Health & Physical Education

Deborah C. White, Department Chair

As an integral part of the total education process, Penn Charter’s Health and Physical Education department aims to improve learning and academic achievement by developing healthier students who endeavor to maintain personal health, value lifetime fitness, and enjoy recreational activities. The department provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make responsible lifestyle choices that directly impact his/her health and well-being.

Graduation Requirements:

The graduation requirement in Health & Physical Education will be met when students successfully complete the requirements in the following manner:

  1. Foundations of Fitness: three-quarter course required in 9th grade.
  2. Fundamentals of Wellness & Physical Education: one-semester course required in 10th grade.
  3. 600-Level Elective: one-quarter course required each year in 11th and 12th grades.

Aquatics Requirement:

As part of the graduation requirement, students must successfully complete minimum proficiency standards in aquatics. If a Penn Charter student does not meet proficiency standards in aquatics, he or she will be enrolled in Aquatics for one quarter in 10th grade.

Course Offerings:

Unless stated to the contrary in the course description, there are no general prerequisites for taking any course in health and physical education. When making course selections in grades 11 and 12, students should choose the elective course and the quarter in which they wish to take physical education. On occasion, due to scheduling constraints, a student may be asked to take physical education during another quarter.

SEMESTER 1  SEMESTER 2
PE100 Foundations Of Fitness PE100 Foundations of Fitness
PE311 Wellness & Physical Education

PE312 Wellness & Physical Education

 

Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
PE631 Yogalates PE632 Yogalates PE633 Yogalates PE634 Yogalates
PE641 Recreational Activities PE642 Recreational Activities PE643 Recreational Activities PE644 Recreational Activities
PE651 Outdoor Education PE652 Outdoor Education PE653 Outdoor Education PE654 Outdoor Education
PE841 Aquatics      
PE921 PE & Service PE922 PE & Service  PE923 PE & Service  PE924 PE & Service
PE931 PE Assistant PE932 PE Assistant  PE933 PE Assistant  PE934 PE Assistant

 

PE100
FOUNDATIONS OF FITNESS
(1 UNIT)   ALL YEAR

This is a required three-quarter course in 9th grade, designed to broaden students’ knowledge of physical fitness and to better their understanding of its impact on their lives. During this course, students will perform functional movements in a wide variety of physical domains. The activities will aim to develop the 10 general physical skills necessary in daily life and higher level competition. (9th grade)

PE311, PE312
WELLNESS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
(.66 UNIT)   SEMESTER 1, SEMESTER 2

This is a required one-semester course offered in 10th grade that focuses on health education, CPR/first aid certification and a variety of net game activities. The health component will involve discussion-based and other learning methods that allow students to explore their values and attitudes towards a number of issues relevant to their teenage lives. Content will emphasize areas of substance use and abuse, mental disorders and disease, building healthy relationships, human sexuality and sexually transmitted disease. Students are asked to explore their personal values and offer their opinions through class discussion and writing. The Physical Education component of this 10th grade course will expose students to a variety of net game activities. Students will acquire individual skills and learn the strategies and rules associated with each game. Instruction will emphasize learning opportunities for valuable life skills, such as cooperation, leadership and sportsmanship. The course will accomplish these goals through a variety of games including table tennis, pickle ball, badminton and volleyball. (10th grade)

PE631, PE632, PE633, PE634
YOGALATES
(.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This course is designed to introduce 11th and 12th grade students to the basic concepts and principles of hatha yoga and mat Pilates. The history and philosophy of both practices will be explored. Students will acquire an understanding of human anatomy along with the physical, mental and emotional benefits from the practice of these philosophies. Progressions of the basic postures, breathing techniques, some meditation, stretching and core strengthening exercises will be stressed, and students will be provided with a yoga/Pilates mat to be used during class. (11th, 12th grades)

PE641, PE642, PE643, PE644 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
(.33 UNIT)  QUARTER 1,  QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4


This course offered to 11th and 12th grade students will teach or enhance recreational skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life. Students will be introduced to a variety of recreational games and activities often done for enjoyment, amusement or pleasure. Recreational activities refresh our minds and prepare us to become an active member of society. Course activities will include the fundamental rules and skills needed to participate in recreational activities for a lifetime. Activities may include, but are not limited to: archery, golf, floor hockey, ultimate, gatorball, softball. (11th, 12th grades)

PE651, PE652, PE653, PE654
OUTDOOR EDUCATION
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This course is offered to 11th and 12th grade students and is designed to be an alternative to the traditional physical education activities such as volleyball, basketball and weight training. It will offer students the opportunity to pursue an interest in orienteering, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, rappelling, camping and backpacking. Course activities will include basic safety skills, individual and group problem solving activities, and an introduction to a variety of outdoor experiences. Due to the nature of this course, activities may occur at alternative outdoor sites. Student interest, teacher availability and time of year will determine the activities. (11th, 12th grades)

PE841
AQUATICS
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1

This course is designed for students who have not met the standards to complete the Penn Charter swimming requirement at the end of 8th grade or for any student new to the Penn Charter community. Students can expect to spend time practicing stroke mechanics and performing conditioning swims. Course offerings also include games and activities such as water polo, water sports, diving, conditioning and recreational swimming. (10th, 11th, 12th grades)

PE921, PE922, PE923, PE924
PHYSICAL EDUCATION SERVICE LEARNING ELECTIVE
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This independent study course encourages students to learn about themselves while providing a particular area of service to a local school or community partner by aiding or collaborating on an after-school project, extracurricular program or introduction of a particular activity. Community partners and possible programs can be explored with the assistance of the Health and Physical Education department chair as well as the Center of Public Purpose. Students are responsible for completing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer time, maintaining a daily journal of visits, and developing a final project or product that explores physical activity within the context of the needs, strengths and dynamics of the community partners. Placement in this course is determined by the department chair and needs prior approval before selection. Under normal circumstances, this course cannot be used in place of a level 600 PE course. (11th, 12th grades)


PE931, PE932, PE933, PE934
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT
(0.33 UNIT)   QUARTER 1, QUARTER 2, QUARTER 3, QUARTER 4

This course allows students the opportunity to receive physical education credit for serving as an aide to the teachers in required aquatics courses for third through ninth grades or physical education classes for kindergarten through second grade. This is considered to be an independent study course that must be approved by the department chair. Placement in this course is determined by the department chair and needs prior approval before selection. Under normal circumstances, this course cannot be used in place of a level 600 PE course. (11th, 12th grades)

Courses Not Offered in 2017-2018

PE661, PE662, PE663, PE664
YOGA/TAI CHI
(0.33 UNIT)   NOT OFFERED

This course is designed to introduce 11th and 12th grade students to the basic concepts and principles of hatha yoga and tai chi. The history and philosophy of both practices will be explored. Students will acquire an understanding of human anatomy along with the physical, mental and emotional benefits from the practice of these philosophies. Progressions of the basic postures, breathing techniques, some meditation, stretching and core strengthening exercises will be stressed, and students will be provided with a yoga mat to be used during class. (11th, 12th grades)

PE668
DANCE
(0.33 UNIT)   NOT OFFERED

The class aims to give students an understanding of dance as an art, as a physical activity and as a means of communication. Class workouts will focus on alignment and posture, turnout, development of the feet, extension, arm and head placement and movement. By utilizing exercises demonstrated in the New York City Ballet Workout, and taught in dance studios everywhere, this class will teach exercises that increase flexibility, core strength, balance and coordination. This is not a class solely for dancers, although dancers will greatly benefit from these exercises meant to supplement their studio training. This is also a class for athletes who would like to increase their agility, coordination, flexibility and quickness on their feet. All levels of dance, from the beginner to the advanced, will benefit from the techniques taught in this class. (11th, 12th grades)

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