February 28, 2021

Heather Scudder

802-295-8610 Ext. *2803

Marc Bucklin

802-295-8610 Ext. *2804

Pete Driscoll
Pete Driscoll
802-295-8610 Ext. *2110

Physical Education

Course Descriptions:

Fitness & Wellness                                                                         1 credit

Course number: 0500 / 0501 (Wellness/Fitness)

Open to: Grade 9

Prerequisite: None  (This is a required course for all entering 9th graders at Hartford High School and must be repeated if a passing grade is not earned.)

Scheduled: 1 Block        Fall / Spring

This course is provided in order to meet Vermont State Standards and Hartford High School graduation requirements.  The Fitness portion of this course is designed to meet the exercise needs of the adolescent, develop an appreciation for and habit of lifetime sport activity, and understand the qualities of becoming an intelligent sports spectator.  Activities will include individual and team sports held both outdoors and in the gymnasium; students must participate on a regular basis and have appropriate seasonal clothing (e.g. coats/sweatshirts for outdoor activities and sneakers for indoor activities).  This course will be based on participation, understanding what personal fitness and a healthy lifestyle entails, fitness plan development and overall wellness (written tests and projects).  Note: Any credit awarded and grade earned during a "medical release" period must follow the procedures outlined within the Phys. Ed. Department and school nurse protocol.

The focus of the Wellness portion of this course is on the physical, social and emotional aspects of health.  Students will research their family's health history in regard to disease prevention.  Students will set personal wellness goals in areas of nutrition and fitness.  The following topics will also be covered: human sexuality, relationships, substance abuse prevention, and communication skills.  As part of the human sexuality unit students will have the opportunity to take care of a "Real Care Baby", a computerized baby simulator.  In addition, students will learn how the media influences our choices and behaviors in each of these topics.  Guest speakers and videos are used to enhance the curriculum when possible.  Students are graded on class participation, projects, tests, and homework.


Personal & Life Fitness                                                              1 credit

Course number: 0510 / 0511 / 0512 / 0565 / 0575

Open to: Grades 10

Prerequisite: Fitness / Wellness

Scheduled: 1 Block        Fall / Spring

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop individualized fitness plans.  Students will learn the fundamentals of strength, aerobic, and overall fitness training.  An emphasis will be placed on an array of lifelong fitness activities.  A true lifelong, personal comprehensive fitness plan will be developed as a result of this course.


All sophomores who take Driver Education during the regular school day must sign-up for Personal & Life Fitness during the same semester that they take Driver Education.  In other words you must sign-up for Personal & Life Fitness (0565) Fall if you sign up for Driver Ed (0665) Fall.  If you sign-up for Driver Ed (0675) Spring, you must sign-up for Personal & Life Fitness (0575) Spring.  Students who do this will earn 3/4 credit for Personal & Life Fitness and 1/4 credit for Driver Education.




Personal Fitness and Weight Management                                1 credit

Course number: 0599

Open to: Grades 11 and 12

Prerequisite: Fitness / Wellness and 10th grade Phys Ed

Scheduled: 1 Block Fall / Spring

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness.  Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities.  They will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, speed and agility training, explosive polymeric and overall fitness training and conditioning.  This course includes both lecture and activity sessions.  We will also explore body weight resistance programs (Navy Seal, TACFIT, TRX and CROSSFIT), various cardiovascular elements as well as other personal fitness programs.  Combining these activities will provide a comprehensive overall fitness program.

An emphasis will also be placed on diet, nutrition and weight management through exercise.  Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.  A true comprehensive personal fitness plan will be developed as a result of this course.  


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