Wellness Syllabus

Course Syllabus


Harrisburg High School Mission:  Our mission is to create a stimulating learning environment that empowers students to reach academic proficiency and develop into productive members of society

Course Purpose:  Health is the quality of one's life.  Good health is a product of many factors.

          The factors that affect health can be controlled so that good health status is maintained.

           Practicing life skills enables individuals to take responsibility for their health.  Health/

           Wellness is designed to teach these skills so students can make responsible decisions

           regarding their health.


 Course Materials:  Health & Wellness, Meeks, Heit & Page

                             Handouts provided by the instructor

Course Content:

     Health/Wellness I                                                           Health/Wellness II

          Health Skills                                                          Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

          Mental and Emotional Health                               Communicable and Chronic Diseases

          Family and Social Health                                      Consumer and Community Health

          Growth and Development                                     Environmental Health

          Nutrition                                                                Injury Prevention and Personal Safety

          Personal Health and Physical Activity

State Standards: 

      10.1          Concepts of Health

      10.2          Healthful Living

      10.3          Safety and Injury Prevention

      10.4          Physical Activity

      10.5          Concepts, Principles and Strategies of Movement


 Classroom Course Description:  Health is required of students at the ninth and tenth grade levels and classes meet quarterly.  The course is based on the National Health Education Standards that specify what students should know and be able to do.


Course Goals:

     To use the decision-making process as a risk management tool designed to: Increase awareness of risk Measure risk to themselves, others, and property Judge whether or not to accept risk Act safely in response to risk To teach the knowledge, skills, responsibilities, and socially accepted behavior patterns to make make wise decisions.

Course Activities:  A variety of activities are used to facilitate student learning:

     Lecture/Discussion                               Class discussion

     Homework assignments                        Group/partner activities

         Outside assignments                            Worksheets

     Laboratory events/activities                    Tests/quizzes

     Videos                                                 Remediation activities

     Extension activities                               Situation analysis

     Study Guides                                       Chapter outlines

     Question/Answers                                Vocabulary words


Passes:  Passes are a privilege.  The school policy for administrating and using passes will be followed. No passes will be issued during the first ten (10) minutes or the last twenty (20) minutes of class. Students must have a pass with them when out of class.  Students must have a pass if late to class.

Class Rules:  Certain rules must be followed so that we all have a positive learning experience.  The school code of conduct will be followed in this class.  The following behavior is expected from each person during the class period:

 1. There will be no putdowns, insults, or unkind language used toward your peers, yourself, or the teacher.  Respect yourself and others.     

2. Come to class prepared to learn, with your books, paper, pens, pencils, homework, and a positive attitude.

3. Be on time to class.

4. No electronics are allowed in class.  No electronics are allowed to be plugged in the classroom. 5. No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom.

 6. Proper classroom attire is required.  No hats, or other headgear, gloves or outdoor wear.  Pants must be pulled up. No skimpy attire.

7. We will do all that it takes to create and support a safe space in which all may learn.                 

Missed Work:  Students are responsible for missed work.  Work missed due to absence is placed in the student's folder.  It is the student's responsibility to check and see (with other students or the teacher) if missed assignments are in the folder.  The student is responsible for completing the work and turning it in.  Students are responsible to schedule missed tests and/or quizzes.  Extended absences can arrange for work to be picked up in the office.  Students may sign out a textbook, if needed, to make up work.

Student Assistance:  I am available and willing to do whatever it takes to help every student succeed.  If a student feels a need for further explanation, assistance, remedial and or individual work, I am available before and after school, during lunch and during preparation time.  All a student or parent need do is contact me and express the need or concern.  Students are expected to put forth their best effort and try.

Assessment Techniques:  Grades are determined by a point system.  For example, a test can be worth60 points and a homework assignment can be worth 10 points.  Student averages are based on the total accumulated points earned over the course period divided by the total possible points to determine the percentage grade.  Class participation, homework, group activities, in-class and out-      of-class assignments, tests, quizzes, course project, etc. are included in the point total.  Students can track their total points throughout the course period.  The school grading policy will be followed:

             A       93-100

             B       85-92            

             C       77-84

             D       70-76

             F         0-69

Points are deducted for talking, being off-task, disrupting, not doing their assignments/work, etc. Class participation points account for approximately 20 percent of the course grade.

    Parent Contact:  Parents are encouraged to contact the instructor if they have any questions or       concerns, and I will contact you with concerns that I have.  If I am not immediately available, I will return calls as soon as possible.  Please provide a way to contact you (phone number, email) and a good time to contact you. Please feel free to contact me at anytime at:


        Kathy Landis

        Harrisburg High School

        2451 Market Street

        Harrisburg, PA  17103-2497

 (717) 703-4300    EXT 17021


Academic Integrity:  Academic integrity is a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of

falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another person's work as one's own, using Internet sources   without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another take an exam), stealing exams, tampering with the academic work of another, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.


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