Health and Physical Education Department
Department Staff

About Us
The mission of the Papillion-LaVista Public Schools Health and Physical Education Department will be to provide a lifelong education in a diverse learning environment, promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Health and wellness is to provide students with opportunities, in a diverse environment, to gain knowledge and understanding within the dimensions of wellness. The social, emotional, physical, individual well-being, and intellectual domains are the dimensions of wellness used to promote lifelong participation in a healthy lifestyle.

Physical Education is to provide students with opportunities, in a diverse environment, to gain knowledge, maintain a profile of lifelong participation in physical activities which contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Cross Training with Cardiovascular Emphasis
Cross Training with Cardiovascular (Aerobic) Emphasis focuses on improving a person’s flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance, leading to a healthy lifestyle. This class will allow students to improve their aerobic/anaerobic endurance. It will teach students to develop the five physical fitness components (flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and body composition).

Cross Training with Strength Emphasis
Cross Training with Strength Emphasis focuses on improving a person’s muscular strength/endurance and cardiovascular endurance, leading to a healthy lifestyle. This class will allow students to improve their muscular strength/endurance. It will teach students to develop the five physical fitness components (flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and body composition).

Beginning Weight Training and Fitness
The students will be introduced to fundamental weight training concepts and lifts involved in increasing strength and power to improve athletic performance and promote life-time physical fitness. This class will provide the importance of lifting, proper lifting techniques, and safety.

Intermediate Weight Training and Fitness
This class is designed to build on the learning experiences gained from Beginning Weight Training and Fitness. The students will increase strength and power by focusing on weight training to improve athletic performance and promote life-time physical fitness. This class will allow students to learn and perform activities to gain power, strength, speed agility and cardiovascular endurance.

Athletic Weight Training and Conditioning
This class focuses on strength, power and conditioning associated with improved athletic performance. This class allows athletes to learn and perform lifts and cardiovascular activities that are specific to improvement of athletic performance.

Lifetime Activities and Fitness
This course is designed to teach basic skills in lifetime leisure activities. Students will learn life style fitness concepts through participating in various activities. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to lifetime activities and benefits and impacts they will have throughout their life. Activities include tennis, golf, frisbee, basketball, horseshoes, softball, volleyball, walking, jogging and badminton.

Outdoor Activities and Fitness
This course is designed to teach basic individual, team and fitness activities for a healthy lifestyle. This course is offered during first semester and includes mostly outdoor activities such as softball, flag football, tennis, golf, and soccer. When the weather gets too cold, activities such as volleyball, badminton and basketball are offered inside. This course will introduce students to a variety of individual and team activities they can participate in for life.

Indoor Activities and Fitness
This course is designed to teach basic individual, team and fitness activities for a healthy lifestyle. This course is offered during second semester and includes mostly indoor activities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball, and floor hockey. When weather becomes nice out, activities such as softball, flag football, tennis, golf and soccer are part of the curriculum. This course will introduce students to a variety of individual and team activities they can participate in for life.

Sports Officiating
This course is designed to offer students the coursework and experience necessary to become an official in a variety of major sports, including, but not limited to football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball. Coursework will include classroom activities, field experiences, guest speakers and video lessons. This course will provide students with opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary to officiate athletic contests. Upon successful completion of this class, students interested in employment may pursue NSAA certification at their cost.

Individualized Physical Education
Individualized PE is designed for students who will benefit more from an individualized and/or developmental physical education program. This may be due to some physical, mental, social, or emotional reason or circumstance. Individualized learning is made possible through trained student-peer tutors who work with the exceptional students under the guidance of the instructor. Individualized PE provides the opportunity for students to improve at their own pace. Purpose: The purpose of our program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to pursue an active, healthy lifestyle.