Our Mission

Austin Independent School District’s Physical Education and Health Departments educate students to become lifelong learners of health and wellness by participating in activities that develop behaviors which encourage healthy decision-making, appropriate social skills, and lifelong physical fitness in and outside of the educational setting.

The Physical and Health Education Department’s goal is to graduate students who:

  • HAVE learned skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and physical activity
  • KNOWS the implications of and the benefits from involvement in physical activities
  • DO include healthy habits including physical activity in daily life
  • ARE fit, healthy and ready to learn
  • VALUE physical activity and health as they relate to a healthy lifestyle

 

Health Awareness

Heart Health Week  AISD celebrates Heart Health Week January 30 - February 3.  We spend the week learning about heart health and how it affects both male and female students and staff.  We end the week by observing Wear Red Day on Friday.  Visit the American Heart Association for more information.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a fundamental research-driven approach based on the tenets of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. SEL creates the foundation that lets all other learning occur. Learn how to reinforce SEL skills by visiting: Tools for Learning

Respect for All is a district initiative focusing on building awareness and encouraging tolerance through social emotional learning, student-led initiatives and ongoing dialogues. Explore the district's Respect for All website, which provides important information about the AISD policies addressing bullying, harassment and violence, as well as resources for parents and students. Visit Respect for All

   

The Austin School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) works with the district to help school communities support good health and academic achievement. To learn more about the AISD SHAC, please visit AISD-SHAC 

 

News & Events

New Recess Policy Lets Austin Public School Students Take It Outside - KUT.org featured Ortega Elementary while reporting on AISD recess policy.  Click HERE for KUT.org article.

Physical Literacy in the News Move Over math, physical literacy counts, too - Click HERE to read the Huffington Post article featured in the most recent SHAPE newsletter.

Elementary Recess in the News  Elementary students in Austin, Texas, may soon get to enjoy 30 minutes of unrestricted recess every day.  Right now, administrators in the Austin Independent School District are just trying to figure out how to make it happen.  For the full EdWeek article, click HERE.

TAHPERD 2016 K-12 Administrator of the Year Awarded to Michele Rusnak

AISD Health & Physical Education Supervisor, Michele Rusnak, has been chosen to receive the K-12 Administrator of the Year Award at the 93rd annual TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Convention in Galveston, Texas on December 2nd.  Administrators throughout Texas are nominated for this award by their peers and just one administrator is chosen each year.  Congratulations to Michele Rusnak and AISD! Click HERE to see the complete list of 2016 TAHPERD Award Recipients.

Meet Principal Brian Hill and the Pillow Panthers - Principal Hill and Pillow Elementary are featured in the June Marathon Kids newsletter.  Click HERE to read about the great work happening at Pillow.

 

 

  LOOKING FOR ATHLETICS SCHEDULES or PHYSICAL FORMS?

CLICK HERE to visit the AISD Athletics Website. 

  

 

District Fitnessgram Results and Goals: Percent of Students in the Healthy Fitness Zone 

School Year

Body Mass Index

Cardio

Curl Ups

Push Ups

Sit & Reach

Trunk Lift

2007-2008

60%

60%

85%

75%

73%

85%

2008-2009

60%

62%

85%

74%

73%

80%

2009-2010

60%

65%

86%

74%

74%

80%

2010-2011

60%

*71%

85%

75%

73%

82%

2011-2012

61%

71%

84%

75%

73%

81%

2012-2013

61%

71%

84%

73%

71%

81%

2013-2014

61%

70%

82%

72%

69%

80%

2014-2015

61%

70%

81%

69%

64%

78%

2015-2016

61%

71%

82%

71%

71%

77%

* New Aerobic Capacity criteria