• September 2016
     
    The new school year is off to a great start. Classes 5-8 health are learning about Character this month. We began with information about bullying, teasing and taunting others. Students were given information about how to band together to stand up to a bully or involve a trusted adult when needed. The first week of October is the "Week of Respect" here at Mountz so all students will be learning about respect for others as well as respect for self.   
     
    October 2016
     
    October is a busy month for Health in 5-8 grades. We had both the "Week of Respect" and "School Violence Awareness Week." 

    Week of Respect - Students learned the importance of respect. Respect for differences, self respect and mutual respect were all topics we explored. Student’s role played various different scenarios to help them understand how to show respect in their interactions with their peers.

    School Violence Awareness Week – We discussed many forms of violence that we may see in schools such as bullying and physical violence. Students identified actions they could take to avoid violent situations. They learned that Safety Drills we practice each month here at Mountz help us so we know what to do in these situations.

    November/December

    5th Grade Health

    In November students were wrapping up with character education with a lesson on conflict resolution. They worked in groups to prepare a poster presentation for the class.

    In December we started our unit on Nutrition. We focused on the importance of a nutritious diet containing fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Students were able to sort foods into their proper groups. We practiced putting together healthy meals using MyPlate and Mypyramid Blastoff Game.

     6th Grade Health

    We completed our unit on Basic First Aid. Students learned how to treat minor first aid emergencies. Basic items that are contained in a first aid kit were identified and directions for use were given. After break we will begin learning about Drugs and Medicines.

    7th Grade Health

    Students completed the unit on CPR. They learned the steps of CPR using training dummies (adult and infant) and American Heart Association Friends and Family videos.

    8th Grade Health

    We are beginning our unit on Diseases and Health Conditions. In this unit students will learn about common diseases and health conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Hypertension.  The importance of early detection and treatment and how it can affect the prognosis will be emphasized. 
     
    January/February
     
    5th Grade
    The Fifth Grade classes are continuing with the LEAD program. Soon they will be writing their essays and participating in the LEAD Graduation. This is a wonderful program and we are lucky to have Sgt. Tony working with the kids. 
     
    6th Grade
    After our unit on Basic First Aid students learned about Concussion. They learned the signs and symptoms as well as treatment for concussion. Using scenarios they were able to diagnose a concussion based on the symptoms and identify what a treatment plan might look like for their patient. We learned the importance of being removed from play after a head injury in order to prevent second impact syndrome (which can be very serious/dangerous). 

    7th Grade

    Students finished the CPR training and they all did a very good job. I feel confident that they would know what steps to take in an emergency. We are beginning a unit on Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs. Last week was National Drug Facts Week. In class we spent some time learning about the high incidence of prescription drug abuse among teens (age 12 -17). Students have been using a website from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to gather information about drugs.  The website is http://teens.drugabuse.gov/. They also have information for parents at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/parents. Students have chosen a drug to research and will be presenting their findings to the class. This presentation will include information about the effects on the brain and the body, as well as the legal consequences if an individual were found to be in possession of the drug.
     
     8th Grade
    We are continuing the unit on "Diseases and Health Conditions." Students have chosen a disease they are interested in learning more about. Some of the diseases to be researched include Alzheimer's, Asthma, Hypertension and Diabetes just to name a few. They will be conducting research to locate important facts about their chosen disease. Included in their research will be information related to diagnosis (what tests are used?), and treatments (current and new on the horizon). The presentations will be shared with their classmates during Health.
     
    March
     
     5th Grade

    The Fifth grade class is continuing the LEAD program with Sgt. Tony. Soon they will all be writing their essays and participating in the LEAD Graduation. 

    6th Grade

    Letters were sent home about the SOS program with Mrs. Krug. The main help seeking message of this program is ACT: Acknowledge, Care, TellAcknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression, suicide, or self injury in a friend. Care – let your friend know that you care about them and they need help. Tell a trusted adult either with your friend or on their behalf. 

    7th Grade

    We finished our lesson on Drugs. Students made power point presentations that were really great and informative. They also made a quiz for their peers. So they got to be the teacher and answer questions about the presentation. They all did an amazing job!

    Letters were sent home about the Lifelines program with Mrs. Krug. The goal of the Lifelines program is to increase the likelihood that members of the local community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents, know how to initially respond and rapidly obtain help for them. 

    8th Grade   

    We finished our lesson Diabetes. Students learned many aspects of life are affected when an individual is diagnosed with diabetes. We made a diagram of all the things that a diabetic must juggle in order to manage their diabetes. Students played a game in which they were given the task of taking care of a dog with diabetes. In this game students had to manage many of the necessary tasks that diabetics deal with on a daily basis.

    Letters were sent home about the SOS program with Mrs. Krug. The main help seeking message of this program is ACT: Acknowledge, Care, TellAcknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression, suicide, or self injury in a friend. Care – let your friend know that you care about them and they need help. Tell a trusted adult either with your friend or on their behalf.