Physical Education ~ Julie Niehaus ~ Team Fuji
(formerly Ciammachilli)IMG_0238.JPGOur Department at Sonoma Valley High School strives for a k-12 comprehensive program guided by California State Frameworks and Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools.  From kindergarten through fifth grade, the content is delivered incrementally to best enable student learning at the appropriate developmental level. In sixth through eighth grade, the content is consolidated and students’ skills are refined, representing a natural progression of skill sophistication.  When students reach ninth grade, they are ready to integrate all that they know with all that they can do.  They become capable of higher-order thinking and of more skilled performance.                                                                   

An Essential Discipline
Physical education is an integral part of the education program for all students.  It teaches students how their bodies move and how to perform a variety of physical activities.  Students learn the health-related benefits of regular physical activity and the skills to adopt a physically active, healthy lifestyle. The discipline also provides learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of students.  With high-quality physical education instruction, students become confident, independent, self-controlled, and resilient; develop positive social skills; set and strive for personal, achievable goals; learn to assume leadership; cooperate with others; accept responsibility for their own behavior; and, ultimately, improve their academic performance.  A sequen
tial, developmentally appropriate curriculum should be designed and implemented to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes,and confidence needed to adopt and maintain a physically active, healthy  lifestyle.   
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Modified - 06/08/2015 02:22pm Julie Niehaus ~ Physical Education major also known as Kinesiology, from Sonoma State University in 1988.
Growing up in Oregon, I knew in elementary school that I wanted to become a teacher.  This of course attributes to the great experiences I had with those first six teachers I had in school.  After graduating in 1979 from Waldport High School I became a seasonal firefighter, working with the State of Oregon and the National Forest Service.  After two summers of building trail, cutting fire line, running chain saw on the front line, and air dropped into the Saw Tooth Mountains, I finally had enough of the hard, rugged work of fighting fires and decided that college would definitely be in my future. I packed up all my belongings and headed south, landing in Sonoma County in 1980.  One week later, I was sharing an upstairs of an old Victorian with two other girls, discovering the Russian River and taking entrance exams for Spring admittance 1981.

As I trudged through general education, and prerequisites to get to those g. e. requirements, I vowed to take a fun class every semester.  Those fun classes turned out to be P.E. classes.  One of my favorite discoveries going to college was how many different choices of Physical Education classes offered. 

I have coached 15 seasons including swimming, softball, track and volleyball.  I have attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for professional advancement since the summer of 1989 as a part of my desire to continue my education.

Currently I teach Physical Education. 

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