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Wellness Syllabus
Description: Wellness is “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the
result of deliberate effort” (Dictionary.com). Many of the habits formed in adolescence carry
with us into adulthood. This class provides 7th and 8th graders with the opportunity to form
healthy habits by gaining awareness of the many social, emotional, and physical challenges that
adolescents face, and learning the tools necessary for dealing with pressures and making
healthy decisions.
Teachers:
Ms. Larrow (School Counselor), May 8
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-May 16th
Ms. Kitfield (School Nurse), May 19
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-May 29th
Mr. Hathaway (SAP Counselor), May 30
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-end of the year
Topics to be Covered:
DRUG ABUSE AND VI OLENCE: CAUSES AND EFFECTS, MAKI NG DECI SI ONS,
MEDI A I NFLUENCES, COPI NG WI TH ANGER, COPI NG WI TH ANXI ETY,
COMMUNI CATI ON SKI LLS, SOCI AL SKI LLS, ASSERTI VENESS, RESOLVI NG
CONFLI CTS, AND RESI STI NG PEER PRESSURE, I NTERNET SAFETY

Class Expectations:
Respect self and others, Respect your environment, Be Responsible for Learning, Be Safe (R2B2)
Arrive on time and prepared. If more than 5 minutes late unexcused, a green sheet may be
written and it will negatively affect your citizenship grade for that day.
Make up missed work. If you are absent for any reason, you are still expected to turn in a
completed workbook at the end of the term. It is your responsibility to talk to the teacher about
what you missed and getting help if you fall behind.
Wellness class sometimes focuses on sensitive and personal issues. You must work to listen to one
another, maintain a respectful attitude and open mind, and keep judgments to yourselves. You
will gain a lot more from topics discussed if everyone feels comfortable to express themselves.
You are generally expected to use the bathroom and water fountain before and after Wellness
class.
Discipline procedure: Minor misbehavior after one or more warnings will result in a break. If
more than one break is given, student may receive a green sheet or detention after school to
make up for lost learning time.
Pencils. You are expected to come prepared to class. If you do not have a writing utensil, a
point will be deducted from your daily citizenship grade.
Wellness class can involve a lot of self-reflection. The more work you put into it, the more you
will get out of it!
Grading: Citizenship Grade 30%, Workbook 30%, Tests/Quizzes: 20%, Internet Safety Work: 20%
Grading will be based on rubrics below. Each day, students will receive a citizenship grade, and every 2
weeks students will receive a grade for their assignments and journals.
Citizenship Rubric 10-
Excellent-achieved
excellence based on
these 4 criteria
8
Satisfactory: Did only
what is expected but
did not challenge self to
go beyond.
6
Fair: Improvement
needed in these
areas and/or
received at least 1
“take a break.”

5 or below
Poor: Student was
inadequate in these
areas and/or
received a
“relocation.”
Respect, Participation, Effort,
Behavior



Workbook Rubric 10
Excellent
8-
Satisfactory
6-
Fair
5 or below-
Poor
Task Completion, On topic,
Appropriateness, Effort