Health Physical Education Courses

Supervisor: Sandra Chronic, 908-284-7153, schronic@hcrhs.org

These courses may be used to satisfy Health & Physical Education graduation requirements. Please note: prerequisite requirements for all courses are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully, to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course.

2019-2020 Health & Physical Education Course Descriptions

PHYSICAL EDUCATION GRADES 9 & 10:


#510 - PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 9 (required)

This course includes a wide range of physical activities selected from among the following: soccer, volleyball, basketball, weight training, personal fitness/nutrition, and Project Adventure initiatives. Emphasis is placed on the development of fundamental skills and an understanding of the components of personal fitness. Students define and apply personal fitness goals through the use of varied computer programs, individual and group projects. In addition, students will study nutrition and the protocols and practice of first aid, using the American Red Cross Curriculum. Written and performance assessments are used to determine mastery in this course.


#511 – PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH 9 - 2.5 CREDITS (PE 511 PE 9)
Grade: 9 (required)

The health component of this course includes concepts in the areas of mental health, alcohol, drugs and tobacco use and misuse, human growth and development, reproduction, human sexuality, A.I.D.S., S.T.D.’s and interpersonal communications. The Physical Education portion of this course includes a variety of activities selected from among the following: softball, weight training, personal fitness/nutrition, and Project Adventure. Written and performance assessments are used to determine mastery in this course.


#520 – PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 - 2. 5 CREDITS (PE 520 PE 10)
Grade: 10 (required)

This course engages students in physical activities selected from the following list: speedball, team handball, net ball, volleyball, paddleball and table tennis. Emphasis is placed on refining fundamental skills, introducing game strategies, deepening the understanding of the mechanics of movement, health and skill-related fitness. Students will explore the principles and practice of emergency protocols, use of the AED and application of CPR using the American Red Cross Curriculum.


#521 – DRIVER EDUCATION AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 - 2. 5 CREDITS (PE 521 PE 10)
Grade: 10 (required)

The health component of this course involves the study of the automobile in modern life and aims to develop mature attitudes, an understanding of NJ Motor Vehicle laws and proper habits for safe driving. Included in this course is the continued study of dating, harassment/bullying behaviors, drugs, alcohol and tobacco, decision-making and the safe operation of a motor vehicle. Written and performance assessments are used to determine mastery in this course.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION GRADES 11 AND 12:

A program of sport specific activities, problem-solving and team-building initiatives, personal fitness and wellness strategies are offered to juniors and seniors during regularly scheduled physical education classes. Juniors must elect one course that includes Health 11 and seniors must elect one course that includes Health 12. Students engage in a variety of problem-solving activities and initiatives in each course. Written assignments and evaluations, student journals, small group and individual projects, as well as software applications are employed in each course. Each student must choose 2 electives from the list below and one of these electives must have an appropriate grade-level health component.


# 561 - WEIGHT TRAINING/IND. DUAL SPORTS 2/WELLNESS & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT - 2.5 CREDITS (PE 561 IND DUAL SPORTS 2)
Grades: 11-12

One segment of this combination course provides students with the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills of at least two of the following activities: fencing, golf, archery, cooperative games, and martial arts. The other portion of the course focuses on the concepts of weight training and weight management. Students will have the opportunity to identify personal fitness goals, assess individual needs and participate in a program to address these personal goals and needs. Students will examine a variety of consumer weight management programs and products, defining the merits and concerns associated with their use. Software to track progress in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, weight management, and weight lifting will be used to self-assessment and manage refinement of each individual’s personal wellness plan. Daily logs, student portfolios, student presentations and written tests are used to assess individual student progress over time.


#564 – PROJECT ADV. 3/WELLNESS/OUTDOOR ED. - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12

In this course students will engage in a variety of game-like and physically challenging group problem-solving initiatives that cultivate effective communication, collaboration and leadership skills. Participants will work on outdoor and indoor, high and low rope elements to develop the skills of spotting, belaying, climbing and team-building. Students will study how groups form, problem-solve, and effectively utilize their human resources to achieve established goals. Students will also learn the fundamental skills of orienteering, using map and compass to create simple outdoor challenge courses. Camping, hiking, and climbing equipment/consumer products will be introduced, as well as participation in virtual tours of State and National parks. Principles of personal fitness and overall wellness will be infused throughout the course. Student journals and reaction papers, projects, portfolios and written tests are used to assess mastery in this course.


#563 – WEIGHT TRAINING/STRESS MANAGEMENT/SELF-DEFENSE/NUTRITION - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades 11-12

This course provides students with the opportunity to design and participate in their own personal fitness program, refine individual goals, and assess their own progress. The fundamental skills and concepts of weight training are covered and instruction in the use of plate-loaded machines, as well as safety and spotting techniques, is included. Students will identify and explore written and on-line nutrition resources and strategies for evaluating and utilizing various pieces of consumer fitness equipment to achieve their personal goals. The use of computers and wellness software is infused into this course to support classroom activities. During this course students will be exposed to on-line and community resources to help them develop some basic stress assessment strategies, and self-defense techniques and principles. Written and performance tests, student portfolios, journals and projects are used to assess student mastery in this course.


#562 – FIRST AID, CPR, GLOBAL DISASTER RELIEF AND GAMES - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12

This course enables students to build on the First Aid/ CPR skills they acquired in grades 9 and 10. Opportunities for student certification will be offered through a partnership with the American Red Cross (ARC). This partnership will also enable students to interact with professionals working in the area of Global Disaster Relief and identify potential Service Learning projects. The other portion of this course focuses on a variety of Project Adventure initiatives, cooperative games and movement analysis. A peer teaching model is used to enable students to develop the fundamental movement, problem-solving and critical thinking skills targeted in this part of the course. Student portfolio, practical and written tests, small group projects and daily participation contribute to the measure of student mastery.


# 502 P.A.L.S (PEER ASSISTED LEADERSHIP THROUGH SPORTS) - 2.5 CREDITS

The P.A.L.S course is designed with an inclusion model in mind. Both Special and General Education students will work together through a curriculum designed to cultivate and promote student leadership, peer mentoring, collaboration and the value of diversity in a sport and wellness context. The intent of this class is to encourage our students to live a healthy, active lifestyle and learn skills to help form strong, healthy relationships. Peer assisted learning will be used to cultivate partner and “team” relationships focused on individual wellness goals and social emotional skill building. Weight training, games, and sport activities will serve as vehicles to accomplish these goals. General Education students will apply, interview and be selected to participate in this course, while Special Education students, if appropriate, will have this course assigned via their Individualized Education Programs. Online assignments/discussion, student observations, readings, performance rubrics, and a student portfolio would be evidence of student mastery for General Education Students, while Special Education students will be graded through the context of their IEPs. The course is ultimately designed to foster an inclusive environment for all students in Physical Education.


#533 – HEALTH 11 TEAM SPORTS 3/PRINCIPLES OF COACHING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 11

The health units focus on substance use and abuse, dependency, human sexuality, abstinence, relationships, contraception and decision-making skills. The activity portion of the course utilizes the Sport Education Model to review the skills and strategies of at least two of the following team sports: modified field hockey, softball and basketball. Students will explore the principles used by sample collegiate and professional coaches to identify practices they can apply to real life situations. Students will also have an opportunity to define personal fitness goals and utilize the weight room and aerobic equipment to address those goals. Written tests, student portfolios, individual/group projects, and performance testing are used to assess student mastery.


#543 – HEALTH 12 TEAM SPORTS 3/PRINCIPLES OF COACHING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 12

The Health-12 curriculum addresses the essential question, “How do I respond to conflict and/or change in a healthy way?” The focus on conflict and conflict resolution is a common theme as units on loss and grief, addiction, and eating behaviors/body image disorders are addressed. The activity portion of the course utilizes the Sport Education Model to review the skills and strategies of at least two of the following team sports: modified field hockey, softball and basketball. Students will explore the principles used by sample collegiate and professional coaches to identify practices they can apply to real life situations. Students will also have an opportunity to define personal fitness goals and utilize the weight room and aerobic equipment to address those goals. Written tests, student portfolios, individual/group projects, and performance testing are used to assess student mastery.


#534 – HEALTH 11 TEAM SPORTS 4/SPORT ETHICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 11

The health program focuses on substance use and abuse, dependency, human sexuality, abstinence, relationships, contraception and decision-making skills. Through the use of the Sport Education Model the activity portion of the course builds on the fundamental skills and strategies in at least two of the following activities: lacrosse, softball and team handball. Students will examine current and historic real-life issues around sport ethics and the impact on society and the games they represent. Students will have an opportunity to define personal fitness goals and utilize the weight room and aerobic equipment to address those goals. Written tests, skill tests, self-assessment, student portfolios and individual/group projects are used to assess student mastery.


#544 – HEALTH 12 TEAM SPORTS 4/SPORT ETHICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 12

The Health-12 curriculum addresses the essential question, “How do I respond to conflict and/or change in a healthy way?” The focus on conflict, conflict resolution and coping skills is a common theme as units on loss and grief, addiction, and eating behaviors/body image disorders are addressed. Through the use of the Sport Education Model the activity portion of the course builds on the fundamental skills and strategies in at least two of the following activities: lacrosse, softball, and team handball. Students will examine current and historic real-life issues around sport ethics and the impact on society and the games they represent. Students will have an opportunity to define personal fitness goals and utilize the weight room and aerobic equipment to address those goals. Written tests, skill tests, self-assessment, student portfolios and individual/group projects are used to assess student mastery.


#535 – TEEN PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM I - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11

This year-long course will provide students with the opportunity to complete the grade 11 Health and Physical Education requirement using a service-learning model. Students will spend time in the classroom exploring a variety of topics in the areas of human sexuality, refusal skills, and community outreach. Project Adventure initiatives will be used to develop teaming, leadership, and effective communication skills. In addition, students will design and present programs on these topics to peers and adults in the community. This course will assist students in becoming knowledgeable, effective peer educators, presenters, role models and health advocates. Participants in this course must complete an application and interview process to be eligible for an invitation to participate.


#549 – TEEN PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM II - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 12

This year-long course will provide students with the opportunity to complete the Grade 12 Physical Education graduation requirements using a service-learning and peer mentoring approach. Students will spend time in the classroom mastering concepts related to human sexuality, drug and alcohol use, refusal and communication skills, bullying and conflict resolution. Participants will work with middle school and grade nine students using a research-based curriculum to complete community outreach initiatives as knowledgeable, effective peer educators, presenters and health advocates. In addition, a variety of Project Adventure initiatives will be infused to help develop effective decision-making, team-building and leadership skills. Anyone interested in this course must complete a required application and interview process prior to admission.