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The Stevenson High School health education program is a state-mandated, required course for graduation. It does apply toward the student's grade point average. It is a one-semester course with a cumulative final exam establishing 25% of the overall grade. The program is comprised of six units of study: emotional health; American Red Cross CPR; fitness and nutrition; drug education; disease; and lifecycles.
Health education programs have undergone considerable change over the past three decades. We consider it to be a very academic, health science class. Our collective expectations are appropriate to comparable levels of study in other divisions.
Topics addressed are current event issues, as well as long-standing concerns to our overall level of wellness. Emphasis is placed on personal ownership of one's health and choices in every domain of wellness.
Some topics discussed are of a sensitive nature, which is why we require a signed parental permission form. Parents are encouraged to contact the instructor if they have any questions or concerns about the methodology or content of any lesson plan. We also suggest that parents and students discuss issues raised in class with one another for further exploration.
Health education is a resource-based program. The health/medical field evolves so rapidly and, in some cases, overnight. It is difficult for any one publisher to stay current on all issues. Simply stated, the world is our textbook. This allows us to stay current with the information as it becomes available. The Glencoe Health textbook is employed as a classroom resource. Each student is responsible for developing a compilation of reference resources throughout the entire course.