Welcome to Northside Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education are an integral part of the overall education of all students in Northside Independent School District. The primary goal is to motivate students to pursue and continue healthy and active lifestyles that can be carried on throughout their lifetime. Health and Physical Education teachers in elementary, middle, and high school utilize goals and objectives that are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as well as National standards. Northside offers quality health and physical education programs that provide learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational, and challenging to the students.
Secondary PE teachers are trained in the Move to Live; Live to Move curriculum, which was developed with funds from a Carol M. White Physical Education (PEP) Award. The program provides structured curriculum, equipment, professional development, and community collaboration to comply with the TEKS. Examples of modules available to the schools include: Rock Climbing, Lacrosse, Golf, Mountain Biking, Fencing, etc.
Elementary PE teachers are provided training and curriculum with a program called Healthy Start, also developed with funds from a Carol M. White Physical Education (PEP) Award. The project is a collaborative effort among the Health and Physical Education Department, Child Nutrition Department, and the Learning Tree After-School Program. A standardized scope and sequence is being implemented based on the SPARK Program (a research based, comprehensive physical education curriculum). Within the physical education program, a Health Education program is delivered with a nutritional emphasis that is also supported by the Child Nutrition Program in Northside. The Learning Tree After-School Program also implements a physical activity and nutrition program that aligns with the physical education program. Learning Tree school sites also implement Fit Family Fun Nights where families and communities engage in physical activities and learn about nutrition.
Northside is currently implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) with physical education serving as the foundation. The CSPAP is a multi-component approach which includes physical activity before, during, and after school, and involvement with communities and families. The new approach provides students the opportunity to be physically active for the recommended 60 minutes per day.