Physical Education

Middle School

The goal of the Physical Education Department reflects the same ideal as the mission of the school: the education of the total person. With this goal in mind, our department emphasizes physical, intellectual and social development through participating in vigorous physical activities and learning the principles of physical fitness and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (course descriptions follow).

The physical education curriculum provides multiple opportunities for students at various stages of physical development and skill mastery to have a positive experience in physical activities. Through participation in group and individual activities, students develop and improve locomotive skills, cardiovascular endurance, and strength. The curriculum is designed to provide students with accurate information about health, develop lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors, and make wise decisions to aid in their personal wellness.

Grade 6

This course develops knowledge, skills and attitudes that are the main ingredients of lifetime health and fitness. Students learn skills that will enhance their enjoyment of activities geared toward an active, healthy life, including wall climbing, floor hockey, bocce, tennis, team handball, ultimate disc, a variety of recreational activities, and muscular strength and endurance training.

Students' awareness and understanding of age-appropriate health issues will be enhanced by discussion with teachers and guest speakers.

Grade 7

The seventh grade course continues to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that are the main ingredients of lifetime health and fitness. Students learn skills that will enhance their enjoyment of activities geared toward an active, healthy life. Team/individual sports and recreational activities bring individuals and communities together through commonalities and connections between different cultures, highlighting the importance of social interactions in sports.

 

Activities include wall climbing, floor hockey, bocce, tennis, team handball, ultimate disc, a variety of recreational activities, and muscular strength and endurance training.

Students' awareness and understanding of age-appropriate health issues will be enhanced by discussion with teachers and guest speakers.

Grade 8

The eighth grade course has two main goals: 1.) to help the student to develop his mind and body through physical activities (team sports, functional fitness) and 2.) to help him appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

In this course the student becomes aware of his own physical capabilities and those of his classmates; learns rules and strategies of games; develops an appreciation of cooperation, competition, and the social benefits of physical activity with his classmates.

Team sports, individual sports, and recreational activities serve as culturally relevant aspects of every society, every country, every part of our globe. In one way or another, everyone is involved in sports or some sort of physical activity, leading to economic advancement, personal wellness, or social cohesion. This course aims to expose students to games, activities, and physical tasks that reveal a human connection that brings us together.

Activities in this course include basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, touch football, speedball, recreational activities,  and introduction to weight training.

Health Education is incorporated in this course by means of several modules involving discussions and guest speakers. Here the student acquires a fundamental knowledge and appreciation of age appropriate health and safety-related issues, which include physical fitness, diet and nutrition, personal hygiene, first aid/CPR, and the dangerous effects of smoking, alcohol, and other substances, as well as HIV and other sexually transmissible infections.
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