Family Life and Sexuality
The adolescent years are marked by a roller coaster of emotions, difficult for students and their parents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil. However, depression (among the most common mental illnesses) does occur in some adolescents. Depression, which is treatable, is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.
To proactively address these issues, Woodbury School's grade seven Health and Wellness classes are offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS, Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. The program aims to increase help-seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend. SOS is listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's national Registry of Evidence-based Programs.
Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:
Grade 7 Summary
Topic 1: Relationships/ Communication
Essential Question: How can I demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance my health and reduce health risks?
Topic 2: Puberty/STI Prevention
Essential Question: How can I protect myself from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections?
I can assess how to make a personal commitment to abstain from sexual intercourse. (5)
I can demonstrate how to refuse unwanted or unprotected sex. (4)
I can identify the risks of unintended pregnancy and disease with unprotected sexual intercourse. (5 )
I can identify the common routes of transmission of HIV and other STD’s. (5)
I can identify effective prevention strategies-abstinence is the most effective. (5)
Topic 3: Mental Health
Essential Question: How can I demonstrate the ability to set goals for personal, family, and community mental health?
I can describe behaviors and symptoms of stress, depression, and signs of suicide. (6)
I can analyze stressors and identify coping strategies to reduce stress. (6)
I can assess personal assets and strengths to develop and maintain a positive self image. (6)
I can express needs, wants, and feelings appropriately. (6)
I can demonstrate positive ways to express emotions. (6)
I can demonstrate ways to manage and reduce anger and conflict. (6)
Topic 4 Digital Citizenship
Essential Question: How can I demonstrate responsible, respectful, and safe media use.
I can create personal guidelines to promote healthy media balance. (3)
I can analyze how certain types of data are used by companies and identify strategies to limit data collection. (3)
I can analyze how different parts of their digital footprint can lead others to draw conclusions-both positive and negative-about who they are. (3)
I can demonstrate qualities of a positive digital footprint. (3)
I can demonstrate knowledge of district and common sense rules when using technology.(3)
I can identify cyberbullying situations and demonstrate strategies to deal with situations that might arise. (3)
I can demonstrate qualities of an upstander (3)