This year 5th – 8th Grade will have Ms. Wellems for PE and ELC – 4th with have Mrs. Ellis
Physical Education Philosophy, Archdiocese of Denver
The Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools strive to educate the whole person: mind, soul, body and spirit. A well-educated person has respect for his/her body and understands the workings of that marvelous gift from God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The human body shares in the dignity of ‘the image of God'” (364). “Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good” (2288). The teaching of Physical Education, therefore, is an important component of the total Catholic school program and not a “frill” or an “extra.” In the United States, where childhood obesity has become an epidemic, schools have a responsibility to provide enjoyable, safe, appropriate opportunities for exercise and physical play for students. Students who enjoy participation in sports and games may develop habits of life-long physical activity. Teaching Physical Education goes well beyond the learning and playing of games. Education of the total person includes education that supports a lifestyle that cares for and appreciates the workings of the human body. Recent research indicates that physical activity impacts how the brain develops, increasing the ability to learn and be creative. This is especially true for school-age children. Guidelines from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education published in 2004 suggest that children should accumulate at least 60 minutes per day—and up to several hours—of age appropriate physical activity, that this should come in bouts of activity lasting 15 minutes or more, and that extended periods – two hours or more – of inactivity are discouraged for young children. Instruction in cooperative play, individual and team sports support an active life style. Students learn to appreciate and understand their bodies and that a healthy body requires exercise and care. They learn to be sensitive to their own abilities, to different abilities in others, and to the gifts and challenges of individuals with special needs. Individual and team sports/games not only provide a source of exercise and relaxation, but also teach cooperation and teamwork. Lessons learned on the court or playing field can be applied to a student’s broader life experience. Students need to understand how nutrition impacts health. They need to have a sense of the workings of the human body and understand what is needed to maintain the health of that body. Students who have this information should be able to make better decisions regarding what they put into their bodies, how to care for the needs of their bodies in the different stages of life, how to avoid illness, and what to do in case of illness. They need to have appropriate information to engender a responsible attitude about behaviors that could put themselves or others into harm’s way. Education in Physical Education supports moral decision-making and a healthy life.
The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Denver envision that Catholic values and moral decision-making will shape and extend the ethical and responsible use of technology. To give support to and update the direction of this vision, instructors in information technology from schools throughout the Archdiocese gather continually revise and update the Technology Strategic Plan. Guidelines include specific student goals related to technology. Student competencies include specific skills associated with the use of information technology.
My technology program concentrates on keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation skills, and information literacy. Students in grades 5-8 will utilize classroom lessons for the content to reinforce the subject matter. Google Docs and research projects are emphasized in 5th-8th grade.