The North Bend Eagle



New course offering for NBC physical education

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 9/30/20

This is the first year for the new physical education curriculum at North Bend Central. NBC teachers Craig Schmeckpeper, Jon Baehr, Rob Brokaw and Nathan Schluter saw curriculum update as an opportunity to add some things to the PE offerings.

“So far the lessons and the equipment have been great in establishing a more meaningful and robust experience for all of our students,” NBC strength and conditioning coach Brokaw said. “The teaching staff has been great, as always, being open minded and bringing energy to each lesson.”

Brokaw said the curriculum provides the physical education department a map to build students physical development from kindergarten all the way through their senior year.

“It allows us to hit each of the standards provided by the Nebraska Department of Education which were updated a few years ago,” Brokaw said.

One of the additions to the curriculum is disc golf, which came about as a way to increase the amount of outdoor offerings and to encourage more physical activity outdoors.

Brokaw says that the beautiful environment provided by the Franklin Cotterell Arboretum just made sense for this addition.

Right now the disc golf course is being utilized by the middle school and ninth grade physical education classes along with the seniors in lifetime sports course offerings.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” Brokaw “I think if the student body takes the initiative to begin a club it would be very welcomed by the PE department and administration.”

Anyone can just show up to play the game with minimal equipment required. There are nine holes set up beginning by the Tiger Softball complex, wrapping around the outfield fence and then following the perimeter of the practice fields on the north side of the campus. The course wraps around and concludes on the east side of the main track and field discus pit. Players can be creative with the course, starting and finishing wherever they want depending on skills and others using the course.

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