• Wellness


    The K-12 Wellness Department’s vision is to empower our students to be knowledgeable, resourceful and respectful participants in the lifelong pursuit of healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Wellness refers to the dynamic process that connects all aspects of an individual's physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being. As such, the curriculum for each course is aligned with elements of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Frameworks as well as the SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards and National Health Education Standards.

    To meet MHS Graduation requirements and the legal requirements articulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (M.G.L. Ch. 71, Sect. 3), students are required to take a semester of Wellness each year at each grade level.  The recommended course selections by grade level are as follows:

    WELLNESS 9
    Students in grade 9 will focus on improving their personal fitness and interpersonal skills through a three tiered approach. A team building and problem solving activity curriculum, a physical activity curriculum and multiple units from our health Health curriculum. Students will investigate nutrition and eating habits in order to set goals for self-improvement. Students will examine the dangers of E-cigarettes and vaping, as well as stress management.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    WELLNESS 10
    Students in grade 10 will work on fostering the relationship of physical and personal wellness in order to pursue a balanced and healthy lifestyle, while again using a three tiered approach.. There is a strong focus on the six high-risk factors facing teenagers through the following curriculum units: Dimensions of Wellness, Fitness and Exercise, Disease Prevention, , Yoga and Mindfulness, Anti-Bullying, Lifetime, Team, and Recreational Activities, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs use and abuse, Sexuality/Reproduction, and other supplementary Physical Education, Health, and Wellness lessons.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

    PROJECT ADVENTURE
    Students in grade 11 and/or 12 will participate in an adventure-based curriculum through the Project Adventure model.  The major themes at the high school level are leadership, creativity, and risk-taking.  The major units of study include:  team building, problem solving, low elements, high elements, fitness testing, and other outdoor pursuits.  The health concepts outlined in the National Health Education Standards are integrated into each unit of the course and include: interpersonal skills, decision-making, goal-setting, and practicing health-enhancing activities.  

    Semester course: 2 Credits

    FITNESS FOR LIFE
    Students in grades 11 and/or 12 will be exposed to a wide variety of fitness activities and stress management skills to promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Students will participate in the following fitness and wellness lessons covering: Pilates, yoga, group exercise classes (Insanity, P90X), functional training (using kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls, jump ropes, warrior ropes, free weights, nautilus machines, and cardio machines), nutrition tips and plans, mindfulness and stress management skills and techniques.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

    LIFETIME AND TEAM ACTIVITIES
    Students in grade 11 and/or 12 will participate in a variety of lifetime and team activities that promote fitness and skills, help reduce stress, and improve overall wellness. The course is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and skills in a variety of activities for present and future participation.  Students will increase their awareness of the benefits of physical activity and fitness through understanding how the body functions.  By identifying and experiencing the relationship of exercise to overall health, applying important social skills and safety in physical activity, integrating learning movement with other modes of learning, and practicing strategies to respond to stress, students can enhance their overall health and wellness. 

    Semester course: 2 Credits

    ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Adapted physical education is offered for students with a disability. The instructor provides the learners with the skills necessary for lifetime activities, fitness, and recreational and sport experiences to enhance physical fitness and wellness.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

    HEALTH ISSUES: REALITY CHECK
    Students in grade 11 and/or 12 will be exposed to a range of current health, fitness, and wellness topics. The focus is on students making proud and safe decisions, avoiding peer pressure, and participating in healthy lifelong activities.  The course will be representative to changing times, current events, and developing concerns relevant to adolescent development, wellness, lifelong fitness and physical activity, health, and safety. A parent/guardian permission slip will be required in the course due to the sensitivity of some of the subject matter.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

    FUNDAMENTALS OF COOKING

    This course covers the foundations of safe and healthy cooking. Students will learn about food safety, food preparation, measurement and nutrition so that they can work towards independence, lifelong healthy living and possible careers in the culinary arts. In the Food Safety unit, students will receive training on safe food handling and preparation practices in order to prevent foodborne illness. In the second unit, Food Preparation & Measurement, students develop their ability to safely and efficiently use a chef’s knife. In addition, they will become proficient in utilizing volume and weight measurement tools. The final unit, Nutrition, focuses on the basics of nutritional science including calories, macronutrients, micronutrients, supplements and behavioral & lifestyle variables (e.g. adherence).

    Semester course: 2 credits

     

    COOKING METHODS

    This course provides advanced culinary students with an overview of essential cooking methods utilized both at home and in the field of Culinary Arts. These methods include: Pan Frying, Searing, Sautéing, Grilling, Broiling, Roasting, Baking, Steaming, Boiling, Simmering, and Poaching. The main goal of this course is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to consistently execute all the aforementioned cooking methods which will prepare them for work in a variety of culinary settings.

    Semester course: 2 credits
    Pre-requisites: Fundamentals of Cooking