Physical Education

Physical Education promotes the personal growth of each child. It provides opportunities for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. Our aim is to develop physically educated individuals who have knowledge, skills, sportsmanship, appreciation of exercise, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. We value lifelong learning of individual fitness, health, and sport skills by creating a safe environment that promotes teamwork, encouragement and finding your personal best. We emphasize integrating physical skills and body awareness in order to create an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. The facilities our students use are unparalleled, including a synthetic turf field, gym, pool, two grass athletic fields, fitness center, and functional training room. Students have access to learn from faculty with varied backgrounds, including a strength and conditioning coach, yoga teacher, Zumba instructor, certified nutritionist, and lifeguards. Class units vary each season and cover a wide range of functional modalities and competitive sports with experienced physical education teachers. Students are encouraged to find their passion by selecting classes from an elective based process. 

Wellness

Wellness

The wellness class is is a fitness based class that explores a variety of different topics such as nutrition, meditation, stress relief, strength training, agility training and cardiovascular endurance.

The objective is to expose students to a range of alternative exercise methods that they can continue for the rest of their lives. Students will be exposed to traditional training methods as well as new alternative training methods such as TRX, and Crossfit. Students will be able to not only go to the local sports club and put together a routine, but have the ability to train outside of the gym facility without any or little equipment.

Students will work with staff members to create a meal plan and exercise routine. Students will create a meal that can be presented to the cafeteria staff and possibly offered as an entry to the rest of the student body.

The wellness class will also be using Polar H7 heart rate monitors that will track their heart rate and progress through a tri -mester. The fitness center is equipped with a television as well as Apple tv where students will be able to see their effort on the screen as they participate in class. Students will be issued a heart monitor and see how they are progressing from week to week as well as the progression in comparison to their peers in class.

Facilities and Space
Fitness center, Multi purpose room, Turf Field, Gym

Staff
Roberta MacIvor: Strength Coach
Doug McDonald: Physical Education Teacher
Sue Fleming: Physical Education Teacher
Manisha Doran: Physical Education Teacher
Carol Pouliot: Physical Education Teacher

Yoga

Yoga

In the Yoga class students will learn about multiple yoga practices such as Jivamukti and Vinyasa as well as self meditation and stress relief. Students will learn different poses in each of the yoga disciplines as well as perform them in a workout. The connection and integration of strength training and yoga together will be explored. Students will learn the value of strength training and how it can be incorporated into a yoga routine.

There will also be a basic nutrition section and how food influence our body, as well as exploring what is personal wellness. Students will learn about specific techniques and practices that will help to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Jivamukti Yoga - Jivamukti is mostly practiced in NYC as it was founded there in 1984 by Sharon Gannon and David Life. It's a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist.

Vinyasa Yoga - Commonly called "Vinyasa flow" or just "flow", you'll definitely be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. Other than starting with a sun salutation, no two classes will be alike. It's the most popular style of yoga in America.

Facilities and Space
Fitness Center, Multipurpose Room / fitness room, outdoor fields and space

Staff
Stephanie Simpson
Roberta MacIvor

Group Sports

Group Sports

The Group Sports is a class where students have the opportunity to participate in team oriented sports. Each season the sports coincide with the sport offerings at Riverdale. In the fall the students will participate in soccer, flag football, and ultimate frisbee. In the winter basketball, volleyball, floor hockey and pickleball. In the spring softball, lacrosse, and frisbee golf. Students will learn how to play each game, review game rules, and work on skill development. in each sport unit students will have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills that are necessary for competitive play. At the end of each sport a tournament and or games will be played.

Activities
Fall: Soccer, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee
Winter: Basketball, Volleyball, Floor Hockey, Pickleball
Spring: Softball, Lacrosse, Frisbee, Golf

Depending on size of class larger class will participate in the activities mentioned, smaller groups will participate in golf and tennis.

Facilities
Turf, Tennis Court, Upper Fields, Gym

Staff
Doug McDonald: Physical Education Teacher
Sue Fleming: Physical Education Teacher
Manisha Doran: Physical Education Teacher
Carol Pouliot: Physical Education Teacher
Andy Marinos: Physical Education Teacher
Peter Haley: Physical Education Teacher

Dance

Dance

The Dance class focuses on dance technique and fundamentals as they relate to being an active and healthy person. The class includes proper warm-up, alignment, center work, traveling sequences, and choreography in the jazz, contemporary, and hip hop styles. Throughout the course, each student will focus on improvement of body alignment, flexibility, strength, confidence, balance, and coordination. Students are to develop proper dance performance skills including musicality, rhythmic clarity, dynamic phrasing, usage of breath, and spatial projection. Students are also encouraged to develop and explore their own personal dance style.

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