Health & Physical Education Announcements
Falcon Middle School's Wellness Team is excited to update you on our wellness goals for this school year:
We really wanted to focus on our school's culture of well-being. We thought that a great way to spark that would be by the example that our staff members set for the students. We started a fitness initiative called "Commit to Fit". Staff members signed up on teams and were given weekly resources and encouragement as well as access to weight room and fitness equipment, nutrition resources, stress management information, etc. Each team checked in throughout the process and we were all encouraged by each other!!
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students had the opportunity to work on a program callled Sources of Strength. In this program, students and staff were focused on building specific character traits and helping students find resources to navigate life when challenges arise. We also ordered materials to create a "Zen Den" in our building. This is a place where teachers can go to take a breathe, relax for a moment, let go of some of the stress in their day so that we can be the most prepared and positive influences for our students. We are currently waiting on some room location rearrangements, but will have it up and running for next year.
Health & Physical Education Department Overview
Physical education, PE or physical training, is an educational course related to the physique of the human body, taken during primary and secondary education that encourages psychomotor learning in a play or movement exploration setting to promote health.
Physical education trends have developed recently to incorporate a greater variety of activities besides typical sports. Introducing students to activities like bowling, walking, hiking or frisbee at an early age can help students develop good activity habits that will carry over into adulthood. Some teachers have even begun to incorporate stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, deep-breathing and tai chi.
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain. The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Other definitions have been proposed, among which a recent definition that correlates health and personal satisfaction.
Comprehensive health and physical education standards incorporate a wealth of 21st century skills that are critical to making healthy choices for the lifelong success of every student. Teaching comprehensive health and physical education in every Colorado school means that students will have more opportunities to master key life skills that employers are increasingly demanding, such as teamwork, goal setting, appreciating people’s differences, managing stress, and resolving conflicts.
Educational Content Areas
The power of Colorado’s education improvement efforts lies in having a comprehensive system consisting of relevant and rigorous standards, aligned and meaningful assessments, excellent teachers and school leaders, and high-performing schools and districts. All aspects of the system are continuously improving to advance student learning and prepare students to succeed in an increasingly competitive workforce The Colorado Academic Standards are the expectations of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade. They also stand as the values and content organizers of what Colorado sees as the future skills and essential knowledge for our next generation to be more successful. State standards are the basis of the annual state assessment.
Colorado has 10 content areas:
- Colorado Arts
- Visual Arts
- Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
- Reading, Writing, and Communicating
- Social Studies
- World Languages