Health and Wellness
Guiding Principles For Health & Wellness
Our health and wellness curriculum is informed by the guiding principles outlined from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework. These tenets, alongside learning standards in the areas of Physical Health, Social and Emotional Health, Safety and Prevention Physical, and Personal and Community Health, ensure students receive developmentally appropriate instruction throughout grades K-12.
- Comprehensive Health education teaches students fundamental health concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors for the individual and others through sequential and coordinated teaching of health education, physical education, and family and consumer sciences education at each grade level, prekindergarten through grade 12.
- Comprehensive Health education teaches students to use fundamental health concepts to assess risks, to consider potential consequences, and to make health enhancing decisions.
- Comprehensive Health education teaches skills that assist students to understand and communicate health information clearly for self-management and health promotion.
- Comprehensive Health education contributes to the capacity of students to work in a positive manner with families, school staff, peers, and community members to enhance personal health and create a safe and supportive environment where individual similarities and differences are acknowledged.
- Comprehensive Health education is strengthened through collaboration and partnerships among all components of the coordinated school health program and other subjects.
The comprehensive K-12 skills-based and evidence-based Michigan Model for Health and Botvin Life Skills programs serve as the backbone for health education at Hopkinton Middle School. The overall goal of the program is to enable students to achieve balanced healthful living. The curriculum enables students to develop a wealth of skills-based techniques in order to help them achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
The Michigan Model allows for a seamless transition from elementary health education to the health program at the Middle School. In grade 6, specific major areas of focus include social and emotional health with topics such as peer pressure, risk taking, influences on behavior, and self-esteem. Additionally, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and personal health and wellness are covered.
The grade 8 curriculum centers on healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. Other topics included are: body systems, valves, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and violence prevention. All units covered are based on the Massachusetts Health Curriculum Frameworks.