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Health & Physical Education

Courses offered

6801 PHYSICAL EDUCATION (6th grade)
Students learn how to develop an acceptable level of fitness through an understanding of the components of fitness and an appreciation of the lifelong value of fitness. Students are involved in active, positive learning experiences with a focus on goals that are challenging but attainable. They develop physical skills and acquire a knowledge of and an appreciation for efficient and creative movement through participation in a sequential program of varied activities. Activities are designed to improve individual fitness levels, and students are tested quarterly according to Frederick County fitness standards. Students gain an understanding of physical fitness benefits and values. In addition, they learn, practice, and execute basic skills specific to a wide range of individual and team sports. The students also learn rules and strategies of sports and fitness activities. Physical education classes emphasize and expect students to demonstrate good sportsmanship, self-control, and respect for others. Students set goals, apply fitness concepts to daily lives, and solve tasks through independent thinking. Students also have the opportunity to receive Family Life instruction during this course. Participation in the Family Life component requires parental permission.

7801 PHYSICAL EDUCATION (7th grade)
Students learn how to develop an acceptable level of fitness through an understanding of the components of fitness and an appreciation of the lifelong value of fitness. Students are involved in regular activities designed to improve and challenge individual fitness levels. These levels are tested quarterly in accordance with Frederick County fitness standards. In addition, students learn, practice, and execute basic skills specific to a wide range of individual and team sports. Students also learn rules and strategies of sports and fitness activities. Physical education classes emphasize and expect students to demonstrate good sportsmanship, self-control, and respect for others. Students will apply fitness concepts to daily lives and solve tasks through independent thinking.

7802 HEALTH EDUCATION (7th grade)
This course encourages students to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that enable them to make responsible decisions about health. In addition to learning about personal and consumer health, students learn how personal issues, others, culture, media, and other factors influence their decisions and the consequences that these decisions may have. Students study the physical and psychological effects and potential dangers of medicine misuse, tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana along with ways to resist and refuse peer pressure. During the family life sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention unit (parental permission required), students learn about the changes that occur in adolescence (including human reproduction), that can occur at different times, and that are normal and experienced by everyone. Students identify abstinence as the surest way to prevent pregnancy and STI’s, and become aware of the existence of birth control. Through this course students will understand sexual harassment and sexual assault, including prevention skills, appropriate intervention, and be able to demonstrate effective advocacy skills. All family life curricular materials are reviewed by a Family Life Advisory Committee.

8801 PHYSICAL EDUCATION (8th grade)
Students learn how to develop an acceptable level of fitness through an understanding of the components of fitness and an appreciation of the lifelong value of fitness. Students are involved in regular activities designed to improve and challenge individual fitness. These levels are tested quarterly in accordance with Frederick County fitness standards. In addition, students learn, practice, and execute basic skills specific to a wide range of individual and team sports. They also learn rules and strategies of sports and fitness activities. Physical education classes emphasize and expect students to demonstrate good sportsmanship, self-control, and respect for others. Students will apply fitness concepts to daily lives and solve tasks through independent thinking.

8802 HEALTH EDUCATION (8th grade)
The class focus is on the prevention of major adolescent health problems of depression and suicide, body image, eating disorders, and family life components. Students will learn to apply the components of personal well-being to develop lifelong wellness skills and strategies. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply prevention and treatment knowledge, skills, and strategies to reduce susceptibility and manage disease. Students will develop the ability to use nutrition and fitness knowledge, skills, and strategies to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students will exhibit the ability to use drug knowledge, decision-making skills, and health enhancing strategies to address the non-use, use, and abuse of drugs including steroids, as well the classification of drugs. During the Family Life/STI Prevention Unit (parental permission required) students will evaluate the components of healthy relationships, identify abstinence as the surest way to prevent pregnancy and STI’s, and describe methods of contraception, including their effectiveness. Students will identify techniques to avoid being sexually harassed/ assaulted, the consequences of sexually harassing/assaulting others, and understand the responsibilities of a witness to sexual assault/harassment. All family life curricular materials are reviewed by a Family Life Advisory Committee.