Health and Physical Education and Driver Education

Grade 9

Wellness/Fitness I is a progressive co-educational program designed to encourage body fitness and to improve individual motor skills through team oriented activities. Sound health practices that encourage a favorable self-image and sensitivity toward others are stressed throughout the entire program. This course emphasizes the development of good attitudes, practices, habits, and the improvement of individual, family, and community health. Students gain knowledge and competence through exposure to teacher elected topics from the following units: Students who do not pass the Wellness/Fitness I course must make up the exact course.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION - ADAPTIVE
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite(s): Doctor or Teacher Recommendation

Activities of this physical education program are designed to meet the needs of individual students who are recommended for the course.

WELLNESS/FITNESS II
Grade 10

This is a progressive co-education program designed to encourage body fitness and to improve individual motor skills through team-oriented activities. Students who choose Wellness/Fitness II must also elect Driver Education.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Grades 11-12

This is a diversified and vigorous co-educational physical activities program designed to encourage body fitness, improve individual motor skills, and develop sensitivity toward the abilities of others. Lifetime sports and recreation activities are emphasized so the student can clearly see the value of participation in physical activity as a means to a healthier, happier life. Each year a different group of activities is offered. The electives may include, but are not limited to aerobic activities, archery, basketball, bowling, dance, first aid/CPR, fitness training, fitness walking, golf, health concepts, lacrosse, orienteering, racquet sports, skating, soccer/speedball, softball, tennis, tumbling, volleyball, walking/jogging, and weight training.

SPORTS LEADERSHIP
Grade 12
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of required core physical education course and Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed to meet the needs and interests of those students who may be interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in preparation for a health and physical education career or for those students who may simply enjoy physical education and desire a more in-depth study in that area. The course provides opportunities for students to instruct other students and receive instruction in the mechanics of officiating and coaching, game play, and strategies associated with a variety of sports. Class instruction includes the physiological, biological, and psychological aspects of exercise and sport. This course satisfies .50 credits of Physical Education for grades 11 or 12.


APPLIED SPORTS MEDICINE I
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed to meet the needs of students interested in exploring aspects of the care and prevention of athletic injuries. This course is designed to be a practical application of up-to-date taping techniques, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation procedures used specifically in athletics. Students are required to assist in the training room and work with athletic teams after school. Class instruction includes nutrition, conditioning, anatomy, and other topics specific to sports medicine.


APPLIED SPORTS MEDICINE II
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Applied Sports Medicine I and Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed to meet the needs of students interested in further exploring aspects of the care and prevention of athletic injuries. This course is designed to be a practical application of up-to-date taping techniques, therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation procedures used specifically in athletics. Students are required to assist in the training room and work with athletic teams after school. Class instruction includes nutrition, conditioning, anatomy, and other topics specific to sports medicine.


PERSONAL FITNESS AND STRENGTH TRAINING I
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation

This course introduces, builds, and maintains strength and endurance with the objective to make the body healthier. The course molds and changes attitudes about exercise physiology, benefits of exercise, exercise and weight loss, and exercise programs. Students achieve fitness through involvement in individually designed physical fitness routines that include components of cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular, strength steps, and aerobic training. This course satisfies .50 credits of Physical Education for grades 11 or 12.


PERSONAL FITNESS AND STRENGTH TRAINING II
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Personal Fitness and Strength Training I and Teacher Recommendation

Personal Fitness and Strength Training II is designed to go beyond the basic training fundamentals applied to Personal Fitness and Strength Training I. This course will offer students the opportunity to work towards stabilizing and increasing the flexibility of joints, thus increasing the physical strength and power of the body. Students will target specific muscle groups, training each with safe techniques through a full range of motion using isotonic application. This course satisfies .50 credits of Physical Education for grades 11 or 12.

ENDURANCE TRAINING IN THE POOL
Grades 9-12

This program will offer a challenging endurance training session for athletes or experienced swimmers of all abilities. This course satisfies .50 credits of Physical Education for grades 11 or 12.


SWIMMING AND SKILL PROFICIENCY
Grades 9-12

Refines the basic swim strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. The course is designed with “menu” options that focus on preparing students for more advanced swimming courses, including Water Safety instructor, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving. This course satisfies .50 credits of Physical Education for grades 11 or 12.


DRIVER EDUCATION
Grade 10

This course must be scheduled in combination with Wellness and Fitness II.

Theory: The theory course includes the study of good driving habits, judgment and foresight, as well as defensive driving techniques. Students also study the state driving manual and the laws of nature as they apply to driving. In order to understand the complexity of driving, students study the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving performance and the physical, mental, and emotional factors that affect performance.

Behind-the-Wheel*: This practical phase is not offered by West Shore School District. Students may opt to pay for this experience which involves six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training to meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements. Students are exposed to most driving situations and conditions relating to local, rural, expressway, and city driving. Students must contact the driver education instructor for information on how to schedule Behind-the-Wheel time.

*NOTE: Upon satisfactory completion of theory and behind-the-wheel requirements, students may qualify for an insurance rate reduction and/or a senior license at age 17 1/2.

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