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  Wellness

St. Agnes students take a year and a half of physical education and one semester of health. The wellness department also offers an elective in Sports Medicine.

Faculty
Julie Chilton
Elaine Eichelberger
Kaitlin Kelley, Department Chair
Lynn Kercheval
Kristi Robbins
Jana Sicola
Rebecca Wechter

         

Wellness Courses

940, 942 PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH (1/2 credit each)
Physical Education 1 is designed to give students a basic understanding of the principles of individual and team sports. The goal of health education is to develop an awareness of and appreciation for the total human being: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. This goal is accomplished through a diversified curriculum including study skills, self-concept, relationships, nutrition, substance abuse, physiology, human sexuality, and first aid.
Course fee: $40

946 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2 (1/2 credit)
This course is a continuation of team sports begun in Physical Education 1 and an introduction to lifetime sports.

947 FITNESS - FITNESS THROUGH RHYTHM AND MOTION (1/2 credit)
Students will build overall strength, flexibility, and endurance through popular movement trends in Yoga, Pilates, and cultural dance. This class will rotate on a daily basis to create a variety of movement options each week. No previous dance training is required. Students will also study topics is stress management, nutrition and complete a food journal to analyze dietary habits. Students will learn a beginning level folk dance routine and will have the option to perform in the end of semester dance concert. Studying a variety of folk dances will help students to understand different cultures from around the world and promote global peace while developing personal wellness.

Weekly class schedule
Monday: Yoga/Meditation
Tuesday: Cultural/folk dance
Wednesday: Pilates/toning
Thursday: Cultural/folk dance
Friday: Yoga/Meditation

948 FITNESS AND CONDITIONING (1/2 credit)
This course may be chosen instead of 946 to fulfill the graduation requirement. It is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For students who have already taken PE 2, this course can be taken as an elective. Fitness offers a variety of training methodologies, including resistance training, anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. With 10 independent weight machines, a proliferation of free weights, 13 aerobic machines, including 4 treadmills, 4 elliptical cross trainers, 4 stationary bikes, and 1 stepper, each student receives a well rounded and complete training regimen. Cardiovascular workouts occur twice weekly interspersed with resistance training. One workout activity is assigned and to be completed over the weekend which includes Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Students are evaluated in comparison to themselves through pre and post testing evaluations. Although daily workouts are posted for the class, each individual is guided towards her peak performance and not in comparison to others in the class. The ultimate goal for Fitness is to introduce a variety of training techniques to students and begin to establish a wellness philosophy that will remain with them through life in a hands-on environment.

953 AEROBIC DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY (1/2 credit)
This NEW course will focus on conditioning and toning the body through aerobic dance while learning to pick up cutting-edge choreography each week. Students will increase flexibility and strength while building stamina through stylized jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, contemporary, and Broadway style choreography.  Students will learn how to choreograph a group routine and will have freedom to choose their own music and style. Students will learn an intermediate Broadway style dance routine and will have the option to perform in the end of semester dance concert. Each class will begin with stretching, flexibility, core work, and strength training. No previous dance training is required. This course is recommended for any student wishing to pursue dance or musical theater in college.

955 YOGA (1/2 credit)
This class is for students who want to increase strength and flexibility through the elements of classical yoga postures to develop a regular yoga practice. Both the physical and the mental asanas will be introduced with breathing to provide students with a physical workout that will reduce stress and increase relaxation.  The course will be divided into four units introducing breathing techniques and postures in each unit culminating in an integrated yoga practice.
Offered after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:15 P.M. Students earn 1/2 credit per semester.

949 ATHLETIC PE
Students who are members of a St. Agnes athletic team or Tiger Girls can receive credit for Physical Education. This credit can be used towards fulfilling the graduation requirement in PE. It will not take the place of 0940 (9th grade PE). Playing on an athletic team for one season during the sophomore, junior or senior year will yield .5 credit. Participating on Tiger Girls for one year during the sophomore, junior, or senior year will yield 1 credit. This means that a student who plays two full seasons of any sport or is on Tiger Girls for one year after the freshman year will not need to take any other physical education course to graduate; however, she may choose to take PE 2 or Fitness for a grade and credit that will appear on her transcript. Students who use their team participation for credit will be awarded the credit Pass/Fail. As there will be no grade, this credit will not be calculated into their GPA. To earn an off-campus PE credit, a student must be enrolled in a private or commercially sponsored physical education activity that leads directly to Olympic level participation and/or competition. The program must be registered with a U.S. Federation and approval must be obtained from the student's guidance counselor, the Academic Dean, and the Director of Athletics. Participation in club sponsored activities does not fulfill the requirements of Athletic PE. Seniors may not depend on athletic PE credit during the spring semester to complete the graduation requirement.
Athletics fee: $100 per sport played

960 SPORTS MEDICINE (1/2 credit)
The Sports Medicine course will work to introduce students to professional fields that involve sports and medicine. Material presented will include exposure to anatomy; physiology; psychology of sport and injury; injury recognition, evaluation, prevention, and care; career opportunities; and professional liability and responsibilities. Coursework will include hands-on activities, observational learning, and a variety of guest speakers who will provide current information in the field of sports medicine. This course requires students to attend 5 after-school athletic events during the semester.
Sophomore, junior, and senior level elective.
Application process and approval through the Athletic Trainer.

 
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