• There are many benefits students receive from physical education classes that contribute to students becoming responsible adults who are aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Students retain a higher level of knowledge related to overall health that help them make educated decisions regarding their own health, safety and well-being.

    Regular Fitness Activity
    Physical fitness is an important component to leading a healthy lifestyle. The inclusion of regular fitness activity helps students maintain fitness, develop muscular strength and improve cardiovascular health. There are 100's of benefits of exercise!

    Builds Self-Confidence
    The team-building process in physical education enhances communication skills, and the skills required to get along and cooperate with students of varying backgrounds and personalities.

    Develops Motor Skills
    Physical education iis essential to the development of motor skills.  Children in adolescence will develop increased coordination and motor ability together with greater physical strength and prolonged endurance. They are able to develop better distance judgment and hand-eye coordination. They are able to master the skills necessary for adult sports, with practice.

    Health and Nutrition
    Physical education teaches students the importance of physical health. Physical health and education informs students on sound eating practices and the essential guidelines for nutrition.

    Relieves Stress
    Students at this age begin feeling stress due to curriculum, homework, testing, families and peer pressures. Involvement in sports, recreational activities or other forms of physical fitness offer a method of stress relief.

    For all of those reasons each lesson developed for students will cover some of the National and State Standards for physical education.  Each standard will be hit upon during the school year.

    Illinois State Goals

    GOAL 19 - Movement Skills

    GOAL 20 - Physical Fitness

    GOAL​ 21 - Team Building

    GOAL 22 - Health Promotion, Prevention and Treatment

    GOAL 23 - Human Body Systems

    GOAL 24 - Communications and Decision Making​​​

    National Standards

    Standard 1: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

    Standard 2: The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

    Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

    Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

    Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.