Physical Education and Health

The mission of the South High Physical Education Department is to provide all students knowledge of the benefits derived from participating in physical activities over one's lifetime. Our staff is committed to assisting each student in the successful completion of the credit requirements for the Minneapolis School District. NOTE: Waiving of a class in Physical Education at South High does not fulfill the requirements of the Minneapolis School District.

Fitness for Life 1/Physical Education 1 (Phy Ed 1)
Open to: All students
Length: Semester
Level 1 is an introduction to Secondary Physical Education which incorporates a pre- and post- Fitness and testing. Knowledge of rules, strategies, etiquette, and safety are offered in the following activities*: Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Floor Hockey, Football, Golf, Jump Rope, Pickleball, Power walking, Rugby, Running, Soccer, Social Dance, Softball, Speedball, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and Weight Training.
*Note: each semester‘s units of study are at the discretion of the individual teacher.

Fitness for Life 2/Physical Education 2 (Phy Ed 2)
Open to: All students
Prerequisite: Fitness for Life 1/Physical Education 1
Length: Semester
Level II demonstrates knowledge and skills of cardiovascular endurance and physical fitness. Within Level II there will be a pre- and post- fitness assessment using the TRIFIT assessment tool and software.
The health related fitness plan, written by the student, will include goal setting, cardiovascular training, strength training, evaluation of the fitness plan and compilation of the fitness plan in a written composition. The health related fitness plan summary paper will follow the students‘ progress of fitness training through a 12-week period. It may include charts and graphs to show improvement in overall fitness of the student.

Health Science 1/Health 1
Open to: All 11th and 12th grade students
Length: Semester
This course is designed to increase a student's awareness to the interrelationship between the physical and chemical processes of the human body. Knowledge of health maintenance will be discussed as it relates to the topics studied. Special emphasis will be placed upon how the choices the student makes now may determine behaviors and attitudes for the future. Units include: self-awareness, mental health, tobacco and drugs, sexuality, nutrition and exercise, and diseases and disorders of the human body. Additionally, students will explore potential careers as it relates to each unit.

Health Science 2/Health 2
Open to: All 11th and 12th grade students
Prerequisite: Health Science 1
Length: Semester
This course is intended to increase the student's knowledge of health and to enable the student to analyze his/her attitudes and behaviors (and, if necessary, to alter them) in an effort to enhance their quality of life presently and in the future. Emphasis placed on looking toward adulthood and contemplating life‘s possibilities. Units include: Community CPR, chemicals in our society, interpersonal relationship skills and issues, human development and family science.

Adapted Physical Education
Open to: Students with DAPE on their IEP's
Length: Semester
Activities will include fitness, weight training, team sports, recreational and lifetime skills with emphasis on meeting individual IEP needs.