Mr. Ortiz

PE/Health

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Assistant Lacrosse Coach

EMAIL: joseph.ortiz@wwrsd.org

This is my 5th year as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Westwood Jr/Sr High School. I wrestled for 4 years at Springfield College and graduated with a B.S in Movement and Sports Studies with a concentration in Physical Education in 2013. This past summer, I completed my Masters in Kinesiology. I am also currently the Assistant Wrestling Coach and Boys Lacrosse Coach at Westwood. In the past, I have worked as a Sports Performance Trainer at Explosive Training Systems LLC. based in Teterboro, NJ. I have experience training athletes in all sports at any age level.

My goal as a Health and PE teacher is to encourage my students to be as active and healthy as possible. I strive to give students a fun experience with fitness and sports, similar to the one that I had growing up. Exercising does not have to be looked at as a chore, and science suggests there are significant benefits to exercise that go beyond increasing athleticism. Exercise builds confidence, increases brain activity, and fights depression, among other benefits. You do not need to be born with natural athletic ability to improve your fitness and improve your life. I look forward to showing these benefits to Westwood students for many years to come!

Important links

District Homepage

Jr/Sr High School Homepage

Physical Education Contract

GENESIS INFORMATION

  • On Genesis, students will receive grades under the headlines "Perform" for Performance. Written Assignments/Tests will be under the headline of the assignment's title.
  • Students will be graded each day on their Participation and Sportsmanship (Performance), and grades will be entered weekly.
  • Students can earn a maximum of 10 points for Performance on a weekly basis.
  • Students that break the Grading Policy in the PE contract may have their weekly performance grade lowered.
  • Each written assignment will be given a specific value determined by the teacher.

Other Genesis Information

  1. One additional headline will be titled "Medical." Students will be given an exempt grade until they are required to complete a medically excused assignment.
  2. A second additional headline will be titled "Unprepared." Students will begin with a 0, and negative points will be tallied when students are unprepared for class or if they exhibit unacceptable behavior.