In today’s society, the need to promote a strong body and mind are more important than ever. Problems such as alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, sexually transmitted disease, obesity and physical inactivity diminish the quality and longevity of life. Research has proven the correlation between an active body and academic success. The Health and Physical Education Department of the Irvington Public Schools provides a motivating and enriching K-12 program that meets the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of our students. The curriculum is designed to support the other core subjects while also providing our students the necessary skills to improve and maintain their health and wellness for a lifetime.
The physical education department believes its mission is to expose all students to the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle and the involvement of physical activities they can participate in for a lifetime.
2019-2020 CURRICULUM INITIATIVES
- Irvington Public Schools utilizes the SPARK curriculum in all K-12 physical education classes. SPARK is endorsed by the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAHPERD), SHAPE America, and the U.S. Department of Education as school based solution to solve our nation’s health issues.
- SPARK lessons are designed for students to engage in 80% physical activity times, and aim to help student progress in their sports and motor skills, fitness metrics, and cooperative skills.
- All Irvington Public Schools Physical Educators receive yearly professional development on effectively implementing the SPARK curriculum in their classrooms.
- Irvington Public Schools utilizes BrainPop to facilitate our health curriculum in grades 6 to 12. Current research indicates students performance outcomes are increased in health classes when implementing BrainPop’s three-tier approach of utilizing multimedia, assessment, and supplemental assignments.
- BrainPop lessons are designed to deliver health content that meets NJDOE Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards, and due to the addition of lessons to the curriculum catalog each year, the health classes will always educate students on content applicable in today’s world.
- All Irvington Public Schools Physical Educators receive yearly professional development on effectively implementing the BrainPop curriculum in their classrooms.