Physical Ed/Health Education

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Physical Education

The Physical Education program increases the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can establish physical activity as a natural part of everyday life. Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities that include individual fitness such as walking; individual/dual activities such as badminton; and team activities such as team handball and volleyball. Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical education time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Students are graded on a numerical grade system, based on preparation for class, attendance, cooperation, and participation.


Health Education

The Health Education course is designed to teach skills in decision making, effective communication, managing conflict effectively and nonviolently, setting short and long term personal and professional goals, managing stress effectively, and lowering risk for unhealthy choices. The curriculum is science based and encourages lifelong positive health practices. Lessons focus on current concepts of health promotion, i.e., the connection between healthy eating, daily exercise, successful academic learning, and disease prevention. The relationship between the adolescent as a "consumer" and media influences is also taught. Standard CPR/AED and First Aid are included. Students are given the opportunity to earn an American Red Cross certification. Students are graded on a numerical grade system, based on preparation for class, tests, written assignments, and class participation.

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Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

80 Locust Street,

Northampton, Ma 01060

Phone: 413-587-1414

Fax: 413-587-1406


Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,gender identity, disability, religion or sexual orientation.