STAFF
  • Michele Rusnak,
    Health & PE Supervisor,
    414-9779
  • Tracy Lunoff,
    Health & PE Supervisor,
    414-9778
  • Pat Werner,
    Health & PE Specialist,
    414-4614
  • Soila Holloway,
    Health & PE Secretary,
    414-4903
  • Carolyn Payne,
    Health & PE Bookkeeper,
    414-9669
  • Ian Kahn,
    Staff Wellness Specialist,
    414-4604

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Important Dates

February 22, 2014

Marathon Kids Final Mile

Tony Burger Center

9:00 AM for AISD

March 1, 2014

AAPER 5th Grade Volleyball Play Day

The University of Texas at Austin

Rec Sports Center

Fitnessgram Deadlines

Current News

Health and Physical Education Articles, Research and Additional Information

Welcome to the AISD Physical Education and Health Education website. The goal of this website is to provide educators, parents and community members information regarding the AISD physical education, health education and coordinated school health programs.

For physical education you will find physical education and physical activity information regarding state mandates, district requirements, physical education curriculum, physical activities, coordinated school health information, and how the brain is affected by physical activity.

For health education you will find health concepts taught through a comprehensive integrated approach. Topics include, physical/social/mental health, environmental health, consumer health, disease prevention, human sexuality, parenting and paternity awareness, nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, healthy lifestyles, interpersonal skills, goal setting, decision-making, and CPR/first-aid/AED. You will also find national and state standards for health education, district requirements, current news and research.

For coordinated school health you will find information regarding state mandates, program information, lessons and great ideas on creating a healthy school environment.

AISD’s Physical and Health Education Mission Statement (Printable Versions)

Austin Independent School District’s Physical Education and Health Departments educate students to become lifelong learners of health and wellness by participating in activities that develop behaviors which encourage healthy decision-making, appropriate social skills, and lifelong physical fitness in and outside of the educational setting.

To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

Austin ISD Physical Education adheres to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s Goals and Outcomes

 

Physical and Health Education Curriculum at a Glance

The physical and health education curriculum is based on the national and state standards. Yearly Itineraries and Grading Period Snapshots were designed to explain what is taught and tested throughout the school year. The physical and health education curriculum is aligned K-12 and is implemented at the same time throughout the district. District wide assessments were also written for both subject areas.

National Standards

State Standards

Physical Education

Elementary PE TEKS

Middle School TEKS

Health Education

High School TEKS

Health Education TEKS

Physical and Health Education Departments Supports District’s Initiatives


"Healthier students are better learners.” (Basch, Equity Matters: Research Review). Recent research provides compelling evidence for the causal role that educationally relevant health disparities play in the educational achievement gap that plagues urban minority youth. Hence the reason for the disparities and the methods for reducing those disparities must be a fundamental part of school reform. In 2011-12, the Health Department and PE Department supports the district initiatives of Child Study System (CSS), Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness (CP & I), Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and Response to Intervention (RtI). The Three-Tiered Pyramid is used to illustrate the areas of opportunity related to health and physical education around student engagement and strategies for intervention as it relates to the districts Response to Intervention (RtI) for Academics and Behavior, CSS, CP&I, and SEL.

 

How Are We Doing? Measurements & Outcomes

District Fitnessgram Results and Goals: Percent of Students in the Healthy Fitness Zone

Year

Body Mass Index

Aerobic Capacity

Curl - Ups

Push - Ups

Sit and Reach

Trunk Lift

2007-2008

60%

60%

85%

75%

73%

85%

2008-2009

60%

62%

85%

74%

73%

80%

2009-2010

60%

65%

86%

74%

74%

80%

2010-2011

61%

*71%

86%

75%

73%

82%

2011-2012

61%

71%

84%

75%

75%

81%

2013-2014 Goals

63%

73%

86%

77%

77%

83%

* New Aerobic Capacity criteria

 

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