NYACK HIGH SCHOOL TO IMPLEMENT PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES BEGINNING IN THE FALL OF 2010!!!
As a society we currently face a health crisis. Obesity rates among all citizens, specifically children, are skyrocketing. Obesity and other health problems that are brought about by sedentary lifestyles are important obstacles that need be climbed. An intelligent, well reasoned physical education curriculum that can be implemented is a necessity in fighting this battle. The objectives in these courses are backed by research and data, while the activities are designed to stimulate the enjoyment and appreciation of movement; to get and keep students’ moving over the course of their lives. Personalizing goals through the use of percentiles makes goals real and attainable for students, not intimidating. In order to stem the tide of our rising health crisis, lifestyle changes need to be implemented. These courses will illustrate the importance of maintaining a positive fitness level, teach enjoyable options and instill an appreciation of movement.
The following electives will be offered:
Weight Training – Offered to 9-10 and 11-12 separately
The weight training course focuses on resistance training and other training principles as a means of increasing strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. The major objective of this course is to provide students the opportunity to improve their self-esteem and physical fitness levels through the use of a variety of training exercises. Upon completion of this course a student should have the basic knowledge to create a good workout program that he or she can follow for a lifetime of activity. Emphasis is placed on using both free weights and machines in conjunction with a training program. Along with resistance training other activities include plyometrics, aerobics and rope jumping.
Competitive Team Sports - Offered to 9-10 and 11-12 separately
This course offers a more competitive alternative to the general physical education setting. Students will learn history and rules for Touch Football, Softball, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Wall Ball, Speedball, and Rugby. Students will learn specific training techniques for each sport and participate in a tournament at the end of each unit.
Lifelong Athletics – Offered to everyone (9-12 in same class)
This course is for students who enjoy individual activities and puts strong emphasis on developing and
maintaining personal performance of lifelong activities such as badminton, tennis, Ping Pong, pickle ball, archery, golf, archery, yoga, Pilates, lawn games –(bocci, ladder ball, croquet, washers), bowling, orienteering, strength and cardiovascular training, self defense, and CPR training.
Core Fitness Offered to everyone (9-12 in same class)
This physical education elective is for students interested in increasing their knowledge about wellness and the status of their personal health. Students will be actively engaged in age and gender specific physical fitness testing and training to promote increased endurance, strength, flexibility and agility.
Healthy nutrition practices are another important component of the course. Students will be challenged to develop training programs that are specific to activities and sports while learning that core development is essential to training.
CardioYogaLates Offered to everyone (9-12 in same class)
This is a fully inegrated physical conditioning course featuring cardiovascular, muscular strength and flexibility training. By incorporating yoga, Pilates and aerobic conditioning into the curriculum, students will focus on all aspects of fitness and improve their overall physical health.
Outdoor Education Offered to 11-12 only
This course is designed to teach the student an appreciation of the great outdoors. Units covered in this course will include orienteering, topography map reading skills, backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, snowshoeing and rock climbing.