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General Information:

Health Education is a 20 week course required in 8th grade and again in High School.  It is a graduation requirement.  Students will need a 1" 3-ring clear-view binder for class.  Both courses will:

·         Focus on essential life skills

·         Encourage frank discussions related to content areas

·         Emphasize that most people, including the vast majority of teenagers, do make healthy decisions

·         Highlight the importance of respecting oneself and others

Parents serve as a child’s first health educators and are often the most powerful influence on an adolescent's health decisions.  As such, students will be expected to complete an aspect of each Learning Experience with parental guidance/support.  It is my hope that these serve as opportunities to clarify your expectations and to reinforce those values that are most important to your family.  If, at any time, you have questions or comments regarding the curriculum, please feel free to contact me (jmead@whufsd.org).  I am happy to discuss and share my objectives, lessons and classroom activities.  You may also use the student links to keep up-to-date on classroom activities and assignments.

If you have an area of health expertise that you would like to share with our students, please contact me.  I would love to include guest speakers and information from local health services in the curriculum.

Course Content:

Self & Relationship Management

Students will assess their health, exploring the concepts of optimal wellness and healthy relationships, to determine health strengths and areas of improvement.  These experiences will serve as the foundation for the rest of the course.


Students will explore the complexities of communication, discovering how to get what they need and want while showing care and respect for others.  They will practice being assertive in a variety of situations.

Decision Making

Students will identify their core values and learn about the decision making process.  They will have a variety of opportunities to analyze scenarios they will likely face and contemplate the decisions they will make to protect their health and uphold their values.

Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs, HIV and Sexual Health

Students will learn relevant information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as information about HIV and sexual risk.  We will discuss the risk behaviors associated with these topics, noting that effective communication and thoughtful decision making are some of the most powerful tools they can use to protect their health.  Students will understand that the best way to ensure their health and safety is by avoiding these risky situations (abstinence).

Planning and Goal Setting

Students will select a personal health goal and create a plan to achieve it.  While they are working on their goal we will discuss physical activity and nutrition and their relationship to achieving optimal wellness.

Stress Management

Students will understand the stress response, determine their personal stressors, and practice relevant stress management strategies.  We will also discuss mental health and suicide prevention.


Students will analyze data from the School Health Index and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to identify an area of health that warrants advocacy.  Students will work cooperatively to implement a strategy to better the health of their target audience.

Additional Content

Family Life, Unintentional Injury Prevention and Violence Prevention will also be discussed in both courses.

For information regarding grading and each individual course please choose the appropriate syllabus below.
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Jennifer Mead,
Sep 4, 2018, 8:44 AM
Jennifer Mead,
Sep 4, 2018, 8:38 AM