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Physical Education

The purpose of the Penns Valley Health and Physical Education Department is to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle through activity. Students will engage in a variety of lifetime individual and team sports with an emphasis on physical activity and fitness. The Physical Education Department strives to deliver quality instruction while motivating and engaging our students, building sportsmanship, communication, cooperation, and teamwork. It is our goal to help each student recognize the value of physical activity for health and enjoyment.


Our curriculum is guided by national and state standards. (NASPE - National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Pennsylvania State Standards for Health, Safety, and Physical Education)


Our department is comprised of five instructors: Andrea Borland, Carol Fultz, Keith Ripka, Todd Johnson, and Garrett Milner. Each instructor’s website includes course syllabi which outline their classes and activities taught.


Senior high physical education courses generally run on a block scheduling system comprising of eighty-minute classes for a nine week period (quarter). Junior high physical education courses are on a period schedule comprising of forty-minute classes for a semester. At the elementary level, students have physical education once every six days for thirty-five minutes.  


Health Education


The purpose of health education is to enhance our student’s knowledge, attitude,

behavior, and beliefs to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our courses will give students the skills and information necessary to make educated and responsible decisions relating to his/her health while working towards achieving optimal health. Our curriculum will also give students the knowledge to practice behaviors that promote individual and community health.


A variety of teaching strategies are utilized in our health courses which are guided by the Pennsylvania State Standards. Currently, Andrea Borland teaches both eighth and eleventh grade health. Garrett Milner teaches health at the elementary level. Course syllabi and information can be viewed on Mrs. Borland’s and Mr. Milner’s website.    


Health is required in grade eleven and grade eight. Typically, eleventh grade health runs on a block scheduling system comprising of eighty-minute classes for a nine week period (quarter). Eighth grade health is on a period schedule comprising of forty-minute classes for a semester. At the elementary level, fifth and sixth grade students have health on days one, three, and five of the six day cycle for the entire semester.