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Curriculum Description

The Wellness curriculum is a combination of our Health Education and Physical Education programs. Each course offers health concepts and related activities designed to build the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to participate in an active healthy lifestyle. The Wellness units address informational concepts of healthy lifestyles and a yearly assessment of health related fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio vascular endurance and body composition).

The main objective of these courses is to enable students to achieve the proficiency levels targeted in The Massachusetts Health and Physical Education Frameworks, as well as to meet the criteria put forth in our own 21st Century Learning Expectations. Coursework in all Wellness classes is focused upon the Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings targeted in the UbD curriculum documents for each course and level.

All students must successfully complete four (4) Term Blocks of Wellness to meet graduation requirements. One (1) Term Block must be taken in each of the four years a student is enrolled. Each Term Block earns one-half (½) credit towards graduation. Wellness classes meet five times a week.

Grade 9 students are required to enroll in Wellness 9 while grade 10 students are required to enroll in Wellness 10. Students in grades 11 & 12 will select a Wellness course that focuses in areas of high interests based on the courses offered during that year.

Assessment: Each year students are required to complete a personal fitness/wellness evaluation for the purpose of assessing strengths and weaknesses throughout the four (4) year high school experience. Students are encouraged to use the test results to assist them in personal goal setting within each of the required courses.

Adaptive Physical Education services are also available.