As indicated by its name, there are two Divisions in the Health and Physical Education Department.
The general objective of the Physical Education Division is to provide an exciting and challenging program that increases the interest of our students in physical activity and promotes lifelong fitness. Children need to be confident, healthy, and happy. Quality physical education programs emphasize enjoyable participation in physical activities that help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, motor skills, and confidence needed to embrace and maintain physically active lifestyles.
Specifically we want to produce physically fit youths, to teach the relationship between physical activity, physical fitness, and health, to promote the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable students to lead active, healthy, and productive lives.
The Physical Education Program offers instruction in individual, team, and co-educational and lifetime activities. The emphasis of the program is development of skills, knowledge, and understanding of sports concepts. Classes meet twice a week during three of the student’s four years at the school and once per week during the remaining year. Students will be provided with experience in fitness and wellness.
Each student will develop: organic vigor, strength, and endurance; neuromuscular coordination agility, balance, and flexibility by body movement, good muscle tone and cardiovascular efficiency; efficient body mechanics and good posture; skills and self-preservation techniques such as running, dodging, and pulling; and will have experiences which will yield mental hygiene benefits such as the joy of achievement and accomplishment and the pleasure of effective participation in the American sports culture.
The Health Education Division involves the student in examining, developing, maintaining, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices will be explored in order to help students understand the importance of developing a positive attitude for healthy living. The curriculum areas of Health Ed concentrate on all aspects of health: the mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the individual. Classes meet once per week for one year.
Each student will examine individual values, self-esteem, and goals for the future, participate in class activities which will give them the opportunity to expand their creative ability and social and collaborative skills, develop knowledge of disease, environment, and self-choice, and learn to research and discover more about the needs of their community.