Health & Physical Education

Michelle Mathesius, Assistant Principal

Departmental Grading Policy

The Health and Physical Education Department aims to provide students with the health knowledge and physical capability necessary to manage the school’s challenging academic and studio programs. Physical Education courses in the 9th through 12th grades provide students with physical activity as well as knowledge of and experience in a variety of individual and team sports. Students have access to specialized equipment, including a complete weight-training room.

Course Offerings

Please note: In each department, not all courses are offered each year.
Health Education – Focuses on the teaching of behaviors for healthy living. It covers topics such as personal hygiene, nutrition, and sex education. Mental, social and emotional health issues are addressed as they impact choices regarding the use, misuse, and abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
Physical Education – Instruction in various types of physical activity to promote the physical development and well-being of the individual. This involves organized sports, dance, and calisthenics. Games are also used to develop social skills that promote good sportsmanship and to create lifelong learners.
Team Sports – This class is open only to student varsity athletes in good academic standing who have maintained team status for two consecutive seasons on the same team.
Aerobics – High and low-impact workouts (emphasis on muscle tone, fitness, proper weight, increased aerobic capacity).
Gymnastics – Basic, intermediate and advanced skills (floor exercises and all types of apparatus).
Volleyball – Basic, intermediate, and advanced skills (drills and game-situation tournaments).
Weight Training – An introduction to the proper skills and concepts of weight training, muscular development, strength and stamina are explored. Students develop and practice a personal program for weight training.
Yoga – An introduction to the fundamental posture exercises, breathing, and relaxation techniques as a basis for physical and mental self-improvement.
Elective Offerings
Volleyball – A team oriented game for two teams, usually of six players, in which a large ball is hit by hand over a high net, the aim being to score points by making the ball reach the ground on the opponent’s side of the court. Skills that would be taught are forearm pass, set, serve, rotation, scoring, rules and vocabulary.

Basketball – A team oriented game played between two teams of five players in which goals are scored by throwing a ball through a netted hoop fixed above each end of the court. Skills that would be taught are layups, shooting, dribbling, defensive sets, and offensive sets.

Ultimate Sports Conditioning (boot camp) – The training programs of professional football, baseball and basketball teams are highlighted in this class. Includes various drills, agility work and plyometrics utilizing equipment such as agility ladders, cones and jump ropes.

Ultimate Frisbee – Ultimate is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands. It mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple yet fascinating and demanding game. To compete Ultimate players require an unmatched degree of speed, stamina and agility.
European Handball – Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods the team that scores more goals wins.
Badminton – Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents’ half of the court.
Soccer – A team sport game played by two teams of eleven players with a round ball that may not be touched with the hands or arms during play except by the goalkeepers. The object of the game is to score goals by kicking or heading the ball into the opponents’ goal.
Initiative Problem Solving Games and Activities – Initiative games are fun, cooperative, challenging games in which the group is confronted with a specific problem to solve. In Exploring we use initiative games for two reasons: These games demonstrate and teach leadership skills, which helps to promote the growth of Explorers; and these games, demonstrate a process of thinking about experiences that helps Explorers learn and become responsible citizens.
Weight Training – Weight training is a common type of strength training for developing the strength and size of skeletal muscles. It uses the weight force of gravity (in the form of weighted bars, dumbbells or weight stacks) to oppose the force generated by muscle through concentric or eccentric contraction. Weight training uses a variety of specialized equipment to target specific muscle groups and types of movement.