Physical Education is a required course for all students in public schools in the State of New York. Riverhead Central School requires two units of credit for graduation (1/2 unit per year).
Physical Education is an important component of each students' school experience. Physical wellness and psychomotor skills are developed through a variety of activities. As a young adult, it is important to acquire and refine skills that will enhance quality of life through physically active and healthy habits.
The sequential physical education program includes a variety of activities with an emphasis on personal fitness designated to promote growth in skill, knowledge and appreciation of an active lifestyle. An emphasis is placed on the instruction of skills and activities that reflect current trends in fitness and healthy lifestyles. Students will be given the opportunity to select many of their units throughout the school year.
New York State Learning Standards for Physical Education
Standard 1: Personal Health and Fitness
Students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity and maintain personal health.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Standard 3: Resource Management
Students will understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources.
General Physical Education:
Students will participate in personal fitness, as well as team and individual sports. Students will participate in skill development, game strategies, socialization, teamwork and cooperation.
Project Adventure is a character building program. Con-currently, this class aids in the participants' development of greater self-confidence, while building a sense of trust and commitment among classmates. Games and activities are noncompetitive and focus on communication, cooperation, and trust in a fun, active and non-threatening environment. The emphasis in this course in on participation and students are encouraged to safely reach their potential; physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Core Base Fitness Training:
This course focuses on Core Based strength training and the development of athletic movements. This course will enroll all participants in the nationally recognized Bigger, Faster, Stronger Program. All participants will receive a personalized computer generated workout program that will focus on the development of a strong athletic core.
This course will focus on the following core lifts: squat, towel bench, dead lift, and power clean. In addition, this course will emphasize the development of power through the use of plyometric training as well as the development of speed through the use of agility drills.
A physical education class that focuses on fitness, nutrition and health information pertinent to teenagers. The class is designed as an alternative to general sport oriented physical education. Students will participate in a variety of fitness class activities similar to what they may experience in a gym/fitness center setting.
Students will experience a safe non-competitive atmosphere where they can gain both skill and confidence in controlling their personal fitness.
Activities will include: Yoga, Pilates, Stability Ball, Weighted Ball, Step Aerobics, Body Bars, Cardio Kickboxing, App Related Activities, Fitness Challenges, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and more.
Adapted Physical Education:
Adapted physical education is a specially designed program of developmental activities, games, sports, and rhythms suited to the interests, capabilities, and limitation of students with disabilities who may not safely or successfully engage in unrestricted participation in the activities of a general physical education program.
Physical Education Teachers: