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Nathan Hale Sentinel

PE waivers and outside sports

Sophomore Evan Olivier made huge athletic improvements taking PE last year.

Sophomore Evan Olivier made huge athletic improvements taking PE last year.

You play a club sport, you get to practice at four o’clock everyday, you work nonstop for three hours till seven o’clock.

You take a language and have a full schedule, but you don’t know how you will get your PE credits waived.

Students at Nathan Hale must take three semesters of PE just like everyone in the Washington state school district, however Hale does not give out waivers for sports outside of school. Hale is also different because the PE staff deals with PE waivers instead of the counselors.

PE waivers are given to students who participate in Hale sports, for health reasons, religious reasons and for students with full academic schedules.

Only two of three semesters are able to be waived except for in the case of a full academic schedule. However, there isn’t much clarity on what a full academic schedule is.

“For example, if you have four years of language and four years of orchestra you can waive PE because you have no room for PE,” Athletic Director Darby Haskins said. “But what about the student who wants to take art or the students who are taking AP computer science. Does that count as an academic schedule? It isn’t clear and for the students that play club sports you might not find out until senior year.”

For those who aren’t able to waive PE, there are six different subjects from weight training to racket sports so students can find a PE class that is right for them.

Students in Ms. Davis’s sixth period class who exercise on Raider Field are from all grades and parts of Hale. Haskins called it a “Melting pot of Hale.”

Sophomore Evan Olivier took weight training last year as a zero period with the football team. Olivier loved the class and made huge athletic gains. His back squat went from 145 to over 200 lbs and his standing long jump increased from 7’6” to 8’2”.

“Good competition, good friendly competition. It made it fun,” Olivier said, about the class.

Even though many students enjoy PE, there is conflict over whether students should have to give up classes they would like to take in order to fulfill their PE requirement.

Athletes are disgruntled that the sports they participate in outside of school are not grounds to excuse them from PE.

Junior Flora Peterson skates for Seattle Derby Brats year round. She currently has no idea on how she is going to  get her PE credits by the spring of her senior year.

“It’s just frustrating. I’m athletic, I’m fit,”  Peterson said. She is annoyed that Roller Derby can’t waive PE, and said that she puts in the athletic work but isn’t given any recognition. Peterson doesn’t want to take PE classes or participate in Hale sports. She would rather focus on her interests that are taught at Hale and other sports beside derby don’t interest her.

As of now, options for fulfilling PE requirements are set, the only point of contention being what constitutes a full academic schedule.

 

Photo by: Luke Notkin


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