By Marissa Burd
With a new school year comes changes.
For years, physical education, or gym class, has been held at the high school two times during a six-day cycle, and then a study hall takes place for the four remaining days.
Now, a typical ninth through eleventh grade student’s schedule consists of gym every single day, but only for one semester.
The three levels of phys ed are PE 1 for freshman, 2 for sophomores, and 3 for juniors. As a senior, gym is no longer a requirement.
Not only is there a change in scheduling, but there’s a change in the activities which take place during the phys ed period.
PE 1 focuses on one’s fitness level and abilities, whereas PE 2 plays sports, and PE 3 participates in track and field, and focuses on one’s fitness ability as well.
From here on, every student has more of an opportunity to take electives, due to the new gym criteria.
If students choose to do so, they may only during whichever semester they don’t have phys ed class.
With this big change, it is questioned whether gym everyday will affect a student’s amount of time for studying during school hours.
“Yes, not having a study hall effects your grades,” says junior Riley Miller. “Study halls give you a period to finish your work when extracurriculars get too busy.”
Head of the Health and Physical Education Department, and varsity girls field hockey coach, Carol Gillmen, says that there has been a positive effect this year on the students due to the new scheduling change.
“The participation is better,” says Gillmen, “I have the same students everyday and get to know them better,” says Mrs. Gillmen, who likes the new change.
The important message Mrs. Gillmen is getting across is, “You don’t have to be athletic to be active.”