Wernecke P.E. Curriculum
The Wernecke P.E. Department is made up of; Joe Carranza, Ruben Garcia and Maricela Jimenez.
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.
Another component of our curriculum is the addition of Senate Bill 530, an annual fitness assessment called the Fitnessgram for all students in grades 3rd – 12th.
Students will receive a grade for P.E. and health each six week period. A detailed grading policy is available upon request. It is also on the Sharyland website.
During the year, we cover numerous games and activities. For the first couple months, the students 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 an activity. 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, terminology and skills in an age-appropriate manner.
Four Fridays out of each six week term are devoted to Health lessons. 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 any health problems.
In February, we will participate in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart. Last year, Donna Wernecke students raised $8,650.00 to help fight heart disease. They were also one of the top three schools in our region.
In May, students will participate in a Field Day that is like no other, they rotate through ten stations that are pure fun. Parent volunteers are essential to making Field Day a huge success.
Finally, we believe in effective discipline. When a student misbehaves, they usually receive a warning or a discipline mark in our book and are directed to sit on the bench. After a few minutes, the student 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. On those days, the kids who have marks by their names spend about 10-15 minutes walking for exercise. When class is over, the discipline mark is then crossed out.
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.
Wernecke P.E. Staff