The goal of Physical Education and Health courses at Lutheran High School is give students opportunities to develop skills necessary for a lifetime of activity, and to achieve and maintain healthy behaviors to enhance overall health and wellness.
Two semesters of Physical Education (PE I & PE II), are required for graduation and should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Students participate in a variety of activities designed to develop fundamental movement patterns and promote social interaction. PE I and PE II are prerequisites to Physical Conditioning, an elective where students can continue to develop their flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, balance, agility, speed, and power.
Lutheran High School offers an Alternative Physical Education Program; participation in two different IHSAA sports at Lutheran can be substituted for PE I and PE II, or participation in one IHSAA sport may be substituted for PE I. For details and requirements for the Alternate Physical Education Program, click here.
Students are required to take the semester course Health and Wellness for graduation which is typically taken during the freshman year.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/WELLNESS CURRICULUM
Credits: 1 credit for each course, each course is one semester.
Grades: 9, 10
Prerequisites: None, required for graduation.
Both courses are Core 40 and Academic Honors Diploma Courses.
PE I & PE II emphasize daily physical activity, achievement of health-enhancing physical fitness, and development of motor skills and movement patterns so the student can achieve an active lifestyle. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors towards physical fitness, wellness and movement activity. Through active participation in a wide variety of activities, students will demonstrate their fitness, movement proficiency, responsible personal and social behavior, and come to understand the value of physical activity for health, self-expression, and social interaction . Units of instruction include: Introduction to kinesiology and physical education, fitness, individual dual and team physical activities. Multiple assessment tools will be used to measure student achievement of the Indiana Physical Education Standards.
Credits: 1 credit per semester. This course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: PE I & PE II
A Core 40 and Academic Honors Diploma Course.
This course provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of physical conditioning and provides opportunities for students to develop skills that promote lifelong physical fitness. Students will participate in a variety of physical training and conditioning activities designed to improve their flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, agility, power, speed, balance, and reaction time and learn the concepts behind why these activities condition the body. This course can be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1 credit, this is a one semester course.
Prerequisite: None, required for graduation.
A Core 40 and Academic Honors Diploma course.
Required for graduation Health & Wellness, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for Health & Wellness, provides the basis to help students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Total health; spiritual, physical, emotional, and social health will be emphasized. Health education contributes directly to a student’s ability to successfully practice behaviors that protect and promote health and avoid or reduce health risks. Through a variety of instructional strategies, students practice the development of functional health information (essential concepts); determine personal values that support health behaviors; develop group norms that value a healthy lifestyle; develop the essential skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain health-enhancing behaviors. Topics include: promoting personal health and wellness, physical activity, healthy eating, promoting safety and preventing unintentional injury and violence, promoting mental and emotional health, a tobacco-free lifestyle and an alcohol- and other drug-free lifestyle and promoting human development and family health. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills of health and wellness core concepts, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal communication, decision-making and goal-setting skills, health-enhancing behaviors, and health and wellness advocacy skills. Special emphasis will be on how spiritual health impacts physical, emotional and social health.