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Freshman Physical Education Policy

    We believe (and our graduation goals underscore this belief) that a comprehensive physical education program is an important component of the overall course of study for every student.  We believe that students who are physically active and physically fit demonstrate better focus and sustained concentration in their academic subjects.  Because of this belief, we require that all freshmen enroll in a physical education class in their freshman year.  Students must adhere to the following policy:

□          All freshmen are required to take ten credits (one year) of classroom physical education during their freshman year. *

□          The courses a freshman may take include CORE I, ZERO PERIOD AND PERSONAL FITNESS.  All other physical education classes are for 10th, 11th and 12th graders.

 □          Freshmen who desire to complete the necessary course of study to enter a university AND be involved in the performing arts program and/or AVID must take advantage of summer school options available to them, in order to have room in their schedules during the regular school year.  Counselors will work with students to plan the most appropriate schedule.

*NHS does not offer an independent study PE program.

 FRESHMEN CLASSES

 Weight Room Zero Period Weight Lifting and Conditioning:  

Length:  1 year.  Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12.

Required:  Notebook, $3.00

Class starts daily at 6:30am.
Course includes weight training, conditioning and aerobic activities.  Students with impacted schedules and athletes wishing to get in shape for the competitive season have taken this course.  When completed, fulfills the same requirements as core physical education.  Class may be taken for variable credit and may be repeated.  Students who enroll in zero period realize the starting time and commit to a full year of zero period physical education.

boys locker roomCore Physical Education 1

Length:  1 year; grade 9 only.  This course is an introductory class offering a variety of sports and fitness activities.  Daily dress and participation is expected.  Core 1 is a pathway to the advanced physical education classes at Nordhoff.  In order to qualify for advanced classes a student must successfully complete Core 1.

Personal Fitness: SEE COURSE LISTING UNDER SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, SENIOR CLASSES

Length:  1 year; grades 9,10,11,12.
BY SPECIAL PERMISSION ONLY

Sophomore, Junior, Senior Classes

Condition trackBody Conditioning

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12.

Prerequisite: Pass 2 semesters of Core Physical Education with a C or better or pass 1semester of Core Physical Education and written consent from instructor. 

This course improves mental and physical well-being while developing strong cardio-respiratory fitness, body flexibility and muscular tone.  While running is a portion of this class, a wide variety of aerobic activities will be experienced in this class including aerobic dance, step aerobics, kickboxing, speed walking, water aerobics, spinning and circuit training.  Also included are dietary concepts and methods of maintaining a fit and healthy body.
As of spring 2012, this class is presently not offered due to budget cuts but, may be offered in the future when the budget climate changes.

 Core Physical Education 2
Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12.  This course is an introductory class offering a variety of sports and fitness activities.  Core 2 covers most of the same activities as Core 1.  In certain areas it goes into greater detail.  Core 2 is for students who enjoyed the variety of activities of Core I or are new to Nordhoff physical education or need to qualify to take advanced physical education courses.   Daily dress and participation is expected.   Core 2 may be repeated.

gymPersonal Fitness:  ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMEN PROVIDING THEY MEET REQUIREMENTS

Length:  1 year; grades 9,10,11,12. 

Prerequisite:  Recommendation by current physical education staff or junior high physical education staff  Students need to get signed approval from current physical education class in order to be enrolled in personal fitness. 

This class is for the student who has had difficulties in a traditional physical education class or has health or physical limitations that prevent performance at the standard level expected in other physical education classes.  The goal is to improve fitness level of students and prepare them for enrollment in a Core Physical Education class.  The class includes a variety of individual and team sports. This is a pass/fail class with the possibility of variable credits.  May be repeated only with written consent of instructor.

 
Spinning RoomSpinning for Fitness

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Pass 2 semesters of Core Physical Education with a C or better or pass 1semester of Core Physical Education and written consent from instructor.

Held in the Nordhoff Spin room, this course follows the curriculum of the internationally known Spinning program.  Equipped with Star Trac spin bikes and led by certified Spinning instructors, this class involves indoor cycling set to music.  Other aerobic activity will be included in the class as will a written final/project both semesters.  Enrollment in this class is limited due to the number of Spin bikes.

 Tennis

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12. 

Prerequisite:  C or better in 2 semesters of Core PE or Core PE 2 or written consent of teacher.  

During first semester racquets may be supplied to the student.  Second semester students are expected to furnish their own racquet.  This course teaches fundamental tennis skills and includes basics on rules, the courts, equipment needed, scoring and tennis etiquette.  Second semester emphasizes playing the game and taking skill ability to the next level.  Throughout the course, fundamental singles and doubles strategy is emphasized through instructional drills and competitive tournament play.  Cardiovascular training is a significant element of this class for increasing leg strength and fitness level.  As of Spring 2012, this class is no longer offered due to budget cuts, but may be offered in the future when the budget climate changes.
 Sophomore, Junior, Senior Classes Continued

Weight Room Weight Lifting/Conditioning

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12.

Prerequisite: Pass 2 semesters of Core Physical Education with a C or better or pass 1semester of Core Physical Education and written consent from instructor.

Required:  Notebook, $3.00.  The most demanding of the physical education classes, this course is for students who wish to improve and maintain physical fitness in the areas of strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility.  This class has longer aerobic activities than other classes.  Emphasis is on proper skills in lifting weights and performing heavy resistance exercises while striving for body efficiency..

girls locker roomWeight Training and Conditioning for Women

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12.

Prerequisite:  Females students who have earned C or better in 2 semesters of Core PE or Core PE 2 or written consent of teacher

Required:  Notebook, $3.00 

This course is designed specifically for women.  Will include a variety of aerobic activities plus toning.  Primarily an isotonic lifting class, work is on both major and minor muscle groups.   Course is designed to fit the needs of both the serious athlete and the physical education student that is committed to getting in better shape.  As of Spring 2012, this class is no longer offered due to budget cuts, but may be offered in the future when the budget climate changes.

 Dance I:  Introduction to Dance

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12.

Prerequisite:  Completion of Core Physical Education or teacher approval based on past dance experienceStudent also needs to have and maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible for the required live performances. 

A beginning class for the student who has had little or no background training in dance, this class emphasizes cardiovascular endurance, physical strength, flexibility, injury prevention, nutrition and wellness through the exploration of various forms of dance (jazz, ballet, modern, tap, folk/ethnic dance).  Dance I focuses on developing introductory skills in dance technique and a lifetime commitment to physical activity. Students will have the opportunity to perform one to two times per year. Students must maintain a notebook of choreography learned in the class with information learned about dance history. Students must see a minimum of one live performance and write dance critiques. With teacher and counselor approval, can be repeated for credit. 

 Dance II:  Technique

Length:  1 year; grades 10, 11, 12.

Prerequisite:  Dance I, or by audition with instructor consentStudent needs to have and maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible for the required live performancesAn intermediate level class for motivated and committed students who have one year or more of training in dance, this class provides an in-depth creative experience through the exploration of various forms of dance (jazz, ballet, modern, tap, folk/ethnic dance).  It focuses on increasing competency in dance technique, performance and choreography while gaining academic comprehension of the historical, social, emotional and personal context of this discipline.  Students can participate in performance opportunities that will be offered locally approximately four times. Students must create their own dance works with instruction in choreography, partnering, dance forms and improvisation. Students will instruct other dancers in their original choreography see a minimum of four live performances and respond critically in written form. With teacher and counselor approval, can be repeated for credit.


    
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