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Addition of Health/Wellness Curriculum for 2015-2016

posted Apr 3, 2015, 6:01 AM by Erik Arnold
Massachusetts has a requirement that students in all grades are required to take a physical education class each year. For several years, the high school has been trying to meet this requirement through the use of choice block & the granting of exemptions for participation in after-school athletics. This was an imperfect system. 

All of us appreciate the value of getting our students some physical exercise and exposure to a health/wellness curriculum regardless of any state mandate. In keeping with IACS values and true to our unique spirit, we are pleased to be offering an outdoor adventure physical education program for the 2015-2016 school year. This program will be in line with our core value that social and emotional development in school is as important as academic development, as well as our four social outcomes of: Self-directed Learning, Problem Solving, Effective Communication, and Community Membership. We see this program as a means to develop leadership skills in our students just as much as it will promote physical fitness. Freshmen, Juniors and Seniors will take this class in combination with their advisory class. Sophomores will have a slightly different version in that their program will also consist of a health/wellness curriculum in addition to the outdoor adventure program. We are very excited to be offering this program to our students next year. We are currently reviewing applications and conducting interviews for the new position. Below is the job description posting that was designed to help us find an ideal candidate.

Job Description

Innovation Academy Charter School (Tyngsboro, MA), a public charter school serving grades 5 through 12, seeks a high school health & PE teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. Ideal candidates will have experience teaching health and are interested in leading an outdoor adventure PE program. We have a 200-acre campus that will be the setting for PE activities such as mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and skating. A low-ropes adventure course is currently being constructed as well. If you are looking to play dodgeball in a huge gym, this is not the job for you. :)

Preferred candidates will demonstrate a passion for outdoor adventure in all types of weather; a strong background in health and wellness education; and the energy and willingness to develop curriculum and collaborate within a vibrant learning community.