Wellness

Wellness is the new name for Physical Education at the Yeshivah of Flatbush. Comprehensive Health and Physical Education are complementary disciplines sharing a similar, yet distinctive, body of knowledge. Our curriculum is being rebuilt around standards that provide a consolidated approach to instruction with wellness as a common theme. Our goal is to teach students to take responsibility for their actions, stay physically fit and prepare for a healthy and active lifestyle.

ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Grades K-4

At the elementary level, Physical Education provides all children with instruction in basic movement skills. Classes are designed to create an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for every child, where each child will learn movement skills that will enhance his/her life. These skills include the following: balance, strength, flexibility, agility, general coordination, body awareness, laterality, directionality, posture, rhythm, manipulative skills and loco-motor coordination.

We strive to develop efficient and effective and expressive movement in all children through our developmental programs in the primary grades. Cooperative skills leading towards desirable social concepts through individual, partner and group work are taught before competitive skills.

MIDDLE DIVISION PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Grades 5-8

The Middle School program is designed to build on the fundamental skills learned in the Elementary grades. The focus is to increase physical fitness through the development of skills for team, individual and life-time sports. Safety, strategy and sportsmanship are concepts and ideals stressed throughout the four-year curriculum. Additionally, students are given a foundation in learning about and being trained in how to monitor and assess personal fitness levels.

The concept of life-long physical fitness is the central theme of the Middle Division wellness curriculum. Please note that in accordance with Yeshivah of Flatbush guidelines, classes for boys and girls in grades 5-8 are conducted separately.

HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Grades 9-12

The High School Physical Education program is designed as the culmination of the educational process of inculcating in our students the recognition of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle and cultivate a positive sense of self. Courses build on the foundation set at the Elementary grades and enhanced during the Middle School years to provide students with the skills to monitor and assess healthy personal fitness levels. Students will explore advanced concepts in personal fitness skill development as well as skill development and game strategies for success in individual and team game settings.

In addition to the traditional gymnasium and outdoor activities, the Yeshivah of Flatbush will be providing instruction in CPR and First Aid. Classes will be using the approved Red Cross Curriculum and instruction is provided by certified instructors.

At the High School, as in the earlier grades, the primary focus is on creating a knowledge base for life-long health and fitness and an appreciation for and hopefully participation in a lifetime of activity. Please note that in accordance with Yeshivah of Flatbush guidelines, classes for boys and girls in grades 9-12 are conducted separately.

YOF High School Physical Education
2019-2020 / 5079-5080 (3rd Year of Cycle)

SYLLABUS – Three Year Rotation

CURRICULUM for Year 1

B O Y S

Sept   Physical Fitness / Fitness Challenge

Oct    Football  Skills

Nov   Flag Football / Volleyball

Dec    Volleyball

Feb   Lacrosse Skills

Mar   Lacrosse / Fitness Challenge

Apr    Fitness Challenge

May   Soccer Skills

June  Soccer

G I R L S

Sept   Physical Fitness / Fitness Challenge

Oct    Fitness Skills

Nov   Fitness Skills / Gymnastics

Dec    Gymnastics

Feb   Tennis Skills

Mar   Tennis / Soccer Skills

Apr    Soccer / Fitness Challenge

May   Fitness Challenge / AcroSports

June  AcroSports

CURRICULUM for Year 2

B O Y S

Sept   Physical Fitness / Fitness Challenge

Oct    Fitness Challenge / Team Handball

Nov   Team Handball / Basketball Skills

Dec    Basketball

Feb   Hockey Skills

Mar   Hockey / Fitness Challenge

Apr    Fitness Challenge / Badminton

May   Badminton / Pickleball

June  Pickleball

G I R L S

Sept   Physical Fitness / Fitness Challenge

Oct    Fitness Challenge / Hockey Skills

Nov   Hockey / Volleyball Skills

Dec    Volleyball

Feb   Basketball Skills

Mar   Basketball / Softball Skills

Apr    Softball / Fitness Challenge

May   Fitness Challenge / Badminton

June  Badminton

CURRICULUM for Year 3

B O Y S

Sept   Physical Fitness / Fitness Challenge

Oct    Fitness Challenge / Baseball Skills

Nov   Baseball  - Softball / Agility Games

Dec    Agility Games

Feb   Track & Field Skills

Mar   Track & Field / Fitness Challenge

Apr    Fitness Challenge / Tennis Skills

May   Tennis Skills

June  Tennis

G I R L S

Sept   Physical Fitness / Fitness Challenge

Oct    Fitness Challenge / Football Skills

Nov   Flag Football / Zumba

Dec    Zumba

Feb   Pickleball Skills

Mar   Pickleball / Track & Field Skills

Apr    Track & Field / Fitness Challenge

May   Fitness Challenge / Team Handball

June  Team Handball

Wellness Guidelines

Attendance

Students are required to be in class every day. Absences can result in loss of important information and may result in a lower grade. If an absence is anticipated, it is recommended that the student talk with the instructor.

Grading Policy

As an overview, students are expected to do the following:
1) Be on time
2) Be prepared (this means dressed in accordance with the class guidelines - PE shirt,  laced/velcroed sneakers, acceptable shorts (for the boys)/leggings or sweats or long shorts (for the girls), hair in a ponytail (for girls))
2) Be attentive and respectful (this includes appropriate interactions with instructors as well as with peers)
4) Be on task, try all assigned skill work with a positive attitude

More specifically, students will be graded on the following components as follows:

  • Preparation
    All students in every grade are expected to attend class wearing sneakers, with the laces tied. Elementary and Middle Division students are expected to wear their regular school clothes. Students in the High School must also wear the designated school Physical Education shirt, sweatpants or shorts (without zippers, buttons or belt loops), t-shirt and/or sweatshirt. Being unprepared will negatively impact your overall grade for the course.
  • Participation
    Participation is defined as actively taking part in the activity that the class is involved in on that particular day for the entire class period.
  • Warm-Up
    Activity is defined as actively engaging in run, game and/or stretching that generally takes place before the activity.
  • Class Work
    Students will be graded on such things as quizzes, tests, journals and/or writing projects as applicable.
  • Sportsmanship
    Students will be accountable to conformance to rules, spirit, and etiquette of the activity or game. These include overlapping concepts: fair play, sportsmanship, and character.

At the end of each lesson, students are awarded a point value grade.  Daily point values are on a scale of 1 to 3 (boys) or 1 to 4 (girls), with 3 or 4 being a top daily grade.  It is a combination of both subjective and objective evaluations of the above general criteria and is awarded by the instructors at the end of every lesson.  Written unit assessments are on a 10-point scale, and are included at the end of a unit, separate from the daily grade.  Written unit assessments are included in the calculation of the final Semester grade and can only add to a student's marking period grade in a positive manner, not detract from it.

NUMERICAL SCORE/LETTER GRADE (boys evaluation scale)
2.9 - 3.0 = A
2.8         = A-
2.7         = B+
2.6         = B
2.5         = B-
2.4         = C+
2.3         = C
2.2         = C-
1.9 - 2.1 = D
1.8 and below = F
NUMERICAL SCORE/LETTER GRADE (girls evaluation scale)
3.75 - 4.0  = A
3.6 - 3.74  = A-
3.4 - 3.59  = B+
3.3 - 3.39  = B
3.2 - 3.29  = B-
3.1 - 3.19  = C+
2.9 - 3.09  = C
2.6 - 2.89  = C-
2.0 - 2.59  = D
1.99 and below = F

* Students who are not participating in class due to a medically excused illness or injury are responsible for all material presented during classes. Additionally, such students may be required to complete supplemental written assignments that are assigned by their teacher.

Dress

Students are required to dress appropriately for activity classes. At the High School, this includes shorts/sweatpants, shirts/sweatshirts, and athletic footwear. Additionally, all students are expected to wear the designated Yeshivah of Flatbush Physical Education shirt for class. Students are each provided with two shirts at the start of each school year.  All jewelry is prohibited.

Instructors have the authority to use their discretion on dress code as it affects student and staff safety.

Medical Restriction Notes

Any student requesting medical release from activity in Physical Education must submit a “Medical Restriction Form” filled out by his or her physician. (The form can be obtained from the student’s Phys. Ed. Instructor. Students are required to stay with their classes and are responsible for all material covered as part of that class.

Injuries

All injuries, no matter how small, should be reported to the instructor immediately upon occurrence. The instructor will decide on the best course of action to take.

Locks and Lockers (High School only)

Each student must provide their own lock for physical education. They should always secure personal items during class time. Under no circumstances should personal belongings be left unlocked. Sharing of lockers is prohibited.

Lost Articles

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that all personal belongings are secured. In the event that something is misplaced or missing, please report it to the instructor immediately.

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