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The Next Level: Wellness at PV

Posted October 31st, 2016

The goal of Pleasant Valley Community School District is to prepare students to succeed in a diverse, global society and become life-long learners.  PV instructors also want to make sure they continuously improve for the future of our students.  In the 2016-17 school year, Wellness instructors across the District took that goal to heart.  All summer, teachers met to determine how they should fairly and accurately assess all students.  They worked together with experts in the field to write new curriculum and, in turn, new assessments.  They based the curriculum on the new Iowa Core Standards and Physical Education National Standards.  The changes are teaching students not only life-long wellness skills, but emphasize cooperation, teamwork, and problem solving.

At PVHS, students are now graded in several ways.  Each student receives a fitness assessment.  They’re also tested on skills and knowledge of the particular unit.  Students are also graded on a 0 to 4 scale in three categories:  Cooperation and Teamwork, Problem Solving, and Participation.  Click here to see the full rubric.  Students who receive the highest score, a 4, must show teachers they’re helping others, have a solid work ethic, and are responsible.

PV’s Wellness Department is going beyond the games and teaching students communication, teamwork, and a positive attitude will make them successful, not just the scoreboard.

For more on the new curriculum, visit the Wellness Department’s website.

We also invite you to watch the video below, which explains why Wellness classes are so important to our students’ overall academic success.


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