Physical Education

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Physical Education

Comprehensive physical development offers great potential for enhancing the capacity of students’ minds and bodies. Extensive research shows that healthy minds and bodies are basic to academic success and, in later life, enhance the ability to contribute to a productive work environment. The benefits of comprehensive physical education include promoting a healthy generation of students who are able to achieve their highest potential, reversing the trends of deteriorating physical fitness among youth, and helping to lower the cost of health care in the United States.

Physical Education is an integral part of the total education process at Rich Township High Schools. We are concerned with the physical, mental and social development of young people. A well-balanced program should encompass those types of activities, which enhance development of the body and mind, developing an awareness of personal fitness for life. Through our program, students will be exposed to different sport activities that are life long and that develop decision-making skills. They also participate in fitness activities to maintain a personal level of fitness. We believe it is our responsibility to develop in our students, an awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, so they can make responsible decisions concerning their health.

The following goals will be realized through the median of a variety of sports and leisure activities, fitness activities and classroom instruction.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic skills and strategies in individual sports, team sports and leisure activities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rules and safety precautions in various activities.
  • Participate in fitness related activities, which will improve their fitness level as indicated by fitness testing.
  • Set goals to improve their fitness level based on fitness testing and individual assessments.
  • Apply principles of teamwork within physical activities to display acceptable levels of individual responsibility, cooperation and respect for self and each other.
  • Problem solve, work with their own decision as well as decision made by others and distinguish between competitive and cooperative situations.


STATE GOAL 19: Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to engage in health- enhancing physical activity.

STATE GOAL 20: Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment.

STATE GOAL 21: Develop team-building skills by working with others through physical activity.

STATE GOAL 22: Understand principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.

STATE GOAL 23. Understand human body systems and factors that influence growth and development.

STATE GOAL 24: Promote and enhance health and well-being through the use of effective communication and decision-making skills.

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