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Health Education at the Elementary Level

New York State requires districts to provide health education at all levels. Our K-6 health teacher provides lessons from our health curriculum which includes healthy habits, disease prevention, decision making, assertiveness, responsibility, HIV/AIDS awareness and child abuse prevention. Students in fifth and sixth grade will participate in Adolescent Growth and Development lessons. Parents of fifth and sixth grade students will be notified prior to the Adolescent Growth and Development lessons. Parents may choose to opt children out the Adolescent Growth and Development lessons but not HIV/AIDS awareness.

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.