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Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education


Health and Physical Education is that integral part of the curriculum that, through human movement, concentrates on the development of individuals' maximum physical potential and their related social, emotional, and intellectual growth.

The discipline's primary purpose is to assist the learner in developing:

  1. Total physical fitness and lasting desire to maintain it;
  2. Movement abilities ranging from functional life skills to those needed for successful participation in leisure activities of their choice;
  3. A sense of self-worth and dignity;
  4. Social competencies;
  5. Safety awareness; and
  6. An appreciation and understanding of specific sports and dances, including their origins, cultural impact and aesthetic values.

The truly physically educated student will have acquired both competencies applicable to any lifetime activities and a desire to retain the healthy feeling associated with fitness and exercise.


All students will be physically educated, having acquired motor skills to perform a variety of physical activities, physical fitness knowledge, and intrinsic motivation to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle in an increasingly changing society.

Family Life

The Newport News Public Schools Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum is taught in grades K-12.  Lessons include age-appropriate instruction in family and community relationships, assertiveness and safety skills, abstinence education, the value of postponing sexual activity, human sexuality and human reproduction, and the prevention and effects of sexually transmitted infections. Instruction is designed to promote parental involvement, foster positive self-esteem, and provide coping mechanisms for dealing with peer pressure and stressors related to the developmental stages and abilities of the students. Newport News Public Schools believes that it is important to provide age-appropriate and accurate information to students so that every child can make healthy life decisions.  This is best accomplished through a partnership among students, parents, schools, and the community.

Parents have the right to review the complete FLE curricula, including all supplemental materials used in any FLE program.  Copies of the curricula and supplemental materials are available for review in all elementary, middle, and high school media centers.  An overview of the elementary, middle, and high school FLE topics can be found in the column to the right.

Parents may remove their child(ren) from any FLE lessons at a particular grade level and alternative, non-FLE lessons will be made available to those students. If a parent chooses to remove their child(ren) from any FLE lessons, the school should be notified in writing. ​

CDC Report

According to a study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people can build healthy bodies and establish healthy lifestyles by including physical activity in their daily lives. However, many young people are not physically active on a regular basis, and physical activity declines dramatically during adolescence. School and community programs can help young people get active and stay active. In addition, the CDC found that young people say they like physical activity because it is fun; they do it with friends; and it helps them learn skills, stay in shape, and look better. To this end, health and physical education makes a major contribution as the primary area of the curriculum concerned with helping students develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and physical skills.

Brain Boost Activity Breaks

Activity breaks are very important to get the body's blood flowing and "reactivate" the brain centers. Our activity breaks are designed to be used in either 3-5 minute bursts or as outstanding compliments to instruction (Adventure to Fitness). They can even be used when it's cold and wet outside and you need an alternative for home or your recess activities. We've recently partnered with Fusion Fitness and NNPSTV to introduce Fusion Fitness Kidz and we hope you'll not only enjoy our first installation, but use it as well! Join Alexis and the Kidz as they introduce you to simple dance steps designed to get your heart thumping and your brain reactivated!