The Society for Health and Physical Educators SHAPE believes that every student in our nation's schools, from kindergarten through grade 12, should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. It is the unique role of quality physical education programs to develop the health-related fitness, physical competence, and cognitive understanding about physical activity for all students so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles. Today's quality physical education programs are important because they provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of youngsters, which help improve a child's mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning.
Physical Education Strands
Student instruction is based on Florida's State StandardsStrand: Cognitive AbilitiesIdea 2: Identify, analyze, and evaluate movement concepts, mechanical principles, safety considerations, and strategies/tactics regarding movement performance in a variety of physical activities.Strand: Lifetime FitnessIdea 3: Participate regularly in physical activity.
Idea 4: Develop and implement a personal fitness program to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Strand: Movement CompetencyIdea 1: Demonstrate competency in many and proficiency in a few movement forms from a variety of categories.Strand: Responsible Behaviors and ValuesIdea 5: Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Idea 6: Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.State Legislation and Guidelines:House Bill 7069Middle School Waiver: PCS Form 2-3097PE Through Sports: PCS Form 2-2782-APE Through JROTC: PCS Form 2-2782-C
Physical Education Fitness Assessments
All Pinellas County Schools Physical Education classes are required to administer the FitnessGram Assessment and report student data. Using the FITNESSGRAM tool, the physical fitness tests are administered twice during the year in all physical education courses. More information can be found under the FITNESSGRAM link which includes the Parent Notification letter.