Philosophy Of The Department

We believe that physical education is a sequential, developmentally appropriate program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, fitness, and attitudes needed to live a healthy, productive life.

 It is the goal of the physical education department that all students will show competence in the following six content standards: (Adopted from the Michigan Merit Curriculum)

Standard 1 - Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2 - Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3 - Participate regularly in lifelong physical activity.

Standard 4 - Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Standard 5 - Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6 - Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

Physical Education in Health - Requirements

All students who graduate from a Livonia Public High School must successfully complete the following two courses: 464 Personal Fitness and 468 Health. It is recommended that Personal Fitness be taken in the ninth grade year and Health be taken in the tenth grade year.

Physical Education - Requirements:

•  All students must wear appropriate workout attire when participating in class. Appropriate attire includes

   a T-shirt, shorts or athletic pants, socks and athletic shoes.

•  All students will need to provide a combination lock from home (no key locks) or bring in a $10 deposit for an issued lock. The deposit will be returned to student at the end of the semester when the lock that was issued to student is returned.


Special Notes For All Physical Education Students

Physical Education is required of all students unless excused for health or religious reasons. If a student is to be excused from P.E. for health reasons, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. Temporary Excuse—If a student is to be excused from class for 1-3 days the parent should write a note the first day. If the excused period is going to be longer than 3 days, it is necessary to have a note from the doctor indicating the length of the excused period.
  2. Permanent Excuse—The student must procure a medical excuse from the Guidance Department and have it filled out by the family doctor. If approved by the principal, the form should be returned to the counselor who will file the excuse in the student’s permanent record.
  3. Religious Excuse—A written request from the student’s church must be procured if this student is to be excused for religious reasons. This request should be returned to the counselor.


1464/2464—Personal Fitness
    *(1492 Personal Fitness-7th hour Offered Semester 1 only)

(Typically taken in ninth grade year)

This one-semester required course is aligned to the Michigan K-12 Physical Education Content Standards and Benchmarks and is specific to Livonia Public Schools. It is a “sequential educational program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, fitness, and attitudes needed to lead a healthy life”. Personal Fitness is comprised of the following areas:

1. Health-Related Fitness - 1/3 of the total class time will be filled with fitness activities such as Fitnessgram Testing, Fitness Center, Free Weight Room, Yoga/Pilates, Aerobic activities, Bands/Tubes/Balls as well as classroom learning opportunities.

2. Aquatics - Three weeks will be spent in the pool. Students will learn Front Crawl, Backstroke, and Breaststroke. Students will also learn basic lifesaving and pool safety guidelines.

3. Net/Wall Games - Tennis and Volleyball.

4. Invasion Games - Soccer and Basketball.

5. Striking and Fielding - Softball and/or Kickball.

Students will be assessed in every physical education area. Students will demonstrate proficiency on the Michigan K-12 Physical Education Content Standards through on-going assessments, observations and tests.

1467/2467—Whole-Self Fitness

This course is designed for the student who would like to explore gentle, noncompetitive forms of exercise. Emphasis will be placed on the following forms of exercise: Yoga, Pilates, Fitballs, and Stretching.

The class will be divided into the following areas:

Yoga/Yoga Ball - Yoga, one of the oldest forms of exercise, originated 5,000 years ago. The word yoga means “union.” It facilitates the harmonious integration of the body, mind, and spirit. The result is optimal health and longevity. It is not a belief or religion, but an art and a science which raises the practitioner to his or her highest potential. Through “asanas” (postures), focused breathing, and meditation, yoga brings a deep sense of well being and a healthy, peaceful mind.

Pilates/Pilates On The Ball - Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. Pilates is based on the following nine principles: concentration, control, centering, breathing, postural alignment, flow, precision, stamina, and relaxation. Through the Pilates method, a mind/body that knows how to release is a mind/body that will not overwork and overtire.

Stretching - Stretching is useful for both injury prevention and injury treatment. Stretching is one of the most overlooked, misused, poorly executed, poorly understood, and undervalued components of physical fitness and overall personal health. Achieving and maintaining functional flexibility is an important factor in reaching optimal physical potential and health. Objectives to stretching include:

  1.   Enhance cardiovascular health

  2.   Acquire personal tools for stress management

  3.   Improve flexibility, posture, and balance

  4.   Build strength and endurance

  5.   Renew levels of energy

  6.   Improve muscle tone

  7.   Increase concentration, focus, and attention

  8.   Build self-esteem and confidence

  9.   Gain a better understanding of anatomy and health

10. Enhance overall sense of peace and well-being.


   *(2491 Health 7th hour-Semester 2 only)

(Typically taken in tenth grade year)

This one-semester course will enable students to become better informed regarding decisions about the care and maintenance of their personal health. Students will be instructed in the following units:

            •  Nutrition and Physical Activity

            •  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

            •  Social and Emotional Health

            •  Personal Health and Wellness

A unit on human sexuality and reproduction will also be taught to develop student self-awareness and coping with personal feelings in everyday problems and situations. A parent/guardian meeting will be held for review of materials and course outline. If a parent/guardian requests that their child be excluded from this unit, alternate assignments for this unit will be available upon parent/guardian request.

1470/2470—Team Sports 1                    

Prerequisites: 464 or 492 Personal Fitness.  Grade 9, 10

This course will allow the student the opportunity to improve his/her skills to maintain a moderate level of fitness and to develop stress reduction techniques through the enjoyment and pleasure received by participating in the following sports: football, volleyball, softball, tennis, basketball, soccer, and team handball. _________________________________________________________________

1471/2471—Team Sports 2                    

Prerequisites: 464 or 492 Personal Fitness.  Grade 11, 12

This course will allow the student the opportunity to improve his/her skills to maintain a moderate level of fitness and to develop stress reduction techniques through the enjoyment and pleasure he/she receives in participating in the following activities: team handball, soccer, passing league football, softball, basketball, and volleyball. _________________________________________________________________

1472/2472—Weight Training 1

Prerequisites: 464 or 492 Personal Fitness

This course is designed to introduce the student to several introductory weight-lifting programs. The student will learn correct free-weight lifting techniques along with instructions on how to use all equipment in the weight room. The student will also gain knowledge of different muscle groups and which piece of equipment builds those specific muscle groups and will participate in weight training, fitness room, cardiovascular/plyometrics, and activities in the gym.

1473/2473—Weight Training 2

Prerequisites: 464 or 492 Personal Fitness and 472 Weight Training 1

Once the student completes the pre-lifting phase, he/she is to select a program of exercise including upper body, lower body, and abdominal exercises. The instructor will review each program to see that the program is balanced and will not overemphasize muscles or muscle groups. Depending on the student’s personal exercise goal, the student will select the appropriate program intensity for himself/herself. Students will participate in weight training, fitness room, cardiovascular/plyometrics, and activities in the gym. Student’s progress will be monitored regularly and adjustments will be made when necessary. Course may be taken more than once for credit.

1475—Life Guarding                              
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: 464 or 492 Personal Fitness

This Advanced Physical Education course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to save his/her own life or the life of another in the event of a water emergency. An American Red Cross Lifeguarding card and CPR for the Professional Rescuer card will be issued to those students meeting all of the requirements set by the Red Cross. The class will involve classroom time as well as pool time. Students receiving their ARC Lifesaving certificate will be ready for employment as a lifeguard. (Students must be at least 15 years old by the beginning of the semester). Students signing up for this class must be able to swim 500 yards, and also be able to swim the front crawl and breast stroke. There is a $20.00 fee for those students who earn certification. This covers the cost of the cards.

1476/2476—Advanced PE/Weight Training and Conditioning

Prerequisites: 464 or 492 Personal Fitness and 472 Weight Training 1

This course will offer the student a highly intensive cardiovascular workout along with a challenging plyometric jump training circuit. These workouts will specifically be designed to improve agility, reaction time, quickness, power, strength, and fast-twitch muscles. The course incorporates 3 days of advanced strength training in which the bigger, faster, and stronger program is implemented.  This program is designed for serious strength training for the highly motivated student. The other 2 days of the week the student will develop fast-twitch muscles that include the use of plyometric drills that promotes speed, quickness, power, agility and reaction time.