Coordinator of Health and Physical Education
Ms. Kim DeAndrade
Program Leader for Health Education
The Secondary Health and Physical Education curricula focus on helping each student acquire the skills necessary to be healthy and fit. Our programs promote the physical, social, and emotional health and safety of every student through comprehensive programs and initiatives. These programs and initiatives support academic achievement and a safe and nurturing educational environment. This is accomplished by focusing in two areas: comprehensive health and physical education curricula; and school and community- wide prevention strategies and activities.
We believe that Thomas Jefferson said it best when he so eloquently stated that, "Exercise and recreation...are as necessary as reading. I would rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning" and M. Jocelyn Elders when the former Surgeon General stated, "You can't educate a child who isn't healthy and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated."
We believe that Physical Education is critical for academic success. Students who participate in physical activities programs have been demonstrated to: reduce susceptibility to stress, decrease involvement in disruptive behaviors, and increase concentration. A study by the department of education in California concluded that students who are more physically fit do better on standardized (math and language arts) achievement tests conducted in their state than students that are not physically fit.
Physical education is an essential experience in human development and important life skills are promoted through quality physical education programs. By participating regularly in a broad spectrum of activities, students have a channel of learning that allows each of them, regardless of ability, to meet physical challenges, develop essential motor skills, assess individual abilities, appreciate the fun and joy of human movement, and at the same time develop strategies for improvement. The physical education curriculum encourages participants to become aware of fitness and conditioning for a lifetime, to accomplish tasks by cooperating as a member of a diverse group, and to develop self-worth and qualities for leadership. They do this by providing equitable treatment and access for all students regardless of race, class, language, gender or ability levels and by insuring a learning environment that stresses the ancient Greek philosophy of the total body, mind, and spirit we strive to educate students to work toward a balanced lifestyle.
The Health Education curriculum seeks to help young people achieve their fullest potential by accepting responsibility for personal health decisions and practices, by adopting healthy behaviors, by working with others to improve the health of their school and community, and by becoming discriminating consumers of health information, services and products. The curriculum teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health, wellness and learning, and guides efforts to build healthy families, relationships, schools and communities.