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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Health & Physical Education

We recognize physical activity, exercise and wellness education are important to allow students to learn to their capacity. Children who are healthy are more likely to learn and achieve in the classroom. Therefore, Highline strives to provide high quality Health and Physical Education at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of our youth and to develop health and physically literate students that are prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

Our Vision 

Our vision is for every K-12 student in the Highline School District to participate in a quality health and physical ducation program that promotes lifelong health and fitness.

Our Mission

We are committed to teaching lifelong health and fitness skills through an active academic learning environment.

Students in PE class at Chinook Middle School.
Students in PE class at Mount View School.
Students in PE class at Cascade Middle School.
Students in PE class at Ceadrhurst Elementary School.

"You can't educate a child who isn't healthy, and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated."  — M. Jocelyn Elders, MD

Program Information

Physical Education

Highline Physical Education teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be physically active for a lifetime. How do we know that our students are prepared to be physically active for life? We know because they can elaborate on the following statements:

  • “I can correctly perform a variety of skills and movements.”
  • “I can apply what I know and improve my performance.”
  • “I can train myself to be fit and healthy.”
  • “I can safely participate and respectfully cooperate with others in physical activity settings.”
  • “I can explain the importance of being physically active and can participate in a variety of physical activities.”

Ask your child to share examples from each of the success statements. 

Physical Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Students will demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Standard 2: Students will apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Standard 4: Students will exhibit responsible, personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Standard 5: Students will recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

Use the following links to see what your child will be assessed on each grade level:

Track your student's health and fitness status online using WELNET. Use your student ID as a username and your last name for the password. You can change your password once you have logged in.

If you would like to view a copy of the PE curriculum guide, please contact Derek Severson at 206-631-3262.

Health Education

Highline Health Education teaches our students that good health and safety principles can lead to a lifetime of healthy practices, resulting in more productive, active, and successful lives.

How do we know that our students are prepared to for a lifetime of healthy practices?

We know because they can elaborate on the following statements:

  • “I can comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.”
  • “I can analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.”
  • “I can access valid information and products and services to enhance health.”
  • “I can use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.”
  • “I can use decision-making skills to enhance health.”
  • “I can use goal-setting skills to enhance health.”
  • “I can practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.”
  • “I can advocate for personal, family, and community health.

Ask your child to share examples from each of the success statements!

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
  • Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, adn other factors on health behaviors.
  • Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

Track your student's health and fitness status online using WELNET. Use your student ID as a username and your last name for the password. You can change your password once you have logged in. Parents and guardians also have the ability to be able to view health curriculum and standards taught in our schools.

 Click on the following links to view information on what and how your child will be assessed on each grade level:

Grades K-6

Grades 7-8

Grades 9-12

 If you have questions about health education in Highline, please contact Derek Severson at 206-631-3262.

Directed Athletics

Highline Public Schools currently offers a new system for students to access Physical Education Equivalency credits through the Directed Athletics independent course. Students participating in a school or community sport can receive a 0.5 PE credit. This new PE Equivalency Credit system adheres to both district and state policies and procedures.

Students in the class of 2019 and 2020 may complete the Directed Athletics Packet. Counselors and/or school administrators will oversee the process for collection and verification as used in previous years. 

Students in class of 2021 and beyond must complete Direct Athletics through a CANVAS online learning module. The Physical Education chairs will oversee the process for collection and verification.

Requirements

  • Students are eligible to receive PE credit through Directed Athletics for any sport played.
  • Students may complete the Directed Athletics Packet or online Directed Athletics course through CANVAS.
  • Students must show evidence of completing entire sport season.  Attendance records may be obtained from the school's Athletic Director.

General Information

  • Graduation Requirement: 1.5 Physical Education credits
  • Earn 0.5 PE credits for successfully completing sport season and Directed Athletics course.
  • Directed Athletics is a Pass only PE course.  Failure to complete this course will not be reflective on student transcripts

General Requirements

  • Complete sport season in good standing.
  • School-Based Sports Requirements: 
    • No academic ineligibility
    • No more than 15% of practices missed
    • No violation of team or District Athletic Code
    • Return uniform and/or athletic equipment

Point of Contact

General Questions
Derek Severson, Instructional Specialist: K-12 Health and Physical Education 

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Contact

Derek Severson
Health & Physical Education Instructional Specialist
206-631-3262
Twitter: @PhysEdDerek