Keeping the students in their classes fit is the goal of every Huntington School District physical education teacher. A large group of youngsters and the faculty members who have been guiding them recently took their commitments to a new level.
Southdown Primary School physical education teacher Lynn Hefele will make a presentation at SHAPE America’s national convention in Nashville, Tennessee this week.
A new initiative to compile and post profiles of Huntington UFSD faculty members has been launched. The first department to be showcased is physical education and health. The final touches are being put on profiles of fine and performing arts teachers. Additional departments and entire buildings will follow in coming months.
J. Taylor Finley Middle School has been recognizing outstanding its top physical education students each month in an effort to honor the deserving teenagers and to inspire and motivate their classmates.
Nicole Abbondandelo and Natale Amato are two of the leading members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2018, shining academically, athletically and socially and capturing the respect and affection of their teachers, coaches and classmates.
The Huntington Physical Education Program provides the opportunity for every student to achieve success and to develop a positive attitude towards vigorous physical activity. Success and skill are measured to a point where students have a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment. Knowledge of many different sports enables students to enjoy a lifetime of activity, expanded interests and an appreciation of others with different abilities. Organic growth and muscular strength reach their highest level in students through a sound and intensive program of physical activity. A well organized and well conducted program in physical education contributes to desirable social development, as well.
The Huntington Health Program offers students from kindergarten through 12th grade a curriculum designed to both educate and promote health awareness. At the primary and intermediate levels students receive comprehensive health education, including lessons in social and emotional health, character education, body awareness and signals, substance abuse and violence prevention. At the secondary level students receive education in mental health and self awareness, stress and stress management, the cycle of life, disease and illness prevention, fitness and nutrition, chemical abuse, human sexuality and family life. A thorough program of health education contributes toward a lifetime of good habits, behaviors and practices and assists in the prevention of poor choices, debilitating illness and disease.
Georgia D. McCarthy has been Huntington’s district director of health, physical education and athletics since 2002. She began her career in the district in 1992 as a physical education teacher at Flower Hill and later worked at Huntington Intermediate and the high school.
A member of Huntington High School’s Class of 1982, Ms. McCarthy was an outstanding athlete and earned a full NCAA Division I basketball scholarship to James Madison University, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
Ms. McCarthy was employed by ABC Television in Virginia, handling sports logging and writing duties and later held a similar position with NBC in New York before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in education.
Adelphi University awarded Ms. McCarthy a master’s degree in physical education in 1990. Her first teaching job was at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, where she also coached varsity girls’ basketball and soccer and junior varsity softball.
At Huntington, Ms. McCarthy coached the Blue Devil JV girls’ basketball team for five seasons and won four Coach of the Year Awards. She also coached the boys’ JV team, volunteered with the boys’ varsity squad, served as JV softball coach and coached boys’ varsity volleyball. She has been active on the college level, too, first as Adelphi’s head women’s tennis coach and then as a graduate assistant in the women’s basketball program.
After teaching for 12 years, Ms. McCarthy earned her state administrative certification through Dowling College in 2002. In addition to her other duties, she is Huntington’s coordinator of driver education and chairperson of the district’s Comprehensive Health Advisory Council.
Ms. McCarthy takes pride in personally knowing almost all of the students participating in the district’s athletic program. She is a frequent visitor to Huntington’s gyms and fields and is a constant presence at meets and games.
Section XI’s female Athletic Council representative for Conference II, Ms. McCarthy also serves as the Conference II vice president. She is Section XI’s representative on the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s modified (middle school/junior high school) committee.
A member of Section XI’s official’s negotiations, finance, sportsmanship and eligibility committees, Ms. McCarthy is also a President’s Committee member. She is the Suffolk County Athletic Directors’ Association vice president.
A love for sports led Ms. McCarthy to develop a summer lacrosse and basketball camp, which she directed for nine years and which grew to become one of the premier programs in the northeast. She was an AAU basketball coach for many years.
Ms. McCarthy’s father, Ray Deren once held the same position in Huntington that she now does and she regularly credits him for a lengthy list of innovations and accomplishments on behalf of the physical education and athletic programs, as well as for her own success. She started an annual scholarship in his name and presents it each year at the Blue Devil senior athletic awards dinner.
Nominated for Suffolk County Athletic Director of the Year in 2018, Ms. McCarthy has two sons who are Huntington High School graduates; John, a graduate of James Madison University and Kenny, a JMU senior.
The New York State Department of Education requires all students to complete one semester of Health Education at the senior high school level in order to meet NYS graduation requirements and receive a diploma.
The Physical Education program is designed to meet the needs of each and every student. Each course offering encompasses an individual’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive self. The goal is to promote physical movements as it relates to the whole person and to instill a positive attitude toward fitness and health for a lifetime.Requirement: The passing of eight (8) semesters of Physical Education (4 years) is required for graduation. The Physical Education grade is included in the GPA and 1⁄4 credit is granted each successful semester for a total of 2 credits for graduation.
The Huntington High School Health Education course presents a variety of methods for making its content available to the students. Class discussions, motivational games and activities, student presentations, guest speakers and audio-visual aids are all utilized to make this a student centered, positive classroom experience.
Huntington High School offers an extensive health curriculum which includes the following topics:
The Project Adventure portion of grade 9 physical education aids in the participants’ development of greater self-confidence and at the same time builds a sense of trust and commitment among classmates. The emphasis in this course is on participation and students are encouraged to extend their limits both physically and emotionally. Students are required to participate in all group activities, but may decline to attempt individual challenges that they feel are beyond their personal limits. The low and high element PA courses will be used during this semester. Personal fitness is a core strength and conditioning program. It is a deliberate attempt to optimize a student’s physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. This program is developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks along with the development of successful diet strategies.
Personal fitness is a core strength and conditioning program. It is a deliberate attempt to optimize a student’s physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. This program is developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks along with the development of successful diet strategies. This conditioning program will take place in all classes but will dominate the 3 day a week PE classes. During the 2 day a week PE classes, students will also participate in skill development, game strategies, socialization, teamwork and cooperation. This will take place during team-oriented classes concentrating on those activities which relate to sports and other large group activities such as; flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, badminton, etc. Individual sport activities are also available for students to participate alone or with a minimum number of people such as; tennis, golf, archery, etc.
Project Adventure II is an extension of PA 9 and focuses on further developing a student’s ability to manage their perceived personal limits to accomplish these goals. Students will develop high levels of self-confidence and appreciation for each member of the group, while experiencing challenges. Activities include low and high element challenges on the Project Adventure Course. Written activities are required. Personal fitness will be continued in this program as well.
Project Adventure III is an extension of PA 9 and PA II. It further expands and develops the student into a leader. This course is designed to nourish each individual’s leadership style and his/her ability to communicate, problem solve, and develop interpersonal relationships while participating in many group activities. Activities include low and high element challenges on the Project Adventure Course. Written activities are required. Personal fitness will be continued in this program as well.
The Adapted/Adaptive program is a comprehensive service delivery system designed to identify and ameliorate problems within the psychomotor domain. Services include psychomotor assessment, individualized educational programming, developmental and/or prescriptive teaching, counseling and coordination of related resources. Services provide optimal physical educational experiences for students who may not safely or successfully engage in unrestricted participation in the activities of the regular physical education program.
In complying with the Commissioner’s regulations, the department of physical education offers a program to those students that are temporarily or permanently unable to participate in the regular program. Students medically excused from P.E. from one week to one year will participate in written projects pertaining to physical education and interscholastic athletics.
All 7th grade students must take one semester of Health. The State Education Department has determined that every student must receive at least one semester of Health at the middle school level. The Health Education curriculum includes units in mental health, decision-making, family life, substance use and abuse, and chronic and communicable diseases.
The Health Education curriculum examines critical health issues facing adolescents today. Topics include pressures of being a teenager, prejudice, teen pregnancy, personal safety and abduction, violence, STD’s and drug abuse. The students will identify and practice the skills necessary to make informed decisions and solve health problems.
It is our philosophy at Finley Middle School that Physical Education will provide the opportunity for all students to have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.
Physical Education is required of all 7th and 8th grade students. Through various team and individual sports, students will learn fundamental skills, game rules and strategies. Students will also learn skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation and many other important life skills. Various units may be co-educational. The unit of activity may include:
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