Donna Wernecke Elementary
Physical Education/ Health
Ph: 956- 928-1063 Ext: 3836
Conference time 11;30-12:15
The Wernecke P.E. Department is made up of one professional; Joe Carranza, and two para-professionals; Maricela Jimenez and Ruben Garcia.
Our curriculum is correlated with the TEKS. It is well-rounded with a focus on fitness and fun. We want both the non-athlete and athlete to look back on their elementary P.E. experiences with fond memories.
We offer intramural sports before and after school for the 6th graders who are interested in pursuing athletics. They have the opportunity to travel to refine their skills and compete in sports such as flag football, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.
Another component of our curriculum is the addition of Senate Bill 530, an annual fitness assessment for all students in grades 3rd – 12th. It is called the Fitnessgram.
Students will receive a grade for P.E. and Health each six week period. A detailed grading policy is listed on our web site.
During the year, we cover numerous games and activities. For the first couple months, the kids remain in the gym with little exposure to the heat. Ample water is provided daily. We try to emphasize the importance of hydration to the children.
A typical day in P.E. consists of a short aerobic warm-up to music as well as stretching. During this time, we introduce and reinforce vocabulary related to the parts of the anatomy that are being targeted that day. After that, we introduce a game. During the game, we encourage sportsmanship to promote positive lifelong behavior.
During each sports season such as volleyball, basketball, etc., we teach lead-up games to those sports that introduce the sport and skills in an age-appropriate manner.
Health lessons will also be taught periodically. We try to stay current on the latest research. Examples of Health lessons include body systems, safety (fire, bus, playground, home, Halloween, bicycle), abduction prevention, nutrition, drug education, etc.
Another component of our program is fitness stations. Two days every three weeks, the students rotate through a series of ten stations during P.E. that provide a total body workout. These stations are challenging. They target the upper body, lower body, the heart, lungs, and even the mind. Some are quite fun while others are somewhat difficult. Students who have certain health problems are exempt from stations that might aggravate the problem.
In February, we will participate in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart. Students at Donna Wernecke have been recognized for raising more money than any other school in the entire South Texas region. Over the past three years, students have raised over $29,800.00 in an effort to fight heat disease.
In May, students will participate in a Field Day that is like no other, they rotate through ten stations that are pure fun. Last year over 80 parents came to help us out and we are very grateful.
Finally, we believe in effective discipline. When a child misbehaves, they usually receive a warning or a discipline mark in our book and are directed to sit on the bench, at the coaches discretion. After a few minutes, the child may return to the game if they are able to admit what they did wrong and accept responsibility for their actions. If they receive a discipline mark, they lose playing privileges when our next reward day comes along. These occur once each three weeks.
If you have any questions regarding our program, feel free to visit any day. Our conference period is from 11:30-12:15 each day.