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Health/Physical Education

Bethel Park School District Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Mission:

The foundation of the health curriculum is based upon the great value of life, the habits that maintain a healthy life style and the prevention of disease and injury. Most areas of education are concerned with academic and intellectual development, while the health education department of Bethel Park School District augments the vision of the development of the adolescent with consideration of the social, emotional, psychological and physical maturing of the student.

The mission of the Physical Education Department is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills to develop, maintain and apply the principles of fitness and lifelong activities into their daily lives and improve lifelong wellness.

Description:

Leading healthy and active lifestyles is a crucial aspect of the overall development of students and adults.  Participating in the elementary and secondary health and physical education courses prepares students to make informed decisions that contribute to their social, emotional and physical safety and well-being.  In each course, students learn about health and physical education topics and engage in a variety of activities appropriate to their age and developmental levels as specified by the state and national standards. 

William Kennedy
Health and Physical Education Curriculum Facilitator
412-854-8639

Elementary Health and Physical Education:

The elementary health and physical education programs are comprehensive in nature and are designed to help students develop positive behaviors and attitudes that will lead to a lifetime of good health.  These full-year courses provide students with the knowledge and practice of health and fitness activities, along with the skills needed to make informed decisions about their overall fitness.  Topics and skills presented are appropriate to the students’ developmental levels.

Middle School Health and Physical Education:

The middle school health and physical education programs employ a variety of teaching methods and strategies to encourage students to acquire the skills needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Through cooperative learning, discussion and awareness of sensitive issues, students will be exposed to appropriate behaviors, decision making and self discovery.  Additionally, students will be introduced to a wide variety of physical education experiences that are developmentally and instructionally appropriate.

Health 5:

The fifth grade health curriculum is a comprehensive program aligned with the Pennsylvania State Standards in the Concepts of Health, Healthful Living, Safety and Injury Prevention.  Key concepts promote a greater knowledge of emotional, intellectual, and social health and emphasize the human body, nutrition, disease prevention, emotional, physical activity and fitness, drug use prevention, consumer and personal health and family life.  Students also learn how to make responsible decisions, resolve conflicts, manage stress, communicate effectively, set goals and refuse risky behaviors.

Health 6:

The sixth grade health curriculum covers all Pennsylvania State Standards in the Concepts of Health, Healthful Living, and Safety and Injury Prevention, which introduces students to the knowledge that they need to make informed decisions about their health.  In addition, it provides students with opportunities to learn and practice life skills for positive health behaviors.  Finally, it encourages critical thinking in order to solve problems and make decisions.  

Health 8:

Eighth grade Health Education is a semester course, designed to provide current knowledge in health, obtain life skills, and create an atmosphere of questioning for the future.  The course covers the following areas of study:  health skills, drug education, growth and development, relationships (which includes violence and bullying), disease (both non-communicable and communicable), environmental health, and certification in HeartSaver CPR/AED.  Optional lessons, with parental permission, include HIV/AIDS and reducing the risks of sexual activity.

Physical Education 5 and 6:

Fifth and sixth grade physical education is a required full-year course and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve and maintain a physically active and healthful lifestyle.  Over a two-year period, this course covers the following activities:  ultimate Frisbee, personal fitness, aerobic fitness, basketball, soccer, speedball, flag football, floor hockey, yoga, volleyball, team handball, dance, diamond games, team-building/cooperative activities, and physical fitness testing.

These activities are taught with emphasis placed upon mastery of skills in order to maximize the students’ enjoyment of participation in physically oriented activities.  Team sports units also focus on basic skills, game strategies, rules and regulations.  Evaluation is based on participation, physical skill tests, written tests, sportsmanship and homework.
 
Physical Education 7 and 8:

Seventh and eighth grade physical education is a required full-year course and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve and maintain a physically active and healthful lifestyle.  This course covers the following activities:  ultimate Frisbee, personal fitness, floor hockey, yoga, volleyball, team handball, dance, diamond games and physical fitness testing.

These activities are taught with emphasis placed upon mastery of skills in order to maximize the students’ enjoyment of participation in physically oriented activities.  Team sports units also focus on basic skills, game strategies, rules and regulations.  Evaluation is based on participation, physical skill tests, written tests, sportsmanship and homework.

High School Health and Physical Education:

The Bethel Park School District requires a minimum of one-half (½) credit of Health Education for graduation.  Students are also required to complete one (1) credit of Physical Education for graduation, with one semester course taken each school year. 

Course Offerings:

Health Education
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  None

This one-semester, required course is based upon the major health needs of adolescents.  The curriculum includes the areas of Emergency Procedures, CPR, Human Sexuality, Stress Management, Nutrition and Drug and Alcohol Abuse with an emphasis placed on drinking and driving.  As a result of this course, students will have sufficient knowledge to enable them to make intelligent decisions regarding their own health and that of their family and community.

Advanced Health
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite:  Health Education with a B+ minimum

This one-semester elective explores the health field in terms of the latest research, social issues, career and personal health.  Methods of study include research, projects, lecture, reading and interviews.  Students may pursue topics of personal interest in the area of health.  This class meets graduation project requirements and is an honors level workload.

Physical Education
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ¼ Credit
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of the previous year’s course.

The Physical Education program at the secondary level (9-12) is divided into two components:

A. Physical Fitness
This component emphasizes the development of those factors related to health related fitness.  The fitness selections include lap swimming, bike/jogging, aerobic dance, personal fitness, circuit training, and cardio fitness.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the five elements of fitness:  aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

B. Activities
This component refers to those areas which combine basic movement and fitness factors into complex movement patterns.  These activity areas are presented as dance, aquatics, team sports, and individual and lifetime activities.  Students participating in the activity areas will be grouped by ability – Level 1: beginner; Level II: intermediate; and Level III: advanced.

Students in grades 9 and 10 are required to fulfill the department’s swimming requirement.  The ninth grade swimming component develops the basic swimming strokes as well as water safety skills.  The students must pass this swimming component to fulfill one of the physical education graduation requirements.  The tenth grade swimming component develops cardiovascular fitness and is part of the Physical Fitness component.

Students who are permanently unable to participate safely and/or successfully in the regular program of physical education will be assigned to an adapted class where their individual needs can be properly met.