Physical Education Department

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(1/2 unit)
Policy Statement

Illinois state law requires enrollment in Physical Education every semester. University High School seeks to physically educate its students through the development of physical fitness and a variety of sport offerings.

Sports and Fitness

The fitness component of the P.E. program is an individualized, progressive program emphasizing cardio-respiratory development. One goal of the program is to teach students the skills necessary to live an active lifestyle that promotes health and physical fitness. Students will also learn how to develop their own personal workout routine based on fundamentally sound exercise principles. A second major goal is to provide each student adequate, physical training necessary for the completion of a 5K run at the end of the year. To ensure progress towards this goal, students will undergo complete testing at the beginning and end of the school year, and an abbreviated test version at the end of each quarter. The Uni High fitness test components include: height, weight, mile run, 100 yard dash, sit-ups, pull-ups, flexed-arm hang, shuttle run, standing broad jump, vertical jump, grip strength, and the sit and reach flexibility test.

 

The sports component of the P.E. program consists of activities from a variety of sports and games. A holistic approach is followed with mental, social, and physical domains addressed. Written assessments may be utilized to evaluate comprehension of basic rules and strategies of each unit. Attention will be directed toward the development of social skills such as: communication, cooperation and sportsmanship in a competitive environment. Classes will be structured to provide opportunity for individual skill improvement in each sport offering. Activities may include: badminton, basketball, cageball activities, floor hockey, pickleball, soccer, speedball, team handball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and wiffleball. This exposure to a diverse array of activities will allow students to explore the many options available to them, discovering an appreciation of sport, and hopefully, encouraging a lifetime of enjoyable participation.

Subfreshman Program

A multi-session radKIDS program will be presented by members of the U of I Police Department at the beginning of the school year. This course will introduce some basic self-defense techniques. The intent is to educate students, increase their personal safety awareness and raise their self- esteem. The fitness component will consist of a progressive, running program structured to allow students to work at individualized levels. The primary focus will be to gradually increase the students’ running endurance building up to the completion of the 5K at the end of the school year.

The sports component will be presented in unit format, covering approximately eight units during the year. At the beginning of each unit, time will be allotted for skill development and the progression through drills and lead-up activities prior to the start of the actual sport.

Freshman/Sophomore Program

The fitness component will consist of a progressive, running program structured to allow students to work at individualized levels. The primary focus will be to gradually increase the students’ running endurance building up to the completion of the 5K at the end of the school year.

 

The sports component will be presented in unit format, covering approximately eight units during the year. At the beginning of each unit, time will be allotted for skill development and the progression through drills and lead-up activities prior to the start of the actual sport.

Junior/Senior Program

The Junior/Senior fitness program will be a combination of running, strength and flexibility exercises, and workouts on the cardio-respiratory equipment. The framework of each class is provided by the instructor but students will have more options to choose from so as to allow for individual preferences. With this greater freedom of choice, students gain increased responsibility of ensuring that their exercise effort is of a beneficial intensity.

 

Along with Fitness, a second major component of the Jr./Sr. program will be strength training. Students will be introduced to the major aspects of a sound strength training regimen, learning basic principles, safety guidelines, terminology and proper lifting techniques. Students will be presented with instruction utilizing selectorized machines then progressing onto free weights.  Upon satisfactory completion of these units, students will have the opportunity to further their workouts with additional, supplemental pieces of equipment or by completing group video workouts.  Students will maintain a record of their work to demonstrate proper progression.

 

To complement the fitness and strength training programs, students will participate in seminar style classes that revisit health topics. These classes will meet several times a semester and will allow subjects to be covered in greater depth that is better suited for the Jr./Sr. maturity level. These sessions will take the form of lectures, guest speakers, videos, class activities, or small group discussions. The nature of topics will vary depending on current issues and student interest and could include are not limited to areas such as: body image, eating disorders, reproductive health, preventing drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, nutrition, weight management, safety and first aid procedures. This additional focus is meant to supplement Freshman Health class topics and current life experiences. This is intended to reinforce healthy practices and behaviors thereby having a positive impact on students’ overall health and wellness in these later adolescent years.

Petitioning out of P.E.

Juniors and Seniors may petition out of P.E. when:

·       The athlete is enrolled in 6 classes per day plus P.E. (The student must be in class 300 minutes per day.)

·       The athlete has received a passing grade in P.E. during the school year.

·       The athlete has no unexcused absences in P.E. for the school year.

·       The athlete has completed all the necessary forms, paid the $875.00 participation fee and turned them into the Athletic Director.

·       The athlete fully participates as a member of an IHSA sanctioned sport by attending all practices and competitions unless excused by the coach.

·       The athlete completes all Physical Fitness Testing as required by the P.E. department.

The petition has been validated by the Athletic Director.

Health (Fall or Spring)

(9th grade) (1/2 unit)

This 1/2 credit course is required for all freshmen. Topics include, but are not limited to: human anatomy and physiology, function and development of the human body, causes and prevention of diseases, mental health, social health, nutrition, reproductive health and substance abuse.

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