Kinesiology & Health

Department Chair, Derek Dowrey

  • In Kinesiology students will complete the transition from modified versions of movement forms to more applications across all types of physical activities. They will demonstrate and apply key movement and fitness principles and concepts for all activities in which they will demonstrate competence in the ability to use basic skills, strategies, and tactics. Students will demonstrate more specialized knowledge in identifying and applying key movement concepts and principles. They assess their skill performance and develop a personal physical activity program aimed at improving it. They apply their understanding of personal fitness to lifelong participation in physical activity.

    Students demonstrate independence of others in making choices, respect all others, void conflict but are able to resolve it appropriately and use elements of fair play and ethical behavior in physical activity settings. Students demonstrate the ability to plan for and improve components of fitness and achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness. They develop the ability to understand and anticipate how physical activity interests and abilities change across a lifetime.  Students demonstrate competency in at least three lifelong physical activities and plan, implement, self-assess, and modify a personal fitness plan. Students are prepared to lead a physically active lifestyle. Part of the course focuses on classroom instruction in fitness, nutrition, the functioning body, family relationships, disease prevention and control, and substance abuse prevention.

    New Virginia Licensing Regulation – beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2016-2017 school year, requires that recipients of the standard and advanced diplomas must receive and WPS requires that students pass training in emergency first aid, CPR, and the use of AEDs.

    Advanced Kinesiology*

    *Prerequisite for the Advanced Kinesiology course: Successful completion of Health 9/Kinesiology with a “C” average or better, or with a recommendation from a Kinesiology teacher. Students who choose to enroll in a second year of an Advanced Kinesiology course must have completed the first year of General or Advanced Kinesiology with a ”B” or better.