Welcome to the Longwood CSD Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. Our programs focus on the development of the whole child and enable students to become competent, confident adults. We provide students with the knowledge necessary to make healthy lifestyles choices, the skills to follow through on those choices, and the civic values to accept and carry out their responsibilities as members of society. We are proud of the quality of programs within our district.
Our physical education and health program provide opportunities for students to gain current knowledge of physical fitness facts, healthful living practices, leisure time pursuits, stress management techniques, and to develop the skills necessary for successful participation in activities and to enhance the quality of their lives.
The Longwood School District supports 69 teams, 40 at the High School and 29 at the Junior High School, involving over 1800 participants each school year in interscholastic competition. Through the involvement of trained coaches, dedicated athletes, a supportive Board of Education and parent booster clubs the students of Longwood have greatly benefited from the spirit and lessons of athletic competition.
To be eligible to participate in school sports, students must get a school physical each year, return a signed parent permission slip, abide by the policies and rules set forth by the athletic department and maintain all academic eligibility requirements.
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Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Health education goes far beyond the basic lessons in hygiene that once made up the major part of the curriculum. It now aims at the broader goal of enabling students to understand, recognize and manage new health risks in a rapidly changing world.
The Longwood School District is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and innovative Health Curriculum that reflects the values of our community. We are charged with the task of helping our students lead a healthy and productive life by instilling in them the skills needed to examine alternatives and make responsible health-related decisions.
Physical education is based upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills as a foundation for engaging in physical activity. However, the mere acquisition of knowledge and skills is not enough. The mission of physical education is to enable all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.
Physical education is a sequential educational program based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive, and non-threatening atmosphere in which every student is challenged and successful. Students with disabilities are provided with a learning environment that is modified, when necessary, to allow for maximum participation. As the result of a quality K-12 physical education experience, students will:
• acquire the knowledge and skill necessary to perform basic motor and manipulative skills and attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sport activities
• design personal fitness programs to achieve and maintain physical fitness
• know the benefits of engaging in regular physical activity
• demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity
• understand that participation in physical activity promotes inclusion of diverse people and understanding of differences among people
• understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication
• participate regularly in health-enhancing physical activities
AREAS OF STUDY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
• Motor/Movement Skills
• Personal Fitness/Wellness
• Personal Living Skills
* Adapted from the Content Standards of the National Association for Sports and Physical Education
WHAT CAN PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES DO:
A quality physical education program requires a working relationship between parents, community and school. Good communication and use of community resources supports the goal of providing quality learning experiences for our children. To help in this goal:
• parents can support and encourage their child's participation in appropriate, enjoyable physical activities in and out of school
• families can participate together in physical activities using the wide range of community resources available such as parks, golf courses, fitness trails and centers
• the community offers a wide range of sports and recreational programs such as martial arts, dance classes, and community programs such as LYSA and PAL for youngsters to get involved
Research says that regular physical activity...
• helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles and reduce fat
• promotes cognitive functions and improves academic performance
• reduces the risk of health related illnesses later in life
--School Health Policy & Practice - 6th Edition American Academy of Pediatrics 2004