Health Education Department
Welcome Students and Parents!
|Department Philosophy. Finding balance in one’s physical, mental, and social wellness is the fundamental foundation for a healthy life. Health Education, in addition to teaching key concepts or knowledge, must also teach a variety of skills students will need to negotiate safely and healthfully to promote lifelong wellness.|
|This knowledge includes the most important and enduring ideas, issues, and concepts related to achieving good health. The skills include how to access reliable information, self-management, identifying internal and external influences and ways to respond to those influences, interpersonal communication skills, goal setting, decision making, and finally, advocating skills for oneself and others about health issues.|
|Personal and consumer health, mental/emotional health, injury prevention, nutrition and fitness, and substance abuse prevention, sexuality, and environmental health are key units that are targeted throughout the grade nine program. It is the combination of the knowledge and skills within these key areas which results in health literacy. A Connecticut state mandate requires substance abuse education each year, and HIV/AIDS education on a consistent and on-going basis.|
|A skills-based program is one that focuses on more than just repeating information. Students must be coached so that they can transfer the knowing of information into usable skills. Students need to be taught how to personalize knowledge, believe it, understand its importance and personal relevance, believe in their own ability to act upon it, and then actually have the skills to act upon that knowledge when necessary. It is through small and large group discussions, role-plays, skits, and values-based activities that students process and internalize information that is presented.|
Department Procedures, Policies, and Expectations. Click here to access the Freshman Prospectus, and click here to access the Wellness Beyond High School Prospectus. View our Freshman Health Syllabus for even more information about the class.
Course Offerings. We offer Freshman Health, a required course for graduation, and Wellness Beyond High School, an elective course for Juniors and Seniors.
Senior Teacher: Maggie Meriwhether, x18200