The goal of the VUHS physical education department is to help students develop the desire, motivation, and skills to be physically active for a lifetime! Our courses including health education offer multiple opportunities to explore and understand personal wellness.
One and one-half credits (1.5) in physical education are required for graduation.
Adventure PE is a physically and mentally challenging course designed to build confidence, self-esteem, trust, cooperation, and communication skills. Activities include but are not limited to non-competitive games, group problem solving initiatives, trust activities, knot tying, belaying techniques, as well as low and high ropes challenges.
Personal fitness class gives students an opportunity to assess their own fitness levels using the TRIFIT 620 and FITNESSGRAM evaluation tools, write a personal fitness plan, and monitor and adjust the plan accordingly. Students learn self monitoring for successful workouts using heart rate monitors, proper technique, and safety concerns of all the equipment in the weight room. They are introduced to basic anatomy, the five components of fitness, goal setting, and weight training concepts. The expected outcome is for students to participate in and establish lifetime health and fitness goals.
Physical education offers a mixture of traditional team sports and lifetime leisure activities. Students demonstrate knowledge and skills required to play various sports. Sportsmanship, team play, and fitness are incorporated into each unit. The ultimate goal of physical education is for students to develop the skills needed for enjoyment and active participation in lifetime activities.
Health class focuses on personal wellness by looking at the connections among the mental, social, and physical aspects of well-being. Units include nutrition, substance abuse, sexuality, mental and emotional health. Students will have a chance to explore their personal wellness through projects, guest speakers, and small and large group discussions. The expected outcome is for students to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to make healthy decisions for a lifetime.