Physical Education


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Of all the subject areas taught in school, Physical Education is the only subject which, by the very nature of its content, has the potential to affect how a person will feel every moment of every day for the rest of his or her life… Allen Russell


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


•  Motor/Movement Skills

•  Personal Fitness/Wellness

•  Personal Living Skills

 * Adapted from the Content Standards of the National Association for Sports and Physical Education


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



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