Physical Education/ Physical Activity
Valley Mills ISD physical education programs strive to meet national standards, fulfill state requirements and provide quality physical education. These programs should encourage children to develop lifelong physical activity practices and healthy lifestyle choices and ensure physical education integrates with other components of a coordinated school health program.
In accordance with policies at EHAB and EHAC the district will ensure that students in elementary school engage in at least 30 minutes of physical education per day or 135 minutes per week.
The district offers 45 minutes per day to students in middle or junior high school to meet district physical education requirements for these grades. For additional information on the district's requirements and programs regarding elementary, middle, and junior high school student physical education activity requirements, please see the principal. (see page 31 Student Handbook)
Physical education programs are the cornerstone of an active lifestyle for all students. Valley Mills ISD school programs provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes that help students stay active for a lifetime. Today, the physical education programs are focusing on helping students learn how to live healthy and physically active lives. It teaches students to value physical activity for its positive contributions to their health, emotional and social well-being. Valley Mills ISD PE is based on National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) best practices.
New PE is more student friendly, helping students create individualized PE activities for different fitness levels. Valley Mills ISD PE programs are TEKS-based.
Physical Education Matters!
Kids who are physically active on a regular basis are less likely to become overweight or obese
Kids who are obese when they are adolescents have a 70% chance of being obese for the rest of their lives
Nearly 35% of all Texas kids are overweight or obese
Kids who have physical activity in the school day have an advantage for learning, which increases student achievement
Kids who are physically fit have higher self-esteem
Kids who value physical fitness and healthy lifestyle are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as underage drinking, smoking, illicit drug use and violence
What is Valley Mills doing to improve student fitness?
Valley Mills ISD physical education program is based on national standards that help students enjoy a physically-active lifestyle and understand the relationship between physical activity and health through a lifetime.
Elementary students receive 135 minutes of PE/activity each week
(via PE classes and Working Out for Wellness program)
K-2 students learn basic skills from a stationary position and Grades 3-5 students apply basic skills while moving
Grades 6-8 students combine learned skills in modified games and how to measure their individual performance and goals
High school students gain competency in selected physical activities and teaches students about lifetime physical fitness and setting health and wellness goals
FitnessGram® Valley Mills ISD
Healthy and Wise Curriculum for Elementary and Middle School
What can I do to help?
Become informed about what physical education and activity programs are available in your student's school.
Join the Valley Mills ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
Get involved with VMISD Wellness program
Work with your principal, school staff, parents and community to support physical education and activity in your school.