Physical Education Department


Mission: The Health and Physical Education Department at Seneca Valley High School believes and strives to develop citizens who can successfully regulate their physical, mental/emotional and social well-being.

Vision: We do this by creating a safe and collaborative environment where students take risks, fail and persist, and adapt in order to achieve personal goals that lead to physically and health literate citizens.

Our Program

Each student will set and achieve personally challenging goals in physical activity, apply higher order thinking skills to human movement, and design personal movement and fitness plans.  Students will be able to display the skills and practices of a physically active lifestyle, knowing the benefits of their choices to be involved in physical activity.  They will be physically fit and have a mindset that values physical activity and its benefits in sustaining healthy lifestyles

Fitness activities are emphasized throughout the semester. Our units include:

Floor Hockey
Ultimate Frisbee

Table Tennis
Team Handball

Weight Training
Pickle Ball

The ultimate goal at Seneca Valley is for all students to be physically fit and have a mindset that values physical activity and its benefits in sustaining healthy lifestyles.

Graduation Requirements

As physical educators, we would like every student at Seneca Valley to elect physical education every year for their own personal development and enjoyment, but we understand that scheduling conflicts and personal interests don’t always allow this to occur. The MCPS graduation requirement for all students is TWO SEMESTERS of PHYSICAL EDUCATION in GRADES 9-12 FOR ONE CREDIT. Students with special needs are accommodated in the program and are not excused from the requirement.

MD State Dept of Education Physical Education Standards

  1. SKILLFULNESS: Students will demonstrate the ability to enhance their performance of a variety of physical skill by developing fundamental movement skills, creating skill combinations, combining skill effectively in skill themes and applying skills.
  2. BIOMECHANICAL PRINCIPLES: Students will demonstrate an ability to use the principles of biomechanics to generate and control force to improve their movement effectiveness and safety./
  3. MOTOR LEARNING PRINCIPLES: Students will demonstrate the ability to use motor skill principles to learn and develop proficiency through frequent practice opportunities in which skills are repeatedly performed correctly in a variety of situations./
  4. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY: Students will demonstrate the ability to use scientific principles to design and participate regularly, in a moderate to vigorous physical activity program that contributes to personal health and enhances cognitive and physical performance on a variety of academic, recreational and life tasks.
  5. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Students will demonstrate the ability to use the principles of exercise physiology, social psychology, and biomechanics to design and adhere to a regular, personalized, purposeful program of physical activity consistent with their health performance and fitness goals in order to gain health and cognitive/academic benefits.
  6. SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES: Students will demonstrate the ability to use skills essential for developing self-efficacy, fostering a sense of community and working effectively with others in physical activity settings.

Physical Education Courses for Grades 9-12

Intermediate and Advanced Weight Training
Specialty Basketball
Specialty Soccer
Net Sports (Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Pickle Ball)
Leadership in Physical Education

Grading Policy

Mastery objectives are designed and posted for each unit. Student evaluation will be based on the degree of attainment of these objectives. The grading categories are:

All Tasks 90% 
Homework 10%

ALL TASKS includes the daily practice of skills, game situations, tests on skills, rules, and game situations, developing fitness knowledge, written activities, demonstration of student cooperation, & goal setting.

HOMEWORK that is assigned is usually fitness-based. This information that students glean from these assignments is an investment in their future health. It is some of the most important information included in the curriculum.

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Policies and Procedures

Physical Education is an activity based class designed to develop and maintain healthful habits that lead to increasing or maintaining an optimal level of fitness. Research indicates that proper diet and a regular program of vigorous exercise are required to reach this objective. Due to the nature of this class, the following requirements apply to all physical education students.

  1. APPROPRIATE CLOTHING: Students are required to prepare for vigorous class activity by changing from their school clothes into active wear of ANY color. No specific colors are required. Clothes must be of the type that can get sweaty or muddy. Appropriate clothing for cold weather activities include sweat pants and sweat shirt of any color. School clothes and jeans may NOT be worn under the sweat clothing. Sneakers/tennis shoes with laces are strongly recommended for safety during activity. Boots, sandals and dress shoes are not considered safe and are NOT allowed on the gym floor. Students not dressed appropriately may not participate and should expect an alternate activity that may involve a literacy assignment.
  2. LOCKER ROOM: Students must report to the locker room on time. Students in the hall when the late bell rings will be marked tardy to class. Students are to dress for class in the locker room and report to the assigned area within 5 minutes of the tardy bell. For security, the locker rooms will be locked during the time that the students are in class. Students need to leave the locker room within five minutes to ensure security. Students are only allowed in the locker room during their P.E. period.
  3. LOCKS: Students are no longer required to purchase a lock from Seneca Valley High School. Students are still responsible for securing any items they choose to leave in the locker room. Therefore, we strongly recommended that students bring in a lock to secure their belongings for class time and overnight storage. Locks will be available for students who don’t elect to provide their own. We will have a limited number of locks to sign out for the semester, but they must be returned on the last day of instruction. Seneca Valley High School is not responsible for any lost or stolen items stored in the locker rooms. Do not share a locker or give out your combination.  Students may choose to carry their P.E. clothes with them AFTER each class.
  4. BACKPACKS: Filled backpacks do not fit into the lockers. Do not attempt to close long locker doors with a filled backpack – they will jam shut and cannot be easily opened. Students will be instructed on how to break down their backpacks to fit them securely into a long locker. Backpacks and other valuables must remain in the locker room; they are not allowed in the gym for safety purposes.
  5. CLOTHING STORAGE: At the end of each class, PE clothing is to be transferred back to the small locker and locked. Other students use the long lockers each period. ANY LOCK LEFT ON A LONG LOCKER OVERNIGHT WILL BE REMOVED.
  6. DISMISSAL: After dressing at the end of class, students must wait for the dismissal bell in the locker room.
  7. FOOD/DRINK: We take pride in keeping our PE area (gyms, locker rooms, weight room, and halls) as clean as we can. We hope that you will too. Please place trash in the cans, not on the floors or in a locker. Any spilled drink should be reported immediately. NO FOOD OR DRINK (OPENED OR UNOPENED) IS ALLOWED IN THE GYM OR WEIGHT ROOM. No food is to be consumed in the locker rooms.

Health Concerns

  1. Report all injuries and illnesses to your teacher when they occur. Your teacher will assist you and secure the appropriate first aid and medical assistance when required.
  2. Do not walk out of class and go to the health room without a pass from your teacher; they will not admit you into the health room without a pass.
  3. Please assist by informing your teacher of an accident or illness and helping the injured person remain calm.


  1. Change out of your school clothes, into your workout clothes and achieve the class objectives everyday. You are responsible for having the warm clothes for the winter. Be prepared for what you consider to be cold or hot temperatures. Hats are allowed outside, but must come off inside. No skull caps, bandanas, ski caps or headphones allowed in the gyms, locker rooms or hallways.
  2. Good sportsmanship, good citizenship, honesty, appropriate school behavior, proper use of language and expression are expected of all students.
  3. Jewelry can become a safety hazard to you and your classmates and is frequently lost or damaged. Remove and store all jewelry prior to class participation.
  4. Exercise caution when wearing prescription glasses or contacts. Safety glasses are recommended.
  5. Students are to remain off the bleachers and other equipment until directed by their teacher.

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Contact Us

Please feel free to call or e-mail to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. If we are unavailable when you call, please leave a message on our answering machine so that we can return your call as soon as possible.

Boys Office: 301-353-8026
Girls Office 301-353-8025