Marcia McKenzie

(530) 885-4581 ext. 5785


Welcome to Cardio Health.  It is a required course for all students and meets the Placer graduation requirement and state guidelines regarding personal and public health and safety.  This course is designed to introduce you to the knowledge, skills and behaviors to assist you in becoming health literate individuals with a lifelong commitment to healthy living.  


Areas of learning which may be covered include but are not limited to:

            Health and Your Wellness (health, wellness, stress, abuse)

            Health and Your Body (physical fitness, nutrition, weight management, eating disorders)

            Drugs (medicines, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs)

            Diseases and Disorders (infectious diseases, non-infectious diseases, disabilities)

            Family Life


Essential Learning Outcomes:

  • Improve or maintain and track the 5 areas of health related fitness
  • Be able to set and implement realistic personalized nutritional, wellness, and fitness goals
  • Understand and be able to demonstrate knowledge in the area of drugs and their effects on the body and brain.
  • Provide useful and accurate information on a chosen topic and be able to reiterate information provided by other students
  • Learn and practice how mental health, emotions and self-esteem is developed and improved
  • Be a successful part of a collaborative team


Tardies:  Please be in your attendance spot when attendance is taken.  You will be given ample time to dress before and after class but please remember you are not allowed to leave the gym area until the bell rings at the end of class.


Method of instruction:  Students are responsible for taking handwritten notes and taking part in class discussions.  Individual and/or group assignments will be given during each unit.   Class presentations and projects will also be required.  Though you will work in groups often, your grade will reflect your personal learning and achievement in the class.   Summative assignments may be redone within 2 weeks of the grade being posted.  To redo a summative assignment all formative assignments associated with that unit must be completed.  A copy of handouts and notes will be posted online.  Communication is key.  If you do not understand an assignment or a deadline talk to me in class or email me.


Grading:  50% - Cardio  50% - Health  

All grades are converted into percentages and in turn changed into the following grades:

A=100%-90%, B=89%-80%, C=79%-70%, D=69%-60%, F=59% and lower.


Class needs:  Students need to dress in the appropriate physical education clothing and participate in all physical activity to the best of their ability.  Loaners are available for students who forget their PE clothes for that day.  Not dressing is not an option.  If a student comes to class in street clothes and refuses to go change into loaners they will be sent to the office where they will complete a written assignment for the period.  Detention could be assigned.  

Appropriate clothing is:

·         Gray Placer PE Tee Shirt

·         Gray Placer Athletic Tee Shirt

·         Gray solid Tee Shirt

Shirts may not be altered or cut in any way

·         Green Placer PE Shorts

·         Green Placer Athletic Shorts

·         Green solid Shorts minimum 7”inseam

·         Gray or Black Sweat Pants

·         Gray or Black Yoga Tights (not leggings)

·         Sweatshirt over appropriate shirt

·         Closed Toed Athletic Shoes


Each student is expected to have a notebook or binder, pens, pencils, and papers.  Colored pencils will also be helpful.  Chromebooks will be used for several assignments so make sure you have them and they are charged.  Students are not allowed to bring their backpacks to class so storage for your binder will be available in the classroom.  Phones are not allowed.  This improves your mental health and is a safety measure to make sure you can hear the instructors at all times.


Basic Class Rules:


Stay with the class at all times.  Arrive to the classroom in a timely manner from the track.  I will start without you.