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Kinetic Wellness

The Kinetic Wellness Department promotes a student-centered, performance-based curriculum model to promote healthy lifestyles for students. The Department incorporates research which shows that physical activity promotes fitness, enhances performance, and increases overall cognitive development. Students are taught why the activities implemented within the classroom support overall well being and a healthy lifestyle, further incentivizing them to participate.

Introduction to Kinetic Wellness

Introduction to Kinetic Wellness

Grade: 9, 10
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will learn to perform the basic skills for a variety of traditional and non-traditional team sports. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the rules/regulations for each sport covered during class. Students will also be able to maintain and enhance their fitness levels through mildly competitive team games.

Health Education

Health Education

Grade: 10
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will learn to make decisions and take appropriate action towards leading a healthy, fulfilling life. The class will be introduced to a variety of health related concepts and issues that the students can control towards leading a healthy lifestyle. The students will become aware of basic health concepts such as maintaining personal hygiene as well as avoiding situations in which they could acquire disease related illnesses. The course also teaches students how to manage and maintain mental and emotional wellness while making them aware of disease and violence prevention. The material taught in this course is student-centered instruction and appeals to the interests and concepts that students preparing for college may encounter. The students will be able to develop their literacy skills along with skills pertaining to other academic areas through a variety of interdisciplinary learning and journal documenting. The information shared throughout this course will allow the students to be more knowledgeable in a variety of health concepts allowing them to make better decisions in life pertaining to their personal health and wellness.

Kinetic Wellness 3

Kinetic Wellness 3

Grade: 11
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will perform and refine their basic skills for a variety of traditional and non-traditional team sports. Students will learn to execute a variety of basic strategies that are used in the sports that are covered throughout the term. Students will also be able to exhibit their knowledge of the rules/regulations for each sport covered during class. Students will be aware of the benefits that persist regarding physical fitness and cardiovascular fitness. Students will become familiar with the concept of teamwork and cooperating within a group in order to achieve a common goal.

Strength Training / Advanced Strength Training

Strength Training / Advanced Strength Training

Grade: 11, 12
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: This kinetic wellness course introduces the students to the concept of strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. Class is conducted using student-centered lectures, demonstration instruction, and student hands-on experience. The class covers different strength building exercises and training workouts in order to build muscular strength and endurance. It also covers a conditioning component that is essential towards strengthening an individual’s level of cardiovascular fitness as well as their respiratory output. Workout routines and different training regimens will also be covered so that an individual is given the tools to create their own fitness workout regimen towards leading a healthy lifestyle. Students will have opportunities to connect concepts learned in this course with concepts introduced in academic content areas such as English, mathematics, and health (Students may only take this course through faculty recommendation or student inquiry evaluated by the Kinetic Wellness division head).

Alternative Fitness

Alternative Fitness

Grade: 11, 12
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will learn to implement an appropriate fitness plan to enhance the opportunity of living a healthy lifestyle through the use of non-traditional exercises and fitness activities. The content for this course is focused on three major concepts of fitness including but not limited to cardiovascular fitness, strength training, and overall nutrition. Students will be introduced to a variety of cardiovascular workouts that range from step aerobics to Zumba. The strength training focus will aim towards strengthening the core and building lean muscle in the arms and legs. Lastly, the nutrition portion of this course will teach students how to develop, implement, and maintain a healthy diet. The nutrition concept will be centered around the highly endorsed Food Pyramid which students have been introduced to previously during the DePaul College Prep Health course (Students may only take this course through faculty recommendation or student inquiry evaluated by the Kinetic Wellness division head).

Kinetic Wellness 4

Kinetic Wellness 4

Grade: 12
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students will perform and refine their basic skills for a variety of traditional and non-traditional team sports. Students will execute a variety of basic strategies that are used in the sports that are covered throughout the term. Students will also be able to exhibit their knowledge of the rules/regulations for each sport covered during class. Students will recognize the benefits that persist regarding physical fitness and cardiovascular fitness. Students will become familiar with the concept of teamwork and cooperating within a group in order to achieve a common goal. In addition, the class will be introduced to strength training and fitness planning in order to acquire the tools necessary towards leading a healthy lifestyle.

Kinetic Wellness Captains

Kinetic Wellness Captains

Grade: 12
Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students have an opportunity throughout this course to demonstrate and build on their leadership capabilities and teaching/coaching practices. Students in this class would have already completed the advanced levels of Kinetic Wellness and look to be aspiring trainers, coaches, or teachers in the future. Students will assist the lead teacher in stretching, warm-ups, instruction, and supervision of a Kinetic Wellness course. This class offers students opportunities to lead as instructors, assist as mentors, and participate in the activities during class time. Students in this course are expected to be sociable, responsible, mature, and active participants in the physical education class. They should understand that they are to be a role model to the students that are participating in their regular physical education. (Students may only take this course if accepted by the Counseling Department and the Kinetic Wellness division head.)

(revised June 2019)

Kinetic Wellness Faculty

Ms. Lauren Althoff

Ms. Lauren Althoff

Teacher
B.S., Coastal Carolina University
Kinetic Wellness
Mr. Michael Passarella

Mr. Michael Passarella

Teacher, Head Football Coach
B.S., Illinois State
M.A., Gonzaga University
Kinetic Wellness
Mr. Michael Wieda

Mr. Michael Wieda

Department Chair, Teacher, Baseball Coach
B.S., Chicago State University
Kinetic Wellness