Kinetic Wellness Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the kinetic wellness courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of kinetic wellness faculty, use this link for quick access:

Learn more about our program by visiting Kinetic Wellness at EPHS.


Courses


ADAPTIVE KINETIC WELLNESS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Medical recommendations

This class will provide students with opportunities to develop an individual level of fitness, acquire knowledge of physical fitness concepts, and improve personal fitness while following modifications from their physician. Students will participate in a variety of activities ranging from individual and team sports to individual and group fitness.


KINETIC WELLNESS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9

None

This class will provide the opportunity for students to learn basic skills, rules and strategies. During this course, students are introduced to individual personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) and team-based sports/activities, weight training, fitness activities and CPR training. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


KINETIC WELLNESS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

10

Kinetic Wellness I

This class will provide students with the opportunity to continue improving on skills, rules and strategies for individual and team-based sports, weight training and fitness activities. This course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as continued development of team sports and activities. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


GROUP FITNESS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This class offers students the opportunity to exercise in a variety of forms ranging from Tabata, high intensity interval training (HITT), circuit training, resistance/light weight training, yoga, Pilates, walking, floor and step aerobics. Students will be expected to take an active role in designing daily workouts. This is a base-level course for those who want to be introduced to a variety of exercise methods that tone and strengthen the entire body.


STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

KW I & II or Group Fitness 

During this course, students will participate in basic to advanced strength training exercises that involve anaerobic and aerobic exercises. Throughout the course, students will learn to identify muscular anatomy and understand how to develop those muscles through various exercises. Participation will include, but not be limited to, cardio and weight training activities. The weight room is the main classroom setting where students will be provided with a weightlifting plan that is developed by the teacher.


INDIVIDUAL WELLNESS & FITNESS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

KW I & II or Group Fitness

This class is a classroom/lab combination that is designed for students to gain the necessary information on how to establish a healthier lifestyle and better understand the close relationship between physical health and fitness. We will be learning basic kitchen skills, and we will shop, plan out and practice making healthy and nutritious meals. Nutrition and exercise logs will be kept. Each student will participate in group health, fitness and nutritional goals and will then establish his/her own fitness and nutritional goals for the semester.


PERSONAL SAFETY & WELLNESS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

KW I & II or Group Fitness

This is a one-semester course that focuses on the theory and practice of self defense in response to physical attack. Students will learn the skills necessary to try and avoid violence and unsafe situations. Students completing this course will also learn various self-defense techniques to have as options if they need to defend themselves. Additional topics covered include healthy and unhealthy relationships, personal awareness and safety tactics, and real-world application.


KINETIC WELLNESS III

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11

KW I & II

This class will provide students with the opportunity to continue improving on skills, rules and strategies for individual and team-based sports, weight training and fitness activities. This course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as continued development of team sports and activities. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


JUNIOR LEADER — KINETIC WELLNESS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

11

Teacher recommendation

The purpose of this class is to develop students' leadership skills so as to enable them to assist our kinetic wellness staff in class activities. Through use of leadership skills they will develop self-confidence and positive self-esteem. They will acquire attitudes and habits of loyalty, self-control, cooperation and courtesy. Course outcomes include the following:

  • Students will learn to apply the rules and regulations of all kinetic wellness activities.
  • Students will learn how to officiate and apply proper techniques of officiating in game situations.
  • Students will learn proper exercise techniques, proper safety rules and will monitor student performance of these techniques.
  • Students will become proficient in performing and supporting peers in a variety of kinetic wellness activities.

This course requires an additional fee, which will be used for the purchase of a special T-shirt and for possible field trips.


COMPETITIVE TEAM SPORTS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

11, 12

KW I & II

This course is for a student who has advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of team sports. Choosing this course means you have the desire to compete against others with a similar intensity level. Students are expected to have a firm grasp of the official rules for a variety of team sports. The focus will be on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy and the improvement of knowledge and individual skills. This class will be run similarly to an athletic team. Units will involve skills, drills, scorekeeping and competitive play.


KINETIC WELLNESS IV

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

12

KW I, II & III

This class will provide students with the opportunity to continue improving on skills, rules and strategies for individual and team-based sports, weight training and fitness activities. This course includes an emphasis on personal fitness (stretching, physical strength, cardiovascular conditioning) as well as continued development of team sports and activities. In addition, students will complete the state requirements for fitness testing.


SENIOR LEADER — KINETIC WELLNESS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

12

Junior Leader KW
and teacher recommendation

Skills learned and developed in the Junior Leader — Kinetic Wellness program will now be put into practice. Leadership skills will be used to assist our kinetic wellness staff in class activities. Leaders will lead exercises, officiate, assist with equipment as well as motivate and encourage students. Senior Leaders will be assigned to a teacher for the semester and will be given further instructions for duties and leadership roles. This is an honors course.


ADVANCED STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

B or above in
Strength & Conditioning

This honors class is offered to students involved in athletics or who have completed strength training. The focus of this course will be to improve functional strength, speed, agility and explosive power that will translate into better sports performance. This course includes high-intensity weight, functional and plyometric training. The advanced strength training class is designed to provide each student with the knowledge needed to understand the importance of strength and fitness training.


HEALTH EDUCATION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

Health Education is a course required by the State of Illinois. It is designed to teach students ways of maintaining good physical, mental and social health. The following topics are covered: mental health and mental illness; health careers; purchasing health products; the influence of the environment on health; prevention and control of diseases; physical fitness; tobacco, alcohol, drugs; human sexuality; nutrition; AIDS education; single parent lifestyles; coping with death; and health and life insurance programs.


Faculty


Nicole Franklin

Curriculum Leader & Teacher | Kinetic Wellness | EPHS

Dennis Keizer

Teacher | Kinetic Wellness | EPHS

David Miller

Teacher | Kinetic Wellness & Driver Education | EPHS

Brittany Stanton

Teacher | Kinetic Wellness | EPHS

Lane Stone

Teacher | Kinetic Wellness | EPHS