Health Education is a 9 week course that is paired with a grade level Physical Education class. Each PE/Health class runs for a quarter, with each class accounting for 50% of the student's final grade. Health classes will combine various teaching methods which include lectures, class discussions and student guided discovery. Students will be expected to take daily notes, participate regularly in class discussion, complete in class and homework assignments, and chapter/unit assessments in order to meet both district and state Health Education Standards.
The main objective of Health education is to focus on comprehensive skills in order to promote Physical and Personal Wellness, Social and Emotional Wellness, and Prevention and Risk Management. Essential health skills of accessing information, analyzing influences, decision making, goal setting, interpersonal communication, self-management, and advocacy are foundational components to the comprehensive health education standards. These standards ultimately focus on supporting healthy behaviors, life-long health, and wellness. Throughout the semester our class will cover the following Health topics:
- Identify the 3 areas of the Health Triangle and explain how they impact our overall health and wellness.
- Explain the importance of self-esteem and self-concept in developing positive mental health.
- Identify common stressors for adolescents and explain how the body responds to stress and ways to manage stress.
- Demonstrate effective ways to express emotions in a healthy manner.
- Identify common mental/emotional disorders, warning signs of depression and suicide, and methods of help for those who have mental/emotional disorders.
- Identify the organs involved in the endocrine and reproductive systems and describe their functions.
- Analyze stages of prenatal biology, the importance of prenatal care and the impact of heredity on growth and development.
- Identify signs, symptoms, and treatment for common STDs including HIV/AIDS and behaviors that put one at risk for unintended pregnancy and communicable diseases, including STDs.
Students are expected to always follow classroom expectations as outlined in the student handbook.
Students will arrive to class on time with their appropriate class materials (Individual Health pocket folder or 3 ring binder, pencil or pen and student planner).
Students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions and maintain a positive and respectful learning environment.
Students should bring a free reading book or additional school work to work on if they finish class assignments early.
If a student is absent, the student is expected to contact the teacher to make up any work they missed. For each excused day of absence, a student is allowed one school day to make up any missing work. If a student is absent the day an assignment is due, it is due immediately upon his/her return. To make up a test, the student is responsible for arranging a time to make up the assessment with the teacher.
Health grades are based on class participation, tests, quizzes, class assignments, homework assignments and projects. All outside assignments including homework and or projects must be completed and turned in to the teacher at the beginning of class on the date assigned by the teacher. Late assignments are accepted through the end of the week with a 75% credit policy.
Your final Health grade is based on a percentage of the total possible points for Health.
A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = 59% or lower