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Health & Physical Education

  

Philosophy

Participation in Physical Education is a State-mandated graduation requirement for all students in each year of school attendance. The West Hempstead Physical Education Department recognizes the important role that Physical Education plays in the total school program. The goal of our dedicated staff at the high school is to foster a safe learning environment that helps each student acquire the knowledge, skills and appreciation for living a physically active, healthy life. Through our games and activities, we instill in our students problem-solving skills while learning to respect others, play fairly and have fun.

The focus of our high school program is to provide students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for participating in activities such as: weight training, tennis, badminton, team sports, cooperative games and many others. The comprehensive program of lifetime activities instills in our students the ability for maintaining a healthy lifestyle long after they graduate from high school.
 

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Physical Education

Prerequisite — None
Required for graduation
Instruction includes: Football, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Weight Training, Basketball, Badminton, Handball, Floor Hockey, Handball, Softball, Fitness Activities, Cooperative Games.

Grades 9-12
¼ unit per semester

Medical Exemption
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY STUDENTS PRESENTING A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE TO THE SCHOOL NURSE ARE EXCUSED FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES. CERTIFICATES MAY BE PICKED UP AND MUST BE RETURNED TO THE NURSE’S OFFICE. THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES ARE SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN.

STUDENTS OFFICIALLY EXCUSED FROM THE REGULAR PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES ARE REQUIRED TO DO ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENTS TO GAIN GRADUATION CREDIT.
 
 

Health

Prerequisite — None
Required for graduation

Mental, physical and social health are studied to help students understand themselves and respect others. The goal is to develop responsible and mature decision making. Topics include the New York State mandated units on drugs, alcohol, tobacco and survival in emergency situations. Other topics are mental health, family living, human sexuality, nutrition and consumer health including AIDS education.
PARENTS WISHING TO HAVE THEIR SON/DAUGHTER EXCUSED FROM THE HUMAN SEXUALITY UNIT MUST NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR IN ADVANCE.
Grades 9-10
½ Unit

 

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Staff

Christopher Mistretta
Director

Dominic Carre
Physical Education/Health Teacher

Ryan Dooley
Physical Education Teacher

Robert Gewirtz
Physical Education/Health Teacher

Tracy Hutt
Physical Education Teacher

Michael Valentino
Physical Education Teacher