Wellness

WELLNESS DEPARTMENT

In order to meet Massachusetts State Regulation for Health and Physical Education, all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students must successfully complete Wellness 1(9th), Wellness 2(10th) and Wellness 3(11th) courses. Our 12th grade students will be able to choose 1 of 3 options or a combination of these options to fulfill State Regulations. These options are available both during the school day and after regularly scheduled school hours.

Wellness courses blend the disciplines of health and physical education. Students are taught to lead a meaningful and healthy lifestyle by introducing them to physical activity, knowledge, habits and conduct which will serve to improve their quality of life.

Current health curriculum literature identifies thirteen content areas. From these content areas students will acquire health knowledge and life skills that will promote responsible decision making and help develop them into self-sufficient adults. The thirteen content areas are identified below and are addressed in both disciplines.

Growth and Development
Mental Health
Physical Activity
Family Life
Nutrition
Interpersonal Relationship
Disease Prevention and Control
Consumer Health and Resource
Prevention
Ecological Health
Safety and Injury Prevention
Community and Public Health
Tobacco, Alcohol and other Substance Use/Abuse Prevention
Violence Prevention

The physical education program seeks to develop positive attitudes and an appreciation for activity and healthful living through various team and individual activities. Acquisition of motor skills, positive attitudes towards activity, fitness and the development of a healthy body and mind are primary objectives of the program.

Health and Physical Education classes utilize multiple learning styles for students to acquire, analyze and apply knowledge to improve their quality of life. Students exhibit clear, effective communication within the programs, while critically assessing themselves to successfully meet the goal of each program.

801 Lifetime and Recreational Activities Level: CP                                   0.5 Credit
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Wellness 1 and Wellness 2.                                                                Grade 11, 12

Expectations: This course is an elective for students in grades 11and 12. This course will meet every other day for a full year or half year depending on enrollment. Curriculum for this course will provide students the opportunity to participate in fitness activities that promote lifetime benefits such as; weight training, jogging, and aerobic walking. Also, students will be able to choose recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, softball, tennis etc. Students are expected to change and actively participate in this course. Not changing 4 times for class during each quarter is an automatic failure. Students will demonstrate their proficiency by completing 2 open responses and 2 core assignments per year.

802 Fitness & Health Level: CP                                                                   0 .5 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Wellness 1 and Wellness 2.                                                                  Grade 11, 12

Expectations: This course is an elective for students in grades 11 and 12. This course will meet every other day each semester for a half year, depending on enrollment. Curriculum for this course is designed to have an effect on your life by providing you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to achieve and maintain optimal health. The focus will be on defining and toning your body, building strength, smart eating and self-defense. We will identify some of the important issues affecting how we feel about ourselves, especially our body image. Students are assessed on a core assignment presented as a research project evaluating violence against women. Students are expected to demonstrate techniques learned through RAD training. Students will complete a final exam.

990 Wellness I Level: CP                                                                              0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                                                                          Grade 9

Expectations: This course is required for all students in grades 9. Wellness 1 and Wellness 2 classes will meet every other day for a full year. Curriculum for each course presents developmentally appropriate material to address wellness content areas and presents activities that aid students in maintaining lifelong health and well-being. Topics covered in the classroom throughout the course include: stress management, mental health (general, depression, suicide, and eating disorders), nutrition, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sexual harassment, reproduction, contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault, dating violence, healthy relationships and components of fitness. Topics covered in the physical education section of the course will include: FITNESSGRAM, cooperative games, pickle ball, archery, track and field, strength and conditioning, table tennis, soccer, flag football, Frisbee activities, tennis, volleyball, square dancing, jump rope, floor hockey, badminton, and lacrosse. Students are expected actively participate in the physical education section of wellness. During the classroom section students are expected to participate in class discussions and keep a folder for all classroom materials. Students are expected to demonstrate their proficiency by completing 2 open responses and 2 core assignments per year. Students are assessed through a common mid-year and final exam. Successful completion is required to continue to the next year.

994 Wellness 2 Level: CP                                                                           0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Wellness 1                                                                                              Grade 10

Expectations: This course is required for all students in grade 10. Wellness 1 and Wellness 2 classes will meet every other day for a full year. Curriculum for each course presents developmentally appropriate material to address wellness content areas and presents activities that aid students in maintaining lifelong health and well-being. Topics covered in the classroom throughout the course include: stress management, mental health (general, depression, suicide, and eating disorders), nutrition, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sexual harassment, reproduction, contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault, dating violence, healthy relationships and components of fitness. Topics covered in the physical education section of the course will include: FITNESSGRAM, cooperative games, pickle ball, archery, track and field, strength and conditioning, table tennis, soccer, flag football, Frisbee activities, tennis, volleyball, square dancing, jump rope, floor hockey, badminton, and lacrosse. Students are expected to actively participate in the physical education section of wellness. During the classroom section students are expected to participate in class discussions and keep a folder for all classroom materials. Students are expected to demonstrate their proficiency by completing 2 open responses and 2 core assignments per year. Students are assessed through a common mid-year and final exam. Successful completion is required to continue to the next year.

995 Wellness 3 Level: CP                                                                  0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Wellness 2                                                                                            Grade 11

Expectations: This course is required for all students in grade 11. Wellness 3 classes will meet every other day for a full year. Curriculum for each course presents developmentally appropriate material to address wellness content areas and presents activities that aid students in maintaining lifelong health and well-being. Topics covered in the classroom throughout the course include: stress management, mental health (general, depression, suicide, and eating disorders), nutrition, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sexual harassment, reproduction, contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault, dating violence, healthy relationships and components of fitness. Topics covered in the physical education section of the course will include: FITNESSGRAM, cooperative games, pickle ball, archery, track and field, strength and conditioning, table tennis, soccer, flag football, Frisbee activities, tennis, volleyball, square dancing, jump rope, floor hockey, badminton, and lacrosse. Students are expected to actively participate in the physical education section of wellness. During the classroom section students are expected to participate in class discussions and keep a folder for all classroom materials. Students are expected to demonstrate their proficiency by completing 2 open responses and 2 core assignments per year. Students are assessed through a common mid-year and final exam. Successful completion is required to continue to the next year where senor students have 3 Options that will fulfill graduation and Massachusetts State Regulation requirements.

996 Peer Education Level: CP                                                         0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful interview and teacher recommendation.                                                                 Grade 11, 12

Expectations: This course is an elective for students in grades 11 and 12. This course will meet every other day each semester for a half year depending on student enrollment. Curriculum for this course provides an opportunity to learn to help other young people by developing communication skills, clarifying personal values, and examining contemporary teenage issues. Topics include self-esteem, peer pressure, depression, stress, coping skills, alcohol and drug use, sexuality, decision making, and health issues resulting from these decisions. Students are expected to practice helping others by working with students at the elementary and middle school levels. Students are expected to demonstrate their proficiency by developing and implementing a lesson plan from a Wellness related topic. These lessons are presented in various classes at the high school and middle school.

978 Strength and Conditioning for the Serious Competitor Level: CP 0.5 Credit
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Wellness 1 and Wellness II, as well as participation on an athletic team or by permission of the instructor.

Expectations: This course is an elective for students in grades 11 and 12. This course will meet every other day each semester for a half year depending on student enrollment. Curriculum for this course is designed to teach both the male and female athletes the importance of preparing the mind and body for sport during athletic competition. Additionally, this course will cover a variety of topics including sports nutrition, muscular strength, flexibility, endurance and psychological wellness. The lessons demonstrated in this class will be beneficial for athletic competition and everyday life. All students are required to participate both mentally and physically. Students are expected to change for all physical activity in the class. If the student does not change 7 or more times for the quarter, they will receive a failing grade for that marking period. The students are also required to fill out a lifting program appropriately throughout the unit. For a final, the students will “teach the teacher” specific lift(s) that we have performed followed by a series of related questions.

980 Introduction to Weight Training Level: CP                          0.5 Credit
Grade: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Wellness 1 and Wellness 2 plus enrollment in Wellness III

Expectations: Introduction to Weight Training is an elective course open to all students in grades 11 and 12. IWT will meet every other day each semester for a half year depending on student enrollment. Curriculum for this course is designed to teach students the basic concepts involved in weight training. Additionally, the IWT class will emphasize the importance of living an active lifestyle by using a multitude of lifts which will improve overall strength. The lessons demonstrated in class will emphasize safety and the proper use all the equipment. Students are expected to change for class and actively participate. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency by completing 2 open response and 2 core assignments per year. Additionally, a physical assessment will be administered at the beginning, during the mid-year and for the final.

997 Introduction to Sports Management Level: CP                    0.5 Credit
Prerequisites: Wellness                                                                                                                                                Grades 11, 12

Expectations: Entry- level course designed to introduce this highly sought after field of study. This course will meet every other day each semester for a half year depending on student enrollment. Students are expected to learn the different aspects of Sports Management, such as Athletic Administration, Sports Broadcasting, Sports Law, Sports Marketing, Public and Community Relations and Event/Facility Management. External hours are required for successful completion of this course. Students are expected to assist with home game operations under the direction of the Director of Athletics or his/her designee. Students are expected to have a minimum of a B average in Wellness and approval of the instructor. This course does not meet wellness graduation requirements.

590 Introduction to Health Care Level: CP                                   0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: None                                                                                                                                                         Grades 11, 12

Introduction to Health Careers is a course designed to introduce students to a wide variety of health professions. This course will meet every other day each semester for a half year depending on enrollment. Units of study will include Introduction to Health Care Delivery, Medical Ethical Responsibilities, Anatomy and Related Disorders, Professional Applications of Wellness and Disease and Concepts, Safety, Monitoring Body Functions, Disease Prevention, Infection Control Standards, and Exploration of Health Careers.

998 Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Level: CP          0.5 Credit
Prerequisite: Wellness                                                                                                                                                  Grades 11, 12

MVP is a leadership program that motivates both men and woman to play a central role in solving problems that have historically been considered “women’s issues”; rape, battery and sexual harassment. This course will meet every other day each semester for a half year depending on student enrollment. The MVP curriculum is broken down into five educational units; battery, gender roles, sexual harassment, alcohol and consent and heterosexism/homophobia. Students will discuss realistic scenarios that are appropriate for our high school population. Each scenario challenges students to discuss how they could act to empower bystanders and intervene and diffuse realistic examples of abuse.
This course will be co-taught by a male and female instructor from the Wellness Department who has been trained by MVP; students are given both the male and female view of each scenario.

Wellness Options for Grade 12

In order to meet Massachusetts State Regulations for Health and Physical Education 12th graders must participate in one of the following health or physical education options:

Option 1
Enroll in one of the Wellness elective courses above.

Option 2
Interscholastic Athletics and Activities – Students will receive .5 credit for each completed athletic season (Fall
Athletics, Winter Athletics, Spring Athletics) documented by the MHS Athletic Office.

Option 3
Contract for Non-School Physical Activity Programs monitored by the Guidance Department

• Contract A – .5 credit for ½ year
• Contract B – 1 credit for full year

Students may complete a contract by choosing a non-school based after school fitness program. These programs must have duration of at least 15 consecutive weeks per semester and must meet twice per week. Each individual session must be at least for one hour in duration. In order to elect this option, students must complete an Independent Study proposal by the first Monday in June. The deadline for second semester proposals is the Friday in January after December break. Independent Study forms are available in the Guidance Office.