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.
James M. Hoops assumed the position of district director of health, physical education and athletics on July 1, 2021. He previously served for three years as coordinator of physical education, athletics and special projects. He has worked full-time in the district since April 1984 and has been a physical education teacher since September 1990. He is also certified as a social studies teacher.
A graduate of John H. Glenn High School, Mr. Hoops obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stony Brook University, through which he also obtained his school administrator certification. He has coached wrestling on the high school level and boys’ and girls’ tennis and girls’ soccer on both the middle school and high school levels. He has also coached middle school boys’ and girls’ soccer and baseball.
While serving as assistant coach to iconic Hall of Fame head coach Lou Giani, the Blue Devil wrestling team won several Suffolk and state team championships along with 17 individual county and eight state champions.
Mr. Hoops has also served as the district’s public information coordinator since July 2001. He maintains Huntington UFSD’s website content and also prepares items for the district’s various social media platforms.
Michael Marinello has been the district’s coordinator of physical education, athletics and driver education since July 1, 2021. He has been a Huntington physical education teacher since September 1995. He earlier taught at Western Suffolk BOCES for five years.
A graduate of Sachem High School, Mr. Marinello earned an undergraduate degree at Springfield College in physical education and a master’s degree at Stony Brook University in liberal studies with a concentration in health science. He has coached high school golf, high school and middle school wrestling, JV tennis and middle school baseball and boys’ track and field.
Currently the head coach of the Huntington High School varsity golf team, Mr. Marinello is also an assistant varsity wrestling coach. He has been a well-known and well-liked faculty member and athletic coach who also lives in the community and has sent his own children through Huntington High School.
Mr. Marinello is a CPR and First Aid trainer. He has also been a volunteer emergency medical technician. He has taught driver education for many years and he leads the district’s program.
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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