Middle School
MS Curriculum

Health Education

The Health Education curriculum in the Middle School is a compilation of the issues that affect the lives of today’s adolescents. Integral to the curriculum is the development of communication skills, decision making, and critical thinking with respect to knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.
The topics to be covered are in accordance with the mandated New York State Health Curriculum and include: Healthy Lifestyle, Mental/Emotional Development, Nutrition/Personal Health, Safety & Health, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Sexuality, Communicable Diseases, and Consumer Health. There are selections from various textbooks, articles and other sources compiled as reference material in addition to guest speakers, CD-ROMs and videos.

Health Education Courses

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  • Health 5 & Health 6

    Fifth/sixth grade health is an introduction to the middle school program and integrated into physical education classes. Communication and decision-making skills are emphasized and practiced throughout the curriculum. The topic areas include nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle; smoking prevention; stress management; and puberty education. Fifth/sixth grade health also includes a unit on bullying.
  • Health 7

    Seventh grade health is a two semester course which meets three times a cycle and focuses on wellness. Students learn to recognize that their physical health, mental/emotional health and social health are all interrelated. Some of the topics introduced include nutrition, peer-pressure, substance abuse and disease prevention. Responsibility and decision-making skills are reinforced throughout the course.
  • Health 8

    Eighth grade health is a two semester course, meeting three times a cycle. In the eighth grade the skills of conflict resolution, decision-making and stress management are reinforced. Students learn to recognize risk factors within the context of alcohol use, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases. We take a close look at the influence of the media on body image and how it impacts the behavior and self-esteem of adolescents. Emphasis is placed on an individual’s increasing responsibility to weigh the consequences of decision - making throughout their lifetime. The students will engage in an introduction to weight training and cardiovascular fitness with instruction on developing an individual fitness program.