Physical and Health Education Department

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  • Philosophy

    Xaverian's Physical Education Department provides students the opportunity to engage in physical activities that promote physical fitness, teamwork, and problem-solving strategies in a safe and comfortable environment with the ultimate goal of developing young adults who understand the benefits of adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Physical and Health Education Department Goals

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  • Develop Cooperation, Teamwork, and Sportsmanship

    To develop the qualities of cooperation, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
  • Develop Fitness, Motor Skills, and Appreciation for Physical Activity

    To develop fitness, motor skills, and an appreciation of engaging in physical activity.
  • Develop Physically Literate Individuals

    To help develop physically literate individuals who enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Middle School and High School Courses

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  • Genesis Physical Education

    The 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade Physical Education course develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are the key components of lifetime health and fitness. Students learn skills that will enhance their enjoyment of activities geared toward an active, healthy life, including team and individual sports and recreational activities. Our goal is to help the students to develop their minds and body through physical activities (team sports, functional fitness) while also having them appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  Activities include soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, a variety of recreational activities, and muscular strength and endurance training.
  • Freshman Physical Education

    The emphasis of the physical education program is on basic body movements, calisthenics, achievement testing, lead-up games, sports fundamentals (basketball, volleyball, hockey, handball, zone football, flag football, and whiffle ball).
  • Sophomore Physical Education

    This course consists of a general conditioning program and a review of fundamental skills previously taught. Additional instruction of more advanced skills and team play are added within this program. Physical fitness testing relays and races are also included.
  • Junior Physical Education

    The principles of game skills and advanced team play are rapidly reviewed with an introduction to golf and the fundamentals of badminton. Body mechanics, individual exercise programs in fundamental movements, physical fitness testing, apparatus and gymnastic skills round out the program.
  • Senior Physical Education

    Conditioning activities, participation in seasonal sports programs, physical fitness testing, self-testing apparatus skills, choice of activities in accord with the wishes, desires, and needs of the individual are the essentials of the year's program.
  • Health Education

    This course is offered to sophomores in response to the individual’s and society’s concern with the problems of drug/alcohol abuse. Students are provided with factual information and engage in discussion regarding some of the personal, societal, health-related, and legal aspects of this issue. In addition, significant attention is given to the basics of CPR.

Physical and Health Education Department Members

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  • Photo of Brian McCartney

    Brian McCartney 04

    Director of Athletics; Physical & Health Education Department Chairperson
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  • Photo of Kasey Althoff

    Kasey Althoff 

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  • Photo of Victoria Burgarella

    Victoria Burgarella 

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  • Photo of Michelle Chiusano

    Michelle Chiusano 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Teacher
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  • Photo of Michael Jioia

    Michael Jioia 

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Established in 1957, Xaverian is one of thirteen schools nationwide sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.