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HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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Listed below are all of the health and physical education classes available to high school students:

Health Education 11

The emphasis of health education is to provide instructional support to help students adjust and adapt to the challenges confronting young people in today's society. Health is a required, coed course which meets every other day throughout the eleventh grade school year. Topics included in the curriculum provide life skills which enable students to make responsible, healthy choices. The year begins with a unit on self responsibility for wellness, self-esteem, goal setting, stress management and the decision making process. Also included in the curriculum is the American Red Cross First Aid Unit. Students learn to identify and treat shock, CPR and respiratory emergencies, bleeding, fracture and burn injuries. Systems of the body are incorporated into various units, such as the heart and circulatory system, endocrine system, reproductive system and their related diseases. Additional units on alcohol, nicotine, drugs and human sexuality comprise a large portion of the year. The human sexuality unit covers information on family living and relationships, puberty, pregnancy, childbirth and birth control. A state-mandated unit on AIDS is taught along with other sexually transmitted diseases. During the school year, community resources, speakers and "Intermediate Unit" materials are continuously utilized to supplement and update the health curriculum.

Physical Education 9, 10, 11, 12

The Physical Education program endeavors to provide students with the opportunity to participate in both lifetime and team sport activities. It aims, through these activities, to teach physical skill, a knowledge of highly-organized games, develop sportsmanship, muscular coordination, cardiovascular endurance, leadership and development of interest and skill in activities which may be used in leisure time. Physical education classes are grouped heterogeneously with the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades combined respectively. Students participate in various coed and non-coed activities. For students who are temporarily incapacitated or handicapped, an adapted physical education program is provided.

Strength and Conditioning

This elective is offered three periods per cycle for students interested in learning the discipline of strength development and various components of physical conditioning. Students may take the course only once during the school year for .5 credit. The course focuses on mastery of basic techniques in weight lifting according to individual student abilities and experience levels. Other characteristics of physical fitness include flexibility, speed/power development, endurance, nutrition, program design and periodization. Evaluation is based on the student's daily participation and effort, proficiency in basic lifting technique, as well as quiz/exam work on strength and conditioning principles. The initial course may be complemented with continuing sequences of enhancement in Levels 2 (1017), 3 (1018), or 4 (1019). Only one level may be taken during one school year.

 
 
Governor Mifflin Middle School MR. JOHN ALTHOUSE, principal
 
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