Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education 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.
The discipline's primary purpose is to assist the learner in developing:
- Total physical fitness and 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.
The truly physically educated student will have acquired both competencies applicable to any lifetime activities and a desire to retain the healthy feeling associated with fitness and exercise.
All students will be physically educated, having acquired motor skills to perform a variety of physical activities, physical fitness knowledge, and intrinsic motivation to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle in an increasingly changing society.
The Newport News Schools Family Life Education program is based on the premise that parents should be the primary providers of the information and values of family life and human sexuality. We recognize, however, that changes in our society have placed a high premium on providing adequate information so that every child can make wholesome decisions in life. Accordingly, we believe that this need for information can best be met through a partnership among students, parents, schools, and the community. The Family Life Education program ensures that Newport News Public Schools do their part in this important partnership.
We believe that the content of the Family Life curriculum should be age appropriate, medically accurate and sequential. In addition to anatomy and physiology of reproduction of plants, animals, and humans, the curriculum includes many other important issues. These include self-esteem, self-control, positive decision-making, goal-setting, family values, peer respect, communication skills, and responsible parenting. We emphasize the family values of caring for one’s self and one’s family, and teach the value of recognizing the worth of every individual and of being honest. We believe that sexual relations are best delayed until after marriage. Therefore, our curriculum emphasizes abstinence from premarital sex.
The assistance of the Family Life Education Advisory Committee (made up of representatives of health, medical, religious, and community agencies and groups) has been invaluable in the development of the current Family Life Education program. We recognize the need for community input to be an ongoing component of the program as it is modified and revised. It is our hope that the program that has been implemented in the Newport News Public Schools will enrich the lives of our students and aid them in achieving their full potential as individuals and as members of families and the community.
Family Life Education lessons are taught at various times throughout the entire school year. Parents and guardians have the right to review the Family Life Education program offered by their school division, including written and audiovisual educational materials used in the program. Parents and guardians also have the right to excuse their child from all or part of Family Life Education instruction. If a parent does not want his or her child to participate in the program, the school should be notified in writing.
- Elementary Family Life instructional materials are available for parental review in the elementary school clinics.
- Secondary Family Life instructional materials are available for parental review in the middle and high school libraries.
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.
Brain Boost Activity Breaks
Activity breaks are very important to get the body's blood flowing and "reactivate" the brain centers. Our activity breaks are designed to be used in either 3-5 minute bursts or as outstanding compliments to instruction (Adventure to Fitness). They can even be used when it's cold and wet outside and you need an alternative for home or your recess activities. We've recently partnered with Fusion Fitness and NNPSTV to introduce Fusion Fitness Kidz and we hope you'll not only enjoy our first installation, but use it as well! Join Alexis and the Kidz as they introduce you to simple dance steps designed to get your heart thumping and your brain reactivated! Check the quick link on the right for access to Fusion Fitness Kidz!