Health & Physical Education
Medford Public Schools provides a quality physical education/health education program for all students in grades k-12. The program is staffed with Massachusetts DESE highly qualified licensed teachers. The goal of the Physical Education & Health Education Department of Medford Public Schools is to enhance the wellbeing of the school community by creating a culture that integrates and balances the six dimensions of wellness: social, physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional and spiritual. The department strives to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle, healthy decision making, and a life-long commitment to wellness. The curriculum is based on state and national physical education and health education frameworks.
The National SHAPE physical education Standards are grouped into 5 standards for each grade.
Standard 1. The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Standard 2. The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
Standard 3. The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
Standard 4. The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5. The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
The National CDC health education Standards are grouped into 8 standards for each grade
Standard 1 : Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Standard 2 Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
Standard 3 Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
Standard 4 Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 5 Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Standard 6 Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Standard 7 Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 8 Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Middle School Physical Education
Middle school physical education lessons are differentiated at each grade level but cover the following units
Grades 6-8 – teambuilding, adventure learning, target games, invasion games, net games, group games, outdoor pursuits, fitness, dance and yoga.
Middle School Health Education
Middle school health education lessons are differentiated at each grade level but cover the following units
Grades 6-8 - social/emotional health skills – Communication skills, building friendships, problem solving, managing feelings, healthy decision making and conflict resolution – alcohol, drug, vaping and tobacco education, Nutrition and physical activity, personal safety education, sexual health education.