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The Physical Education Department of School District 833, has made a commitment to prepare our students to live healthy, productive, and physically active lives for the 21stCentury.

  • Physical Education will provide every student with a variety of challenges that will contribute to the development and maintenance of their physical, cognitive, and affective well being.
  • To provide our students with the foundation for making informed decisions that will empower them to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Physical Education is a lifelong process, which is the primary responsibility of the student, shared by home, district, and community.

Why is movement so important?

As physical education teachers, we are concerned with how much our students move during PE classes. “One of the most important jobs in America is to get kids fit in the physical mode because this gets kids fit in the mental, social, and emotional mode.” Harvard University Neuroscientist John Ratey states that we must, “Challenge our kids to move in the pursuit of life”.
 
Physical inactivity is a contributing factor in today’s top ten diseases, which include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Early signs of these diseases are becoming more and more prevalent in our youth. This is a primary reason for physical education teachers to be concerned that students participate in moderate to vigorous activity during physical education class.
 
Heart rate monitors that middle school students wear during class are great tools because they tell us how much students move. When kids get into their heart rate zone for more than 20 minutes, they build cardiovascular (aerobic) strength, which helps to build muscle strength and endurance. Aerobic exercise gets oxygen to the brain, the best way to make our brain cells work and promote learning!
 
As we assess student activity using heart rate monitor data, we can show individual student reports about activity levels. This includes a student’s average heart rate, in the zone, below the zone, and above the zone heart rates. Students are assessed on class participation and effort as well as basic game skills.