I. Course Overview

Health Education is an applied science, the practical application of research and theory.  The development of knowledge is a means to the end of better personal dynamics and skills to function within the community. Health Education seeks to promote the growth of the individual in a holistic manner – including physical, social, emotional, and intellectual states.  This is achieved through a program of instruction consistent with current research on the areas of high self-esteem, self-respect, integrity of the family, independence and responsibility.  Development in these areas creates a more responsible individual who is a contributing participant in society The ultimate goal is heightened quality of life in all areas and applications. Bring a positive attitude and lots of questions to class every day.  These two things are important components to learning.  As instructors, we will do our part to make our classroom comfortable and safe.  For a positive classroom climate, we will adhere to the following rules:

1.     Respect – Show respect to the teacher, yourself and fellow students.

2.     Responsibility – Be responsible for your actions; being prepared for class; turning in homework; making up missed assignments; getting help when you do not understand; making arrangements when you need extra help, etc.

3.     Manners – Please use good manners at all times.

4.     MP3s/ IPods/ IPhones – Are allowed in the classroom during personal work time only for music use only.  Otherwise, please have them turned off and out of sight otherwise.  Thanks.

II.       Assessment:

Health will have numerous assessments: quizzes, tests, projects and activities; all of which center on creating successful students.

Homeworkwill be assigned 2-3 times per week.  Many times, on-task students that take advantage of class time will complete work and will not need to take it home. We expect effort and high quality at all times.

BindersA binder for this class only is required for all students to stress the importance of organization and responsibility.  Binder quizzes will be given periodically. 

Grading:Tests/Quizzes are worth 50% of your final grade, Projects are worth 30% and other (i.e. in class assignments, Homework, or Activities) is worth 20% of your final grade. .

Late Work: Ideally, all of your work will be turned in on time.  However, there may be circumstances that will prevent you from getting your work in by the due date.  Late work not due to illness will be marked down 10% for every day it is late. It will not be accepted after 10 days.

Semester Grade: Each quarter will be 43% of your semester grade.  The final exam is worth 14% of your semester grade.  Students must pass two of three marking periods and/or exams to earn credit for the semester class.

III.      Procedures: Procedures have been established to ensure that all students are adequately prepared for class.  This ensures that students will have the necessary information to be successful.  Procedures will be introduced and practiced throughout the first days of school.

IV.   Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Your Health and Wellness

Chapter 2 Making Healthful Choices

Chapter 5 Nutrition and Your Health

Chapter 6 Food and Your Health

Chapter 8 Your Mental and Emotional Health

Chapter 9 Managing Stress in your Life

Chapter 10 Mental and Emotional Problems

Chapter 14 Resolving Conflicts and Preventing Violence

Chapter 19 Your Body’s Reproductive System

Chapter 20 The Beginning of the Life Cycle

Chapter 21 Adolescence – A Time of Change

Chapter 24 Tobacco

Chapter 25 Alcohol

Chapter 26 Illegal Drugs

Chapter 27 Recovering from Addiction and Codependency

Chapter 29 Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Chapter 30 HIV & AIDS

Chapter 35 Providing First Aid and Handling Emergencies