Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education Course Offerings


 West and Southern Middle School Wellness

Grade Levels: 6-8


Length of Course: Meets 3 times per cycle

 

A state standard based course with a sequential progression that moves the middle school student through Pennsylvania’s elementary and secondary health and physical education state standards.  The focus of the course has shifted from the development of individual isolated skills to the development and application of cross curricular concepts.  At the conclusion of the three year progression, students will have the tools needed to make informed decisions concerning their health and well-being. Information taught each year builds directly on the concepts taught previously in the curriculum.

In each grade level students meet three times a cycle.  Each quarter is broken up into three, seven class units.  Students are expected to dress for each class.  Appropriate attire for classes held in the gymnasium and classroom includes red shorts, white shirts, and properly secured athletic shoes.  An unprepared student is required to participate in class, but loses points from their quarter grade.

To be excused from wellness class, the student must present the instructor with a written note signed by a physician or parent explaining the reason and duration of the excuse.  A student may only miss one class per unit with a parent’s note.  A student must present a doctor’s note if they need to miss multiple classes in the same unit.  


High School Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education Course Offerings

 

HEALTH (9th Grade Health Course)

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 9-10

 

Instructional units included in the course are the following: mental health, tobacco and alcohol education, medications and other drugs, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, human sexuality, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and AIDS education.


VIRTUAL HEALTH (9th Grade Health Course)

 

Prerequisite: None

Credits: 0.5


Length: 1 Semester


Grade Level: 9-10


The course will investigate the topics of stress management, nutrition, exercise, and substance abuse.  The aforementioned areas will be covered using text instruction, video presentations, digital class discussions, learning activities, individual projects, and value exploration activities. In general, students are expected to complete one lesson each week. All the lessons are opened at the beginning of the course and students are encouraged to work ahead of the prescribed due dates.


FITNESS FOUNDATIONS (Level I Physical Education Course)

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Grade Level:  9


Credits: 0.5


Length: 1 Semester


Fitness Foundations - Introduces students to various physical activity components that assist students to develop a base level of well rounded fitness. Students will be introduced to a wide array of varying physical activities that promote growth in all 3 areas of overall wellness. Units of instruction include benefits of fitness, tracking techniques, health and skill related fitness components, cardiovascular endurance activities and muscular strength and endurance activities. The course will also introduce instruction in water safety, water survival, swimming strokes, water games, water aerobics & swimming as a lifelong fitness choice. Appropriate attire for the pool includes a one piece swimsuit for the females and a properly secured swimsuit for the males. Students will swim twice a week throughout the semester.



VIRTUAL FITNESS FOUNDATIONS (Level I Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Pass swimming competency or district run swimming remediation program.

 

Grade Level:  9


Credits: 0.5


Length: 1 Semester


Virtual Fitness Foundations - Introduces students to various physical activity components that assist students to develop a base level of well rounded fitness. Students will be introduced to discover a wide array of varying physical activities that promote growth in all 3 areas of overall wellness. Units of instruction include benefits of fitness, tracking techniques, health and skill related fitness components, cardiovascular endurance activities and muscular strength and endurance activities. Students are required to meet with the course instructor 2 times each month for fitness and biomechanical assessments.  These meetings will occur during the school day in conjunction with the activity period.

The course will introduce students to principles necessary to the develop a healthy fitness plan using a variety of fitness activities.  Students will explore the health related fitness components that assist the development and implementation of a self-designed fitness program.  Students must pass a swimming competency test or participate in a district run summer remediation program to schedule the course.  


VIRTUAL DRIVER EDUCATION (Elective)

Prerequisite: None

 

Credits: .25

 

Length: 1 Marking Period

 

Grade Level: 9 - 12

 

Virtual Driver Education is an online course, hosted by Moodle, based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Content Expectations. Students may request to be scheduled into the course 1 of the 4 marking periods.  Through multiple media avenues, students will explore traffic statistics, fundamental driving skills, PA traffic laws, perceptions of driving, and physical and emotional conditions that affect drivers. Students will also be introduced to 21st century computer skills and gain an understanding on how to manage taking an online course. The students are provided support through online communication tools (email or instant messaging) or by meeting the instructor during daily office hours held throughout the school day. Completion of Virtual Driver Education with a 60% or higher will earn the student a certificate of completion and a possible reduction on their car insurance.  Students interested in participating in the optional Summer Behind the Wheel program should contact Mr. Dries for more information.


AQUATICS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (Level II Physical Education Course)
 

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

                     Participation in a High School Aquatic Sport or Swimming Proficiency Test
 

Credits: 1.0

 

Length: 1 year

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Teaches students strength and conditioning skills and techniques specific for aquatic sports. Multiple principles of exercise training are implemented and students will participate in several different training cycles to increase strength and endurance in aquatic sports. By using progressive resistance exercise (PRE), flexibility exercises, plyometric drills (in and out of the water), and aerobic activity programs, students will develop/maintain a high level of physical conditioning throughout the year. Student evaluation is based on quarterly testing in strength and fitness, as well as completion of all prescribed work. This course may be taken one year for credit.

Prerequisite: Students must be involved in an aquatic sport at Wilson High School or be able to complete a 50 yard swim in less than 40 seconds.  Please contact the physical education department to schedule a swimming test.


BOYS STRENGTH AND FITNESS (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

Credits: 1.0

 

Length: 1 Year

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Teaches students and strength and conditioning skills and techniques. Multiple principles of training are implemented. By using progressive resistance exercise (PRE), flexibility exercises, plyometric form running drills, and aerobic activity programs, students will develop/maintain a high level of physical conditioning throughout the year. Student evaluation is based on quarterly testing in strength and fitness, as well as completion of all prescribed work. This course is not limited to students participating in varsity athletics and may be taken one year for credit.


DANCE WORKSHOP (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Will challenge both the body and mind through classes in dance technique, choreography, history, pedagogy, and performance. It will improve body intelligence through increased physical and psychological awareness of the body, understanding of body mechanics, and articulation of physical character so to provide a strong foundation for acting and dance performance. It will also provide the student with an introduction to dance as an art form as well as related information and videos regarding various aspects of dance. Topics include a brief history of dance, dance styles, dance in education, and dance production.


GIRLS STRENGTH AND FITNESS (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

 

Credits: 1.0

 

Length: 1 Year

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Teaches students and strength and conditioning skills and techniques. Multiple principles of training are implemented. By using progressive resistance exercise (PRE), flexibility exercises, plyometric form running drills, and aerobic activity programs, students will develop/maintain a high level of physical conditioning throughout the year. Student evaluation is based on quarterly testing in strength and fitness, as well as completion of all prescribed work. This course is not limited to students participating in varsity athletics and may be taken one year for credit.


LIFETIME PHYSICAL FITNESS  (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Focuses on physical fitness through personal fitness assessment and individual goal setting in a sport related environment. Students will actively engage in a multitude of activities while focusing on improvement of motor skills, application of game strategies, rules, and enhancement of group interaction. In addition, students will strive to improve both health- and skill- related elements of fitness through activity. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities that support the achievement of their fitness goals and promote lifelong participation in activity. Activities offered include but are not limited to floor hockey, indoor soccer/speedball, flag football, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis and  weight training. Assessments are part of this course. These assessments are assigned periodically.  The course will culminate with each student’s development and implementation of an individual lifetime fitness plan that can utilized to maintain a healthy fitness status.  This course is designed for students seeking rigorous activities in a highly competitive environment.


WELLNESS THROUGH YOGA (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12
 
Provides an introduction to the art of yoga, with an opportunity to explore fitness through the physical practice of yoga. Students will improve stress management skills, physical fitness, and emotional wellness using various techniques learned throughout the class.  Physical skills to strengthen, align, and balance their body will be utilized daily.  The philosophy, history, movement concepts, mental awareness, and stress relieving techniques of Yoga will be understood, demonstrated, and analyzed by the students.  Self-analysis, self-reflections, stress tests, fitness tests, and various other tools will be used to assess student progress, goals, and will be utilized for grading purposes.  Yoga mats will be provided, however the purchase of one’s own yoga mat is allowed, and it may be stored in the gym, in a safe, locked facility, for the student’s own personal use.


VIRTUAL PERSONAL FITNESS (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

An online course hosted by Moodle based on the PA state standards. This course as an elective is designed for a student who is well organized, self-motivated, computer savvy, and an independent learner. The class is ideal for those learners that cannot fit classroom physical education into their schedules and would like to explore the world of online education or wish to provide room in their schedules. Students will be introduced to 21st century computer skills and gain an understanding on how to manage an online course. Fitness development will be assessed using cardiovascular fitness tests in multiple face to face meetings with the instructor. Students must understand that fitness development as assess in the stress tests will be a main factor in their grade. Each week students will also be responsible for exercise journals, a topical journal, and a content focus activity. Communication is conducted via email or digital forums; however the instructor has daily office hours to answer any student question or concern.


VIRTUAL SPORT SCIENCE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE (Level II Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I Physical Education Class

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

An online course hosted by Moodle that explores the sport science and sociology involved in athletics and the transition into the post competitive stage of adulthood. This Level II Physical Education Course is designed for a student who is well organized, self-motivated, computer savvy, and an independent learner. The class is ideal for the learner that cannot fit a “brick and mortar” physical education into their schedule and would like to explore the world of online education or wish to provide room in their schedules. Students will be introduced to 21st century computer skills and gain an understanding on how to manage an online course. Fitness development will be assessed using cardiovascular and body composition fitness tests in multiple face to face meetings with the instructor.

APPLIED KINESIOLOGY (Health Elective) 

 Prerequisite: Health

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

The course will introduce students to concepts and topics used in the healthcare field (therapy, athletic training, etc.) and apply them while working with our adaptive special education population.  Participation in the course will give students an opportunity to explore the healthcare occupations with hands on activities while in high school.  Outside health professionals will be used as resources during collaborative projects as well as question and answer sessions.


STRESS MANAGEMENT (Health Elective) 

 

Prerequisite: Health

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

Health concepts are only taught during the 9th grade year of a student’s high school experience at Wilson.  The Stress Management Course will provide tools for students to use when experiencing overwhelming expectations while in high school and later in life.  Students will analyze adolescent stressors, evaluate the differences between eustress and distress, examine the effect of prolonged periods of distress, determine the role effective communication plays when handling stress, implement stress reducing techniques, and implement a personal stress management plan to that can be followed now & throughout adulthood


ADVANCED AQUATICS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (Level III Physical Education Course) 

 

Prerequisite: Level I & Level II Physical Education Course

 

Credits: 1.0

 

Length: 1 year

 

Grade Level: 11-12

 
Advanced techniques of progressive resistance exercise (PRE) are implemented as well as in-depth study of theory in exercise science as applied to aquatic sports. Students recommended for this course will enter with a strong background in strength and conditioning principles, aquatic sports knowledge, and be highly motivated. Evaluation of students is based on end-of-quarter testing for strength and fitness levels in and out of the pool.  Students will also be evaluated on knowledge of the applied exercise science principles and independent studies on biomechanics, exercise nutrition, injury prevention/recovery, or sport psychology. Students are required to have appropriate swimwear along with appropriate clothing for fitness activities. Attendance and participation are very important aspects of this course


ADVANCED BOYS STRENGTH AND FITNESS (Level III Physical Education Course)

 Prerequisite: Level I & Level II Physical Education Course
                      Boy's Strength and Fitness

Credits: 1.0

 

Length: 1 Year

 

Grade Level: 11-12

 

Advanced techniques of progressive resistance exercise (PRE) are implemented as well as in-depth study of theory in exercise science. Students recommended for this course will enter with a strong background in strength and conditioning principles and be highly motivated. Evaluation of students is based on end-of-quarter testing for strength and fitness levels and knowledge of the principles being studied. Attendance and participation are very important aspects of this course.  Boys in Strength/Fitness II will have the opportunity to design and implement an individualized program.


ADVANCED DANCE WORKSHOP (Level III Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I & Level II Physical Education Course

 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Students will continue building on the concepts and movement introduced in Dance Workshop. They will increase flexibility, core strength, cardiovascular endurance, and gain experience and confidence by learning and performing multiple styles of dance.  The course aims to prepare students with a foundation of basic dance etiquette and performance technique for future experiences in dance and/or theater arts. Learning activities include daily flexibility program, daily core strength program, varied choreography, group choreography projects, choreography performance and individual research projects.  Student will be assessed by direct observations, student self-assessments, peer assessments, group choreography assessments, individual skill based assessments, fitness gram assessments, and journal/research project assessments.


ADVANCED GIRLS STRENGTH AND FITNESS (Level III Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I & Level II Physical Education Course
                     Girls Strength and Fitness

Credits: 1.0

 

Length: 1 Year

 

Grade Level: 11-12

 

Advanced techniques of progressive resistance exercise (PRE) are implemented as well as in-depth study of theory in exercise science. Students recommended for this course will enter with a strong background in strength and conditioning principles and be highly motivated. Evaluation of students is based on end-of-quarter testing for strength and fitness levels and knowledge of the principles being studied. Attendance and participation are very important aspects of this course. Girls in Strength/Fitness II will have the opportunity to design and implement an individualized program.


ADVANCED LIFETIME PHYSICAL FITNESS  (Level III Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I & Level II Physical Education Course 

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12
 

Students will develop their personal fitness status while investigating fitness concepts. Students will participate in beneficial, research-based physical activities that contribute to mental and physical health (based on Reading Area Community College Expectation).These physical activities are also being offered by surrounding fitness facilities and extremely popular within the community.

Students will actively engage in a multitude of activities while focusing on improvement of motor skills, application of game strategies, rules, and enhancement of group interaction. In addition, students will strive to improve both health- and skill- related elements of fitness through activity.

Activities offered include but are not limited to: Fitness Testing, Tactile & Invasion Games, Net/Wall Games, Physical Fitness Challenges & Games, and Cooperative Games. Performance and content assessments are part of this course.

Successful completion of the course will lead to Reading Area Community College credit (HPE 116).


ADVANCED YOGA (Level III Physical Education Course)

Prerequisite: Level I & Level II Physical Education Course

Credits: 0.5

 

Length: 1 Semester

 

Grade Level: 10-12

 

Allows students to further explore yoga through advanced yoga poses, health concepts and stress management techniques. Students will be able to develop a further understanding of body, mind and self through the advanced postures and movement sequences. Students will also continue to develop proper skills to strengthen, align and balance the mind and body. Students will practice focus and concentration through a variety of poses and relaxation techniques to manage every day and long-term stressors.


 

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