Health & Physical Education Department

Supervisor: Daniel Twisler, Ed.D. 908-284-7157, dtwisler@hcrhs.org

Dr. Twisler holds an undergraduate degree from TCNJ, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, and an Ed.D. from the University of the Cumberlands in Educational Leadership. Dr. Twisler came to Hunterdon Central in 2001 as a math teacher. In his 15 years in the math department, he taught a wide variety of topics, specializing in electives like Math & Computers and AP Computer Science. He helped create curriculum for various classes, taught PD in technology, and served on the committee to introduce tablets. In 2014 he was honored as the district Teacher of the Year. He has been a reader and question developer for College Board for APCSA and APCSP. He has been an adjunct at TCNJ since 2015. He spent 5 years as a supervisor of Mathematics and Business at Watchung Hills, where he introduced APCSP to the school and organized annual hackathons. He returned to HCRHS in 2021 as the Art, Business, Health & Phys Ed, and Music supervisor. .


The Health and Physical Education Department is proud to offer a wide range of learning experiences which emphasize the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle. Courses are designed to help students recognize the interconnectedness between physical fitness and their overall well-being.

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.

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2023-2024 Health & Physical Education Course Descriptions

PHYSICAL EDUCATION GRADES 9 & 10


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

Students will participate in various physical activities, focusing on personal fitness and wellness. Additionally, integrity, trustworthiness, empathy, fairness, citizenship, and responsibility are enforced and emphasized throughout the physical education (PE) curriculum. The goal of the 9th-grade program is to instill the motto of “a sound mind in a sound body” into the overall life choices of students.


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

This course is comprised of both Health and Physical Education (PE) units. The health component of this course includes concepts in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol abuse, and human sexuality; specifically abstinence, decision-making, refusal skills and sexually transmitted diseases. The PE portion of this course includes a variety of physical activities that incorporate established fitness and wellness concepts.


#520 - PHYSICAL EDUCATION & WELLNESS 10 - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 10 (required)

This course engages students in physical activities selected from the following list: speedball, team handball, net ball, volleyball, and pickleball. 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 participate in a professionally-guided course to learn about and identify possible mental health concerns in their own lives and in their peer groups


#521 - DRIVER EDUCATION AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 – 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 10 (required)

The health component for this course has two distinctive sections. The healthy relationships unit incorporates acknowledging healthy relationships, dating violence, and the warning signs associated with abusive relationships. The driver education component covers the operation of the modern vehicle in accordance with NJ laws, the organ donation process, and driving under the influence. All of these topics are designed with the intention of preparing students for the NJ MVC driver test The course aims to develop mature attitudes and proper habits for safe driving.

The physical components of this course address the school's mission of physical and emotional wellness for all. Students will explore a variety of wellness activities along with a range of physical units. Collaboration and an appreciation for life-long fitness will be addressed in units on Project Adventure, football, and personal fitness.


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.


#564 – PROJECT ADVENTURE & OUTDOOR EDUCATION - 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, how to use a compass, and participate in simple outdoor challenge courses. Camping, hiking, and climbing equipment/consumer products will be introduced, as well as a study of how to safely hike/backpack and investigate State and National parks. Student journals, reaction papers, projects, skill tests, and written tests are used to assess mastery in this course.



#556 – WEIGHT TRAINING & NUTRITION - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12

This course provides students with an environment that emphasizes overall wellness with a focus on personal fitness through weight resistance exercise. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine and refine personal fitness goals, design personal fitness programs, and receive instruction on the use of weight training equipment/exercises. Students will also be provided resources for basic fitness nutritional concepts. Finally, this course will participate in a variety of sport activity units to foster a well-rounded environment for wellness and physical activity.T



#562 - FIRST AID & RECREATIONAL GAMES– 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore global health issues with a focus on project-based service-learning. Students will examine the purpose, priorities and needs of national and global organizations such as Healthy People 2020, World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through partner engagement and research on their own/small groups. As a result of these external partnerships students will develop proposals for action plans to support priorities they select. The other portion of this course focuses on a variety of international games such as school-based rugby and modified cricket. Through the use of the Sport Education Model the activity portion of the course will introduce students to the fundamental skills and strategies, as well as the cultural impact and background of these games. A peer teaching and service learning model is used to enable students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills targeted in this course. Online resources, text, student portfolio, practical and written tests, small group activities and daily participation contribute to the measure of student mastery.


#531 – HEALTH 11 & TEAM SPORTS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 11

Students in grade 11 ARE required to take this course or Independent Health & PE to fulfill their Health component. . The health portion of this course runs for 9 weeks, covering such topics as alcohol, tobacco, drug use and abuse, abstinence education and human sexuality. The second half of this course will enable students to explore fitness and wellness through collaborative exercises in at least two of the following activities: volleyball, softball, flag football, tennis, table tennis, or cooperative gameplay. Students will develop personal fitness goals, design programs, and research and identify effective consumer fitness products. Written and performance assessments will be used to determine mastery in this course.


#541 – HEALTH 12 & CONSUMER FITNESS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grade: 12


Students in grade 12 are required to take this course or Independent Health & PE to fulfill their Health component. Similar to grade 11, the Grade 12 program includes 9 weeks of Health and 9 weeks of physical education. The Physical Education focuses on portion wellness and personal fitness asre a part of the daily course content, exploring trending fitness concepts and equipment. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration and the traits of leadership in a team. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration and the traits of leadership in a team Written formative assessments, skill tests, self-assessments, group collaboration and quality daily participation are used to assess student mastery in this course.

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. Coping strategies are emphasized and practiced. Students will be assessed through formative assessments such as journal entries, individual and group projects, class participation, and a final exam.


#537 – INDEPENDENT HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11 and 12

Students in Grade 11 may apply for this year-long course which provides them with the opportunity to complete both their Grade 11 Health and Physical Education graduation requirements. Students are eligible if they participate in one or more NJSIAA-sponsored sports at the Varsity level. This course incorporates the appropriate grade-level health and physical education curriculum as well as leadership principles, sports nutrition, mental training, and time management while utilizing flexible timelines and independent study. Anyone interested in this course must complete a required application and possible interview prior to admission due to limited course selections.


#547 – INDEPENDENT HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION 12– 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11 and 12

Students in Grade 12 may apply for this year-long course which provides them with the opportunity to complete both their Grade 12 Health and Physical Education graduation requirements. This course incorporates the appropriate grade-level health and physical education curriculum as well as leadership principles, sports nutrition, mental training, and time management while utilizing flexible timelines and independent study. Students are eligible to apply if they either participated in Independent HPE (Formerly Option II) as a Junior or participate in one or more NJSIAA-sponsored sports at the Varsity level. Anyone interested in this course must complete a required application and possible interview prior to admission due to limited course selections.


#535 – TEEN PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM I (PEP) – 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 teamwork, leadership, and effective communication skills. In addition, students will learn from a research-based curriculum 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 (PEP) – 5 CREDITS
Grade: 12

This year-long course will provide students with the opportunity to complete the Grade 12 Health and 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, and conflict resolution and coping strategies. 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 team-building initiatives will be infused to help develop and strengthen group dynamics within the group as well as leadership and facilitation skills. Anyone interested in this course must complete a required application and interview process prior to admission. Space is limited to twenty-five students per class, for a total of fifty grade 12 students per year.


# 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.