HEALTH EDUCATION

The goal of our health education program is to provide students with the education and prevention strategies in order to avoid needing intervention later in life.  Our health educators are committed to giving students the tools to make responsible physical, mental, emotional and social decisions.  To accomplish this, developmentally-appropriate educational lesson plans correlated to the MA Comprehensive Health Frameworks are carefully designed.  These lessons assist students in making healthy nutritional choices, understand the dangers of substance misuse, identify mental health issues and implement appropriate conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.  At various points in a student’s educational experience, he/she will have the opportunity to study other health topics such as growth and development, bullying and violence prevention, first aid and CPR, and other current health-related issues.  To remain up to date with continually evolving health education topics, faculty will continue to use district specific data collected by SPS Personnel and data gathered through annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to keep our curriculum relevant.

In addition to Health Education programming during the school day, the following supporting/extension opportunities are also available to enrich student experiences:

  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Allies Not Bystanders Club fosters tolerance and acceptance of ALL people.  Weekly meetings consist of activities and discussions that lead to greater social awareness of self and others. 
  • The Gay-Straight Alliance exists to promote acceptance in Scituate High School, Gates Middle School and beyond.

SUBSTANCE MISUSE PREVENTION CURRICULUMBrochure Link

TIME ON LEARNING:

  • K – Grade 5: Receive approximately 24, 45-minute classes utilizing Great Body Shop curriculum materials.  These lessons are instructed by elementary health and wellness faculty.  Additionally, Open Circle curriculum lessons implemented by classroom teachers make social-emotional health connections as well.
  • Grade 6: Receive approximately 24, 57-minute health education classes utilizing Great Body Shop and Second Step curriculum materials.
  • Grade 7 & 8: Receive approximately 54, 57-minute health education classes taught by health teachers as well as 18 lessons taught by school counselors.
  • Grades 9 – 12: Receive one quarter of a school year of health education per year taught by health teachers.

HEALTH EDUCATION FACULTY:

Kevin Sawyer Cushing School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8770
Mark Puzzangara Hatherly School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8780
Amy MacDonald Jenkins School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-4910
Rob Greene Wampatuck School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8790
Matt Cherner Gates Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8760
Amy Heffernan Gates Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8760
Allison Mulvaney Gates Middle School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8760
Jaime Dwyer Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x470
Shana Lentini Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x440
Brian Hurcombe Scituate High School This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 781-545-8750 x346

SUPPORTIVE WEBSITES:

Scituate FACTS Coalition

http://scituatefacts.org/

The Mission of the Scituate FACTS (Families, Adolescents and Communities Together Against Substances) Coalition is to reduce underage drinking, marijuana misuse, and prescription drug misuse among youth in Scituate.

Teen Safe

http://www.teen-safe.org/

Teen Safe was produced by the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Children's Hospital Boston. Their purpose is to empower parents to better protect their teenaged children's lives, health, and futures.

KidsHealth

http://kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/

This is a place for kids, teens and parents/caregivers who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.  KidsHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so kids, teens and parents/caregivers can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions.

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

www.cdc.gov

CDC’s mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

http://www.drugabuse.gov

NIDA's mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug misuse and addiction.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

http://www.drugfree.org/

The Partnership at Drugfree.org provides toolkits for parents and caregivers to have conversations with kids and teens about drugs.

Parent Further

http://www.parentfurther.com/

Provides tools for parents to have conversations with their children about the following topics and many more:  Substance misuse, mental health, bullying and early sexual behavior.

Fooducate

http://www.fooducate.com/

This website has a free app that you can download to help eliminate food label confusion and judge if a food is healthy.  It also provides healthier alternatives and can be done by simply scanning a bar code or typing in the food name.