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Rye High School 1 Parsons Street
Rye, NY 10580

Ph: 914.967.6100 ext: 1901

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Health: 9(A-E)
Instructor: Health   
Welcome to Health Class!  


One of the greatest challenges of being an adolescent is to figure out who in the world you are. Though you’ve probably begun to think about this, truly understanding yourself can be an overwhelming task. While your teenage brain is busy trying to figure it all out, scientific research has proven that your prefrontal cortex is making it pretty difficult for you to rationally approach such a highly emotional journey. While I can’t change the development rate of your brain (and honestly, even if I could, it still wouldn’t ensure an easy path) this class has been developed in order to help you better understand yourself—both body and mind. You will have a unique opportunity to think about your identity, clarify your personal values, and examine difficult choices.  I am not here to tell you what to do.  Rather, I’m here to help you practice the skills, and research the information that will help you to make the best possible choices for you in your life.   This is a personal exploration—and you will need to routinely reflect on your own actions and behaviors, which admittedly (especially when you’re being honest with yourself), can be a very challenging assignment. You, of course, are in no way expected to have it all figured out by the time you leave here. But we do have the next four months together to explore issues that are directly related to you and your well being. While we cover a wide range of information (I.E., mental/emotional health, nutrition, alcohol and other drugs, human sexuality, etc.) this course is ultimately designed to help you navigate some of the difficult choices you may be asked to make in your life.   Decisions are not always easy.  And sometimes we don’t give enough thought to the consequences of our actions.  But every choice we make—every action we take—reflects and reveals something about our character.  So as you continue through your years in High school—consider what you want your actions to say about you. 
“We are our choices.” 
                                    --Jean-Paul Sartre
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”                                                                    
                                    --J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Essential Question: 
What can I do, every day, to make myself a better person?
Guiding Questions: 
  • How can I demonstrate care and respect for others? 
  • How can I demonstrate care and respect for myself? 
  • How does what I say and what I do impact the people around me?  
  • What kind of effect do my actions and words have on me? 
  • How will the decisions I make today continue to impact my life? 
  • How will my ability to positively manage stress improve my life?  
  • What goals—short term and long term do I have for myself?  
  • How can I make sure I take steps to achieve those goals? 
Family Medical History Reflection Due Tuesday 12/13
Assignments due in the next few weeks!
1. Documentation of your 30-Day Challenge is Due Tuesday, 11/29.
2. A News Article that relates to your Locker Topic is Due Thusday, 12/1.
3. Home Connection: Reflection on your conversation about your Family Medical History is Due 12/13.
30-Day Challenge Preparation
Next week we will begin our 1st 30-Day Challenge!
Attached below is the Worksheet you need to fill out to demonstrate how you will prepare and support yourself during this challenge. Please complete it and turn it in to my by Monday, October 24th.

Ball Pit Moment with a Parent or Guardian
Over the long weekend, set aside some time to connect with your family member. Use your communication skills to effectively listen to the responses given, Keep an open mind. Feel free to ask simple, curious questions to follow up. Be patient with your interviewee, and give them time to respond.
Remember, your job is to ask them questions and then listen (LEVEL 2 LISTENING!) without judging.
You may ask simple, curious questions to further the conversation....or take time to clarify information...but your main job is to listen.

Questions for Home Connection:
1. What do you know now that you wished you knew at my age?
2. What's one thing you love about our relationship? What's one thing you wish we could improve upon?

3. (See below)
Your should add one more question that you'd like to ask.
Suggestions the class came up with include the following:
  • What personality traits do you think we share? (What are the benefits/drawbacks that trait?)
  • What's something your parents taught you about parenting that you use with me and/or our family?
  • What is your biggest regret?
  • If you could choose to be any age, what age would you be and why?
  • What have you learned by being a parent?
  • What were you like at my age?
  • If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
Reflection on Active Listening, Building Bridges, Breaking down Barriers
You will write an in class reflection on what your experience was like.
Kammunication Gym
Welcome to Kammunication Gym!
RHS is giving each of you a trial membership that will change your life!*
*Results may vary upon an individual’s commitment, enthusiasm and willingness to apply techniques to life’s challenging relationships
Throughout the next couple of weeks you will be given a set of skills that you must apply not only in our classroom--but in your life in some way. As an assessment, you will need to reflect on your experiences.
Wellness Wheel
Wellness wheels will be done in class. If you do not finish, please take it home and complete it for homework.
First week of class:
Hello and welcome to Health Class!
My name is Ms. Kam and I look forward to getting to know you this semester.

Please make sure to have your Course Description signed by a parent or guardian. (10pts)
You may also bring in 4x6 index cards and/or black dry erase markers by Friday for x-tra credit.
Discussion Topics
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