SHS Health & Physical Education

  • Living life to its fullest calls for paying close attention to our health and well-being. Throughout our lives, we depend on the skills and knowledge of physical educators and health professionals to help us make better decisions about nutrition, exercise, preventive health practices and lifetime activity — all important elements of a healthy lifestyle. 

    According to a study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people can build healthy bodies and establish healthy lifestyles by including physical activity in their daily lives. However, many young people are not physically active on a regular basis, and physical activity declines dramatically during adolescence. School and community programs can help young people get active and stay active. In addition, the CDC found that young people say they like physical activity because it is fun; they do it with friends; and it helps them learn skills, stay in shape, and look better. To this end, health and physical education makes a major contribution as the primary area of the curriculum concerned with helping students develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and physical skills.

    The Sparta Schools Health and Physical Education Program is that integral part of the curriculum that, through human movement, concentrates on the development of individuals' maximum physical potential and their related social, emotional, and intellectual growth. 

    Sparta's Health and Physical Education Program Beliefs:

    The discipline's primary purpose is to assist the learner in developing:

    • Total physical fitness and a lasting desire to maintain it; 
    • Movement abilities ranging from functional life skills to those needed for successful participation in leisure activities of their choice; 
    • A sense of self-worth and dignity; 
    • Social competencies; 
    • Safety awareness; and 
    • An appreciation and understanding of specific sports and dances, including their origins, cultural impact and aesthetic values

Contact Information

  • Tara Rossi
    Assistant Superintendent
    Supervisor for Health, Physical Education, and Wellness: Grades: K-8
    973.729.7174 
    tara.rossi@sparta.org

    Jamie Barker
    Sparta High School Vice Principal
    Supervisor for Health, Physical Education, and Wellness: Grades 9-12
    973.729.9498 x2212
    jamie.barker@sparta.org