Physical Education curriculum for District 75 is directly aligned with the New York State Physical Education Standards and Core Curriculum. The primary goal of quality Physical Education programs is to assist students to make the connection between good health, physical activity, and the quality of one’s life, and also to empower them to assume responsibility for their own personal choices.
To strengthen the implementation of this Uniform Curriculum, new fitness initiatives have been introduced. The district has adapted the C.H.A.M.P.S. program – Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, Positive Students – for life. The District 75 C.H.A.M.P.S program is distinctive from the DOE programs in that it has been adapted for all students (K-21) to help ALL students develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. To further this goal, the district adaptations include the integrated use of support personnel (i.e. paraprofessionals) in the activities, and goes beyond the physiological aspects of physical activity; it focuses on the mental, emotional, and social dimensions that make up the entire physical activity experience, and that are appropriate for individual student’s personal developmental level
The Physical Best Curriculum
Physical Best is the core curriculum for fitness and physical education for the New York City public schools, K-12. Physical Best: Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness is a comprehensive health-related fitness education program focusing on aerobic activity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. The program is created by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) and the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). This curriculum is different from what is commonly referred to as “traditional” physical education, where students are taught what to do, but not why. Physical Best enables students to learn why activity is important and how it benefits them today and for a lifetime. The emphasis is on the use of physical activity that students enjoy and promotes individual choices wherever possible so that there may be greater transfer to real life settings.
The Physical Best Curriculum supports the New York State Standards for Physical Education:
Standard 1: Personal Health and FitnessStudents will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy EnvironmentStudents will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
Standard 3: Resource ManagementStudents will understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources.
The NYC FITNESSGRAM Assessment
Originally developed by the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, FITNESSGRAM supports students in learning about and measuring components of health-related fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The FITNESSGRAM assessment, which produces reports for students and for parents, is designed specifically to work in conjunction with the Physical Best curriculum.
District 75 C.H.A.M.P.S. Sports & Fitness programs
The goal of the program is to improve student fitness levels and overall health by increasing opportunities for children to engage in physical activity. The long term objective is to increase the number of students, regardless of athletic ability, who will continue fitness activities as adults. The program promotes health-related fitness and sports skills that can be maintained long after school days are over. Other goals include improving student self esteem, school spirit and parent involvement.
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