Health Family Letter

  • Dear Families,

    Welcome to Extreme Health!  My name is Cheri Armstrong, and I am pleased to be your child’s health teacher for this school year.  Your child will have health classes for 30 consecutive days. This format enables us to provide more meaningful instruction, especially regarding social and emotional well-being.

    Attached is an overview of the health topics and our expectations for student outcomes. The final grade that will appear in Aspen will be Pass or Fail.  We will contact you immediately by phone or email if we suspect that your child is in danger of failing.  As you will notice, the health curriculum is extensive.  The data that appears in Aspen will contain specific assessment information to measure your child’s learning.  This will provide insight for you and your child as to what knowledge and skills are consistently demonstrated and what areas require additional study or practice.  Please remember that our ultimate goal is to have students leave our class with the ability to understand risks, manage emotions, and protect themselves against potential dangers.  We hope to encourage and support more mindful, healthy, positive, socially-skilled, and engaged middle school students.

    Our instruction is based upon wellness and safety.  We will begin by discussing the body systems, their parts and functions, and how each works with the others to maintain good health.  We will be spending several days discussing aspects of puberty, too. For this, we will be using lessons from The Great Body Shop. Please note that our classes are taught with open-mindedness, and we strive to answer ALL QUESTIONS posed to us with honesty.  The foundation of our curriculum is abstinence.

    Our social skills curriculum is taken from Botvin, Life Skills Training.  We will be discussing situations that students may encounter as they begin to move through adolescence.  These skills include assertiveness, anxiety and anger management, decision-making, and conflict resolution.  

    Throughout the 30 days, students will have opportunities to practice how to address issues of aggression and bullying and how to become advocates for safety and inclusion.  They will also practice how to use refusal skills and assertive communication strategies when faced with offers to engage in risk behaviors, such as the use of drugs or alcohol.  

    Classes will include student discussions and participation, group activities, journal entries, and short quizzes.  

    Please review the outline of classes, so that you may engage your child in conversations about what we are discussing in health.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. My email is carmstrong@monomoy.edu.

    Respectfully,

    Cheri Armstrong