7th Grade Health Education                                    Course Code: J141   

    Ms. Holzman                                      Van Wyck Junior High School


    Dear Parents/Guardians and Seventh Grade Students,

    Welcome to 7th Grade Health!  There is no prerequisite for this course.  I would like to wish you all a successful quarter in my classroom. Below is the information necessary for you to perform above and beyond your capabilities. 

    Course Description:

    State Mandated 7th Grade Health will instill in students the knowledge and skills to examine alternatives and make responsible health-related decisions. Students will draw upon knowledge from biological, psychological, environmental, social, physical, and medical sciences in order to help learn how to prevent and manage health problems.

    Areas of Study:

          *Mental Health/Wellness                                 *Chronic Diseases                 *Introduction to Adolescent Changes/Puberty

             *Bullying/Violence Prevention                           *HIV/AIDS        

              *Nutrition                                                       *Tobacco

              *Physical Activity/Weight Management         *Alcohol

    Health Education Skills Used:

          *Self-Management                                        *Planning and Goal Setting        

             *Relationship Management                           *Decision Making        

             *Stress Management                                    *Advocacy                                            

             *Communication                                             *Accessing Reliable Health Information



    Based on class participation, projects, homework, quizzes, tests, article reviews, and final exam.

    Students are expected to be in attendance for final exams.  Students who miss a final exam as the result of an unexcused absence will receive a grade of zero. 

    Textbooks and Other Resources:

    Textbook: (2007). Teen Health (Course 3): Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

    NOTE: Because health information is constantly changing, other resources are used including numerous government websites such as the USDA’s “MyPlate”, and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse).


    Grading Procedures:

    Grading Policy:

    Quarter grades will be calculated on a points system.  It will be the total number of points earned divided by the total about of points possible. For example, if at the end of the quarter there are a possible 1000 points and a student earned a combined total of 950, their average will be a 95%. Here are the point values of typical assignments:

             *Homework/Journal entries                   15-25 points each

             *Quizzes/Tests                                     50/100 points respectively

             *Unit projects                                       TBA when given (no more than 100 points each)

             * Current Health Responses                   50 points each

              *Participation/Behavior                          100 points (see discipline plan)


    Students will be given homework approximately 1-2 times a week. Homework will relate to the area of study, and will supplement knowledge and skills of the topic. Homework that is handed in late will get points taken off for being late.

    Other Assignments:

    Students will also complete assignments in class. Assignments include (but are not limited to) personal nutrition and exercise plans, personal stress analysis, poster projects, designing health pamphlets, as well as small group work. 



    If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to make up missed work.  Worksheets, etc. for work can be found in the Mon-Fri Folders located in the classroom.  In order to do well in this class, all work must be completed. 


    Required Materials for class:

    * One 3 ring binder (this may be shared with another class and won’t be collected)

    * Loose leaf paper

    *Pencils and/or Pens


    Teacher Web Page:

    My web page can be found at www.wappingersschools.org/vanwyck. Then go to the “Teachers” Tab at the top, and find “Holzman”.

    Please visit frequently to find information on the following:


    *Extra Credit Opportunities

    *Links to health related websites                  


    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am always here to help!!!

    Phone: (845) 227-1700

    Email:  Lindsey.Holzman@wcsdny.org


    Miss Holzman’s Classroom Expectations

    Rm 118 Rules:

    1. Respect others, yourself, and all school property. This includes:

    ~ Listening to others ideas/opinions.

    ~Using appropriate language. No swear words or verbally abusive language

    ~Keeping your hands and feet to yourself at all times

    ~Not damaging or defacing personal or school property

    ~Giving full attention to whoever is speaking


    2. Be in your assigned seat AND complete the “DoNow” activity when the bell rings.


    3. Bring all books and materials to class.


    4. Keep voices at a low level (PBIS #1) during group work


    5. Put all personal electronics away during class (unless told otherwise)


    6. Follow directions the first time they are given.


    If You Choose to Break a Rule

    Participation/Behavior Grade

    On the first day of each quarter, every 7th grade health student will be automatically awarded a test grade of 100. This will be your participation and behavior (P&B) grade.  


    How it works:

    Interrupting other student’s ability to learn will NOT be tolerated. If a student chooses to break a rule, the following will occur:

    FIRST TIME:                      Warning

    SECOND TIME:                   1 point deducted from P&B grade

    THIRD TIME:                      2 points deducted from P&B grade, and after class conference

                                                 with me.

    SEVERE DISRUPTIONS:     Parents called (along with lunch detention or written referral)


    NOTE: no more than 3 points a day will be deducted from the P&B grade. During after class conferences, teacher and student will discuss the issue privately and attempt to come up with a solution. 


    *At the end of the quarter, I will add up the deducted points in my gradebook. Whatever their P&B grade is will be averaged into their final quarter grade. 


    Please keep this sheet in your binder at all times.

    Thank you

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