Health Education Course Syllabus
High School Health Education
The goal of the High School Health and Wellness Course is to empower students to develop and acquire knowledge, skills and attitude so that they may develop and maintain lifelong health and wellness. This will include selected topics which are included in the following areas (Health is a NYS graduation requirement):
Violence and Mental Health
- Mental Health
- Domestic Violence
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and Other STDs and Parenting Education
In order for students to be successful they must:
- Attend all classes
- Come to class prepared
- Follow school and TEAMS/classroom rules
- Actively participate in class
- Complete all required assignments
- All assignments are found and submitted on TEAMS; no handwritten assignments will be accepted; all assignments must be typed.
- Computer or Tablet with a keyboard. If you do not have one or yours stops working, the district can provide you with one. A cell phone is not an acceptable device to complete assignments.
- WiFi: if at any point you have wifi issues, it’s important to communicate with us. You must have working internet to participate in class.
All your assignment and resources are found on TEAMS. You must submit all assignments electronically; NO assignments will be accepted on paper or written out and then submitted by picture! All assignments must be typed! The blank document will be provided for you in the assignment, and all you need to do is edit the assignment. You also cannot submit sharepoint links as they don’t open properly. Please do not screenshot your assignments either. Documents are provided for you to work on, so please use them.
Your grade on TEAMS does not reflect the 0’s on SchoolTool. For your current overall grade, please see SchoolTool. For your grade on a specific assignment, you may look at TEAMS.
Any assignment that is plagiarized will receive an automatic 0, and it cannot be made up. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. All assignments will be linked to Turn It In, which checks the internet when an assignment is submitted to check for plagiarism. If you are taking information off the Internet, you must cite your source in APA format. If you don’t know how to do that, you may use the website www.citationmachine.net to help you. Make sure that you select APA format and then the type of source in which you used to get your information (book, website, online magazine, etc.).
Given the pandemic and education, there will not be a final exam in this course, as we cannot ensure the integrity of the exam, and everyone already has a lot on their plate!
Students will have a daily attendance to submit. The assignment will have the day’s date, and all the students must do it with Turn It In. This will help to ensure more accurate attendance. Though we are learning through this remote learning process, this is subject to change at any point given district directives.
Live classes will meet three days/week for a maximum of approximately 20 minutes (as per district directives). The meeting for the live classes will appear in TEAMS, as well as your school Outlook email. If class needs to be canceled for some reason, the meeting will disappear from your calendar. If we have a snow day, there will be no class, and the daily attendance assignment will be deleted.
Students are also expected to attend the live sessions (with your camera on, and you in the camera view in school appropriate attire) which will be in their calendar on TEAMS and in their school email Outlook calendar. Meetings will take place on TEAMS, and they are reoccurring meetings. If a student is more than 5 minutes late to class and they haven’t contacted the teacher letting them know why, they will not be let into the class. Punctuality is important!
All late assignments will result in up to a deduction of 25%, for up to 4 days. On the fifth day, the student may earn a 0 for that late assignment or if the assignment is not turned.
Students will receive reminders regarding class work, the closure of assignments, or any important information for the class. Students can also message the teacher with questions. However, if a message is sent outside of the school day, it will be answered the following school day. If there is an emergency, or you feel that you are going to hurt yourself or someone else, please reach out immediately and we will help you. Even when we are not “live” in class, TEAMS chat is always on. Please DO NOT hesitate to reach out if you are struggling.
Communication is key! We cannot help you if we don’t know. Under normal circumstances, if you come to class and you have your head down, or something like that we can see something and try to figure out what is going on to help. In these times, we cannot do that, which adds another level to all of this. It is imperative that if you are having internet issues, device issues, turn-in issues, struggling to keep up, didn’t understand something, etc. that you reach out and let us know.