200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

PHONE: 412-366-2100


Health & PE     
Chairperson: David Schmidt
Building: NAI
Phone:  (724) 369-5530

Courses
 
KINDERGARTEN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
 
The kindgarten grade physical education class meets once per week for thirty minutes. 
 
1-2 GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATOIN
 
The 1st and 2nd grade physical education classes meet once per week for 45 minutes and once every 3 weeks for 1 hour as part of an integrated arts rotation. 
 
3-5 GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
 
The 3rd through 5th grade physical education classes meet once per week for 45 minutes and once every 3 weeks for 1 hour as part of an integrated arts rotation. 
 
6th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
 
The sixth grade physical education curriculum is designed to transition students from the once a week elementary curriculum to a more physically demanding every other day course at the middle school level. A heavy emphasis is placed on students attaining and/or maintaining a healthy level of personal fitness as measured by the Fitnessgram tests of health related fitness. Fitnessgram testing will continue in the fall and spring of each year through the 12th grade so that students can identify trends in their personal fitness levels and work to meet their personal fitness goals. Sixth gradephysical education units will include: aerobic fitness and pacing, introduction to strength training, racquet sports, and selected team sports. Human Growth and Development is also taught in a health unit, which is incorporated into this program.
 
7th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
 
The seventh grade physical education curriculum will continue to place an emphasis on personal fitness and is designed to demonstrate strategies for students to improve or maintain a high quality of life through regular physical activity.  Fitnessgram testing continues in the fall and spring of each year, so that students can identify trends in their personal fitness levels and work toward their personal fitness goals. In seventh and eighth grade, most units are taught on an every other year rotation so that students are exposed to a wider range of activities. By exposing students to many different activities, the goal is for each student to find an activity that that they enjoy and may pursue over a lifetime. Every student should be exposed to the following activities: pickleball, badminton, jump rope, individual aerobic/anaerobic and cardiovascular training, hockey, speedball, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee.
 
8th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The eighth grade physical education curriculum will continue to place an emphasis on personal fitness and is designed to demonstrate strategies for students to improve or maintain a high quality of life through regular physical activity.  Fitnessgram testing continues in the fall and spring of each year so that students can identify trends in their personal fitness levels and work toward their personal fitness goals. In seventh and eighth grade, most units are taught on an every other year rotation so that students are exposed to a wider range of activities. By exposing students to many different activities, the goal is for each student to find an activity that they enjoy and may pursue over a lifetime. Every student should be exposed to the following activities: pickleball, badminton, jump rope, individual aerobic/anaerobic and cardiovascular training, hockey, speedball, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee.

9th GRADE HEALTH EDUCATION
No. 8409
Semester/Full Time/Required
Grade 9
Credit .5
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the physical, mental/emotional, and social aspects of health. An emphasis is placed on the importance of making healthy decisions that will lead to a higher quality of life. Course information is presented in a practical manner incorporating current health trends and concerns. Content areas will include: Personality, Stress, Mental Disorders, Relationships (bullying prevention), Nutrition, Weight Management, Personal Fitness, Non-infectious Disease, Human Growth and Development, A.I.D.S. and other STD'S, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, and Personal Safety.
 

 
9-10 PHYSICAL EDUCATION
No. 7509
Full Year/Part Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

The ultimate goal of Physical Education is to facilitate students in improving their quality of life through promotion of life-long, health-enhancing physical activity. In today's society, “physical activity is not only a leisure time luxury - it is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle for individuals of all ages” (Young 2003). At NAI, students will learn why regular planned physical activity is important, how to develop a personal plan for being physically active, concepts necessary for successful participation in regular physical activity - a winning proposition for everyone. The course will emphasize each student, determining their current level of personal physical fitness in relation to health standards, recognizing the reasons for their current fitness level, recognizing that they have the power to change their fitness level, setting short and long term fitness goals, and working throughout the course to reach their personal fitness goals.

The curriculum focus is on lifetime fitness and physical activity. Students are encouraged to work together in promoting course and individual goals.

The curriculum focus is on lifetime fitness and physical activity. Students are encouraged to work together in promoting course and individual goals. Activities will be broken up into four separate tracks. Each of these four separate tracks will progress in skill and intensity throughout the year. The four tracks are Aerobic Running, Biking, Strength Training and Exploratory Activities.

 

 
9-10 ADVANCED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
No. 7409
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit 1.0
This physical education class is for those students who want to make a serious commitment to their physical well-being. Advanced Physical Education may be scheduled in place of Course 7509 for the 9th and 10th grades only. The class emphasizes cardio respiratory efficiency, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. It is designed to enhance flexibility, help students understand body composition, develop positive attitudes, and responsible habits.
 
The course will cover the regular physical education curriculum which will include additional time allotted to workouts focused on improving individual fitness levels.
 

ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
No. 7209
Full Year/Part Time
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5

Adaptive Physical Education is similar to regular physical education classes except that class size is smaller to permit concentrated development in coordination, strength, flexibility, and improved physical fitness. Skills for individual and team sports will be adjusted to individual needs.

Criteria for Selection - Recommendation of teacher.


11-12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION
No. 7401
Full Year/Part Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Physical Education at the Senior High is based on the philosophy that all students are life-long learners. Activities will enable students to develop skills necessary to maintain a healthy, active adult lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to participate in eight different activities during a two- year cycle. Every activity will emphasize the Fitness and Skill Level necessary for safe and enjoyable participation. Activities include:
1. Fitness I - Muscular strength and Endurance, Flexibility, and Stress Management
2. Tennis
3. Basic swimming skills, personal water safety skills, and boating safety
4. Rock climbing
5. Fitness II - Cardiovascular Fitness and Conditioning
6. Golf
7. Swimming for Fitness and emergency water safety skills
8. Badminton

Students will have the opportunity to utilize a variety of assessment tools, designed to promote successful participation. Assessments could be used to help determine:

• Present level of fitness
• Present skill level
• Personal fitness plan
• Drills for skill improvement
• Unit skills
• Skill mastery
• Level of participation
• Cognitive understanding
• Use of Exercise Journal

Students will participate, understand and appreciate the benefits of an active life-style. A healthy active life-style will improve the quality of life and lower the risk for disease associated with a sedentary life-style. Students will also understand the best and safest practices recommended for participation in recreational and fitness activities.

 

 
11-12 SEMESTER PHYSICAL EDUCATION
No. 7501
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5
Students taking physical education full-time will have the same requirements as part-time students (#7401) but will complete these units during one semester.
 
Criteria for Selection - Students scheduled for A.W. Beattie Career Center, Early Graduation, Guidance Counselor recommendation.
 

 
11-12 FOCUS ON FITNESS
No. 7601
Full Year/Part Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

The course will focus on fitness, placing a higher emphasis on personal fitness than the traditional high school physical education curriculum. The students can expect to be challenged on varying aspects of fitness using the specific activities of each unit to enrich the targeted fitness areas. Students will be exposed to a plethora of methods to advance their personal fitness, developing flexibility, muscular fitness, and cardio-respiratory endurance using advanced training methods. They will also have an opportunity to apply sport and recreation activities for the attainment of the fitness objectives. The amount of skill taught and practiced in a given unit will be greatly reduced in comparison to the normal curriculum, to focus on the fitness objectives of the course. The unit activities will be incorporated to meet the fitness objectives. Students seriously committed to advancing their personal fitness levels will appreciate this course.

This course will satisfy the requirements of physical education in 11th and 12th grades.
 

 
11-12 RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP
No. 7504
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

Recreational Leadership is designed for students planning on entering the field of education or wanting to work with children in recreation and sports settings. Students should possess a willingness to learn and lead a variety of outdoor activities and sports. Activities will center on the idea of directing team and group activities. Students will learn to design activities, identify risks, and modify for special needs to ensure a safe successful experience. Students will also examine the world of youth sports. Students will work with the regular as well as the adaptive Phys. Ed. classes or be expected to log volunteer hours within a recreational setting. This is an elective course and cannot replace required course #7401, 7409, 7209 or 7501.
Units include: • Working with children
• Facility planning/Equipment design
• Directing adventure activities
• Coaching / Officiating youth sports
• Understanding physical challenges
• Employment opportunities
• Modifying activities
• Legal requirements for working with children
• CPR /First Aid
• Aquatic safety
 
Criteria for Selection - Child Development (8407) or Recommendation of teacher. Elective - This class must be selected in addition to 7401, 7409, 7501 or 7209
 
 
 
 
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