The health curriculum emphasizes social and emotional connections to current health-related learning. The goal is to help students understand how their feelings and emotions impact their daily decisions.
The health curriculum is designed to help students establish skills and a sense of self-worth that will lead to safe and healthy decision-making practices. The program teaches a progression of information and learning that meets the needs of the age group being taught.
The focus is primarily based upon the philosophy that when students have accurate information and self-advocacy skills, they will make better choices for themselves and be more responsible members of the community. Students in health class can expect to learn about adolescent development, natural life experiences, and risks inherent to growing up in today’s world. When they leave Middle School, they will be better able to assess risky situations, identify coping strategies, and employ these skills as needed.
By the end of eighth grade, students will have developed proficiency in the following:
- Identifying healthy relationships vs. unhealthy/toxic relationships
- Understanding the impact of substance use and its relationship to addiction and brain impact
- Understanding physical, social, emotional, and sexual well-being along with self-advocacy
- Accessing and utilizing resources to maintain health and well-being
- Communicating feelings and emotions while regulating them at an appropriate developmental level
- Growing and developing empathy skills and strong citizenship to strengthen the community