Health & Physical Ed
Wellness at CBHS integrates what is typically offered separately as health and physical education courses. We are committed to cultivating citizens who can forge their particular path to sustainable health and comprehensive wellness.
The Freshmen Casco Bay Quest
The Freshmen Quest consists of four days and three nights on Casco Bay focused on kayaking, writing and leadership. As freshmen launch the expedition of high school, they will take stock of who they are and who they want to become - as well as the path between the two. They will get to better know one another, the values of CBHS and the nature of expeditionary work. They will also gain insight into the overarching question for the year: How do you create and sustain community? Freshmen will reside on Cow Island and take day trips to surrounding islands and peninsulas. Organized by crews, students will face rigorous leadership and group challenges both on the island and on the water. Their experience and musings will be recorded in writing through facilitated workshops and solo time. This course is the result of a collaboration between Ripple Effect, The Telling Room and Casco Bay High School and in 2018 is funded primarily by grants from the White Pine Foundation, LL Bean, the Nellie Mae Foundation and the CBHS Parent Advisory Group. Freshmen Quest is worth .5 physical education UPs.
The Senior Casco Bay Quest
Seniors crews will participate in a four day, three-night kayaking or backpacking expedition. The kayakers will use Casco Bay's Cow Island as an embarkation point for an adventure through the surrounding islands and peninsulas; hikers will take to the White Mountains. Beyond developing transferable writing and outdoor skills, the aim of the quest is for seniors to conclude with a deeper sense of who they are and where they want to go. Quest curriculum will connect to both Senior Humanities and Senior Crew, and seniors will begin exploration of their big tasks for the year: the college essay and the senior expedition. Senior crews will face rigorous leadership and group challenges whether on the water or on the trails. Their experience and musings will be recorded in writing through facilitated workshops primarily before and after the Quest. This course is the result of a collaboration between Ripple Effect, The Telling Room and CBHS and in 2018 is funded primarily by grants from the White Pine Foundation, LL Bean, the Nellie Mae Foundation and CBHS Parent Advisory Group. Senior Quest is worth .5 physical education UPs.
This sophomore course integrates health and physical education. It is designed to assist sophomores in making wise decisions related to their health and in developing lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors. Study will include personal health, community health, nutrition, communicable and chronic disease as well as identifying risky behavior. In addition, students will learn first aid and CPR skills. Central themes include the interrelationship among physical, social, emotional and mental health, respect for and promotion of community health, informed use of health-related information and services, and the role of heredity in future health. Students will develop a personal wellness plan and learn interpersonal skills through a variety of psychomotor activities. Wellness is worth two UPs, one in physical education and one in health.