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Health Education at the Junior High School Level

All students study one semester of health on an every other day basis opposite physical education. The course is based on state and national standards. Junior High Health Education includes the age-appropriate study of self-esteem, communication, decision-making, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, longevity, mental health and stress, HIV/AIDS, relationship management, and adolescent changes. . The goal of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to live a healthy life.

Health Education at the High School Level

Health is a condition of well-being that is required for the development of each individual and for society as a whole. Optimal health is dependent upon one’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The Health course is aligned with the NYS learning standards and the Guidance Document and is approved by the North Colonie Board of Education. The Health curriculum is structured around the overarching skills of Self-Management and Relationship Management and is supported through the development of Planning and Goal Setting, Decision Making, Communication, Stress Management, and Advocacy. Topics are presented in connection to a specific skill area. The instructional focus is on promoting abstinence and to provide accurate, age appropriate information to support student’s ability to make informed decisions, to problem solve, to be safe and to achieve a high level of wellness. Health is offered during the sophomore year and students are required to pass this course in order to graduate. Students entering Shaker High School in grade 12 will be required to take Health unless the requirement was fulfilled in a previous school. A summary of topics is listed below:

High School Health

Either semester, 1/2 unit. Prerequisite: None.
In this course topics will include dimensions of wellness, physical activity and nutrition (PAN), CPR and AED (hands only training), disordered eating, addiction, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD), stress and stress management techniques, depression, suicide prevention, coping with loss, characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, abstinence, contraception use and rates of effectiveness/ineffectiveness, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Parent Preview Information

Grades 5 and 6 Adolescent Growth and Development

Individuals can also view the adolescence growth and development presentation.

Junior High Health (Grades 7 and 8)

Seventh Grade

Students will:

  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand steps to planning and goal setting
  • Learn effective ways to communicate
  • Practice the ability to be assertive, including the use of refusal skills
  • Develop skills in decision making
  • Recognize signs of peer pressure
  • Participate in social media safety
  • Identify their personal/family values
  • Study the negative effects of gateway drugs
  • Review and discuss adolescent changes/puberty
  • Review and build HIV/AIDS education
  • Review and build skill in disease prevention with emphasis on abstinence

Eighth Grade

Students will:

  • Identify factors to increase longevity
  • Discuss online behavior related to personal values
  • Research the effects of stress on overall wellness
  • Recognize risk factors for mental health and sources of support
  • Identify the effects of substance abuse
  • Review and examine HIV/AIDS information
  • Discuss adolescent changes
  • Consider the signs of a healthy dating relationship and reiterate abstinence

Junior High School Support

  • Guidance office
  • Colonie Police
  • Student assistance counselor
    • Stacey Angell
  • 5th grade video preview – Media Center/Library
  • 6th grade video preview – Auditorium
  • 7th and 8th grade curriculum details – email classroom teacher