Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Governing Physical Education, Section 135.4 (Attendance), states:
“All students shall attend and participate in the Physical Education Program as approved in the School Plan for Physical Education and as indicated by physician’s examinations and other tests approved by the Commissioner of Education. Individual medical certificates of limitations must indicate the area of the program in which the pupil may participate.”
Whereas a student cannot safely or successfully engage and fully participate in the activities of the regular program, an Adapted Physical Education Program will be created and provided for the student.
All students are required to take and satisfactorily complete Physical Education in order to meet New York State Education Department and Monroe-Woodbury requirements, Physical Education is offered on alternate days with each course worth 1/4 credit. Students will receive a numerical grade at the end of each quarter. Two quarters will be averaged to determine the semester grade. A student must earn two credits in Physical Education to satisfy graduation requirements. This is accomplished by taking Physical Education for each semester of the four years of high school.
1. Personal Health and Fitness – Students will attain competency in a variety of physical activities, which will improve cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and body composition.
2. A Safe and Healthy Environment – Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity.
3. Resource Management – Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity.
4. Work Cooperatively – Students will be able to work with each other in group activities, team activities, and co-educationally to achieve common goals and/or problem solve.
Students in the 9th and 10th grades have a pre-planned two-year program, which is traditional in nature and exposes them to basic skills, conditioning, team and some individual activities. Some of these activities include: football, soccer, styx ball, team handball and softball. Students are also exposed to the weight room and fitness units.
Students in the 11th and 12th grades have increased exposure to individual activities with the emphasis on lifetime or leisure activities. The team activity would have higher expectation and higher levels of thinking and strategies. Some of the 11th and 12th grade activities include: golf, tennis, Project Adventure, co-ed volleyball and dance. These students, too, are exposed to weight training and fitness activities.
All students are given opportunities to work together and cooperate in small groups through a series of “initiatives.” Students are presented with problems that require their physical and mental cooperation as a group. The ultimate goals of activities such as these are to:
- increase the participant’s sense of personal confidence;
- increase mutual support within a group;
- develop an increased level of agility and conditioning; and
- develop an increased appreciation in one’s self and in cooperating/working with others.