Physical Wellness

The mission of the Wahconah Physical Wellness Department is to engage our students in a variety of activities that promote life-long physical and emotional well-being so our students will improve their mind, body and spirit.

Given this environment the Physical Wellness Instructors recognize that:

- Through properly planned lessons with clear objectives and goals each student will be encouraged to work to the best of their ability and to make educated decisions with an understanding of the anticipated consequences and rewards.

- Through activity each and every student can develop practical, academic and interpersonal skills as well as improve their quality of life through physical activity.

- Each student will have different needs and skill levels yet they need to learn to respect not only their own, but also the strengths and weaknesses of their peers.
 
Acceptable Clothing
Footwear:
Sneakers, running shoes, tennis shoes, basketball, etc. are acceptable, however, they must be non-marking and completely cover your foot. No platforms shoes are allowed.    
T-Shirt:    
T-Shirts, sweat-shirts, tank tops, etc. are acceptable.  Button shirts are not acceptable.   
Shorts:    
Shorts, sweat pants, athletic pants, etc. are acceptable.  No jeans, dockers, skirts, etc.  Clothing needs to fit, and can't be a safety issue for you or anyone else.      
Jewelry:    
Should not be worn in class.  Items that are small or not seen are not necessarily an issue, but nothing unsafe to you or anyone else is allowed.      
             
If we are going outside and you would like to wear a jacket or sweatshirt, etc. you need to bring it to class, on time.  We can not allow you to go back to your locker.      
             
Medical Excuse Policy    
If you need to be medically excused from class for one day a parent or the nurse may write you a note.  If you need to be out for more than one class a doctor's note is necessary.  When you are medically excused it is the same as being absent.  The instructor will  require you to do a handout relating to Physical Wellness for that class and that will count as your day's participation.  For extended medical problems it may become necessary to withdraw from the course.  If a doctor excuses you from class we can not allow you to return until the doctor clears you.      

Sample Activities

First class meeting    
      Introduction, assign lockers & choose units, fitness testing
September/early Oct:
      Tennis and flag football
mid October/Nov:
      Lacrosse and yoga
late November:
      Jogging, gymnastics, weight room, indoor games
December:
      Badminton and freshmen health
January:
      Basketball, aerobics, freshmen health
Feb/March:
      Volleyball and freshmen health
March/April:
      Table tennis/archery (indoors) and jogging/track & field (outdoors)
April/May:
      Floor hockey and self defense
May/June:
      Hiking, golf and softball

COURSES
PE/Health (Gr. 9 only)
This class looks to improve students in mind, body, and spirit. Through carefully planned lessons, students will learn the necessary skills to make the appropriate decisions to live a healthy lifestyle. Introduction to physical wellness activities may include but are not limited to yoga, fitness, basketball, badminton, archery, lacrosse, flag football, volleyball, tennis, and aerobics. Students will complete FitnessGram testing. During personal health education, students will explore and learn about topics within mental/social health, nutrition, substance abuse, disease prevention, community health, and safety.

Physical Wellness
This class is geared for the student who enjoys both team and lifetime types of activity. In Physical Wellness, students will choose between offerings of lifetime and team sport activities. Units will typically last 2-3 weeks and may include but are not limited to the following activities: Flag football, tennis, yoga, badminton, basketball, softball, personal fitness, volleyball, street hockey, and snowshoeing. The goal of this class is to offer students options and give them the tools they need to maintain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle beyond their high school years.

Lifetime PE
This class is geared for the student who wishes to participate in lifetime activities only. Activities may include but are not limited to yoga, fitness walking, snowshoeing, interval training, and aerobics. Students will gain the skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle beyond high school.

Yoga/Stress Management
During yoga and stress management students will learn about many of the various forms and types of yoga practice. They will participate in hatha and restorative yoga. Class time will also be spent learning various forms of stress management and time management.

Personal Wellness
This class will be a mix of classroom and activity time. Students will explore in depth various concepts of wellness including nutrition, fitness programs, and the conscious and deliberate process by which people are actively involved in enhancing their well-being: intellectual, physical, social, emotional, occupational. Students will develop their own fitness plan during the semester as well.

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