• PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Drew Cronin, (516) 364-5749, dcronin@syossetschools.org

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  • To meet the needs and interests of the student body, a variety of courses are offered.  Classes consist of co-educational activities geared to all skill levels. All physical education courses meet on alternate days for a full year except dance classes which meet daily.

    All pupils registered in the schools of New York State are required by NYS Education Law to attend classes of instruction in physical education.  One course must be taken in each of the grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 to earn the two credits required for graduation. An adaptive program will be offered for students with I.E.P.’s. Failure of any course (9, 10, 11 and 12) mandates repeating Physical Education during summer school or the next school year.  

    All 9th and 10th grade students must enroll in General Physical Education, Dance, Aquatics or Advanced Aquatics. Each 11th and 12th grade student must choose an elective AND an alternate course in case his/her first choice cannot be scheduled.  No request for change in a Physical Education course will be accepted if a student has been successfully scheduled for either his/her first choice or alternate.

    MEDICALLY EXCUSED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    An individualized program of activity and/or study will be planned for any student who is medically excused from the activities of the general or elective program.

    WELLNESS 

    The Wellness Education Program is a portion of the General Physical Education curriculum that teaches students healthy lifestyle habits.  Students learn nutrition, stress management, communication skills, coping skills and how the choices they make affect lifestyle diseases. Students will receive five weeks of instruction in the fall and five weeks in the spring dealing with the following topics:

    Nutrition Stress Management 

    Coping Skills Communication Skills

    Body Image Peer Pressure Issues

    HIV/AIDS Drug & Alcohol Prevention

    CPR Cyberbullying

    Relaxation Techniques Mental Health

    CPR

    Junior and senior students will complete training in adult/child CPR and first aid.  They may receive certification upon successful completion of this unit of study. This class will receive instruction for a period of ten (10) days, and this training will be part of their regular physical education class.  Cost for certification card is $25.00.

Department: Physical Education

Course Number: 8384

Course Title: ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION – ALT.

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period, Alternate Day

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Prerequisites: Adapted Physical Education program as per Individual Education Plan

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Description: The Adapted Physical Education program gives students with Individual Education Plans the opportunity to reap the benefits of Physical Education classes and meet the New York State standards required for graduation. The curriculum will parallel the General Physical Education program with modifications where necessary to ensure the student’s success.

Department: Physical Education

Course Number: 8324

Course Title: AEROBICS – ALT.

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period, Alternate Day

Grades: 11, 12

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Description: Students will participate in a variety of fitness activities that will focus on developing their cardiovascular endurance and core strength. Core training strengthens stomach and lower back muscles which is critical to overall health. Click here to read full course description

Department: Physical Education

Course Number: 8044

Course Title: AQUATICS – ALT.

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period, Alternate Day

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Swim test will be given on the first days of class by PE Department

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Description: Student will learn basic strokes including crawl, back crawl, side, breast and elementary back. Diving techniques from the deck will be taught. Other activities will include: basic water safety, water games, snorkeling, kayaking, and other fitness activities.

Department: Physical Education

Course Number: 8054

Course Title: ADVANCED AQUATICS – ALT.

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period, Alternate Day

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Swim test will be given on the first days of class by PE Department

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Description: The Advanced Aquatics class will begin with a review of the correct form for all swimming strokes in which each student will have the opportunity to evaluate his/her form. Workouts will be given to improve individual personal fitness and skill development. Click here to read full course description

Department: Physical Education

Course Number: 8120

Course Title: DANCE 1

Details: Year, Alt. Day, 0.5 Credit for Physical Education

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Required For: This course is required for any student interested in pursuing the dance sequence towards graduating with Theatre Arts honors.

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Description: This is a beginning dance course open to students in grades 9-10. Basic elements of dance are covered in this course with an emphasis on jazz, lyrical & hip hop styles. Students are required to learn the basic positions of dance and incorporate these positions and techniques to combinations introduced in class. Click here to read full course description