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
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
Fitness activities are emphasized throughout the
semester. Our units include:
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
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
MD State Dept of Education Physical
- 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
PRINCIPLES: Students will demonstrate an ability to use the
principles of biomechanics to generate and control force to improve their
movement effectiveness and safety./
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./
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.
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
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
Physical Education Courses for Grades
Intermediate and Advanced Weight
Net Sports (Volleyball, Badminton,
Table Tennis, Pickle Ball)
Leadership in Physical Education
objectives are designed and posted for each unit. Student evaluation will be
based on the degree of attainment of these objectives. The grading categories
All Tasks 90%
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- DISMISSAL: After
dressing at the end of class, students must wait for the dismissal bell in
the locker room.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
assist by informing your teacher of an accident or illness and helping the
injured person remain calm.
- 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
sportsmanship, good citizenship, honesty, appropriate school behavior,
proper use of language and expression are expected of all students.
can become a safety hazard to you and your classmates and is frequently
lost or damaged. Remove and store all jewelry prior to class
caution when wearing prescription glasses or contacts. Safety glasses are
are to remain off the bleachers and other equipment until directed by
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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