Health and Physical Education is an integral part of the overall education of all students at Esparza Elementary. The primary goal of physical education is to motivate students to pursue and continue active lifestyles by developing motor skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities. It is also essential that students develop knowledge, understanding and positive attitudes about human movement. Esparza offers quality health and physical education programs that provide learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational, and challenging to the students.
Esparza students are provided with a program called, Healthy Start, which was developed with funds from the Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Award. The standardized scope and sequence were implemented based on the SPARK program, a research-based, comprehensive physical education curriculum. Within the physical education program, a Health Education program is delivered with a nutritional emphasis. The curriculum also includes modules that align with physical activities taught at the secondary level including Traverse Wall climbing, Lacrosse, Fencing, BOSU, and Speed & Agility.
Esparza is currently implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) with physical education serving as the foundation. The CSPAP is a multi-component approach that includes physical activity before, during, and after school and involvement with communities and families. The new approach provides students the opportunity to be physically active for the recommended 60 minutes per day.