• Health

  • Course Description

    Students can take the health course at any point during their high school career, with most taking it during 9th or 10th grade.  We know the choices teens make can set the stage for years to come.  Health covers goal-setting, decision-making, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, anatomy, reproduction, sexually transmitted infections, abstinence, and contraception.  We also deal with problems in society such as addiction, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, depression and suicide, eating disorders, and abuse.  Guest speakers throughout the semester add to the content. The CPR requirement for graduation will be achieved in this course. 

    Grade Level(s): 9th-12th Grade

    Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  

    Essential Questions

    • What is difficult about being a teenager?
    • What areas of time management do you struggle with?
    • How could you become a better listener?
    • Out of the seven habits, which habit do you struggle with the most?  How will you remedy that?
    • What stresses you out?  How do you cope with stressors?
    • Using Covey’s 5 Steps in Goal Setting, what is one personal goal you will implement?
    • You are what you eat.  Explain if you agree or disagree with this statement.
    • What are some ways you take care of your mental health?
    • In regards to nutrition, sleep, and exercise, what are the good habits you need to maintain and the bad habits you need to improve?
    • Do you think alcohol and vaping companies market their products to youth?  
    • Is addiction a disease or a choice?  
    • Is marijuana a safe drug?
    • When is someone ready for sexual activity?  
    • How would your life change if you were sexually active?
    • Out of the birth control methods we learned about, with abstinence being the only 100% effective method, which method or methods would work best for a sexually active young person?
    • Why is sexual consent important?

    Enduring Understandings

    • Students will understand how to perform hands-only CPR in an emergency situation.
    • Students will evaluate various mental health disorders and understand how to implement healthy coping strategies.
    • Students will develop personal goals using the goal-setting process.
    • Students will understand the importance of evaluating personal relationships and identifying ways to build healthy relationships.
    • Students will develop personal goals using the goal-setting process.
    • Students will understand the importance of evaluating personal relationships and identifying ways to build healthy relationships. 
    • Students will evaluate various mental health disorders and understand how to implement healthy coping strategies.
    • Students will analyze personal eating habits and identify ways to improve their overall nutrition.
    • Students will develop personal goals using the goal-setting process.
    • Students will evaluate the short and long-term effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances on the body (e.g., changes in mood, thought processes, mental ability, coordination, reaction time) and draw conclusions on the impact of these substances on personal, social, and economic threats to society.
    • Students will analyze marketing techniques used by alcohol and vaping companies.
    • Students will analyze sexual health practices and how they may impact mental, emotional, social, and physical future health. 
    • Students will distinguish facts versus myths about STIs, including HIV, transmission, and prevention.
    • Students will evaluate the pros and cons of the different methods of contraception, and assess their effectiveness against unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission.
    • Students will understand the laws regarding sexual consent, and harassment, define sex trafficking, and demonstrate refusal skills to avoid negative situations.
    • Students will evaluate the negative consequences of sending sexually explicit pictures or messages by e-mail or cell phone or posting sexually explicit pictures on social media sites (e.g., chat groups, e-mail, texting, websites, phone and tablet applications).
    • Students will learn a positive self-image of one’s sexuality is important in the development of all dimensions of health.

    Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

    • Unit 1: Concepts of Wellness

    Students will understand how to perform hands-only CPR in an emergency situation.  Students will evaluate various mental health disorders and understand how to implement healthy coping strategies.  Students will develop personal goals using the goal-setting process while understanding the importance of evaluating personal relationships and identifying ways to build healthy relationships.

    • Unit 2: Mental, Emotional, and Social Health & Goal Setting

    Students will develop personal goals using the goal-setting process, evaluate various mental health disorders, and understand how to implement healthy coping strategies.  Students will analyze personal eating habits and identify ways to improve their overall nutrition.

    • Unit 3: Analyzing Influences & Decision Making

    Students will develop personal goals using the goal-setting process.  Students will evaluate the short and long-term effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances on the body (e.g., changes in mood, thought processes, mental ability, coordination, reaction time) and draw conclusions on the impact of these substances on personal, social, and economic threats to society.  Students will analyze marketing techniques used by alcohol and vaping companies.

    • Unit 4: Healthy and Safe Relationships

    Students will analyze sexual health practices and how they may impact mental, emotional, social, and physical future health.  Students will distinguish facts versus myths about STIs, including HIV, transmission, and prevention.  Students will evaluate the pros and cons of the different methods of contraception, and assess their effectiveness against unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission.  Students will understand the laws regarding sexual consent, and harassment, define sex trafficking and demonstrate refusal skills to avoid negative situations.  Students will learn a positive self-image of one’s sexuality is important in the development of all dimensions of health.

    Students will be provided training that includes:

      • Instruction providing students with the knowledge and tools to recognize sexual abuse
      • Instruction providing students with the knowledge and tools to report an incident of sexual abuse
      • Actions that a student who is a victim of sexual abuse could take to obtain assistance and intervention
      • Available resources for students affected by sexual abuse

    Date Last Revised/Approved: 2022