Middle School Wellness
The Wellness Program, Grades 6-8, contains health and physical education courses that are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make good health decisions. The program has adopted the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework‘s core concepts: health, literacy, health self-management, and health promotion. The goals and objectives of this program are met through the courses in health and physical education.
Course M760 GRADE 6 PHYSICAL EDUCATION Full Year
Grade 6 physical education will continue many themes addressed in grade 5. There will be an emphasis on team sports, and psychomotor skill acquisition as well as a focus on providing students with a variety of movement experiences. Units offered will include: basketball, soccer, track, gymnastics, and swimming. This course will meet for two periods each week.
Course M761 GRADE 6 HEALTH EDUCATION Full Year
This course for sixth graders will focus on health education topics. The course will provide students with opportunities to learn more about their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, and help them develop health-related refusal and decision-making skills. This course will meet for one period each week.
Course M770 GRADE 7 PHYSICAL EDUCATION Full Year
Grade 7 physical education will provide the opportunity for students to further develop psychomotor skills and focus on fitness concepts. It will encourage students to begin to explore their personal fitness level, and set goals for improvement. Units included will be conditioning, track, volleyball, gymnastics, and adventure education. This course will meet for three periods each week.
Course M771 GRADE 7 HEALTH EDUCATION Full Year
Grade 7 Health Education focuses on personal responsibility and healthy decision-making. Students will cover a number of interesting topics including communication skills, violence awareness and prevention, nutrition, stress and anxiety, human sexuality, disease transmission and prevention, alternative and complimentary health practices.
Course M780 GRADE 8 PHYSICAL EDUCATION Full Year
Grade 8 physical education will begin to transition students from sport activities to individual fitness activities. There remains, however, a number of team sports to improve students‘ psychomotor skills. An emphasis during this year will be placed on trust and cooperation. Units included will be climbing wall, track, swimming, speed/fitness, aquatics, and flag football. This course will meet for three periods each week.
Course M781 GRADE 8 HEALTH EDUCATION 2 Units
This course builds upon the grade 7 health curriculum to assist students with improving the skills necessary to resist initiation of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use behaviors. Other health curriculum topics during these years will include: nutrition education, AIDS/HIV education, and participation in the human sexuality seminar program.