Health and Physical Education
Is the only subject which,
By the very nature of its content,Has the potential to affect how a person will feel
For the rest of their life.
It is the goal of Howell Township Public Schools "to promote good health and physical activities as a means to enhance the self-esteem of our students, and to allow the mind and body to grow more fully."
(Howell Township Strategic Plan, 2005)
As a department, it is the belief that health and physical education is an integral part of the elementary (K-8) curriculum. The Health and Physical Department (HPE) strives to meet the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of the child through a wide variety of experiences and activities. It is through the utilization of individual and group activities that the physical education program provides a prescription for all children to learn.
The curriculum is organized to include a planned progression of skills and activities to provide maximum growth for all children at every level. Through participation this progression encourages the development of fundamental skills, cardiovascular awareness and fitness, individual responsibility, self-discipline, and respect for the feelings of others. The development of the curriculum will enhance leadership qualities and the productive use of leisure time to meet the demands of a changing society.
The health and physical education program is committed to developing within each child's capabilities and needs a sense of success and accomplishment. Our philosophy holds that appropriate teaching in health and physical education contributes to a healthy lifestyle by providing opportunities to develop the resources of the mind and body.
(Philosophy statement obtained from curriculum, 1998)
A Physically Educated Person
- Has the skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities
- Is physically fit
- Participates regularly in physical activity
- Knows the implications and benefits of involvement in physical activity
- Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle