Health, Physical Education, and Wellness

The seventh grade health curriculum focuses on all three aspects of Health: Physical, Mental, and Social Health. Through various activities involving student research, selected readings, worksheets, lectures, videos, and demonstrations, students are guided to gain an understanding of making healthful decisions that will positively impact their lives. By working individually as well as in small groups, students will explore topics from Risk/Healthful Behaviors, Responsible Decision-Making, Stress Management, and Communicating Effectively to Understanding and Maintaining The Human Body Systems, and Avoiding Harmful Substances.

The eight grade health curriculum takes a social and mental perspective on health. Topics include:  stress management control, self concept issues, goal setting education, sexuality education and other issues dealing with adolescence, anti-drug/smoking issues and other assertiveness training skills, abstinence education, and AIDS education. With the constantly changing health issues observed in our society, it is important that young people stay informed about these changes. Issues such as drug use, teen pregnancy, AIDS, and unhealthy amounts of stress are all part of our global society and pose a serious threat to one’s health. At Manheim Township, teaching responsibility for personal behavior is a high priority. It is our belief that when combined with family influences, the information obtained through the health curriculum will aid students in making healthy decisions in a global society. Throughout each grade level, emphasis is placed on responsible decision making as well as accountability for accepting consequences that result from our actions. Avoidance of high-risk situations is stressed.

With the continued rise in childhood obesity, Manheim Township Middle School is taking a proactive stance by instituting a new seventh and eighth grade Health and Physical Education course that focuses on fitness and nutrition. The PFW’s Nutrition component will include the basic digestive process, portion control, healthy snacking, essential nutrient consumption as well as healthy caloric intake.  The fitness component includes Cardio/Pulmonary systems, Muscular/Skeletal systems, fitness principles, benefits of being fit, and proper aerobic and anaerobic activities (including proper techniques).  The goal of the course is for students to develop and assess an individualized nutrition and fitness program they will implement in their own lives.  The course will rotate between the classroom and the fitness center.

The primary focus of the seventh grade physical education program is on physical fitness with an emphasis on the cardio respiratory endurance.  Activities and events are selected to facilitate the development of fine and gross motor skills, coordination skills and sports related skills. Each unit also provides the opportunity for students to develop enhanced hand/eye coordination and individual creative expression. Activities include, but are not limited to, the following: basketball, wrestling, juggling, weight lifting, fitness circuit training, Ultimate Frisbee, Tchoukball, and low-organized games. Each student is expected to show improvement in skill development in the above-mentioned activities. A positive attitude and the development of personal characteristics such as cooperation, leadership, team play, fair play and sportsmanship are the expected outcomes of this program.

The eighth grade physical education program is based on Small Team Activities and Game Engagement. (STAGE).  The primary focus will be on active engagement, applications of concepts, skill development, strategies, knowledge of rules, game play and cooperative skill development through small sided team play. Course activities include, but are not limited to: volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, team handball, one-walled handball, Tchoukball, and ultimate Frisbee.

Mr. Brandon Groff
Mr. Richard Lefever
Mrs. Suzanne Smith

Mr. Scot Gilburg
Miss Gail Palovcsik
Mrs. Vicki Senft