Physical education is a component of education that challenges students by providing opportunities to attain the skills and knowledge to be physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular participation in physical activity will allow students to develop a pattern of life-enhancing and self-rewarding experiences that contribute to their potential to be healthy members of society. It is the goal of physical education instruction in the Omaha Public Schools to develop students who understand and appreciate expressive and creative movement as participants and observers; who have wholesome self-concepts and an appreciation of others; who use leisure time in keeping fit and enjoying physical forms of recreation throughout adult life; and who demonstrates appropriate emotional, social, mental, moral, and ethical behavior.
The Omaha Public Schools offers a program in physical education structured to help students achieve the following content standards:
1. Demonstrates a variety of physical skills through movement activities.
2. Applies movement concepts and principles to develop physical skills.
3. Participates regularly in and understands the benefits of a physically active lifestyle.
4. Understands how to monitor and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness
5. Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.
The elementary physical education program provides instruction for all students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The physical education teacher provides instruction for approximately sixty minutes in a ten day cycle for kindergarten, fifth and sixth grades. First through fourth grades receive approximately 100 minutes in a ten day cycle.
At the middle level seventh and eighth grade students participate in physical education on an alternate day schedule, except at McMillan which alternates semesters.
High School students are required to complete four semesters of physical education and/ or ROTC/ band. Many students enroll in a variety of elective courses beyond the four semester requirement. Instruction is offered on a daily basis. Offerings in physical education include the following: general physical education, developmental physical education, physical fitness, weight training, advance weight training, swimming, physiology of exercise, lifetime sports, individual sports, aerobics, team sports and dance.
Ongoing professional development is key to enhancing staff knowledge and skills sets needed in maintaining a quality program. Various topics are presented to the physical education staff. Those topics are:
The newly implemented Staff Appraisal System
Reading and Writing within the Physical Education Curriculum
Math Connections with the Physical Education Curriculum
Differentiation in the Physical Education Classroom
Nutrition Issues for Secondary Students
Health Issues for Elementary Children
Content Standards and Criteria Reference Testing
Best Practices for Teaching Vocabulary
Team Building Exercise program at Gifford Farm
Implemented in 2006-07 school year an after school program in the following sports for 5th & 6th grade boys and girls: soccer, basketball, flag football and volleyball.