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PE, Health, & Driver's Ed

Health, Physical Education & Driver's Education

Health, Physical Education (PE), and Driver's Education combine a range of activities and topics involving human health issues, physical skills, and safe driving. Courses are offered in ways that cover two or three of these areas. Human health coursework typically covers issues such as nutrition, stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, and first aid. PE coursework draws on team, individual, dual, recreational, and/or conditioning activities. Driver's Education usually includes legal obligations and responsibilities, rules of the road and traffic procedures, safe driving strategies, and related topics.

Physical education plays a vital role in a student’s development and growth. Here are some good reasons for active engagement with your health and PE classes:

  1. Health and PE are linked to good health. The value of physical fitness can never be overstated. In physical educational classrooms, students learn the value of taking care of themselves through proper grooming, healthy eating, and regular exercise.
  2. Health and PE are a preventive measure against disease. Physical education in school is a preventive measure to teach students the value of regular exercise and healthy eating habits.
  3. Health and PE are programs for muscle strength and fitness. Physical education develops the student’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  4. Health and PE promote academic learning. Physical health allows students to function even better in classrooms. A good cardiovascular system developed from regular exercise promotes excellent blood and oxygen circulation. This means more nutrients circulate throughout the body, which includes the brain. This circulation produces longer attention span during classes.
  5. Health and PE build self-esteem. Students who are active in physical activities are more confident with themselves, according to most social school studies. In school, the physical education program introduces sport activities to students allowing them to make choices in which sport areas they want to get involved.
  6. Health and PE develop cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship skills. Most physical education programs are holistic. The program allows students to interact toward a common goal.
  7. Health and PE promote a physically active lifestyle. The purpose of physical education is to instill in students, at an early age, the value of self-preservation and choosing a lifestyle that is good for both the mind and body.
Adapted from the position statement of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
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Adaptive Physical Education

​Adaptive Physical Education is a modified physical education program designed to meet the individualized gross motor needs, or other disability-related challenges, of an identified student.

Dance I, II

​Dance I serves as a dance fundamentals class using ballet, modern and jazz dance technique. Students will become proficient in genre specific warm up, preparatory exercises, and physical and creative skill, as well as the historic and cultural aspect of dance. Students will have the opportunity to experience, appreciate and evaluate dance performance.

In Dance II, students integrate and build upon concepts and skills acquired in Dance I. Students will increase their range of physical skills through disciplined study of dance technique. Dance improvisation and composition studies will expand students’ creativity and choreographic craftsmanship. They will also develop additional performance and production skills. Students will refine communicative, interpretive, and evaluative skills by responding to and analyzing a variety of dance experiences. Through historical and cultural studies, students will expand their appreciation of the dance arts as a richly expressive, vital contribution to society. While developing awareness of the diversity that exists within the art form, students will identify a personal aesthetic and criteria for evaluating the dance arts.

Driver Education - Classroom Instruction

​Driver Education, Classroom Only, provides students with the knowledge to become safe drivers on America’s roadways. Topics in these courses include legal obligations and responsibility, rules of the road and traffic procedures, safe driving strategies and practices, and the physical and mental factors affecting the driver’s capability (including alcohol and other drugs).

Health Education I, II

Topics covered within Health Education may vary widely, but typically include personal health (nutrition, mental health and stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid) and consumer health issues. This course may also include brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and/or community resources.​

Pre/Corequisite(s): 9th graders must be 15 by September 1 and acquire counseling director approval to register for Health II.
IB Dance

​The course focuses on the composition, performance and analysis of dance, or “expressive movement,” which is practised amongst peoples of various backgrounds and for a variety of purposes throughout the world. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon dance forms and styles from a range of cultures and traditions, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Pre/Corequisite(s): Dance I
Physical Education I, II, III, IV

Physical Education I and II provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one of the following sports or activities: team sports, individual/dual sports, recreational sports, and fitness/conditioning activities that help develop muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.

Physical Education III and IV emphasize acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness. Content may include related topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.​

PVCC HLT 125 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science

Presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology including the body structure, systems and functions. The course provides a foundation to build and apply concepts in the study of Exercise Science, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and related fitness studies.​

Team Sports

​Team Sports provides to students the knowledge, experience, and opportunity to develop skills in more than one team sport (such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc.).

Weight Training I, II, III, IV

​Weight Training helps students develop knowledge and skills with free weights and universal stations while emphasizing safety and proper body positioning; they may include other components such as anatomy and conditioning.

Yoga/Fitness 1, 2

​Lifetime fitness education emphasizes acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime physical fitness. Content may include related topics such as nutrition, stress management, and consumer issues. Students may develop and implement a personal fitness plan.


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