Students explore human growth and development and study valuable ways to promote health and prevent disease. An emphasis is placed upon developing personal decision-making skills that support a healthy and active lifestyle. The Health Department’s overall philosophy is “Wellness Through Prevention.” This philosophy is the basis for all units of study.
The health education course at Seaford High School and Middle School is developed based on the New York State Health Education Standards and New York State Health Education Guidance Document. This course aims to provide students with the opportunities to learn authentic skills that are essential for personal and community health and safety. Through individual research, collaborative projects, and technology, students will explore significant areas of health and wellness to encourage reflection of personal choices.
Some of the significant areas of study include nutrition, physical activity, goal setting, stress management, bullying prevention, decision making, substance abuse prevention, unintentional injury prevention, sexual health, and communication. Students will analyze these topics and understand how to access reliable information in the present and future.
Successful completion of this course is a graduation requirement for all students.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
The Physical Education Department strives to meet the Learning Standards developed by the State Education Department. These standards include new initiatives concerning assessment for Physical Education. All activities in grades 6-12 place a particular emphasis on attaining and maintaining physical fitness. Also, students will be made aware of community resources available in fitness and wellness. Lifetime sports, co-ed activities, aerobics, individual and team activities are components of the physical education curriculum.
ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION Alternating days
An Adaptive Physical Educational program will be offered to those students who cannot participate in our regular physical education program.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Alternating days
Physical Education at the secondary schools provides each student with the experience of building upon and expanding experiences gained at the lower grade levels, including the development of the following in a safe yet challenging environment: physical fitness, flexibility, strength training, endurance, communication, cooperation, trust, and respect.
The curriculum includes soccer, pickleball, football, volleyball, badminton, aerobics, softball, weight training, ultimate frisbee, Presidential Physical Fitness, basketball, team handball, jogging, yoga, dance, and golf. Students are introduced to new skills and practice these skills in drill and game situations. They are then introduced to team play, sports strategies, and tournament play. These classes’ objective is to encourage all students to develop sound ideas about their physical development upon leaving high school and encourage them to make proper decisions concerning their fitness in the future.