Health & Physical Education

The Middle School Health program helps students learn to achieve and maintain a physically and mentally balanced life. The vision of this curriculum is to instill responsible decision-making skills in various areas related to health, expands students’ knowledge through discussion in a safe educational forum, and exposes students to age-appropriate health related topics. The health curriculum provides each student with the skills and knowledge necessary to make healthy choices in the present and future years. Middle School Health is a graded course that meets three times each six-day rotation for one quarter.

The objective of the Middle School Physical Education program is for students to engage in physical activities that meet the need for self-expression, challenge, social interaction, and enjoyment.Fitness is a key component within each Physical Education class throughout the middle school program therefore, the Wellness Center is utilized on a regular basis. Students are in the pool for one quarter of the school year, participating in a different aspect of swimming andwater activities in each form. Students have the opportunity to be outside during physical education class at Kirk Campus whether it be playing tennis, soccer, or running on the track and trails. All girls in Forms VI, VII, and VIII have physical education twice out of the six-day rotation for eighty minutes over the course of the entire school year.

Health VI

Health VI introduces different types of health that affects one’s life and emphasizes healthy decision-making in the different areas of health. Students will learn healthy habits and wellness, positive and negative influences on their health, healthy relationships, and different types of family patterns and changes. Throughout the course, students will also focus on growth and development, complete a partner project on a body system, comprehend the negative effects of tobacco and the body, and conduct research on nutrition. A speaker from the Ohio Optometric Association also presents information regarding eye health and safety. Video segments, demonstrations, and lab activities educate students about the anatomy of sight, vision disorders, vision diseases, and eye safety.

Health VII

Health VII emphasizes skills for building good health, character, and resilience. Students will learn positive stress management skills, discuss anxiety and depression, comprehend different types of bullying and prevention, and develop ways of building good self-esteem. Other topics of study include nutrition, the analysis of food labels, body image and its perception in the media, the immune system and the body, and common communicable and non-communicable diseases. A speaker from Riverside Hospital also visits the Form VII health class to discuss meeting special needs in a family.

Health VIII

Health VIII instills the desire to stay informed with current health issues by completing a weekly current event assignment throughout the quarter. Students will complete a drug research project, comprehend classifications of drugs, and learn about legal and illegal drugs and their effects on the body. Students will also be given an assessment on growth and development, discuss mental and emotional disorders and treatment, nutrition, and physical activity.

Form VI Physical Education

In Form VI, the focus of Physical Education is to give the students many opportunities to interact socially during age-appropriate physical activity in order to build cooperation, teamwork, physical fitness, and social skills. The objective of the class is for students to enjoy being physically active with their classmates in order for them to understand the importance of daily physical activity and to develop positive, healthy habits within their own lives. Throughout the year, Form VI students will participate in a variety of units ranging from team and individual sports to lifetime activities and dance. During the swim unit the students will focus on competitive swim and dive concepts, as well as fitness and safety in the water. Fitness assessments are conducted in the fall and again in the spring with the use of the FITNESSGRAM, a fitness-based assessment tool. Students will set personal fitness goals and work throughout the school year to achieve them.Form VI Physical Education is a graded course that meets twice out of the six-day rotation for eighty minutes throughout the entire school year.

Form VII Physical Education

Throughout the school year in Physical Education, Form VII girls continuously develop and enhance their FITNESSGRAM personal fitness profiles through cardiovascular games and activities, as well as the use of the weight room, yoga studio, and track. During the first semester, the girls participate in team-building activities to enhance collaboration, class bonding, and communication. The students continue with a unit of lacrosse that teaches basic skills and knowledge of the game, and then finish the semester with a synchronized swimming unit. Students learn basic synchronized swimming skills then, work in small groups to perform a synchronized swimming routine that includes strokes, stunts and sculls, and float patterns, promoting creativity, self-expression and team-work. In the second semester, students learn basic volleyball and badminton skills and games.When the weather gets nice in the spring the students go to Kirk Campus to play outdoor recreational games and soccer.Class discussions and topics of interest are based on the four areas of health-related fitness, major muscle groups and matching exercises.Form VII Physical Education is a graded course that meets twice out of the six-day rotation for eighty minutes throughout the entire school year.

Form VIII Physical Education

In Form VIII, students participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor physical activities such as tennis, swimming (including water polo, fitness, and water games), rugby/flag football, strength and conditioning, yoga, and softball.Every lesson is designed to emphasize skill development and fitness.The four components of health-related physical fitness (cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, and strength) are introduced throughout the year.Students wear heart rate monitors while in the pool, focusing on cardiovascular fitness.They spend time in the yoga room and wellness center concentrating on flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance.Form VIII Physical Education is a graded course that meets twice out of the six-day rotation for eighty minutes throughout the entire school year.