Physical Education & Health
Applied Leadership in the Outdoors (ALO)
This course teaches students about leadership, communication, and self-discovery through outdoor skills. Through planning day hikes and a backpacking trip, students learn the skills necessary to confidently explore both internal and external wild places. The focus for the course will be a culminating backpacking trip, led by students in small groups. To prepare, we will spend our class sessions prior to the trip learning the skills needed to be a student leader. This will include the opportunity to research a topic related to backpacking, and teach peers during student-lesson classes. Students will also work with a co-leader to plan a hike on a section of the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, with the goal of the class section-hiking the entirety of the trail throughout the course. We will also focus on team building, leading debriefs, feedback, and self-reflection. (Spring semester course; after school and some weekends)
This elective 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 course is graded Pass / No Pass. (Fall semester course, after school)
Lifetime Fitness is a semester-long PE class that meets during the regular school day. 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. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to use our weight room independently. Students may take Lifetime Fitness a second time to meet their PE requirement. This course is graded Pass / No Pass. (Fall or spring semester course)
Musical Theater Dance Intensive
This semester will focus on dance for musical theater and developing material with a heavy dance focus. We will have a strong tap focus, in addition to jazz and other styles for musical theater. Dance skill development will take priority, along with exploring dance history in musical theater and choreography for musical theater. This class can be taken for either Arts or PE credit. If taken for PE credit, this course is graded Pass / No Pass. Open to all Upper School Students. (Spring semester course)
Independent PE credit is an option for students engaged in regular, coached athletics outside of school. Examples include club soccer, gymnastics, and dance. Students must apply to the PE department using the application (see Appendix). Students may apply for credit for either fall or spring semester. The activity must last approximately 15 weeks for an average of seven hours or more each week, totaling at least 100 hours. A coach or supervisor other than a parent or friend will be asked to confirm that requirements have been met before credit is awarded. A student may only receive credit if the activity is not offered at Catlin Gabel during the term requested. It is not possible to combine two activities on an application.
PE Credit through Athletics
Students participating in Catlin Gabel athletics are eligible to receive one semester of PE credit at the end of their second season of competition. To receive credit, the student must have regular attendance to practices and games and participate fully as a member of the team. The coach verifies whether or not the student passes each season, and the Athletics department will confirm with the Registrar when credit should be awarded.
PE Credit through the Outdoor Program
Students engaged in 48 hours of Outdoor Ed trips may receive a semester PE credit. The Outdoor Program will track hours completed and notify the registrar when a credit should be awarded. Listed in each trip description of the outdoor program catalog are the number of hours each trip provides that can count toward your PE credit. In order to receive 0.5 PE semester credit, you need to reach 48 hours total (roughly three weekend trips during the year or one week-long trip during the summer). On the sign-up forms that come out each season, there will be a place for to indicate if you’d like to receive PE credit.
Health 9 is required semester-long course for ninth grade students that meets on alternating days with Foundations. We will center our learning around three human body systems: the digestive system, the reproductive system, and the nervous system. We will study digestive system anatomy and physiology as a springboard for discussing nutrition. Using this knowledge, we will approach nutrition from a biochemical standpoint by discussing how the body processes the different types of macromolecules in the foods we eat. Next, we will root our knowledge about the reproductive system in anatomy and physiology. The course will provide comprehensive coverage of contraceptive methods and “safer sex” methods. We will learn about the health impacts of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to prevent contracting or spreading STIs. We will also spend some time exploring identity – such as the differences among sex, gender, gender expression, and sexuality – and stressing the importance of consent. Lastly, we will discuss the effects that drugs (including alcohol) can have on the nervous system. Students will discuss the impacts that various drugs can have on the body, with special emphasis placed on how certain drugs can affect the developing brain. This course is graded Pass / No Pass. (Fall or spring semester course)
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. This course is graded Pass / No Pass. (Fall or spring semester course)
Wings Peer Mentoring Program
WINGS is a peer mentorship program linking senior leaders with incoming ninth grade students. Seniors apply to become WINGS leaders and will be registered for a weekly planning seminar and a separate meeting with their assigned group of ninth graders within the same block. WINGS curriculum is based on strands from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Peer Group Connection (PGC) as well as other pieces related to inclusivity and identity development work gleaned from peer-reviewed resources. Learning strands include topics such as Sexuality & Consent, Identity Formation & Bias Awareness, Stress Management, Decision Making / Ethical Behavior. This elective does not count as part of the regular course load and is not graded; evaluation will be by narrative report. Seniors will receive a notation on the back of their transcripts showing they participated.