Physical Education Department

Staff

Physical Education Department

Christine Di Monte - Resource Teacher
240-740-1362 (Girl’s PE)
240-740-1361 (Boy’s PE)
-- Yoga, Fitness

Danielle D’Anna
-- Phone: 301-879-1342 (Girls PE)
-- Jazz Dance, Tap Dance, Ballet, Dance Co., Choreography

Patrick Howley
-- Basketball, Floor Hockey/Lacrosse, Volleyball, General Physical Education
 Nicole Houchens
-- Jazz Dance, Ballet, Foundations of Physical Education
Litonya Livingston
-- Health, Honors Health
James Potts
-- Weight Training, Adaptive PE, Foundations of Physical Education

Courses


Aerobics

This purpose of this course is to educate and encourage students about achieving lifetime personal fitness. The students are engaged in the five components of fitness/wellness and are assigned to create fitness goals that are achievable throughout the course. The main goal of the course is for students to reach their goals while developing the skills necessary in becoming more physically fit. In this course, students will participate in a variety of activities ranging from circuit training to Zumba to body-weight training workouts to many others. Students are responsible for creating their own fitness plan to culminate the course.

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Ballet A & B

This course is for the serious student who wishes to improve their technique and control, in order to become accomplished technically and to enhance previous training. Ballet is a performance-orientated class designed to enhance previous-training. The elements of dance will be studied to achieve greater technical and artistic competency. This dance form will be studied more closely to understand its stylistic, cultural, and historic significance. Field trips, guest lectures, and master classes will be made available to students to reinforce aesthetic awareness, and dance criticism skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take both semester of ballet and are required to take Ballet A before taking Ballet B. To sign up for this class, students must participate in the audition process in May.

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Basketball

The Basketball course is designed for students to achieve and maintain a healthy level of fitness and increase physical competency in the sport of basketball. Students are provided with opportunities to develop a positive self-image, personal responsibility, and to learn to work collaboratively with their classmates. Units of study will include: Offensive Fundamentals - Dribbling, passing, shooting, moving without the ball; Defensive Fundamentals - Stance, footwork, help-side, rebounding; Offensive Concepts- Transition offense, screening, give and go, pick and roll ; and Defensive Concepts- Man to Man, zone, pressing, trapping.

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Comprehensive Health Education (Honors)

This semester course meets the state one-half credit Health Education graduation requirement. Students will address issues in seven topics that include: mental health; tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; personal and consumer health; nutrition and fitness; safety and injury prevention; family life and human sexuality; and disease prevention and control.

At honors level, students will be required to pursue the same academic criteria as the regular Comprehensive Health, but at a more rigorous level. Students will be expected to complete individual projects that may require utilizing outside community resource/agencies, working with others on group assignments, as well as completing individual projects requiring the ability to do research on a given topic. Students will utilize current technology through the use of computers for accessing relevant health information on a given assignment. Although this course is required for graduation, it contains two units, family life and human sexuality and AIDS prevention that require parental permission for students under age 18.

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Dance Company

Participation in this course is by audition only. Upper classmen who are technically proficient and have had experience with choreography for a minimum of 3 years. Students ready to move on to the next step in becoming a professional dancer/choreographer will learn selected dance repertory. Students will be required to perform at several selected venues at Blake and elsewhere. Students will study in depth more choreographic principles, improvisation, history, culture, performance, technique, dance for fitness, and job opportunities. In addition to performing, members of the Blake Dance Company will complete a full professional portfolio including choreography, written assignments, resume, and self-reflection. Dance Company students will have the opportunity to complete their choreographic works for concerts and other opportunities.

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Floor Hockey/Lax

These semester-long courses offer in-depth instruction in the selected activity. The course will provide opportunities to apply movement skills to advanced tactics and concepts of the chosen activity. Students will be given leadership roles as an opportunity for growth in personal and social responsibility. As an extension of Foundations of Personal Fitness and Sport students will apply the knowledge of components and principles of health- and skill-related fitness when creating a personal fitness plan. Students will deeper their understanding of personal fitness plans and goal setting as they apply directly to the SPE activity selected. Ninth graders are less likely to be in this course.

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Football

These semester-long courses offer in-depth instruction in the selected activity. The course will provide opportunities to apply movement skills to advanced tactics and concepts of the chosen activity. Students will be given leadership roles as an opportunity for growth in personal and social responsibility. As an extension of Foundations of Personal Fitness and Sport students will apply the knowledge of components and principles of health- and skill-related fitness when creating a personal fitness plan. Students will deeper their understanding of personal fitness plans and goal setting as they apply directly to the SPE activity selected. Ninth graders are less likely to be in this course.

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General Physical Education

This course includes opportunities for a varied selection of individual, dual, team, dance, and personal development activities. Students are guided in identifying and improving their fitness levels through the development and use of personalized fitness plans. Recommended for students for whom basic skills and experiences are appropriate. It is recommended that ninth graders be enrolled in General Physical Education 1 as an introduction to the high school physical education curriculum.

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Jazz

Beginner Jazz A & B

This is an introductory course in jazz in emphasis on the development of technique. Jazz vocabulary is stressed as basic steps are mastered. Students will demonstrate through movements the knowledge and application of the basic elements of jazz, such as time, force, energy, dynamics, and space. Students will communicate dance ideas and concepts and will explore aesthetic, historical, and dance criticism skills and knowledge of a variety of cultures. Students are strongly encouraged to take both semesters of Beginner Jazz. No audition is required.

Intermediate Jazz A & B

Students will learn to integrate their bodies and fundamentals with more difficult dance skills. While studying dance technique more closely the student gains a greater understanding of the mechanics of the body and ho it can be used as a tool for expression. Basic choreographic ideas and introduced and dance appreciations as viewer is studied. This course prepares the student for more difficult dance skills of the advanced levels by exploring direction, tempo, and level changes including more advanced leaps, turns, and falls. An audition is required.

Advanced Jazz A & B

Students will continue to refine skills and understand introduced in the pre-requisite courses. The advanced students must have mastered all beginning level skills. This class will learn technically difficult combinations and steps. The student will also gain a deep understanding of the stylistic, cultural and historic significance of dance while exploring the ideas of aesthetics and art appreciation. Students are encouraged to take both semesters of Advanced Jazz A and B. An audition is required.

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Modern Dance

This class is designed to teach fundamentals of modern dance. Students are expected to be mature and open-minded. This will include technical work in learning proper body and its anatomy, and learning loco motor and axial movement exercises. In modern dance, the emphasis is on the freedom of movement and dance improvisation and composition. Group projects will integrate all of the elements taught in this course and culminate in a self-directed and choreographed dance. The history and philosophy of modern dance will be explored through in-class discussion and reading and writing assignments. This course is open to all levels and no previous experience is necessary. This is not jazz or hip-hop dance. Modern dance is a cross between ballet and jazz.

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Personal Fitness

Drawing on knowledge from their elementary and middle school physical education experience, students will deepen their understanding of fitness components and principles. Students will examine and evaluate influences that affect their personal fitness choices. Students will be guided through short- and long-term fitness goals and the selection of physical fitness activities to prepare them for career. The course includes opportunities for a variety of personal developmental activities including those most prevalent in students current and future communities. This course is the foundation for the Concentrated Specialty Physical Education courses.

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Soccer

These semester-long courses offer in-depth instruction in the selected activity. The course will provide opportunities to apply movement skills to advanced tactics and concepts of the chosen activity. Students will be given leadership roles as an opportunity for growth in personal and social responsibility. As an extension of Foundations of Personal Fitness and Sport students will apply the knowledge of components and principles of health- and skill-related fitness when creating a personal fitness plan. Students will deeper their understanding of personal fitness plans and goal setting as they apply directly to the SPE activity selected. Ninth graders are less likely to be in this course.
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Tap

Beginner Tap ( Fall and Spring)

This is an introductory course in tap with emphasis on the development of technique. Tap vocabulary is stressed as basic steps are mastered including toe heels, flaps, flap heels, shuffles, ball changes, buffalo, Maxi Ford, waltz, clog, and Irish. Students will demonstrate through movement the knowledge and application of the basic concepts and will explore aesthetic, historical, and dance criticism elements to understand the nature of tap dance. Fieldtrips, guest lectures and mater classes will be made available to students to reinforce aesthetic awareness, dance criticism skills, and knowledge of a variety of cultures. Students are strongly encouraged to take both semesters of Beginner Tap. No audition is required. No audition is required

Intermediate Tap A (Spring Only)

Students will continue to refine skills and understanding introduced in the perquisite courses. The intermediate/advanced students must have mastered all of the beginning level skills. Pick-ups wings and all time steps are perfected at this level. Turns and combinations become more intricate. The elements of dance will be studied in greater depth with application directed at solving movement problems. Basic movement skills and techniques will be refined to achieve greater technical and artistic competency. This dance form will be studied more closely to understand its stylistic, cultural and historical significance. Field trips, guest lectures and master classes will be made available to students to reinforce aesthetic awareness, dance criticism skills and knowledge of a variety of cultures. Students are strongly encouraged to take both semesters of Intermediate/Advanced Tap. To sign up for this class, students must have completed Beginner Tap A&B and Advanced Beginner Tap A&B, or have the permission of the instructor through the audition process in May. Shoes will be provided.

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Volleyball

These semester-long courses offer in-depth instruction in the selected activity. The course will provide opportunities to apply movement skills to advanced tactics and concepts of the chosen activity. Students will be given leadership roles as an opportunity for growth in personal and social responsibility. As an extension of Foundations of Personal Fitness and Sport students will apply the knowledge of components and principles of health- and skill-related fitness when creating a personal fitness plan. Students will deeper their understanding of personal fitness plans and goal setting as they apply directly to the SPE activity selected. Ninth graders are less likely to be in this course.

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Walking/Jogging

-- Update coming eventually --

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Weight Training

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the relationship between strength training and athletic performance , as well as other health benefits gained as a result of training Topics will include: basic principles of strength training, strength training specifically designed for adolescents, instruction in the use of training equipment (resistance tubes, med balls, machines, free weights, etc…), integration of other fitness components (such as speed and agility) into a strength training program, development of individualized strength programs, and development of sport-specific strength training programs.

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Yoga

The increasing demands of teenage life require effective skills to deal with a multitude of physical, mental, social and emotional issues, such as, fatigue, stress, being over committed, and maintaining a healthy weight. Yoga is designed to unite the physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of an individual through conscious breathing and movements to effectively deal with the daily demands of life. An individual capable of dealing with life’s demands also maintains a high level of wellness. In this course, students will learn basic yoga skills and relaxation techniques to increase overall wellness.

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Last Updated: 10/5/17

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