Teacher: Kaitlyn Johnston
Grades: Sophomores & Seniors
The health education course at the Union County Vocational and Technical Schools is designed to assist the student in attaining optimal physical, mental, emotional and social health. Throughout the course students will gain heightened knowledge of overall wellness while exploring themselves and their individual health needs. Integration of technology and a hands-on approach to learning, enable the students to gain practical experiences, which can be extended, into everyday life.
There is a positive relationship between health and education. The individuals who value their health maximize their potential as capable and productive citizens. These students are able to achieve a better quality of life for themselves, their family and their community.
When these skills are obtained, the student will have a solid foundation to help them achieve their highest goals in all their educational endeavors. Through hands on learning opportunities, group activities, critical thinking sessions, and technology based learning, the students will be confident in their ability and have the foundation and knowledge necessary to make healthy choices and decisions, and guide them in various challenging situations they might experience throughout their adult lives.
The Physical Education course at the Union County Vocational and Technical High Schools is designed to enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of the students. A scientific approach highlighting exercise physiology is the foundation for the student’s learning. Integration of kinesiology and principles of anatomy and physiology heighten student’s understanding of how the body relates to exercise and the science of human performance.
Research identifies that regular physical activity improves the quality and longevity of life and is an essential part of achieving overall health. It is important that students gain an awareness and appreciation of the relationship between exercise and wellness and the science of human performance.
Students will understand and consistently demonstrate the components of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Activities, which incorporate these components and enable students to meet their personal fitness needs, are emphasized. Experiences, which contribute to the development of positive attitudes toward physical fitness and positive self-esteem, will be carried into the adult life of the student.
Through the initiatives, games, and activities of Project adventure, the students will gain an understanding and appreciation of others and themselves. By understanding and implementing the concepts of “Challenge by Choice”, “STAR goals”, and “Full Value”, the students will develop leadership, creativity, and risk-taking.