MHS Health & Physical Education

December Newsletter

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What is the difference between Physical Education, exercise and physical activity?

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Grade 9 Physical Education

The NASPE national standards in physical education indicate a need for "students to exhibit a physically active lifestyle" and understand that "physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction."

One of the units that freshmen students will be involved with during the winter term will be Personal Fitness. Students will assess their current levels of health related fitness (cardio-respiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and body composition) using Fitnessgram assessment.

Students will evaluate their personal needs and explore different options to maintain or improve fitness levels. Some of the options will include: strength training using free weights, yoga, body weight exercises, cardio workouts and stretching. Students will be taught safe and effective ways to use the strength center as well as shown options for strength and cardio training at home.

The freshmen have completed a Volleyball unit and are just completing an introductory unit in Soccer. This unit focuses on basic soccer skills, game knowledge and physical conditioning. In addition students gain knowledge of soccer's origins in Mayan history.

Another unit of instruction the freshman are being introduced to is Lacrosse. Eye/hand coordination and teamwork are featured in this unit of instruction as well as Wisconsin's Native American contributions to the sport.

Grades 10-12 Physical Education

Students in Winter PE will participate in a Volleyball, Personal Safety, Fitness Fundamentals, Cross Country Skiing and Badminton. Fitness Fundamentals focuses on daily fitness topics to include training principles, nutrition, hydration, sports medicine, performance enhancing substances, benefits of exercise, fitness technology and heart rate training zones. Students will use pedometers to record their daily steps. This data will be utilized to later determine distance traveled, average steps and intensity levels. Each day students participate in a different variety of activities designed to strengthen or maintain one of the five components of fitness. Those components are outlined in Fitnessgram. Activities include Lacrosse, Speedball, Indoor Soccer, Cricket, Old School Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee and Yoga.

Winter PE provides students the opportunity to learn Classical Style/Diagonal Stride style of Cross Country Skiing. Students will learn how to traverse hills, how to dress appropriately for exercise in cold temperatures, select appropriately sized equipment and learn about the health benefits of Cross Country Skiing.

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning Class emphasizes the value of physical education fitness through an extensive individualized conditioning program. Students design a personalized fitness program which may include weight training, core training, plyometrics, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. The principles regarding anatomy and physiology of the human body and how it adapts to physical stress are discussed. Topics such as nutrition, performance enhancement substances, and rehabilitation from muscular injuries are also covered.

WIAA Referee/Officiating Certification

MHS offers a unique one quarter class which helps students become certified WIAA officials. Once certified, students can officiate any WIAA licensed sport up to the junior varsity level. Students who sign up for the class, learn about anything related to becoming an official. They must know game rules, signals, sportsmanship and how to handle specific situations. One of the active requirements of the class is that students must develop a two day 60 minute sport specific plan where they teach classmates specific skills related to a particular sport. At the end of the lesson, they must put their classmates into teams and then they officiate the games. Our first unit is volleyball seen here....


All PE students participate in pre and post fitness testing in the term. The School District of Mauston utilizes Fitnessgram. Fitnessgram tests measure five areas of health related fitness. These include aerobic capacity with an estimated Max VO2, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. We do not measure body fatness using skin fold measurements. At the completion of the battery of tests students are given a report that evaluates their results. Students are not graded on their fitness test results. There is a link below to further explain Fitnessgram.

Learn Grow Succeed

The MHS PE department's mission is to enhance and enrich learning experiences of all students while providing discipline-specific instruction ensuring educational success of the whole child. The MHS PE curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum that follows the Wisconsin State Standards which consists of physical, cognitive and affective domains of education.

MHS follows block scheduling with 89 minute class periods. Classes meet every day for nine weeks. A typical class period consists of a twenty minute warm-up to focus on flexibility, core and upper body strengthening exercises and cardiovascular endurance. The remaining class time focuses on the unit of instruction.