Health & Wellness
Health education is an essential aspect of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy education as it allows students to connect knowledge from all disciplines with practical application. The Health Department is committed to the development and implementation of an enriching and engaging curriculum for all students. As students progress in grade, the Health courses spiral on the important topics, including physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Students are supported in their efforts to apply knowledge and behaviors toward achieving wellness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Level: Grade 9, required
Overview: This course is designed to help freshman understand themselves as individuals, understand their role in a global community, and make informed choices related to their health, interaction with others, and daily responsibilities. Freshmen Foundations meets four periods per week over the course of the trimester. In class, students are engaged in activities to help enhance their academic strategies, which include time management, organization, presentational development, study habits and note taking. In addition, the Grade 9 class completes the online Brainology program, which helps students develop Growth Mindset thinking. Through this program students learn about brain functioning and engage in lessons that explore challenges, setbacks, resiliency and personal growth. Finally, we also attend a seminar that displays the social norms of gender identity. A guest speaker comes to the WMA campus to help with gender identity awareness.
Level: Grade 10, required
Overview: This course is designed to enhance personal health and wellness through the discussion of physical health, mental health, and sexual health topics. Health 10 will meet as a seminar style course once per trimester over the course of the academic year. In the first seminar, students will investigate the realities and dangers of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use related to physical health and wellness. From there, students will explore mental health and engage in a suicide prevention curriculum. The last element of the course is sexual education, where students will review reproductive anatomy, contraception, and abstinence. The course will engage students in the curriculum through lectures and activities to prepare them for the Health 11 experience.
Level: Grade 11, required
Overview: This course is designed to enhance personal health and wellness through the development of personal identity, values, and a goal oriented mindset. In order to do so, students will begin the course by exploring positive psychology, which is considered the science of happiness. Under the realm of positive psychology, students will develop goal achievement action plans and identity personal strengths and values. In connection, we will explore mental illness and ways to promote a healthy mindset related to stress, anxiety, and high school pressures. In the latter half of the course, we will cover drug and alcohol abuse with the support of clips from the documentaries “Haze” and “Unguarded”. To complete the course, we will explore sexually transmitted diseases, methods of contraception, pregnancy, and characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students will meet twice a week over the course of one trimester. Students are graded on in-class assignments.
Level: Grade 12, required
Overview: This course is designed to promote safe and healthy decision making as members of the WMA community and beyond. The focus of this course is to prepare students for their transition to college through discussion of relevant topics. Students will explore stress and time management, wellness techniques, and coping mechanisms to enhance personal mental health. The course will review important aspects of physical health including nutrition, sleep and physical fitness in connection with college schedules. We will explore the realities of substance use of college campuses throughout the United States, as well as sexual assault on college campuses with the support of the CNN documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Students meet twice a week during the course of four weeks. Students are graded on in-class assignments.