To Whom It May Concern: Enclosed is a brief description of a class that is being offered as new branch of 10th grade P.E. for the 2009-2010 school year. The class is an independent physical education course that revolves around the student recording their physical activity on a heart rate monitor (provided) and meeting individually with the teacher on a weekly basis (before school/ lunches/ after school). The short meetings are to upload their workout data from the heart rate monitor and to discuss various fitness goals and topics they have chosen to focus on. I am hoping to gain your support with this class by bringing this new option to the attention of your 9th grade students. This class option is not restricted to only athletes or 4.0 students. But, please keep in mind that this class would best serve students who are responsible, motivated students who could succeed in a more independent situation. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Sincerely, Bobbie Parsons T.C. Williams Physical Education Teacher 25th Hour Physical Education Introduction: 25th hour physical education is a class designed to teach students how to take control of their physical activity choices and implement into their lifestyles. This is a class that takes place outside of the regular school day and allows students to independently manage what fitness and healthy living goals they wish to achieve. In this branch of physical education students will be responsible for recording their own workouts (by use of heart rate monitors and journals), workout goals, and fitness modifications. The goal of this course is to give the students experience in independently finding what they enjoy for physical activity and then guide them as they learn to make their lifestyles include regular physical activity. Why 25th Hour? T.C. Williams embraces many students with various needs, wants, and priorities. 25th Hour Physical Education is a class that happens outside of the regular school day and will therefore allow students to take advantage of an open section in their schedules. In addition to schedule flexibility 25th hour P.E. will give students the opportunity to practice personal, goal driven fitness plans that will carry over into their adult lives. How 25th Hour? This branch of 10th grade physical education will be closely monitored by the teacher. Each student will be scheduled each week to meet individually with the teacher; they will discuss short term (weekly), and long term (from September- June) fitness goals. The students at this time will also be handing in assignments regarding nutrition, physical wellness, etc. Since every student at T.C. Williams has a laptop and access to Blackboard, they will be responsible for taking online tests. The most exciting factor for this class is that each student will be assigned a heart rate monitor which has the capability to upload their workout to the computer. These heart rate monitors report to the teacher the length and intensity of the student’s workout; this is where the participation grade will be taken from. The report can be printed out for both the teacher and student to What about Driver Education and CPR? Since driver education is a part of the 10th grade curriculum, students will still be offered driver education as an early bird course every morning from 7:30- 8:30 for one quarter of the year. CPR is another great opportunity that the T.C. William’s physical education staff offers to the 10th grade students. This will also be made available to the 25th hour students either during the morning or after school hours (class decision).