Scott Robinson Health Education grades 6-8
6th graders: The sixth grade classes are engaged in learning the effects of tobacco use on the body. They are learning not only about the effects of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cigars, but the effects of electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes were developed to aid smokers in quitting the habit, but their use among the youth population has increased dramatically over the past few years. Students are provided with reliable information, and given the opportunity to reflect on their personal values and beliefs, which will shape their decisions in the future.
7th grade: The seventh grade classes are engaged in learning about the importance of healthy relationships. Topics include communication, cooperative activities (the alaskan pipeline) developing a healthy body image, and the signs and symptoms of depression. Seventh graders are encouraged to start to “find their own voice” and are given opportunities to reflect on the person they are now, and who they want to be.
8th grade: The eighth grade classes are engaged in learning about drug use prevention. The main focus in this unit is to find a “Natural High”, which is any activity artform, or sport that a person loves to do and makes them feel good. It does not involve drugs or alcohol. Students are at a pivotal point in their lives, the influences from others, friends, family and the media can have a lasting impact on the future adult they will become. Students are learning factual information about the effects of drugs like alcohol, tobacco/electronic cigarettes, and marijuana. Students are encouraged to identify what their own values are in relation to substance abuse.