Health and Physical Education

All Physical Education students are required to purchase a Portage High School Physical education uniform. Price $16. The students evaluation is based on skill, written knowledge, effort, attitude, and dressed participation. Being dressed out for participation is a vital part of physical education, thus accounting for 1/5 of the grade. All students will participate in physical education.

Health and Wellness, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
High school health provides a basis for continued development in becoming a health literate individual. This course includes content areas as expressed in the Indiana Health & Wellness Standards Guide: (1) Growth and Development; (2) Mental and Emotional Health; (3) Community and Environmental Health; (4) Nutrition; (5) Family Life; (6) Consumer Health; (7) PersonalHealth; (8) Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; (9) Intentional and Unintentional Injury; and (10) Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Students will explore the effect of health behaviors on an individual’s quality of life. The goal of this course is to assist students in understanding that health is a lifetime commitment. Students are encouraged to become critical thinkers; responsible, productive citizens; self-directed.

Advanced Health Education, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Advanced Health and Wellness, an elective course that is aligned to the Indiana's Academic Standards for Health & Wellness, provides advanced knowledge and skills to help students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Through a variety of instructional strategies, students practice the development of functional advanced health information (essential concepts); determine personal values that support health behaviors; develop group norms that value a healthy lifestyle; develop the essential skills necessary to adopt, practice and maintain health-enhancing behaviors. Advanced Health and Wellness provides students with an in-depth study of promoting personal health and wellness, physical activity, healthy eating, promoting safety and preventing unintentional injury and violence, promoting mental and emotional health, a tobacco-free lifestyle and an alcohol and other drug-free lifestyle and promoting human development and family health. The scientific components of health and wellness, health issues and concerns, health risk appraisals, individual wellness plans, health promotion and health careers are expanded and explored within the context of the course. This course provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills of health and wellness core concepts, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal communication, decision-making and goal-setting skills, health-enhancing behaviors, and health and wellness advocacy skills. Prerequisite:

Physical Education I, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grade 9
In Physical Education I the emphasis is on health-related fitness and developing the skills and habits necessary for a lifetime of activity. This program includes skill development and the application of rules and strategies of complex difficulty in at least three of the following different movement forms: (1) health-related fitness activities (cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition), (2) aerobic exercise, (3) team sports, (4) individual and dual sports, (5) gymnastics, (6) outdoor pursuits, (7) self-defense, (8) aquatics, (9) dance, and (10) recreational games. Ongoing assessment includes both written and performance-based skill evaluations.

Physical Education II, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Physical Education II emphasizes a personal commitment to lifetime activity and fitness for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. This course provides students with opportunities to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness and increases their knowledge of fitness concepts. It includes at least three different movement forms without repeating those offered in Physical Education I. Movement forms may include: (1) health-related fitness activities (cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition), (2) aerobic exercise, (3) team sports, (4) individual and dual sports, (5) gymnastics, (6) outdoor pursuits, (7) self-defense, (8) aquatics, (9) dance, and (10) recreational games. Ongoing assessment includes both written and performance-based skill evaluations. This course will also include a discussion of related careers. Included are a variety of seasonal activities such as conditioning, weights, softball, football, basketball, racquetball, volleyball, floor hockey, badminton, tennis, golf, and swimming. The swimming unit will consist of entries into the water: surface dives, compact jumps, springboard entries, aquatic games, use of mask, fins and snorkel, and exposure to SCUBA when available. A community safety course will also be taught. Timed swims and stroke work will continue.

Volleyball, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
This is open to both boys and girls who want to play volleyball. Class will consist of skill work, tournaments and learning different formats of play including 3 on 3, 4 on 4 and 2 on 2.

Fitness & Conditioning, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
This course is designed for any student who wants to improve his/her personal level of health and fitness. It is recommended for anyone interested in pursuing careers in fields related to health, fitness, recreation, and rehabilitation. Course work will include, but not be limited to, use of heart rate monitors, aerobic activities, stretching, cardiovascular training, and use of the fitness room. Flexibility, balance, and coordination will be emphasized as skills applicable for both athletic participation (football, gymnastics, soccer, etc.) and for everyday life. Students will participate in personal fitness assessment and design personal fitness programs for themselves and others.  

Lifeguard Training - Swimming, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: 2 credits of P.E. and instructor's signature required. Must have grade point average of 2.0 overall. Swim teacher signature for verification of advanced swim skill level. This swimming course is designed to teach the advanced swimmer the knowledge and skills to become a certified lifeguard. Students will be learning lifeguarding skills, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and community first aid skills. This course demands that the student not only have advanced swimming skills, but should also possess traits of maturity, responsibility, and reliability as well. Satisfactory completion of both written and practical tests could result in the student becoming certified by the American Red Cross in Lifeguard Training, CPR, and First Aid and be able to work as a lifeguard.

Multi-Sports, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
The student will learn more advanced skills & techniques in basketball, floor hockey, football, and soccer.

Dance Aerobics, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Dance aerobics (Advanced Physical Education) is an energetic, upbeat aerobics class. A great workout for all levels of fitness, this class combines cardiovascular training and toning exercises. This is a dance fitness class with vibrant music that combines interval low impact training with exhilarating Latin rhythms. Learn the latest Latin steps, creating an exciting and fun aerobic workout.

Basketball, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
This is open to both boys and girls who want to play basketball. Class will consist of skill work, tournaments and learning different features of the game of basketball.

Advanced Weight Training, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This intensified course is designed for any athlete that wants to improve strength, flexibility and power as related to sport.Students will follow a progressive five day lifting and agility program designed with Olympic lifting as a core.This is an advanced class in free weightlifting and functional strength development. Only athletes that get a signature from the course instructor or a Head Varsity Coach may enroll in APC. APC 1 is offered in the first semester only.

Advanced Swimming and Water Sports, 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
This class is designed for students that possess the necessary skills to swim in the deep end of the pool. The class is not designed to teach students how to swim. The class will include doing fitness swims, diving and various water games such as water polo, marco polo etc. This class will swim five days a week for the entire semester.

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