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The core physical education program at Hanover High School is offered during the 9th grade year. There are also three upper-class electives, which can be taken for the whole year (1 credit) or for a semester (1/2 credit). Theses PE electives are for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students only.


Course Descriptions

Physical Ed 9

Grades: 9
Credit: 1- Full year
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to give students an in-depth introduction to adventure education, which is a dynamic program that emphasizes individual and group challenges, personal goal setting and responsibility for others. Group initiatives, cooperative trust activities and individual challenges help will prepare students for participating on the high-ropes aspect of the challenge course. Students start the year by developing trust and communication skills through the cooperative activities. They then move on to participating in the low challenge course activities. Following the low challenge course elements, the students are taught proper belay techniques and the use and care of relevant climbing hardware. The remainder of the fall is spent working in belay groups with a focus on transferable life skills such as perspective taking, empathy, communication, responsibility and resilience. During the winter months students participate in individual and team activities such as badminton, volleyball, personal fitness and adaptations of sport-type games. The focus continues to be on transferable life skills, such as teamwork, leadership, communication and enjoyment of life-long physical activity.



Advanced Adventure Programming
 

Grades: 10-12
Credit: 1/2-per semester
Prerequisites: PE9, Teacher approval

During the warmer weather months students are given increased responsibility and choice on the HHS Challenge Course (aka the “ropes course”). There will be ample opportunity to experience elements not used for PE9 as well as revisit favorites from PE9. Additionally, there is the possibility of a field trip to High 5 Adventure Center in Brattleboro, VT, for an exceptional day of teamwork, self-challenge and fun. During the colder seasons we will work on developing a portfolio of facilitation skills and program development. Local practitioners using these skills for working in a wide variety of professional settings are possible guest presenters. If you are thinking of working at a summer camp summer camp where adventure programing is utilized, or perhaps pursuing a career in adventure education, outdoor leadership, recreation, or adventure based counseling/therapy, this course will help build a great foundation from which to continue to learn.


Personal Training and Performance

Grades: 10-12
Credit: 1/2-per semester
Prerequisites: PE 9

Through hands-on experience and practice, students will not only improve their own physical fitness, but will also learn about the importance of being physically active through the lifespan and proper exercise and nutrition prescription for living a healthy lifestyle. Students will be taught how to plan and execute an effective and safe fitness régime, and will become familiar with relevant vocabulary both in regards to anatomy and physiology. If you are thinking of a career in sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training or as a personal trainer, this course will give you a better understanding of the foundations that drive these professions.


Senior Challenge

Grades: 10-12
Credit: 1/2-per semester
Prerequisites: Teacher approval

Senior Challenge is an alternative educational opportunity offered during the senior year. A student who has particular interests which he/she would like to develop into a learning project is invited to discuss the ideas with the director and complete a planning sheet. Together, they will create a program of activities or study with specific goals and timelines. The student is expected to meet at least bi-weekly with the instructor or the assigned advisor to discuss progress. It is necessary to keep a journal to record progress and to reflect on the process of the project. At the end of the term, the student must submit a paper outlining this information, including a report of outcomes from the work.



Adapted PE

Grades:
Credit:
Prerequisites: IEP

Adapted Physical Education (APE) Course - Adapted Physical Education is the developing, implementing, and monitoring of carefully designed physical education instructional programs for learners who have some form of disability. Based on a comprehensive assessment, an APE program is individually created to help the learner develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of gross and fine motor skills that are fundamental motor skills/patterns as well as those used to enrich leisure activities and lifelong well-being. Skills in aquatics, dance, individual/group games, recreation, and sport experiences are used to enhance physical fitness and wellness of the individual student, now and for later in life. This course is taught by a certified Physical Education Teacher.  At Hanover High School this course is mainly made available to students entering the 9th Grade PE program and to students for whom the IEP Team feels the student will benefit from more movement and physical education in order to enhance their physical fitness level and/or learning experience while at HHS.

 

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