Health/ Physical Education
"Setting the PACE... Own Your Fitness"
Is your child getting enough exercise and making wise food choices?
We are one area at K.V. that concentrates on the physical health of your child. We live in an environment that makes it easy to over-eat and be sedentary. Poor diet and physical inactivity may soon overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Health professionals are concerned about the rapidly rising number of children who are overweight or obese.
We are here to help!!! Our students have health and physical education every other day for the full year at Keith Valley Middle School!
We offer many activities throughout the year to enable students to be physically active on a regular basis. We offer team sports, lifetime sports, cooperative games, weight training, dance and fitness room to accomplish this goal. It is our hope that every student will find some form of activity that s/he can enjoy doing into adulthood. View the links to the left to find an overview the activities and health programs offered,
Health and PE Mission
As a department, we feel it is important to demonstrate to students that being physically active can be fun! We stress preparation, active participation, cooperation, and effort enabling each student to meet success, regardless of their individual skill level. Our mission as physical educators is to:
- Stress the importance of physical fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Expose the students to a wide range of activities so they can find something that they enjoy.
- Give students confidence in certain activities enabling them to further their participation in/out of school.
- Emphasize manners, kindness, and respect for individual differences when working in a group or on a team.
Health is taught in every grade at Keith Valley, with the content emphasis shifting in each grade level. In addition to core content, health skills including self-management, goal setting, decision making, accessing reliable information, analyzing internal and external influences, interpersonal communication, and advocacy are discussed and practiced throughout your student's three-year health curriculum.
In sixth grade your child will learn information that will guide him/her in formulating a personal wellness plan. Topics include: growth and development, physical fitness, personal hygiene, nutrition, and interpersonal skills needed to build healthy relationships. Communication, making decisions, managing stress, dealing with conflicts, and respecting differences are all important skills to have when dealing with friends and family.
In seventh grade your child will focus on substance abuse and the physical, emotional, and social problems associated with using drugs. Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs are examined and discussed. Refusal skills and making wise decisions will be emphasized throughout the units.
In eighth grade your child will focus on disease prevention. You student will learn about communicable and non-communicable diseases in terms of causes, symptoms, treatment, and means of prevention. The structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems and the discussion of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are presented in same-sex classes to promote good discussion in a more relaxed environment.