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Health 9 is required for all freshmen. Beginning in 2013-14, Health 9 will meet through the year on alternating days with Transition Seminar and Lifetime Fitness. The major topics of Health 9 focus on two parts.
Human Sexuality: Students learn about human anatomy and physiology, as well as the psychological and social aspects of sexuality. Students study behaviors that maintain and improve relationships. Course content includes accurate information about and discussion of healthy sexual behavior and choices, STDs, conception and contraception, rape and sexual harassment, sexual orientation, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS.
Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles: Students examine answers to current questions about healthy living. Students learn how a well-balanced diet is important for maintaining good health and disease prevention. There is a particular focus on adolescent eating habits, especially junk foods and snacking. At the end of the unit, students use a computer program to analyze their eating habits over a three-day period. Results are compared to the Recommended Daily Allowance for their individual profiles.
Health 10: Social Influences of Behavior
Health 10 is required for all sophomores. Students learn that mental and physical health are essential to their future happiness, are not automatic, and must be actively maintained. Information about substance abuse issues, dealing with emotions, stress management skills, and communication with family and friends is introduced.
Lifetime Fitness is required for graduation. Beginning in 2013-14, all freshmen will take LIfetime Fitness. This course provides an introduction to the components of physical fitness, including cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and agility. Each student maintains a personal exercise workout journal, tracks progress, assesses level of physical fitness, and sets personal goals.
This course teaches students who are new to the game the fundamentals of tennis. Instruction will include the proper technique and key mechanical components to successfully hit forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads. Drills and team match play, rules, and etiquette are included.
This PE class includes instruction in basic and advanced volleyball skills. Players will also compete together on co-ed teams using reverse co-ed volleyball rules.
A fitness class that incorporates a variety of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. The program is structured so that participants are challenged to do a certain number of repetitions in a workout in a specific time. Dynamic exercises include the using non-traditional weightlifting equipment.
Students will train using workouts designed by a personal trainer, coach or by the course instructor that are specific to an individual sport. Design Training will satisfy the Lifetime Fitness requirement for sophomores, juniors or seniors who have not yet completed the course.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970's, and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws).
TRX Training Class
This class is an exercise class that uses suspension training body weight exercises that build body strength, flexibility and core strength at the same time. www.trxtraining.com.
Co-ed Yoga is a class open to any student wishing to learn the practice of yoga. No previous knowledge required.
Outdoor Leadership and Adventure (OLA)
The program is a group-oriented effort to expose students to new skills and experiences associated with outdoor education. It is progressive and is designed so that individual sessions build on previous ones. Attendance at all events is important for success, for both the individual and the group. Activities include a ropes and challenge course, orienteering, GPS work, canoeing, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, rappelling, ecology, hiking, route finding, and mountain biking. To meet a one-term PE requirement, a student must participate in 36 hours of OLA activities. There is one required weekend trip over the course of the term.
Students learn the basics of climbing and belay techniques, equipment maintenance, climbing safety, and risk assessment.
Independent PE credit is an option for students who are engaged in regular, coached athletics outside of school. Examples include club soccer, gymnastics, and dance. Students must apply to the PE department for this program and may complete coursework during the fall, winter, and/or spring trimesters, as well as over the summer. For guidelines on independent PE credit, click here.
Team sports are no-cut at Catlin Gabel; everyone is invited to participate, regardless of skill level or prior experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in many interscholastic sports, including:
|Tennis||Track and Field|
|Track and Field||Volleyball|
PE, health, and sports at Catlin Gabel operate on a trimester schedule. The fall trimester runs from the first day of school to Thanksgiving break; the winter trimester runs from Thanksgiving to spring break; the spring trimester begins the day after spring break and ends on the last day of school. (Spring sports often begin practice before spring break.)
|PE/Health Classes||PE/Health Classes||PE/Health Classes|
|Health 9 / Lifetime Fitness (2013-14)||Health 9 / Lifetime Fitness (2013-14)||Health 9 / Lifetime Fitness (2013-14)|
|Health 10||Health 10||Health 10|
|Cross Fit||Co-Ed Volleyball||Cross Fit|
|Disc Golf||TRX Training||Disc Golf|
|Beginning Tennis||Design Fitness|
|Interscholastic Sports||Interscholastic Sports||Interscholastic Sports|