Physical Education

Chairperson:  Mr. Thomas Beddow


This course is designed to acquaint students with significant health concepts and to assist them in developing good health habits.  Topics introduced range from personal concepts of health to drug abuse, mental health, basic structure and function of the anatomy, and first aid care.  Upon successful completion of this course, a student also receives certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  This course is taken by grade 9 students during the Exploratory cycle.

Sophomore Physical Education

This required course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to participate in team sports and to recognize the basic body movements and coordination needed for everyday living.  Teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized as students learn the rules of some traditional games.  Recreational activities are included as they will proceed in the following year.  The Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge will be administered for fitness assessment.  Psychomotor, cognitive, and affective development will be of importance.

Junior Physical Education

This required course is structured to teach the juniors the fundamentals of lifetime sports.  This introductory level class will emphasize history, rules, skill techniques, and etiquette of many lifetime sports.  Students will be administered a physical fitness test.  Building of physical coordination and strength and improving the qualities of cooperation, enthusiasm, and willpower are goals of the program.

Senior Physical Education 

This elective course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the history and development of both traditional and nontraditional activities and will challenge students both in the classroom and on the playing surface.  The course is designed to meet state standards and will be taught as follows: first quarter – lifetime sports and etiquette, second quarter – weight training and fitness, third quarter – martial arts and relaxation techniques, fourth quarter – team sports and sports history.  A passing grade on the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test in either sophomore or junior year is a prerequisite for this course.