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PE, Health, & Driver's Ed

Health, Physical Education & Driver's Education

Physical education plays a vital role in the student’s development and growth. Here are some good reasons for active engagement with your health and physical education classes.

  1. Health and PE are linked to good health. The value of physical fitness can never be overstated. In physical educational classrooms, students learn the value of taking care of themselves through proper grooming, healthy eating, and regular exercise.
  2. Health and PE are a preventive measure against disease. Physical education in school is a preventive measure to teach students the value of regular exercise and healthy eating habits.
  3. Health and PE are programs for muscle strength and fitness. Physical education develops the student’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  4. Health and PE promote academic learning. Physical health allows students to function even better in classrooms. A good cardiovascular system developed from regular exercise promotes excellent blood and oxygen circulation. This means more nutrients circulate throughout the body, which includes the brain. This circulation produces longer attention span during classes.
  5. Health and PE build self-esteem. Students who are active in physical activities are more confident with themselves, according to most social school studies. In school, the physical education program introduces sport activities to students allowing them to make choices in which sport areas they want to get involved.
  6. Health and PE develop cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship skills. Most physical education programs are holistic. The program allows students to interact toward a common goal.
  7. Health and PE promote a physically active lifestyle. The purpose of physical education is to instill in students, at an early age, the value of self-preservation and choosing a lifestyle that is good for both the mind and body.
Adapted from the position statement of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
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Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science / HLT 125
PVCC

Presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology, including body structure, systems and functions. The course provides a foundation on which to build and apply concepts in the study of Exercise Science, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and related fitness studies.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1; 3 dual enrollment college credits with PVCC
Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7638DE
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Driver’s Education

Part I: Classroom
During the sophomore year, the 36-hour driver’s education classroom instruction component is provided as a part of the Health II curriculum (see above listing for Health II). Students are cautioned not to be absent during this period, as excuses from parents and doctors do not exempt one from the DMV requirement for classroom instruction.

Part II: Behind-the-Wheel
Students should be scheduled for Behind-the-Wheel around 16 years of age. Students may not get their license until they have had their permit for 9 months, and they are at least 16 years and 3 months old. Students may get a learner’s permit from DMV at 15½ years of age.

Tuition is charged for this portion of the class. Students must have completed or at least begun the 36-hour Part I classroom portion before beginning Behind-the-Wheel training. Driver’s Education Behind-the-Wheel will be offered at the three comprehensive high schools in the morning before school and in the afternoon after school throughout the school year. Please call one of the three comprehensive high schools to take Behind-the-Wheel.

Parental Requirements and Driver’s Education
All parents must participate in a FREE Parent Seminar for Driver Education prior to their child taking the Behind-the-Wheel portion of driver’s education. The seminar is a requirement for families with students pursuing a driver’s license. Any student registering for Behind-the- Wheel training must provide the certificate of attendance from the Parent Seminar. The seminars will be offered once a month at all three comprehensive high schools in the county. Register online at www.opendoors1.org, select class number 5001, or call (434) 975 9451 or (434) 975 9450.​

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Corequisite(s):
Credit:
Grades:
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Fitness / Weight Training I & II

​This is a weightlifting class designed to teach weightlifting theory and technique in combination with personal fitness training. Students establish personal weightlifting goals and design and implement individual weightlifting programs. Student progress is monitored through self, peer, and instructor evaluation. A change of clothes is required for class.

Note: This course may NOT substitute for PE I or PE II as a graduation requirement. Students who have not previously received credit for Weight Training will be given scheduling priority.

Prerequisite(s): PE I and/or PE II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1 per year
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7677
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7676
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Fitness / Yoga I & II

Fitness Yoga is an elective course for upperclassmen that have completed PE I and PE II. Students interested in Fitness Yoga must obtain instructor’s approval prior to the beginning of the semester. This class involves instruction in physical postures with the incorporation of breath control and conscious relaxation (known as Hatha Yoga). There is an emphasis on stress management, increased vitality, and physical well-being.

Note: This course may NOT substitute for PE I or PE II as a graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s): PE I and/or PE II
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7670
II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7652
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, WAHS
Health Education I

​Required for Graduation

The goal of health education is to help students acquire an understanding of health concepts and skills and apply them in making healthy decisions to improve, sustain, and promote personal, family, and community health. Health Education I focuses on knowledge, examines attitudes, and formulates lifestyle behaviors. Students integrate a variety of health concepts, skills, and behaviors to plan their personal health goals. Potential areas of study include wellness, injury prevention and first aid, body systems, disease prevention and hygiene, and family life education.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 0.5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7320
Virtual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V7320
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Health Education II

Required for graduation; enrollment based on space availability.

The goal of health education is to help students acquire an understanding of health concepts and skills and apply them in making healthy decisions to improve, sustain, and promote personal, family, and community health. Health Education II continues to build on the knowledge, attitudes, and lifestyle behaviors examined in Health I. Students integrate a variety of health concepts, skills, and behaviors to plan their personal health goals. Potential areas of study include substance abuse, gang and violence intervention, consumer health, community health, and family life education. Health Education II includes the classroom portion of Driver’s Education. At the present time, Health II includes instruction in Driver’s Education and Health Standards of Learning. This is a graduation requirement and students must participate in the entire course. Students who have already completed Driver’s Education and/or hold a driver’s license are still required to participate in the entire Health II course.

The virtual course does NOT include Driver’s Education.

Prerequisite(s): 9th Graders: Must be 15 by September 1 and acquire counseling director approval
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 0.5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7425
Virtual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V7425
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Introduction to Sports Medicine

​This course offers an introduction to students interested in learning about careers in sports medicine such as: athletic training, physical therapy, medical doctor, exercise physiology, and nutrition. The course introduces students to the theory of prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Areas to be covered include: human anatomy and physiology, assessment and evaluation of athletic injuries, prevention of injuries, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, therapeutic modalities, conditioning principles, and nutrition. Students gain useful experience by learning taping and evaluative techniques and by assisting in the training room after school.

Note: This course may NOT substitute for PE I or PE II as a graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s): Biology I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7680
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
Physical Education I

​Required for Graduation

Physical Education I builds on the fundamental skills and skill combinations learned in Middle School. Students are given the opportunity to self-select wellness activities, demonstrate a depth of understanding of physical activity, and show competence in lifetime physical activities. Students are responsible for skill mastery in four content areas: team sports, individual sports, leisure, and rhythmic activities. They analyze and apply biomechanical principles to skilled movement and physiological principles to achieve and to improve physical fitness. Through record keeping, students are accountable for evaluating the benefits of physical activity. Students use appropriate social interactions and decision-making skills and demonstrate respect for differences in culture and abilities. Students understand and follow a physically active lifestyle that promotes good health and wellness for a lifetime.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 0.5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7310
Virtual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V7310
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Physical Education II

​Required for Graduation

Physical Education II builds on the fundamental skills and skill combinations learned in previous courses. Students are responsible for skill mastery in two content areas reflecting student interest. They analyze and apply biomechanical principles to skilled movement and physiological principles to achieve and to improve physical fitness. Students regularly evaluate and adjust goals that promote a lifetime of physical activity. Students use appropriate social interactions and decision-making skills and demonstrate respect for differences in culture and abilities. Students understand and follow a physically active lifestyle that promotes good health and wellness for a lifetime.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 0.5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7410
Virtual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V7410
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS, WAHS
Sports Medicine I

​This course provides students with the basic concepts and skills required for careers in sports medicine such as: athletic training, physical therapy, medical physician, exercise physiology, and occupational therapy. It introduces students to topics such as injury prevention, nutrition, first aid/CPR/AED, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. Students study basic human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal and ethical issues in sports medicine, and career preparation. Course competencies have been constructed so as not to go beyond the professional scope of aide/assistant level. Mastery of the material in this course would provide students with a strong background should they wish to pursue certification in areas such as first aid, CPR, AED, and/or personal trainer.​

Prerequisite(s): Biology I recommended
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7686
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS
Sports Medicine II

​This course continues the studies of “Sports Medicine I.” Students learn advanced concepts and skills required for careers in sports medicine.​

Prerequisite(s): Sports Medicine I
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7687
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Offered at: AHS, MoHS
Team Sports

​This course provides a learning experiences that will lead to the development of the basic skills in various team sports. The units may include basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, speedball, and softball. Content will include game strategies, fundamental skills, history, rules, safety, officiating, drills and mini-games. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate basic skills in selected sports, demonstrate knowledge of history, rules, safety and will be able to demonstrate team play concepts and strategies in game situations.

Note: This course may NOT substitute for PE I or PE II as a graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7646
Grades: 11, 12
Offered at: WAHS
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