We currently have fourteen sports. In the fall, we offer boys golf, girls golf (new this year!), boys cross country, girls cross country, boys flag football, and girls volleyball. In the winter, we offer JV boys basketball, varsity boys basketball, varsity girls basketball, boys soccer, as well as girls soccer. Spring sports include baseball and tennis for both boys and girls.
What does the Physical Education curriculum look like this year and are there any new courses that have been added?
P.E. has changed a great deal from last year. We have added a dance/yoga/pilates class for girls and it has been extremely well received. We also added a sports management class this year.
Can you expand on what the new health program consists of and why it is so important?
This has been in the works since last year. Our P.E. teachers have partnered with the guidance counselors on campus to provide a mini health curriculum during the early portion of the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. We are going to touch on mental health, nutrition, lifetime fitness, and other important topics. Because we do not offer health as an elective, we felt it was vital to add this component to P.E. to enhance our overall program.
Are there any new teams or programming you hope to add to our athletic department for next year?
Yes! We definitely are looking to expand our offerings. The number of students that tried out for Storm athletic teams increased immensely in just about every sport this year. We are looking at offering JV teams for girls basketball, as well as boys and girls soccer. I am also gauging interest in adding boys volleyball as well as track for both boys and girls.
What kind of opportunities are there for a student who is interested in being part of our sports program but less interested in actually playing a sport?
My sports management class as part of the P.E. curriculum is an opportunity to be around all aspects of the Athletic Department without being on a roster. We have worked up plans to enhance signage around the gym/fields, we have done inventory for all of our new Nike apparel, and we are currently working on increasing STORM SPIRIT via a form of a pep rally. My students have also been very hands-on in game day management.
As the Athletic Director, what would you say are the core values of a KYHS athlete?
This is a great question! I would first start off by saying "student-athlete." That's first and foremost. Our athletes are students first, athletes second. If they can't do the job in the classroom, then they do not get the opportunity to do the job on the court/field. I've tried to instill a sense of empowerment around KYHS athletics. Athletics affords so many opportunities such as conflict resolution, discipline, teamwork, and enhanced sense of well being.
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