With Health and Wellness as foundation for all units, lessons, and classes, students participating in our Health Education Program encounter a wide variety of topics ranging from basic hygiene skills to in-depth lessons regarding growth and development of the human body. Each unit / lesson is based upon the New York State Standards for Health and Physical Education, which include Personal Health and Fitness, A Safe and Healthy Environment, and Resource Management.
Our fifth and sixth grade programs are designed as “foundation” courses, where students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to reach their fullest potential and guide them in achieving their short-term and long-term health and wellness goals. In addition, a variety of learning methods are used, including projects / presentations, small-group work, whole-class work, debates / discussions, taking notes, co-teaching, and working at centers. Technology is incorporated into each lesson through the use of Chromebooks and Google Classroom, as well as multiple Health Education websites.
The 5th grade program focuses on three units of study:
- Health & Wellness (part 1)
- The 11 Human Body Systems
- The Five Senses
* Along with these, students in 5th grade also participate in the D.A.R.E. America Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) which is taught once per week for ten weeks by a Deputy from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
The 6th grade program focuses on six units of study:
- Health & Wellness (part 2)
- Mental Health / Stress Management / Suicide Prevention
- Decision Making & Goal Setting Skills
- Substance Use & Abuse (alcohol, vaping, & marijuana)
- Growth & Development (puberty)
For both the 5th grade and 6th grade programs, students are required to bring the following items to class daily:
- Earbuds or headphones
- 2-pocket folder
- Pen or pencil