RJK Middle School 8th Grade Health Education

8th Grade Health Education

The goal of the RJK 8th grade Health and Wellness Course is to empower students to develop and requisite 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:

  1. Bullying
  2. Mental, Emotional and Social Health
  3. Nutrition and Fitness
  4. Personal Safety and First Aid
  5. Communication/Co-Operative Work
  6. Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
  7. Mental Illness
  8. Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases
  9. Human Growth and Development

Student Expectations:

In order for students to be successful they must:

  1. Attend all classes
  2. Come to class prepared
  3. Follow school and classroom rules
  4. Actively participate in class
  5. Complete all required assignments
  6. See teacher to make up work after being absent

Grading students will be evaluated in the following areas:

  1. Class participation 35%
  2. Assignments, projects 30%
  3. Tests/Quizzes 20%
  4. Homework 15%

Extra Help:

Students may see teacher for extra help at any time. Arrangements can/will be made if after school tutorial is necessary on an individual basis.

Teacher Contact Information:

All 6th and 8th grade health teachers may be reached at 845-796-3058 or via email:

Mr. Matt Buddenhagen

Mr. Matt Daly

Mr. Michael Fratto

Ms. Michelle de Jong


  •  1 subject spiral notebook
  •  1 large pocket folder
  •  Pens and/or Pencils

You may use a binder which means you do not need the notebook and folder

The school will provide you with an assignment book

*Most late assignments will result in dropping one number per day late, but there will be some assignments that will NOT be accepted late.

4 3 2 1
Class Participation Student is always attentive and always takes an active part in discussion/activities Student is attentive but rarely contributes in class discussion/activity Student is sometimes attentive, never contributes in class discussion/activity Student is rarely attentive and does not contribute in class discussion/activity
Assignments/Projects Quality of work is excellent Quality of work is good Quality of work is satisfactory Quality of work is in need of improvement
Test/Quiz Average of 90-100 work Average of 80-89 work Average of 70-79 work Average of 65-69 work
Homework All assignments completed and handed in 1 missing or incomplete assignment 2 missing or incomplete assignments 3 missing or incomplete assignments