The Health Education program provides learning opportunities that motivate and educate students to protect, maintain, and improve their own health and that of others. These learning strategies are based on the best available scientific knowledge covering a broad range of relevant health concepts and are designed, selected, and conducted in accordance with the needs, interests, and maturational levels of the individual students and with the needs of the community at large.
The Health Education program, which is integrated into the student's regularly scheduled Physical Education classes, explores alternatives for living in a world of conflict and change. Guest speakers are invited to talk on a variety of subjects. The areas covered in the Health Education classes include such topics as safe living (including driver and traffic safety), mental, physical, and community health.
Health Education students meet for a period of time during their regularly scheduled Physical Education classes. All students must fulfill district requirements for Health Education regardless of whether or not they are excused from Physical Education.
Health Education Program Goals
These goals have been adopted by the Pascack Valley Regional High School District and its sending districts and reflect the comprehensive Health Education program they have articulated. Assessment standards have been developed for each grade level and subject area.
• The student has positive feelings about the individual self and all people.
• The student has the knowledge and skill needed to insure the physical and mental health of the individual self and others.
• The student makes decisions and acts in ways that contribute to good personal and community health.
• The student has a basic knowledge of human growth and development.
• The student has knowledge and skills relative to safe living, accident prevention, and emergency care.
• The student knows the purposes served by the family in providing psychological security to its members and the reasons that families have been the basic unit in most societies.
• The student knows the major local, national, and global health problems and some of the ways in which they might be solved.
• The student is familiar with and is able to evaluate and use materials and services provided by individuals and/or organizations dedicated to solving health problems.
• The student is knowledgeable about vocational opportunities in health and allied fields.
Physical Education provides an opportunity for the optimal physical and emotional development of an individual. It is an integral part of the educational program and provides another discipline in which a person can become fully educated. This discipline augments other disciplines in attempting to develop young people with integrated personalities capable of functioning at a high level of efficiency in work, recreation, and everyday activities. Physical Education teaches skills that affect and enhance the quality of life in all individuals regardless of their ability. Its aim is the total fitness of growing young men and women to meet the demands of living today and in the future.
Each Physical Education course consists of activities in games of low organization, team sports, individual and dual sports, recreational activities, lifetime recreational activities, and physical fitness. While specific activities may vary between the high schools, common goals, attitudes, and values are stressed consistently between grade levels in each building and between the high schools.
Students in physical education are graded on satisfactory compliance with class regulations and class participation, not on physical ability.
Physical Education Program Goals
These goals have been adopted by the Pascack Valley Regional High School District and its sending districts and reflect the comprehensive K-12 Physical Education Program they have articulated. Assessment standards have been developed for each grade level and subject area.
• The student is able to maintain a state of physical fitness to the best of their ability (strength, endurance, and good body condition).
• The student knows the basic structures and functions of the human body.
• The student is able to exhibit neuromuscular coordination techniques, agility, balance, and flexibility in a variety of physical educational activities and sports.
• The student values participation in sports and other activities throughout life.
• The student is able to apply desirable health knowledge and safety practices when participating in physical education activities and sports.
• The student knows rules and is able to apply strategies in a variety of physical education activities and sports.
• The student values the personal qualities of self-control, self-confidence, fair play and respect for others that enable the individual to work and play with others for common goals.
• The student values graceful form and movement.