Wellness & Phys. Ed.

Wellness courses are designed to provide all students a unique view of their own personal health and decision making. Physical Education provides our students with an opportunity to develop fundamental skills, strategies, tactics and knowledge of rules of a variety of sport and lifetime activities. More importantly the program emphasizes fitness principles that will help students maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. We strive to meet the individual needs and interests of all our students. All students are required earn 1.5 credits in Physical Education and .5 credit in Wellness in order to be eligible for graduation.

Interpersonal Relationships, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

What are common characteristics of positive, healthy relationships and why are they essential to living a productive and satisfying life?

InterPersonal Relationships (IPR) is an elective geared toward providing the student a highly interactive way to learn about the power of personal relationships. Communication skills, personal development skills, knowledge of the workplace, as well as setting future goals are emphasized in this class. A portion of the class is devoted to family life and choices in adulthood such as marriage and parenting. This course is designed for 10th-12th grade students.

Course Competencies:

1. Personal Development - Students will be able to identify factors that influence self esteem/human growth and development stages, formation of personal (core) values and decision making skills. 45%

2. Relationships - Students will identify positive skills for developing healthy relationships in the family, friends, dating, and in the workplace. This includes, but is not limited to, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, preparing for marriage, safe dating, seeking employment and setting personal boundaries. 45%


Wellness I, ½ Credit, Grades 9-10

Essential Question:

What is wellness and what is its importance in living a long, productive life?

This course is required for high school graduation. Students will embark on a wellness journey that encompasses many relevant topics with the emphasis on informed decision making. Topics include, but are not limited to: personal wellness, stress management, nutrition concepts, substance abuse, safety and first aid, mental health and human sexuality. Guest speakers from the community are invited to present on a variety of wellness related topics.

Course Competencies:

1. Knowledge of Wellness Components and Principles: Students will study wellness concepts based on National Health Education Standards. They will read articles, create short presentations, and will keep a comprehensive notebook of wellness information. Tests and quizzes are additional assessments.

2. Research a Wellness Topic using Valid Sources of Information: Students will research a variety of health topics using age appropriate databases and other sources of information both on, and offline. Students will critically analyze viable sources of wellness information to determine validity for use with class assignments and projects.

3. Present a Wellness Topic in a Variety of Ways Using School Wide Presentation Rubrics: Students will use valid information to present a wellness topic. This may be in the form of a power point presentation, a written essay or an oral report given in class.


Wellness II, ½ Credit, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

What are common trends in wellness today and how do they affect personal wellness?

Juniors and Seniors who have not had Wellness I are welcome to take this course to fulfill graduation requirements. Students have the unique opportunity to explore wellness and health in a comprehensive manner. Wellness II is a student-based course that incorporates all aspects of health: physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual. Students will develop a personalized health management plan unique to their life experience. CPR certification is offered. Relevant health topics, as well as past models of health and wellness, are examined. Students will take part in meaningful physical fitness/sport activities, as well as classroom instruction in advanced health topics and current trends. This course is designed to be highly interactive with student participation the main focus for assessment.

Course Competencies:

1. Knowledge - This competency involves knowledge of health related topics. It includes tests, quizzes, projects and any written work you do. 30%

2. Research - This competency covers how well you can research a health topic; determine the validity of a source, and how to access information regarding wellness. 30%

3. Presentation - This competency covers basic presentation skills, presentation of information (creativity) using school wide rubrics. Projects, essays, oral presentations are among assessments. 30%


General Physical Education, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How will my participation and understanding of team sports, lifetime activities, and fitness principles help me to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle?

Students are introduced to a wide range of activities that may include:

Individual Sports/Activities: Fitness, tennis, archery, walking/hiking, pickle ball, weight training, badminton, golf, recreational activities and table tennis

Team Sports: Lacrosse, touch football, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, team handball, softball, speedball and international games (rugby, cricket)

Fitness Gram Assessments: Weekly physical fitness

Selections will include both team and lifetime activities/sports. Students will participate in new activities every week. Each trimester students will have the opportunity to complete the FitnessGram Assessment to use as a goal setting tool to increase physical fitness. Everyone is expected to dress in proper attire for physical education.

Course Competencies:

Competency #1: Physical Fitness 20%

To understand the necessary to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Students will recognize the value of personal fitness through: Assessment, Fitness Plan & Improvement

Competency #2: Movement 25%

Demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

  • Demonstrates highly active participation, self motivated

  • Demonstrates active engagement in skill development

  • Exhibits movement patterns appropriate to game or activity learned

Competency #3: Cognitive 20%

Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics

  • Can pass a written quiz on the rules, skills and strategies

  • Demonstrates use of strategies and tactics in a variety of physical activities

Competency # 4: Sportsmanship 25%

Exhibits positive social behavior

  • Demonstrates and models positive behavior and attitude

  • Exhibits good sportsmanship

  • Teamwork-willingness to participate

Formative Assessment 10%

A variety of assessments that measures student progress

  • Peer assessment

  • Self assessment

  • Exit Cards

  • Change into appropriate clothing

  • Pre-assessments


Lifetime Activities, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How will my participation and understanding of lifetime activities help me to maintain an active lifestyle?

This course is designed for students who want to focus more in depth on the skills and strategies of the following lifetime activities: volleyball, tennis, pickleball, badminton, table tennis, hiking, golf, weight training, international and recreational games.

Each trimester students will have the opportunity to complete the FitnessGram Assessment to use as a goal setting tool to increase physical fitness. Everyone is expected to dress in proper attire for physical education.

Course Competencies:

1. Fitness

Understands fitness in relation to a healthy lifestyle

  • Use fitness gram assessments to develop a weekly physical activity plan based on individual results and personal interests M/Th 5mins individual fitness, recording sheet turned in

  • Demonstrates maximum effort to achieve personal goals set at beginning, middle and end of trimester

  • Be able to describe how physical activity is likely to change throughout your life and identify strategies to deal with those changes

2. Conduct and Participation

Exhibits responsible, personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings. Actively participates in physical activities:

  • Listens attentively and quietly to instruction

  • Positive attitude through verbal and nonverbal behaviors

  • Identify and follow safety guidelines for participation

  • Develop strategies for including others in physical activity

  • Resolve conflicts and accept decisions in a positive manner

  • Actively participates in all activities

  • Changes into a completely different set of clothes other than what was worn to school

3. Skills and Knowledge

Demonstrates proficiency of skills and strategies and understands rules, as they apply to physical activities

  • Can pass a written quiz on the rules, skills and strategies with a minimum score

  • Demonstrates use of strategies and tactics in a variety of physical activities

  • Can demonstrate competency in motor skills


Personal Fitness, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How do I develop an appropriate personal fitness program and find the motivation to continue after high school?

This course is designed for the student who desires individual fitness. Students will improve their fitness level while participating in a variety of exercise programs which may include: hiking, biking, snowshoeing, strength training, fitness classes (guest instructors e.g. self-defense, zumba, yoga, kickboxing), Yoga, fitness DVDs, fitness room, recreational activities and writing personal fitness programs.

Course Competencies:

1. Movement - While participating in physical activity, the student applies physiological principles related to exercise and training such as warm-up/cool down, frequency, intensity, duration and progression. The student demonstrates these with maximum effort and with intent to increase physical fitness levels.

Students apply safety practices associated with physical activity. This includes dressing appropriately for active participation.

2. Social Development - During physical activity the student develops self management skills needed to work independently and with others. This includes Friday fitness routine. Also the student is expected to be respectful at all times to the teacher and fellow students.

3. Skills and Knowledge - Students will be assessed with oral questioning and completion of assignments below:

a) Weekly exercise routine designed by the student to address personal fitness weaknesses. This written assignment will be due every Friday.

b) Yoga presentations -students will demonstrate 1 yoga posture assigned by the teacher and give a brief verbal overview.

c) Students will complete a 3 day food journal, discover any nutritional deficiencies and set goals accordingly.


Team Sports, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How do team sports prepare an individual for life?

This course is designed for the student who enjoys team sports. The sports may include: touch football, speedball, ultimate frisbee, indoor soccer, lacrosse, basketball, floor hockey, team handball, softball.

Each trimester students will have the opportunity to complete the FitnessGram Assessment to use as a goal setting tool to increase physical fitness. Everyone is expected to dress in proper attire for physical education.

Course Competencies:

1. Fitness - Understands fitness in relation to a healthy lifestyle

  • Use fitnessgram assessments to develop a weekly physical activity plan based on individual results and personal interests M/Th 5mins individual fitness, recording sheet turned in

  • Demonstrates maximum effort to achieve personal goals set at beginning, middle and end of trimester

  • Be able to describe how physical activity is likely to change throughout your life and identify strategies to deal with those changes

2. Conduct and Participation - Exhibits responsible, personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings

Actively participates in physical activities

Listens attentively and quietly to instruction

  • Positive attitude through verbal and nonverbal behaviors

  • Identify and follow safety guidelines for participation

  • Develop strategies for including others in physical activity

  • Resolve conflicts and accept decisions in a positive manner

  • Actively participates in all activities

  • Changes into a completely different set of clothes other than what was worn to school

3. Skills and Knowledge - Demonstrates proficiency of skills and strategies and understands rules, as they apply to physical activities

  • Can pass a written quiz on the rules, skills and strategies with a minimum score

  • Demonstrates use of strategies and tactics in a variety of physical activities

  • Can demonstrate competency in motor skills


Conditioning for Maximum Performance, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How can I move effectively and efficiently as I train my body to perform at a high fitness level?

This class is designed for the high school athlete and/or student who wishes to train his/her body in an intense exercise program. Students will learn functional and fundamental movement patterns with a focus on proper technique. The class will include 10 physical skills all athletes and high level exercise participants should possess: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. These will be achieved through weekly upper/lower body strength training, plyometric jump training, sport/flexibility yoga, HIIT (high intensity interval training) training and endurance training.

Course Competencies:

1. Movement

  • Students will learn functional and fundamental movement patterns with a focus on proper technique. The class will include 10 physical skills all athletes and high level exercise participants should possess: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. These will be achieved through weekly upper/lower body strength training, plyometric jump training, sport/flexibility yoga, HIIT training and endurance training.

  • The student is expected to demonstrate the above movement patterns with maximum effort and with the intent to increase physical fitness

2. Social Development

  • Students are expected to be respectful to the teacher, fellow students and guest instructors at all times.

  • Students will develop self-management skills and be expected to be self-motivated. This includes working independent of other students

3. Conditioning Techniques/Assessments

  • Students will be expected to complete baseline fitness evaluations and improve on these over the course of the trimester. Increasing fitness by 20% over all areas being evaluated

  • Presentations - Students will present twice during the trimester:

Presentation 1 - Pick one term/training technique from the list. Student must define and give multiple examples in a 7-10 minute oral presentation. Student will submit a one page written account of the above presentation

Presentation 2 - Choose a HIIT workout and teach the class your chosen 20 minute workout. Write a 1 page reflection on your presentation


Lifeguarding, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How can lifeguard training improve students' physical fitness level, decision making skills and teach students to be responsible adults?

Students will become certified as an American Red Cross lifeguard. The course content will prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies. To be eligible for this course, you must be at least 16 years of age; must be able to swim 300 yards continuously using the front crawl and breaststroke; retrieve a 10-pound object from a depth of 10 feet of water, swim 20 yards and exit the water within 1 minute 40 seconds and tread water for 2 minutes without hands/arms. Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive two certificates: one indicating Lifeguarding/First Aid (valid for 2 years) and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (valid for 2 years). Class will meet first block at 7:30 a.m. and you must have transportation to the pool. Fee of $100.00 is required. There is a 10 student limit to this course and a minimum of 6 students. Course will not run if 6 students or less sign up.

Course Competencies:

1. Conduct and Participation

Attends and shows maximum effort in all aspects of the course

  • Only 3 classes may be missed in accordance with ARC guidelines

  • Is on time for classes

  • Changes into appropriate clothing for swimming

  • Listens attentively and quietly to instruction

  • Is respectful at all times to the instructor and fellow students

  • Brings manual and pocket mask (if applicable) to class

2. Proficiency of Skills

Demonstrates proficiency in all required skills and activities

  • Shows knowledge and confidence in performing specific skills related to lifeguarding and CPR/AED/First Aid.

  • Present 4-5 lifeguarding skills in an organized manner with sufficient knowledge of the skill and clear demonstrations

3. Knowledge

Can pass American Red Cross exams and final skills

  • Pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. Section 1-CPR/AED for professional rescuer and first aid, Section 2-lifeguarding skills

  • Demonstrates proficiency in final skills scenarios

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