Health and Physical Education
Health education, in partnership with family and community, will provide learning experiences for students to acquire the knowledge and apply the skills necessary to advocate a healthy lifestyle. The elementary health curriculum:
- is integrated with the science curriculum.
- is a shared responsibility of classroom teachers, school nurse, school counselor, and physical education teacher.
- includes personal health, injury prevention and safety, substance use, misuse, and abuse, nutrition, product services, environmental and community health, family life and sexuality, and goal setting.
- has human growth and development units in fourth and fifth grade, with separate sessions for boys and girls.
- introduces HIV/AIDS in fifth grade.
All materials and subject matter are available for parental preview. Students may be excused from such instruction with parental request and notification to school officials. For additional information, contact your principal or call the district physical education/health coordinator 913-780-7324. Individual grade level lesson plans are available at all elementary schools and audio/visual resources utilized are available for viewing at the Instructional Resource Center, 14090 Black Bob, Olathe. For an electronic copy of the curriculum or lesson plans email Sarah Gilliland, director of Health Services. Students may be excused from such instruction with parental request and notification of the school principal.
Physical education curriculum and instruction promotes and supports:
- competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
- understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they apply to learning and the performance of physical activities.
- regular participation in physical activity.
- achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
- responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
- the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, self-expression and social interaction.