The BMS physical education program emphasizes improving physical fitness and overall well being. In addition to the wellness theme, the purpose of the physical education program is to introduce various sports and activities that students can participate in throughout their lifetimes. The curriculum is designed to be co-educational, non-competitive, individualized, and challenging to all ability levels. A primary goal is to establish the importance of regular exercise while instilling positive feelings and attitudes toward physical activities. Batesville Middle School is equipped with a wide variety of fitness equipment including a new horizontal climbing wall designed to improve/strengthen the students’ cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body mass index (BMI). Presidential Physical Fitness Testing will be administered in both the fall and spring of the school year and the results will be communicated to parents. Students will have the opportunity to earn recognition for attaining the national or presidential standards.
The BMS health curriculum aligns with state standards and focuses on empowering students to be responsible for their health. Lessons will concentrate on empowering students with the skills to access information, practice healthful behaviors, manage stress, analyze influences, communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, make wise decisions, set and achieve goals, manage behaviors, practice abstinence in pressure situations, and advocate for a good cause. Students will be instructed on safety each year and will have the opportunity to practice the life-saving skills of rescue breathing and CPR.