Straus Middle School

Straus PE/Health/Athletics Department

Physical Education is an integral part of the overall education of all students in the Northside Independent School District. 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. Northside offers quality physical education programs that provide learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational, and challenging to the students.

Northside is currently implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) with physical education serving as the foundation. The CSPAP is a multi-component approach which 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.

Northside ISD's Middle School Physical Education program also derives from the research-based SPARK and CATCH Curriculums. In  Middle school P.E. students will be exposed to activities that support being physically active for a lifetime. Activities such as yoga, Pilates, archery, golf, tennis, and badminton will be taught. Students will also be exposed to a variety of recreational and outdoor sports such as rock climbing, fencing, fishing, and mountain biking. All students receiving PE credit will take the Fitnessgram to assess cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, upper body strength, abdominal strength, trunk extension, and body mass.

"Move to Live, Live to Move" (P.E.P. Grant) Program

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State law requires school districts to annually assess the physical fitness of students enrolled in grade three or higher and to provide the results of individual student performance on the administered physical fitness assessments to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative (PFAI) is a program designed to collect and analyze the required student physical fitness data.

Parents may request their child's physical fitness assessment results by contacting their child's physical education teacher.


Off-Campus Physical Education Program

The Off-Campus Physical Education Program (OCPE) accommodates students interested in developing higher-level skills in a specific activity that exceeds what the school district can offer through the general physical education program. The OCPE Program allows students in 6th through 12th grades to earn credits that meet the district and state physical education requirements. Students are expected to be physically educated, along with being physically active.

Restricted Physical Education

A student who is unable to participate in the state-required regular PE program due to a specific physiological condition will have his/her program modified in a restricted PE program

Physician's Form

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Healthy Habits - A 6th Grade Journey


A Journey with a mission!

The mission of Healthy Habits is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors as well as to educate students how to recognize the influence of responsible decision-making on the quality of life.


Healthy Habits

  • Required 9 week course for all 6th grade students
  • Emphasis on Social & Emotional Learning
  • Project-Based
  • E-Journals


Healthy Habits: Topics

  1. Laying the Foundation - introduction to the course, expectations
  2. Life Skills - setting goals
  3. Social Health - relationships, refusal skills
  4. Personal Hygiene - taking care of your body
  5. Social Media - finding a balance in life
  6. Mental Health Awareness - what is mental health, how to deal with stress, anxiety and depression in a healthy way
  7. Substance Abuse - alcohol, legal/illegal drugs, refusal skills
  8. E-cigarettes - CATCH My Breath Youth Vaping Prevention Program


Healthy Habits: A SEL Foundation

Mindfulness Information Sheet

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Defined by CASEL (

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

5 Key Competencies: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making


And we're off on a journey to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors!

Healthy Habits - A 6th Grade Journey

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Choosing the Best Path - abstinence-centered curriculum

Northside Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved an abstinence-centered curriculum called Choosing the Best Path. Choosing the Best Path is a program designed to learn the facts about the risks and consequences of teen sex, as well as the benefits of choosing healthy relationships. Lessons are taught to 8th-grade students through physical education, athletics, and dance over a five-day period.

Two meetings will be held to give parents/guardians the opportunity to preview the materials used in the program and have any concerns addressed. Instruction requires an active opt-in/opt-out parent/guardian signature.

You can find more information on the Choosing the Best Path website.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Leon, Health Education Instructional Support Teacher, at or by phone at (210) 397-3567.  



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