Health and PE
Working collaboratively to equip students with the knowledge and skills to inspire them to lead a healthy and active life style.
Elementary PEElementary PE is a class that teaches students spatial awareness, locomotor skills, manipulative skills and the health benefits of being physically active.
Middle School PEThe middle school physical education program offers a variety of activities to enhance the physical and social development of each student. The activities include physical fitness, aerobics, team sports, as well as individual, dual, and lifetime activities.
High School PE ClassesIndividual and Team Sports: Students are expected to participate in a wide range of individual and team sports that can be pursued for a lifetime. The continued development of health-related fitness and the selection of sport activities that are enjoyable is a major objective of this course.Foundations of Personal Fitness: The purpose of this course is to motivate students to strive for lifetime personal fitness with an emphasis on the health-related components of physical fitness. The knowledge and skills taught in this course include teaching students about the process of becoming fit as well as achieving some degree of fitness within the class. The concept of wellness, or string to reach optimal levels of health, is the cornerstone of this course and is exemplified by one of the course objectives - students designing their own personal fitness program.
Elementary Health Education
All students will have weekly health education lessons. The health education curriculum is designed to teach students how to make healthy choices and equip them with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions.
Middle School HealthThe goal of health education is for students to demonstrate an understanding of the components of personal wellness. The health education curriculum is designed to help adolescents develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills to make responsible decisions and act in ways that prevent disease and reduce health-related risky behaviors. Topics include tobacco/drugs/alcohol abuse prevention, safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), human growth and development, personal and social development, nutrition, fitness, mental health, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Middle School – 7th Grade Abstinence Curriculum
Creative and engaging, these 8 sessions keep middle-schoolers involved. Videos that open each lesson lead naturally to discussion. In each 45-minute segment, they learn the facts about risks and consequences of teen sex, as well as the benefits of choosing healthy relationships. Step by step, students develop the skills, character, and commitment to delay having sex. Topics include:
- Developing the Best Relationships. Students discuss what they look for in a relationship, including what qualities are important for a healthy relationship and how to identify and avoid unhealthy relationships. Students also learn how to tell the difference between infatuation (a “crush”) and real love.
- Avoiding STDs and HIV/AIDS. Students are taught medically accurate information about how to avoid the risks of common STDs as well as HIV/AIDs, including how STDs are spread, symptoms, treatment, and potential health implications.
- Preventing Teen Pregnancy. Students learn about the significant risks of teen pregnancy to the teen parents and to the child. The benefits and limitations of “safe/safer” sex, along with other contraceptive methods, are discussed, illuminating that sexual delay is the healthiest, best choice for teens.
- Dealing with Pressure. Students hear other teens discuss the pressures they face to be sexually active, including alcohol use and abuse, peer pressure, media and social media pressure. A real-life story highlights the dangers of sending, posting, or texting explicit photos (“sexting”) to a teen’s immediate and long-term future.
- Choosing the Best Path. After hearing other teens present the case for sexual delay, students are encouraged to consider how choosing to delay sexual activity could positively benefit their health and future goals.
- Setting Boundaries. Students learn about the importance of establishing boundaries in relationships that match their personal values and goals. Students are also taught about preventing sexual violence, including the definition of “consent” and how to get help if they or someone they know is a victim.
- Speaking Up. Students learn the importance of speaking up in resisting unwanted sexual pressures, along with identifying and practicing specific techniques to help them say “no.”
- Being Assertive. Students discover what it means to “be assertive” and participate in role plays to practice their newly acquired skills.
High School HealthThe goal of health education is for students to continue to develop an understanding of the components of personal wellness. The curriculum content areas include healthy behaviors, physical activity, nutrition, mental and emotional health, promoting safe and healthy relationships, growth and development, tobacco, alcohol, and drug prevention, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.
High School – 9th-12th Grades Abstinence Curriculum
Covering topics that are highly relevant to lower high school teens, this eight-lesson curriculum powerfully communicates the value of committing to sexual delay. Videos that open each lesson lead naturally to discussion. Each 45-minute segment balances information about healthy choices with activities and role-plays that help guys and girls practice saying “No.” Topics include:
- Setting Goals
Teens learn the importance of having goals, including three steps to setting goals, as well as how the consequences of teen sexual behavior can keep them from reaching their goals.
- Making the BEST Decisions
Engaging in-class activities illustrate that making good decisions requires a thoughtful process and that there are three main barriers to making good decisions. Teens learn facts about alcohol that demonstrate how alcohol impairs good decision-making and increases risk for unplanned sexual activity.
- Avoiding Pregnancy
A powerful video introduces students to the consequences of teen pregnancy and a creative in-class activity helps teens realize the financial impact of being a teen parent. Students learn that only sexual delay can eliminate the possibility of a teenage pregnancy.
- Avoiding STDs
Medically accurate, up-to-date information is provided about the most common STDs, including how they are transmitted, and why teens are particularly susceptible to getting STDs. Teens and young adults featured in the video share their life-changing consequences of getting an STD, including HIV. The lesson concludes with teens learning the benefits and limitations of contraception, including why “safe sex” does not completely eliminate their chance of getting an STD.
- Developing the BEST relationships
This fascinating lesson presents teens with five steps to help build the best relationships, including how to avoid common relational traps. Teens learn that being the right person is important to having the best relationships and the lesson includes an exercise on building self-esteem.
- Choosing The Best Journey
Teens learn about the negative emotional effects of casual sex and how sexual delay provides freedom: freedom from physical and emotional risks and the freedom to pursue dreams and personal goals. After evaluating the options for themselves, students are given the opportunity to consider how sexual delay will positively benefit their health and future. Finally, students learn that compatibility, character, and commitment are all important elements of the best relationships.
- Overcoming the Pressure
The lesson opens by addressing the pressures in the media and from peers to be sexually active, including a discussion on the problem of pornography and sexting. Teens learn the importance of respect and setting sexual boundaries as a way to overcome these pressures. A separate discussion about preventing sexual violence teaches students how to recognize sexual violence, including teen dating violence, the five key components of consent, what is meant by “sex trafficking” and most importantly, how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim.
- Being Assertive
Teens learn and practice, via role plays, specific assertiveness skills to overcome sexual pressures, including the very effective “Set It, Say It, Show It” and “Yes-No-Yes” techniques.
- Setting Goals
General Inquiries(281) 634-1004Steve ShielsDirector Behavioral Health & WellnessLori SartainAssistant Director Health & WellnessKim TaylorAppropriate Opportunities and Recommend Best Practices for Meeting the 135 Minutes of Structured Physical ActivityResources, Strategies, and Trainings on Movement in the Classroom
Other Great Resources
- AIM for PIE
- Captain Letter Pie
- Movement in the Classroom
- Action Based Learning for the Classroom