Patriot High School Success Story 2019:
For the past three years I have merged a weight lifting program into P.E. class and Health class, with an emphasis on goal setting, journaling, developing grit, cultivating a positive work ethic, improving basic anatomy/physiology knowledge and making the “Top 10”. The “Top 10” is a list of the top 10 strongest students (male and female) who have participated in the class over the past three years.
Not only have the two young men below participated in the weight lifting program, they have made the “Top 10” and took it to another level.
Brennan and Isaac entered the program with very little to no weight lifting experience but they quickly moved up the list and stayed focused on their personal goals. Due to their work ethic and grit they have reached their goals and found success inside and outside the weight room.
Brennan: Lost 30 pounds Beginning Weight End Weight
Bench Press 115 lbs. 200 lbs.
Squat 65 lbs. 135 lbs.
Dead Lift 135 lbs. 200 lbs.
Isaac: Lost 30 pounds
Bench Press 75 lbs. 205 lbs.
Squat 225 325 lbs.
Dead Lift 60 lbs. 310 lbs.
PHS Health and Wellness Updates
PHS is working towards a healthier community, starting with our students! Our Strength and Conditioning Class has been a huge success with students. They are introduced to proper lifting technique, program design, progressive overload and basic anatomy/physiology while tracking and monitoring their progress.
We now have our “Bison Wall of Fame”, where we list our top ten boys and top ten girls in Bench Press, Squat and Deadlift. The Wall of Fame has created a friendly competition between students. With the purchase of new equipment small and large the students can now take part in an activity they can do for the rest of their lives.
In our Health Class we are discussing current topics such as Heart Disease (the number one killer of men and women in America), Smoking vs. Vaping and the current epidemic of Childhood Diabetes and Childhood Obesity. Also, through our Edgenuity curriculum we cover topics such as, Mental and Emotional Health, Personal Health Skills, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Tobacco, Drugs and Alcohol.
The pictures below are just a few items we have been able to utilize in Health and Physical Education.1 pound of muscle versus 1 pound of fatDiseased KidneyThe LiverAnatomy of Human SkinThe Human Skull3D Anatomy GuyThe Human Heart
Wellness Policy Overview
District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council, should email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here.
Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, classroom rewards, fundraisers
- All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
- No candy or sodas are allowed.
- Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
- Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available. In addition, quality and sanitation standards cannot be controlled.
- Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories
Non-Food Celebration Ideas
Cascadian Farm Kid Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar
Smencils (smell good pencils)
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Applesauce on the Go
Post its in fun shapes
Fruit cups in 100% juice
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps
Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box
Seeds for planting
Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar
Lead a Dance Break
Our commitment to physical activity
- Physical education is provided in elementary, middle and high school.
- Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
- Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
- Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings. Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.