• Health I

    Mrs. Maniscalco

    Room TBD


    Course Description:

    Health I is a course intended for Freshmen here at NHS.  This course is designed to broaden the student’s understanding of wellness issues and its relevance to their personal lives.  Discussions and guided activities will be used to discuss the evaluation of health information.  Topics we will cover over the course of the semester are listed below.  

    Course Objectives:

    The student will be able to:

    ·       2.6 Identify the major behaviors that contribute to wellness (exercise, nutrition, hygiene, rest, and recreation, refraining from using tobacco, alcohol, and other substances)

    ·       5.11 Analyze healthy ways to express emotions and to cope with feelings, including the common causes of stress, its effects on the body, and managing stress

    ·       5.17 Identify common mental health disorders and treatments

    ·       10.6 List the potential outcomes of prevalent early and late adolescent risk behaviors related to tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, including the general pattern and continuum of risk behaviors involving substances that young people might follow


    Students will be assessed in the following ways based on total points:

    ·       Class Participation and Effort              

    ·       Current Events/Projects/Papers                                    

    ·       Formal Assessments          

    ·       Homework /Class work

    Class Expectations:

    ·       Come prepared and ready to learn.

    ·       Please be on time for class.

    ·       Participate in class discussions and activities.

    ·       Treat others with respect and as you want to be treated.

    ·       You may not use your cell phone and/or other electronic devices in class.

    ·       If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed.


    ·       iPad- This will be used for our daily activator writing assignments as well as general note taking, and other applications.

    ·       An empty 1-inch, three ring binder- I will be giving you materials to put into the binder over the course of the quarter.

    o   Include loose leaf paper if you prefer to handwrite your activators/notes

    Topics for the Year:

    A Healthy Foundation

    ·       Understanding health and wellness

    ·       Taking charge of your health

    ·       Healthy Relationships


    ·       Define stress- throughout the lifespan

    ·       Fight or flight response

    ·       Ways/methods to reduce stress/ importance of sleep

    ·       Coping with loss/grief

    Mental Health

    ·       Anxiety- what is it?

    ·       Depression

    ·       Mental Health Disorders-

    (Phobias, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Depression, Impulse Control Disorders)

    ·       Getting help

    Sexual Health- Contraception/STI

    o   Types of contraception

    §  Effectiveness against STI and Pregnancy

    o   Common STI’s

    §  Signs/Symptoms and Treatment

    Substance Use/Abuse Prevention

    ·       Risks of using tobacco

    ·       Effects on your body, short and long term

    ·       Risks of using alcohol

    ·       Effects of alcohol on your body, short and long term

    ·       Blood alcohol Content

    ·       Define Alcoholism, where to get help?

    ·       Ways that drugs can affect your body

    ·       Marijuana, inhalant and steroid effects

    ·       Psychoactive drugs- categories/effects

    ·       Living a drug-free lifestyle

    School Policies:

    NHS Student/Parent Handbook 2014-2015

    Cheating and Plagiarism: “Cheating undermines the basic relationship of trust between a student and teacher. It prevents the proper evaluation of a student’s work, it detracts from the achievement of all students in the class, and it is one of the most serious offenses a student can commit. In keeping with the responsibility of the school to teach standards of scholarly work generally accepted in colleges and to promote the integrity of its students, plagiarism is regarded as a most serious matter and will be handled as a form of cheating.”

    Make-up Policy: If a student is absent, and the absence is “Excused”, for up to three consecutive days, he or she will have up to 10 ten school days to make-up all homework, tests, and reports missed during these three days. Long-term assignments are expected to be turned in by the original due date unless the teacher grants an extension. Students have the responsibility to make arrangements with teachers to schedule the taking of make-up tests. If after 10 school days, work remains incomplete, the students must petition the assistant principal in order to receive credits.