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East Hartford Public Schools

Health and Physical Education Program, Grades K-12

HEALTHY BODIES…HEALTHY MINDS…HEALTHY LEARNERS…

 

 

Parent Guide

2017-2018

 

 

Supervisor of Health and Physical Education: TRACY A. STEFANO


 

 

Table of Contents

 

Preface & Overview.. ………3

Vision & Scope of Services. 4

Elementary School Programs. 5

Middle School Program.. 7

High School Program.. 9

Supporting Your Child in Health and Physical Education ………………...12

Health and Physical Education Websites and Resources………………….13

 

 

 

 

East Hartford Public Schools

Schools that are the Pride of our Community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE

 

The purpose of this document is to serve as a guide to Wellness Education for the families and students of East Hartford Public Schools. The guide contains an overview of the program, student learning activities and expectations, and additional information that outlines the importance of wellness in a child’s education. It is a tool for students, educators, and families to understand the program offerings and the positive impact that it can have on a child’s life. Through taking a proactive approach in effectively promoting and advocating for wellness education in East Hartford Public Schools, it is our goal to ensure that each child is consistently learning in a safe and positive instructional environment so that they will develop lifelong skills for a healthy lifestyle.

 

OVERVIEW

 

East Hartford Public Schools prides itself on providing all students with a well-rounded, high quality educational experience. The Health and Physical Education Department has worked hard to establish respectful learning environments throughout the district that are active, safe, and student centered. Students are given a variety of activities and instructional tasks that promote teamwork, collaboration and creativity. Other experiences are provided to further develop individual communication and social skills. Students are also encouraged to challenge themselves and take a more active role in their learning and use critical thinking skills to problem solve, advocate, and promote healthy lifestyles.

The Health and Physical Education Department has developed a sequential program that consists of classes in health and physical education. Our physical education classes expose students to a variety of physical activities that foster and nurture growth in all areas of development, improve personal fitness, and promote fair play and cooperation. Health classes are designed to develop students’ abilities to think critically, communicate and work collaboratively with peers, analyze situations and behaviors and to advocate and make informed decisions related to health issues. Classroom instruction includes the application of knowledge and skills designed to improve and maintain the health of the student. The curriculum is aligned with Connecticut State and National Health and Physical Education Standards as well as the Common Core State Standards.

 

The goal of our K-12 wellness program is to provide a comprehensive educational experience that will develop physical and health literacy in all of our students. We look forward to providing high quality health and physical education lessons to every child, every day.

 

 

 

 

 

            


VISION

 

To provide active, safe, and health-promoting experiences that creates healthy learners and leaders in society.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

 

A quality health and physical education program plays a vital role in a student’s overall development. Our program aims to provide East Hartford students with learning opportunities that will help them develop communication, self-management, goal setting, decision making and advocacy skills that will give them knowledge and a foundation to lead a healthy lifestyle. The curriculum is taught using a standards-based approach that is age-appropriate and medically accurate. The health and wellness program utilizes authentic assessments and meaningful learning experiences to facilitate growth and achievement in a student’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. This approach ensures success in a multitude of educational experiences and disciplines.

Elementary (K-5): The elementary physical education program is designed to provide students with instructional experiences and tasks that foster the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities and sports. The health program uses Health Promotion Wave, a skills based, student-centered curriculum that follows CDC guidelines and aligns with Connecticut State and National Health Standards. The skills and knowledge that are taught in our elementary program are reinforced and built upon as children progress through their K-12 education. The program emphasizes character education and effective communication skills in both physical education and health classes. Health lessons satisfy all state mandates in regards to bullying, substance abuse and human growth and development. Each student in grades K-5 will receive approximately 18-22 health lessons throughout the school year.

 

Middle School (6-8): The middle school wellness program places an emphasis on developing the students’ ability to self-manage, communicate and think critically, creatively, and reflectively through physical activity and other health related tasks and assignments. New strategies and learning experiences that provide for opportunities for students’ active participation are always explored. Our health and physical education program is enhanced by after school activities provided through clubs, interscholastic, intramural, the YMCA and the town’s parks and recreation programming.

 

High School (9-12): The high school wellness program places an emphasis on further developing the students’ ability to self-manage and communicate, access valid health information, analyze influences on decisions and behaviors and to advocate for oneself and others. Students are provided with learning opportunities and experiences, both in physical education and health classes, which give them knowledge about how to set goals and make positive, healthy decisions. The wellness program is also enhanced by after school activities provided through clubs, interscholastic, intramural and the town’s parks and recreation programming. Students must complete one semester of health and physical education per year for a total of two (2) credits in order to graduate.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN IN ELEMENTARY HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

 

In elementary physical education, students participate in a variety of physical activities and experiences that prompt student understanding, application, and assessment of individual performance. Learning experiences focus on motor skill development, concepts and strategies, engagement in activity, fitness, and responsible behavior. Student activities are articulated in the chart below.

 

In elementary school health education, students will learn the following: fundamental skills and concepts needed to stay healthy, information about products and services to stay healthy, skills to avoid or reduce health risks, influences on health, ways to communicate effectively, and use the decision-making process and goal-setting to enhance health. Students engage in a variety of learning activities that promote understanding, support the development of writing and reading, and prompt critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to demonstrate the understanding of healthy lifestyle choices.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

HEALTH EDUCATION

CORE UNITS OF STUDY

Grades K-2:

  • Personal Space
  • Fitness Activities
  • Fundamental Movements (Foundational
  • skills – walk, run, jump, hop, leap, skip, gallop, slide)
    • Ball Handling/Dribbling
    • Toss/Catch/Throw
    • Volleying/Striking
    • Tumbling/Balancing
    • Cooperative Games

 

Grades 3-5:

  • Fitness Activities
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Offense and defensive skills
  • Team Sports
  • Individual Sports
  • Track and Field

 

CORE UNITS OF STUDY

Grades K-5

  • Health relationships
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Environmental and Personal safety
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD)
  • Personal Health and Wellness

 



 

 

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT:

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

The department recognizes that each student is unique and learns at various speeds throughout his/her educational experience. To that end, teachers assess performance in health and physical education using a standards-based approach in which students are provided with multiple opportunities to learn and grow at their own pace. This process promotes safe, healthy, and engaging learning experiences so that students are celebrated for successes and challenged with high expectations for achievement in a health and physical activity setting.

Students in grades K-5 will also be assessed on developmental and age appropriate movement and concept skills. These assessments will be administered 3 times per year to monitor progress and development.

 

FITNESS TESTING

The Connecticut Physical Fitness Test (CTPFT) is the standardized physical fitness assessment required for all students in grades 4, 6, 8, 10. These results are submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education and the administration within each school district. Data from this assessment serves as a resource for program assessment, development, and enhancement.


OUR ELEMENTARY TEAM:

The elementary school Health and Physical Education Staff consists of high quality educators that are experts in the health and wellness field. They are committed to providing learning experiences to assist students in making responsible choices associated with living a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle.

Bianco, Toby (Langford, Physical Education)

Bocchichio, Dave (Norris, Health and Physical Education)

Brower, David (Silver Lane, Health and Physical Education)

Ehrlich, Giovanna (Langford and Norris, Health Education)

Forrest, Eric (Pitkin and Silver Lane, Health Education)

Frank, Eric (Goodwin, Physical Education)

Higgins, Stephen (O’Brien, Physical Education)

Lawson, Chris (O’Connell, Physical Education)

Nadler, Bob (Woodland, Health and Physical Education)

O'Connor, Carolyn (Goodwin and O’Connell, Health Education)

Rohner, Doug (Mayberry, Physical Education)

Robinson, Julie (Pitkin, Physical Education)

Schlosser, Dru (Mayberry and O’Brien, Health Education)

Winner, Bari (Woodland, Health and Physical Education)

 

WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

 

In middle school physical education, students participate in a variety of physical activities and experiences that prompt student understanding, application, and assessment of individual performance. Learning experiences focus on the demonstration and application of developmentally mature forms of fundamental movement skills, concepts and strategies of how the body moves in various situations, engagement in vigorous activity, fitness planning, and responsible behavior. Student activities are articulated in the chart below.

 

In middle school health education, students will learn the following: core concepts needed to stay healthy, information about products and services for health, skills to avoid or reduce health risks, ways to communicate effectively, and the use of the decision-making and goal-setting processes to enhance health. Students engage in a variety of learning activities that promote understanding, support the development of writing and reading, and prompt critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to demonstrate the understanding of healthy lifestyle choices.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

HEALTH EDUCATION

CORE UNITS OF STUDY

  • FITNESS ACTIVITIES
    • Cardiovascular Training, Strength Training, Exercise classes, Yoga
    • GAMES
      • Tag games, cooperative games, team-building
      • INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES
        • Dance, Badminton, Tennis, Swimming, Boxing
        • TEAM SPORTS
          • Basketball, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball

CORE UNITS OF STUDY

  • Mental Health and Violence Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships
  • ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs)
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
  • Safety and Personal Wellness

 

 

 

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT:

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

The department recognizes that each student is unique and learns at various speeds throughout his/her educational experience. To that end, teachers assess student performance in Physical Education using a standards-based approach in which students are provided with multiple opportunities to learn and grow at their own pace. Students are assessed in Health Education using a standards-based curriculum that aligns with district and school goals to improve overall performance in all disciplines.

 

 

FITNESS TESTING

The Connecticut Physical Fitness Test (CTPFT) is the standardized physical fitness assessment required for all students in grades 4, 6, 8, 10. These results are submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education and the administration within each school district. Data from this assessment serves as a resource for program assessment, development, and enhancement.

All teachers use FITNESSGRAM, an online system that allows teachers to assess student performance and communicate with students and parents on their results to set goals that promote healthy lifestyles.

 

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM:

The Health and Physical Education team consists of high quality educators that are experts in the health and wellness field. They are committed to providing learning experiences to assist students in making responsible choices associated with living a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle.

 

 

East Hartford Middle School:

Black, Marcie (6th and 7th Grade)

Craig, Michael, Team Leader (6th and 7th Grade)

Limeres, Jorge (7th and 8th Grade)

Montovani, Michael (6th and 7th Grade)

Samuels, Melissa (7th and 8th Grade)

Wood, Kyle (7th and 8th Grade)

 

 

 

Sunset Ridge School:

Charbonneau, Josh (6th-8th Grade)

Winner, Bari (6th-8th Grade)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN IN HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

 

In high school physical education, students are given the opportunity to choose from a variety of physical activities and experiences that prompt student understanding, application, and assessment of individual performance. Learning experiences focus on the demonstration and application of developmentally mature forms of fitness and sport skills, concepts and strategies of how and why the body moves in various situations, engagement in vigorous activity, and fitness planning and responsible behavior for success in society beyond their school years. Student activities are articulated in the chart below.

 

In high school health education, the goal is for students to be able to do the following: evaluate and apply core concepts needed to stay healthy, identify information about products and services to stay healthy, analyze long-term planning to avoid or reduce health risks, demonstrate appropriate communication in various settings, and use the decision-making and goal-setting processes to enhance health beyond their school years. Students engage in a variety of learning activities that promote individual understanding and application of essential health principles, support the development of writing and reading, and require critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify the impact of health on an individual and society.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

HEALTH EDUCATION

CORE UNITS OF STUDY

  • FITNESS ACTIVITIES
    • Cardiovascular Training, Strength Training, Exercise classes, Yoga
    • GAMES
      • Tag games, cooperative games, team-building
      • INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES
        • Dance, Badminton, Tennis, Swimming, Boxing
        • TEAM SPORTS
          • Basketball, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball

CORE UNITS OF STUDY

  • Mental Health and Violence Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships
  • ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs)
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
  • Safety and Personal Wellness

 

 

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT:

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

The department recognizes that each student is unique and learns at various speeds throughout his/her educational experience. To that end, teachers assess student performance in Physical Education using a standards-based approach in which students are provided with multiple opportunities to learn and grow at their own pace. Students are assessed in Health Education using a standards-based curriculum that aligns with district and school goals to improve overall performance in all disciplines.

 

 

FITNESS TESTING

The Connecticut Physical Fitness Test (CTPFT) is the standardized physical fitness assessment required for all students in grades 4, 6, 8, 10. These results are submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education and the administration within each school district. Data from this assessment serves as a resource for program assessment, development, and enhancement.

All teachers use FITNESSGRAM, an online system that allows teachers to assess student performance and communicate with students and parents on their results to set goals that promote healthy lifestyles.

 

OUR HIGH SCHOOL TEAM:

The Health and Physical Education team consists of high quality educators that are experts in the health and wellness field. They are committed to providing learning experiences to assist students in making responsible choices associated with living a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle.

 

East Hartford High School:

Abair, Leigha (EHHS, 9th and 10th Grade)

Bell, Derek (EHHS, 9th and 10th Grade)

Bell, Ray (EHHS, 12th Grade)

Colossale, Joe (9th and 10th Grade)

Daly, Patti (EHHS, 11th Grade)

Martucci, Matt (EHHS, 11th and 12th Grade)

McDermott, Maureen (EHHS, 12th Grade)

Milton, Rick (EHHS, 9th and 11th Grade)

Verrastro, Brian (EHHS, 10th Grade)

 

CIBA High School:

Delaire, Keith (9th-10th Grade)

Winner, Bari (9th Grade)

Synergy Alternative High School:

Pearce, Joe (Synergy, 9th-12th Grade)

 

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE EXPECTATIONS:

Health/Physical Education 9—1 semester—1/2 credit
Prerequisite: None
Description: This course offers the opportunity to grow and develop physically, socially, and emotionally in a choice program physical activity setting. Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual sports, team sports, and fitness activities that focus on skill development, game strategies, and sportsmanship. Each student is accommodated to enhance learning as we utilize state of the art equipment and facilities. The health component sets a foundation for a sequential secondary curriculum with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and substance abuse.


Health/Physical Education 10—1 semester—1/2 credit
Prerequisite
: None
Description: The grade 10 physical education course includes the opportunity for students to continue develop skills, content, and values sequential to the grade nine choice physical education program. The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment is administered to assess fitness levels of students. The health component focuses on areas that include human growth and development, sex education, depression, and substance abuse.


Health/Physical Education 11—1 semester—1/2 credit
Prerequisite
: None
Description: Year three of the sequential wellness program continues to offer choice in physical education with an emphasis on strategies and the value of physical activity in team and individual sports and fitness activities. The health component emphasizes decision making, problem solving, and communication skills to prevent and intervene possible health risks. Topics explored will include: self-esteem, stress, goal setting, nutrition, responsible sexual behavior, and substance abuse.

 

Health/Physical Education 12—1 semester—1/2 credit
Prerequisite: None
Description: This final year of the program continues to offer choice in physical education with an emphasis on strategies and the value of physical activity in team and individual sports and fitness activities.   The health component emphasizes American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED while working toward certification.   Disease prevention and substance abuse is also taught at this level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD IN THE HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:

 

Helping your child learn healthy behaviors outside of school:

Provide time and a safe environment for your child to engage in physical activity and play.

  •    Encourage your child to get outside and play and/or be active in a safe environment.
  •    Talk to your child about the importance of exercise, nutrition, and avoiding poor decisions and substances.
  • Visit parks, fields, or any other place a child can plan or be active.
  • Set an example of healthy behaviors for your child to follow each and every day!
  • Play and be active with your child in their favorite physical activities.
  • Discuss your child’s fitness results and have a plan for your family to live healthy!
    • Encourage your child to be active, join a club or team at school, and/or identify their favorite        activities that gets them moving!
    • Talk to your child about current health topics that impact adolescents including: puberty, human growth, substance abuse, and making healthy decisions.
    • Talk to your child about future goals and their impact on their overall physical, social, and emotional health.
    • Visit museums, gyms, and community programs that promote healthy lifestyles.
    • Take your child to a game, event, or site where sports, games, or fun activities are taking place that promote activity and allow you to spend quality time in a positive environment.
    • Set an example of healthy behaviors for your child to follow each and every day!
    • Play and take an active role with your child in their favorite physical activities or health topics.
    • Talk to your child about their daily habits, relationships, and what is going on in their lives.

 

Reach out to your child’s teacher. You are an important part of your child’s education. Ask to see a sample of your child’s work. Ask the teacher questions like:

 

  • Is my child at the level where he/she should be at this point of the school year?
  • Where is my child excelling? How can I support this?
  • What do you think is giving my child the most trouble? How can I help my child improve in this area?
  • What can I do at home to make sure that my child is living a healthy lifestyle?
  • What can I do to help my child with his/her fitness and nutrition?
  • How can I talk to my child about teen issues and changes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION WEBSITES AND RESOURCES:

 

Websites

 



 

Apps

 


  • AFIT
  • Eat-And-Move 
  • 4Kids Health
  • Awesome Eats
  • Human Body for Kid
    • MyPlate – LIVESTRONG Calorie Counter
    • Human Body for Kids
    • Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
    • Lose it
    • My Fitness Pal
    • Drugs.com
    • Yoga By Teens

 


 

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