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PE, Health & Wellness (K-12)

Dr. Jean Heise, Humanities Supervisor 
PE/Health/Wellness Specialist


K-8 Physical Education  

Physical education plays a major role in the overall education of the children in Knox County.  The skills learned in physical education prepare children physically, but also develop readiness skills for success in the classroom.  The goal of K-8 physical education is to contribute to the total growth and development of the child, primarily through selected movement experiences and physical activity.
Elementary Track News!  A big "Thank You" goes to Marty Sonnenfeldt, Director of the Knoxville Track Club for his endless support and organization of the four Knox County School elementary track meets held each spring.  Be sure to check out the "Elementary Track Information" link below to visit the Knoxville Track Club web site and for information about the elementary track meets.  If your child wants to be a part of the best community running program in the area, then the Knox County Track Club is the place to be!!             Thanks Marty, for all you do for Knox County Schools kids!!  
Middle School Health        
The overall goal of health is to introduce children to the basic knowledge and skills needed to establish healthy living habits, personal health care, and the availability of community health providers. 
High School Physical Education and Wellness   

Note: One unit of Lifetime Wellness and .5 unit of Physical Education are required for graduation.  The Lifetime Wellness is taken during a student's 10th grade year. If a student is unsuccessful during the 10th grade year, he/she will be required to wait until their senior year to repeat the class.
The goal of Physical Education I is to provide a variety of activities through four strands:  Cooperative Games/Activities; Individual Sports; Team Sports; and Fitness Activities. Each unit within the strand will be designed to teach the basic skills, rules and strategies necessary to understand and perform a variety of activities. This course is a prerequisite for Advanced Physical Education.
Aerobics emphasizes the importance in improving and maintaining a healthier cardiovascular system. Skills taught in order to achieve this goal include muscular endurance, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Regular aerobic workouts through the participation in aerobic routines, games and various other activities accompanied by a fitness assessment will be the primary instructional focus of this course.
Conditioning and Advanced Strength Training are designed to allow students to make gains in conditioning, muscle tone, and strength while emphasizing the importance of making an active healthy lifestyle a lifelong practice. Health and skill related activities such as flexibility, speed, agility, coordination and power, along with self-discipline and a positive attitude will be the content focus. Proper nutrition will also be examined and emphasized.

The goal of Advanced Physical Education is to provide progressive skills, techniques and strategies in various activities.
The goal of Lifetime Wellness is for students to learn a lifelong process of positive lifestyle management that seeks to integrate the emotional, social, intellectual, and physical dimensions of self for a longer, more productive and higher quality of life.  Lifetime Wellness is a holistic approach to health and physical education in Tennessee high schools. The course addresses Nutrition, Substance Use and Abuse, Mental Health, Family Life and Sexuality, First Aid and Safety, and Personal Fitness and Related Skills. Each content area is addressed in a classroom setting while allowing opportunity to explore how one content area affects and is affected by other content areas. Students participate in cooperative learning instructional methods and physical activities that can be practiced throughout a person’s lifespan. Instruction emphasizes prevention as well as intervention with regard to the health practices of students.



Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education                             
Mr. Lucas Hurd, Health Educator


Family Life Education and HIV/AIDS Education are included in the Health and Wellness standards. These topics are mandated by State Law (Public Charter No. 565). Parents have the option to have their child exempted and placed in an alternate learning environment during Family Life instruction. A parent may complete and return the “opt out” form sent home with each student before instruction begins. Parents are welcome to review the Family Life and HIV/AIDS education curriculum and materials by contacting their child’s teacher at the school.

Knox County Schools and the Knox County Health Department have employed Mr. Lucas Hurd as the Knox County Schools Health Educator. Lucas’ primary responsibility is to deliver the Family Life curriculum in collaboration with the Health and Wellness teachers. Only Knox County Schools staff and Knox County Health Department personnel will deliver this important and delicate curricular material. Family Life education is taught in 6th, 8th and 10th grades.



Department Contacts
+ Dr. Heise, Jean (Supervisor, Humanities)
+ Miller-Davis, Tracy (Administrative Assistant)
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