The Health program provides students with the information and skills necessary to develop and practice a healthy lifestyle at school, home, and after they leave the Academy. It provides age-appropriate, developmental programs that look at physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during the stages of a child’s growth. The program reinforces the mission and core values of the Academy and provides a safe environment in which students learn how their choices affect their well-being as well as that of other people and the community.

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  • Early Childhood (PK-K)

    The Lower School program seeks to develop positive behaviors, good citizenship skills, healthy living, diversity in the community, respect for self and others, and positive relationships with family, peers, and the community. Cleanliness and hygiene, like the importance and method of hand washing for example, are emphasized.
  • Grade 1

    The focus is on personal hygiene as well as personal safety at school and home. The program teaches children how to appreciate difference and cooperate with others. It begins to develop simple problem-solving skills regarding safety and injury. It introduces the components of healthy living, social skills, self-esteem, and self-worth.
  • Grade 2

    Building on the practices of personal hygiene, proper hand washing, and care of self and others, the program introduces additional components of healthy living, such as beginning discussions of nutrition and exercise, social skills, self-esteem, and self-worth.
  • Grade 3

    Along with addressing good personal hygiene, Grade 3 focuses on making healthy food choices with regards to snacks, good social habits, and being physically active.
  • Grade 4

    Discussions begin about puberty and changes that occur, healthy body image, the role of emotions, and how to make good decisions. The impact of drugs and alcohol is also introduced.
  • Grade 5

    Peer pressure, the importance of friendships, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, bodily changes in adolescence, nutrition and exercise, social skills, and hygiene are major topics in Grade 5.
  • Grade 6

    The Grade 6 Health program adds a focus on the physical, social, and emotional changes students at this age experience, and provides a foundation for students to grow up understanding how their decisions have consequences.  Students focus on social skills, healthy nutrition and body image, self-confidence, discipline as well as healthy relationships, internal and external pressure, and legal and illegal substances. The curriculum is set up to be able to transform due to what the needs are of the student body.
  • Grade 7

    The Grade 7 Health program has four main areas of focus: physical activity and fitness, proper nutrition, personal health and consumer choices, relationships (healthy & unhealthy), and legal and illegal substances. The blending of these five promote an overall state of health and wellness.
  • Grade 8

    In Grade 8, students continue to explore social relationships and peer pressure, conflict resolution, and stress management in order to better understand the social and emotional health of those around them, as well as themselves.  Students also learn the major systems of the human body, how they interact, and how they contribute to overall health. The curriculum is set up to be able to transform due to what the needs are of the student body.
  • Grade 9

    The Health program continues to focus on helping students develop their own personal collection of healthy habits, attitudes, and behaviors. The program focuses on relationships, dating, dating violence, gender roles and identity, sexual orientation, male/female reproductive structures and functions, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy. Outside speakers frequently present on topics such as depression, date rape, nutrition, and cyber safety.
  • Grade 10

    The major focus in the final year of the Health program is teaching important life skills using strategies and techniques to promote good decision-making. The program covers the following topics: stress management, sexual harassment, and nutrition. Outside speakers frequently present on topics such as depression, drugs/alcohol, date rape, nutrition, and cyber safety.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Cheryl Lassen

    Cheryl Lassen 

    Health and Physical Education Teacher, MS DEI Coordinator
    Slippery Rock University - B.S.
  • Photo of Casey Calland

    Casey Calland 

    Health and Physical Education Teacher
    Denison University - B.A.
  • Photo of Derek Chimner

    Derek Chimner 

    Health and Physical Education Teacher
    Elon University - B.S.
  • Photo of Shannon Rankin

    Shannon Rankin 

    Chair, Health & Phys Ed Department; Phys Ed and Health Teacher; House Haskell Dean, Grade 9 Dean
    Muskingum University - Health and Physical Education - B.A.
    The Ohio State University - Physical Education Teacher Education - M.Ed.

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