed on course matter by skills testing, written assessments, and teacher observation.
Regardless of the activity, the self-reliance, socialization skills, cooperative skills, work ethic, respect for others, and integrity of each student can be readily observed, taught monitored and modeled.  Considering that the curricular expectations extend well beyond physical accomplishment, the use of varied and appropriate teaching styles is essential.
A physically educated person has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, does participate regularly in physical activity, is physically fit, and knows the implications of and benefits from involvement in physical activities, and values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle.  As per New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc.
1. Physical education is required by law, therefore, all pupils shall be required to attend and actively participate in courses of 

instruction in Physical Education in all grades.  Grades seven through twelve will dress in gym clothes when classes are full length periods.


2. Students must have two full units of credit in Physical Education for graduation.


3. When parents request that their child be excused from participating for reasons of physical disability, a written statement must be filed with the school nurse and the Direct of Athletics stating the reason.  According to law, if there is a question, the school physician has the final say.

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam



  • HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH

New York State Law states that all high school students must complete a 1/2 credit course in health education taught by a certified health teacher.  This required course provides students with knowledge to help make informed decisions for optimal health. Topics include consumer education, mental health, nutrition, fitness, development, family life, relationships, disease prevention, drugs and alcohol, personal safety, and first aid. HIV Instruction will be included as part of High School Health and will provide accurate information concerning the nature of disease, methods of transmission, and methods of prevention.  Abstinence will be taught as the most appropriate and effective premarital protection against HIV and other diseases. Please note that a student may be excused from the methods of prevention classes upon receipt of a written request to the principal from a parent or guardian.

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam


  • DANCE (ELECTIVE)

This Physical Education elective allows students to learn and perform various styles of dance including hip-hop, salsa, jazz, country line dancing, the tango, the waltz, acrobatics, Zumba, and many others.  Students will also have the opportunity to create their own dance and perform it at the end of the year. Fitness concepts and behaviors will also be practiced. This course meets 40 minutes every other day throughout the year.
CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam



  • TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING (ELECTIVE)

This class is offered as an opportunity for students to participate in a traditional group exercise class.  Class structure and types of fitness classes may include, but are not limited to: Zumba, Calisthenics, Yoga, Kickboxing, HIIT Circuits, and other forms of total body conditioning. Students will learn a variety of fitness activities and an appreciation for exercise’s role in a person’s overall health and well-being.

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT: Local Exam 



  • WELLNESS (SUNY ADIRONDACK) (ELECTIVE)
    GRADE:  11, 12

This course offers the opportunity to experience a variety of physical activities, learn basic skills, and develop an appreciation for different lifetime sports.  Topics such as health, diet, nutrition, exercise, and personal fitness will be covered, along with all aspects of wellness, such as physical, mental, social, emotional, spiritual, and environmental.  Students will also be able to set and accomplish personal fitness goals, as well as apply stress management techniques to relax and have fun. Students may earn college credit for this half year course.

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam


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