Health and Physical Education

Physical activity is planned daily so that children can develop muscle skills, learn about outdoor environments, and express themselves freely. Each school provides students with a daily recess during the regular school year. The physical education program de-emphasizes competition and offers activities to enhance aerobic conditioning. The purpose of the physical education program in the elementary school is to
  • Improve students’ physical fitness.
  • Help students develop respect for their own minds and bodies.
  • Make students aware of the importance of nutrition in developing a healthy body.
  • Promote healthy attitudes toward exercise that will improve cardiovascular health and address unhealthy body mass measures.
  • A state sanctioned physical fitness testing program is administered beginning in grade four. The physical fitness test results provide each student with a personal fitness profile, educators with critical information for planning effective fitness programs, and serve as a school-community communication tool. Students are tested in four areas: abdominal strength, aerobic capacity, upper body strength, and flexibility.
  • A variety of health and safety projects are designed to help children learn many personalized facts about health and safety; to integrate their learning into their daily habits; to plan and to dictate and/or write their plans; to draw and write about these activities; to read silently and aloud; and to enjoy learning because it is related to their lives. Establishing personal safety habits is an important goal of this curriculum. Students will learn about:
      • Disease Prevention and Control
      • Mental Health
      • Nutrition
      • Personal Growth and Personal Health
      • Safety and First Aid

HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION  in Middle School

  • Instruction in this subject is designed to help students acquire knowledge and skills essential for healthful living as well as for personal fitness and good nutrition. At each grade in middle school the focus is upon five major topics: disease prevention and control; mental health; nutrition; personal growth and personal health; and safety and first aid.
  • The purpose of this program in the middle school is to improve students' physical fitness and help them develop respect for their own minds and bodies. The program is also designed to aid in acquiring skills which students may use throughout their lifetime, such as sports activities which emphasize movement, coordination, balance and flexibility.


HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION in High School
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  • Ninth grade Health and Physical Education is a requirement for graduation. Dressing for and participating in physical education is a requirement for successful completion of the class. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness through flexibility and cardio-respiratory conditioning. Activities include team and lifetime sports. Health education class will include instruction in disease prevention and control, consumer health, environmental health, personal and family survival, and first aid. To receive credit for ninth grade Health and Physical Education, students must satisfy requirements for both Health Education and Physical Education.
  • Tenth grade Health and Physical Education is a requirement for graduation. Dressing for and participating in physical education is a requirement for successful completion of the class. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness through flexibility and cardio-respiratory conditioning. Activities include team and lifetime sports. The classroom portion of Driver Education is taught. Health Education will offer instruction in mental health, parenthood and family nutrition. To receive credit for tenth grade Health and Physical Education, students must satisfy requirements for both Health Education and Physical Education.

 

Dr. Tony Francis
Director of Secondary Programs and CTE



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