Health and Physical Education

Physical education grades are included in quarterly and year-end academic averages.

Note: The New York State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulations Part 135.3 (c) (2) (i) states that “no pupil shall be required to receive instruction concerning the methods of prevention of A.I.D.S. if the parent or legal guardian of such pupil has filed a letter with the principal of the school which the student attends stating that the pupil will receive such instruction at home.”

Students with Medical Conditions: Students who have a documented medical concern that places them out of physical education instruction for four weeks or greater in one semester will be placed on a reading program. The reading program focuses on instruction in health-related fitness and comprises a short essay, project and quiz for each chapter.

Adaptive Physical Education

Code: 209113-209114 | Grade: 9-12 | Credit: 1/2 

This program is developed to meet the needs of those students who cannot participate in the regular Physical Education program. It would include work with groups of limited size and be aimed at specific individual needs, as recommended by the adapted Physical Education specialist and their I.E.P. or 504 plan.

Athletic Physical Education Exemption (Full Year)

Grade: 12 | Credit: 1/2

This program is open to seniors only who will be members of two Bethlehem Central varsity athletic teams during their senior year and meet the requirements outlined below. Additional information and applications are available in the Supervisor’s office. Athletic exemption Option requires all of the criteria below are met for consideration:

  1. Student must be a senior.
  2. Student must be up to date with their physical education credit.
  3. Student must have passed each component of the Fitnessgram assessment.
  4. Student must be a bona-fide member of at least two interscholastic varsity sports at Bethlehem Central. Students in a Spring sport must have been a member in good standing as a junior in that varsity sport. (i.e. played varsity baseball as a junior and will be playing as a senior)
  5. Application submission no later than the last day of classes.
  6. Applications are available at: https://www.bethlehemschools.org/departments-services/health-and-wellness/ 

Physical Education Alternative Study Option (One semester only)

Grade: 12 | Credit: 1/4

This program is open to seniors only who will be enrolled in an alternative activity of study during the semester of exemption and meet the requirements outlined below. The program of study must be “instructional in nature, assess skills or strategies learned and meet the same time requirements of their regular physical education class.” Only programs not offered within the Physical Education and Athletic programs will be considered. Additional information and applications are available in the Supervisor’s office. Physical Education Eligibility requires all of the criteria below are met for consideration:

  1. Student must be a senior.
  2. Student must be up to date with their physical education credit.
  3. Student must have passed each component of the Fitnessgram assessment.
  4. Alternative Study documents are submitted to the District Physical Education office by the last day of classes for 1st semester and November 1st for 2nd semester.

Health Education

Code: 210101 | Grade: 10-12 | Credit: 1/2

Required of all students sometime during high school, preferably during 11th grade. Content includes physical and mental health, sociological health problems, environmental and community health and safety. Specific units deal with communication, values clarification, consumer education, CPR, parenting education, nutrition, human relations and our relation to the environment in terms of maintaining health.

Physical Education 9

Code: 209109-209111 | Grade: 9 | Credit: 1/2

The grade 9 curriculum focuses on the principles of health fitness, educational karate, aquatics and track & field.

Physical Education 10

Code: 209101-209103 | Grade: 10 | Credit: 1/2

The first semester is focused on team sport. This course is taught in a sport education model with emphasis on principles of sport and coaching. The second semester is Project Adventure. The program focuses on problem
solving, teamwork, trust communication, cooperation and personal goal setting.

Physical Education 11-12

Code: 209105-209107 | Grade: 11-12 | Credit: 1/2

The courses in Physical Education 11-12 will focus on the development of skills, knowledge and positive attitudes in individual lifetime activities, outdoor pursuits and wellness. Each class will include a unit on instruction from one of the following areas: Team Sports (Basketball, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Soccer,  Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball,) Target Sports (Archery, Bowling, Golf, Frisbee Golf,) Net Games (Badminton, Pickleball, Table Tennis, Tennis,) Outdoor Pursuits (Adventure Education, X-C Skiing, Orienteering) or Personal Activities (Ballroom Dance, Fitness, Yoga).

Strength and Conditioning for Sport and Fitness

Code: 209130| Grade: 11-12 | Credit: 1/4

First semester only. This course will provide students with an opportunity for the development of strength and conditioning for various sports, fitness related activities and general strength and fitness training. Free weights, exercise machines and conditioning activities will be incorporated to promote improvement in strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, power, coordination, agility, and speed. Proper technique, safety precautions and proper application of the Principles of Training, as well as sports nutrition, will be emphasized. Individualized plans to achieve sport-specific goals and/or personal fitness goals will be developed and implemented throughout the course. Upon successful completion of this course students may use the Alternative Activity Study in their senior year to work in the fitness center as a student assistant.

Unified Physical Education

Code: 209133-209134 | Grade: 11-12 | Credit: 1/4

This program provides a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together through ongoing educational and physical activities. The goals and purpose of this course is to provide an environment where students can apply the skills learned and bonds created during unified PE in the wider community setting. To have an overall impact on student leadership, promote social justice, health and wellness. This course can be the foundation for creating a more inclusive school environment where individual differences are embraced and all students are accepted. The course objectives are to increase physical fitness and sports specific skills, foster new friendships and social inclusion among classmates, reinforce positive and healthy habits, opportunities to develop movement confidence and competence in a variety of physical activities.

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