WELLNESS EDUCATION

Wellness Education supports students in enhancing their capacity for academic and personal success by emphasizing physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, occupational, environmental, social and spiritual wellbeing.  This will be accomplished through providing comprehensive physical and health education concepts and standards.  Wellness Education integrates physical health with mental and psychological well-being

The physical education component of wellness courses is based on helping students develop healthy, active lifestyles by experiencing a balance of activities in a positive, responsible, and cooperative environment. The program is designed for students to engage in  lifelong activities that leads to being physically literate individuals. These activities include the movement areas of dance, fitness, adventure/cooperative education sports and games. It is through these experiences that we address the diverse needs of our students in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains.

Health education connection offers a foundation of functional health information and skills so that students become health literate. The dynamic nature of wellness requires that our curriculum focuses on critical health skills, such as communication, decision-making, goal-setting, advocacy, self-management, analyzing influences, and accessing information. 

Grade 9
Grade 10
GRADE 11
gRADE 12

Full Year Course:

  • Wellness  9       .5 credit

 

Full Year Course:

  • Wellness  10   .5 credit

Full Year Course

.5 credit

In a student’s junior year, students will be required to choose 1 of 3 options:

  • Lifetime Activities & Sustainable Living

  • Team Sport & Leadership Concepts and Strategies 

  • Health & Education in Urban Communities (UConn ECE eligibility pending for 24-25 - EDLR 1162 - 1 credit course)

To meet Wellness graduation requirements, senior students are required to complete two semesters of Wellness courses; one course in each semester of their senior year. Students are required to enroll in two different courses and not repeat classes. Each semester completed is .25 credits earned towards the .50 needed to fulfill the graduation credit requirement. Options are:

  • Personal Fitness & Nutrition

  • Cooperative Wellness Strategies (Recommendation only course)

  • Exploration of Peer & Personal Safety

  • Transitioning Beyond High School

A second option for students in their senior year, is they may choose to enroll in a full year ECE course that will earn the .50 required credit to fulfill the graduation requirement.  Students may take:

  • Kinesiology: Exercise and Wellness for Everyone (UConn ECE eligibility pending for 24-25 - KINS 1100 - 3 credit course)

 

 

 

Medical Excuses 
All students are expected to attend and participate in Wellness classes. We recognize that during the course of the year, a student may become sick or injured. A student with an acute illness or injury (upper respiratory infection, sprained ankle, etc.) should present a note from a physician to the nurse. Excuses from Wellness class are valid from the time the doctor's note is received by the school nurse and only for the time period stipulated by the doctor. Retroactive excuses are not acceptable unless immediately following a school absence covered by the doctor's note.


Please see below steps and requirements to obtain a time limited medical excuse from Physical Education portions of wellness classes.

  1. The student will contact the school nurse, inform them of the need for exemption, and obtain the required medical form.
  2. The parent/guardian will mail the medical form to the student's physician. The doctor must clearly indicate on the form the types of physical activities in which the student can participate (mild, moderate, vigorous, or full exemption).
  3. The physician will specify the length of the excuse or modification in the student's Wellness Education program.
  4. The school nurse will inform the Wellness Education teacher and the counselor of record of the desired excuse.
  5. In the event that adjustments must be made in a student's schedule and program, the adjustments will be made through the school counselor who will notify the Wellness Education teacher.