Health and 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 health and physical education programs that provide learning opportunities that are meaningful, motivational, and challenging to the students.
Elementary school 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 was 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.
The secondary physical education program for middle and high school students is called, Move to Live; Live to Move, which was also developed with funds from a PEP Award. The scope of the program provided includes newly structured curriculum, equipment, and professional development. Examples of the modules available to the schools include: Rock Climbing, Lacrosse, Fencing, BOSU, Radical Fitness, etc.
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.