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Physical Ed/Health Education

The physical and health Education programs are designed to ensure that every student, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and disabling condition has an equal opportunity to experience health education in a positive manner. The program is designed to ensure equality, making use of classroom resources that are culturally diverse and non-discriminatory; evidenced-based programs are used specifically in the areas of violence prevention, including bullying prevention; sexual health; and substance use prevention. Social emotional learning standards are embedded in lessons to promote student success and understanding of elements and behaviors that demonstrate a healthy lifestyle. A variety of instructional methods are used to create opportunities for students to express their understanding in written, oral, and artistic forms.

Physical Education (9th-12th grade)
The physical education courses are designed to improve students' physical competence, improve and promote the importance of lifelong fitness, improve social skills by working with their classmates, and improve students' understanding and knowledge of a variety of team, partner and individual games/activities. Students experience and participate in a wide variety of games such as Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, Pickleball, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Gatorball, backyard games, etc. Through gameplay and physical activity students will be able to exhibit personal and social behavior that respects self and others in a physical activity setting while demonstrating competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Health Education I (9th grade)
The health education I course is designed to give students a basic understanding of wellness concepts especially goal setting, resilience, effective interpersonal communication skills, refusal skills, risk assessment, personal responsibility, and social etiquette. The focus of the program is for students to practice health-enhancing behaviors and to understand concepts related to health promotion and risk prevention. Students are encouraged to ask questions, explore their own values and passions, and to learn to advocate for themselves and their communities. Topics include: Health Skills (stated above), The Self (awareness, esteem, management, identity, character), Suicide Prevention, Sexual Education, Expressing & Managing Emotions, Social Media, and Nutrition.

Health Education II (10th grade)
The health education II course is designed to give students an understanding of wellness concepts including self advocacy, accessing reliable information, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, promoting healthy relationships, and dealing with loss & grief. This is a skills-based health education course that encourages students to use their communication and advocacy skills to promote the health of themselves and their community. Areas of study include: Health skills (stated above), Stress Management, Dangers of Alcohol, Drugs & Substance Use Prevention, Mental Health & Common Disorders, Communicable & Non-communicable Diseases & Prevention.

Lifelong Health and Wellness (12th grade elective)
Lifelong Health and Wellness is an elective course offered for seniors that focuses on the importance of healthy habits to maintain lifelong physical, mental, and emotional health. In this course, students will be learning practical skills in nutrition and healthy meal planning and preparation, managing a budget for a healthy lifestyle, accessing health services, navigating health insurance benefits both through an employer and through state programs, navigating and understanding fitness and other wellness activities (including how to access and use a fitness center), understanding mental health and accessing mental health resources, how to create realistic health goals at every stage of one’s life, and how to make time for physical, mental, and emotional health in a busy working schedule. Field trips and community exploration may be offered throughout the course. Speakers from around the community will visit the class to discuss important health topics such as mental health, stress management, disease and illness prevention, and how to make the most of your employer’s benefits. This course will combine health skills with physical fitness by practicing health-enhancing behaviors and getting active in and out of the classroom. Students who want to learn lifelong skills to keep themselves healthy and happy; while also having fun, will find this course is suited just for them.

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