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Policy Statement
Illinois state law requires enrollment in Physical Education every semester. University High School seeks to physically educate its students through the development of physical fitness and a variety of sport offerings.

Sports and Fitness

The fitness component of the P.E. program is an individualized, progressive program emphasizing cardio-respiratory development. One goal of the program is to teach students the skills necessary to live an active lifestyle that promotes health and physical fitness. Students will also learn how to develop their own personal workout routine based on fundamentally sound exercise principles. A second major goal is to provide each student adequate, physical training necessary for the completion of a 5K run at the end of the year. To ensure progress towards this goal, students will undergo complete testing at the beginning and end of the school year, and an abbreviated test version at the end of each quarter. The Uni High fitness test components include: height, weight, mile run, 40 yard dash, 1-minute plank, pull-ups, flexed-arm hang, shuttle run, standing broad jump, vertical jump, grip strength, and the sit and reach flexibility test.

The sports component of the P.E. program consists of activities from a variety of sports and games. A holistic approach is followed with mental, social, and physical domains addressed. Written assessments may be utilized to evaluate comprehension of basic rules and strategies of each unit. Attention will be directed toward the development of social skills such as: communication, cooperation and sportsmanship in a competitive environment. Classes will be structured to provide opportunity for individual skill improvement in each sport offering. Activities may include: 20 archery, badminton, floor hockey, pickleball, soccer, speedball, team handball, ultimate frisbee, and Wiffle ball. This exposure to a diverse array of activities will allow students to explore the many options available to them, discovering an appreciation of sport, and hopefully, encouraging a lifetime of enjoyable participation.

Physical Education Faculty

Tim Bicknell (tbick2) grew up in Bluffs, IL and graduated from Bluffs High School in 1998. He attended Eastern Illinois University after high school, studying Speech Communication, Physical Education, and Driver Education. Once Mr. Bicknell began teaching and coaching, he earned his Master's in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University. He has spent the last 14 years teaching Physical Education, Speech, and Driver Education, along with coaching basketball, football, and scholastic bowl along the way. Mr. Bicknell earned his administrative experience at P.O.R.T.A. where he completed his Type 75 Administrative Certificate and at LaSalle-Peru where he was the P.E./Health/Driver Education Division Chair. He is currently the Uni High Athletic Director and executive physical education teacher.

Rachael Brewer (rbrewer3) teaches sports, fitness, and strength training in the PE department. She holds the M.S. in sports management from Illinois State University. As an undergraduate, she was captain of the ISU cross-country team and last spring she coached Uni track and field. She is a great community volunteer and has worked with area programs such as Girls on the Run and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rachael was the 2017 Illinois Marathon champion.

Luke Bronowski (
teaches PE and coaches varsity boys basketball and JV boys tennis. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Health and Wellness from Purdue University. He is a certified personal trainer through the NSCA and enjoys volunteer coaching for youth recreation and travel teams in various sports.