Wellness courses blend the disciplines of health and physical education. Students are taught to lead a meaningful and healthy lifestyle by introducing them to physical activity, knowledge, habits and conduct which will serve to improve their quality of life.
Current health curriculum literature identifies thirteen content areas. From these content areas students will acquire health knowledge and life skills that will promote responsible decision making and help develop them into self-sufficient adults. The thirteen content areas are identified below and are addressed in both disciplines.
Growth and Development
Disease Prevention and Control
Consumer Health and Resource
Safety and Injury Prevention
Community and Public Health
Tobacco, Alcohol and other Substance Use/Abuse Prevention
The physical education program seeks to develop positive attitudes and an appreciation for activity and healthful living through various team and individual activities. Acquisition of motor skills, positive attitudes towards activity, fitness and the development of a healthy body and mind are primary objectives of the program.
Health and Physical Education classes utilize multiple learning styles for students to acquire, analyze and apply knowledge to improve their quality of life. Students exhibit clear, effective communication within the programs, while critically assessing themselves to successfully meet the goal of each program.
Patricia Ruggiero, Director [email protected]
Debra Cole [email protected]
Suzanne Fogarty [email protected]
Kevin Fessette [email protected]
Michael McLaughlin [email protected]
Michelle Angelo [email protected]
MPS adheres to the Massachusetts State Regulation for Health and Physical Education by scheduling all students in the following manner:
Wellness I (9th grade) Wellness II (10th grade) and Wellness III (11th grade) are required courses that are scheduled every other day for a full year. Please note that Wellness III is a Pilot program for the 2015-2016 school years.
Twelfth grade students can chose from one of the wellness electives listed below, participate in our interscholastic sports program or contract for a non-school physical activity program monitored by the Guidance Department in order to fulfill Massachusetts State Regulation for Health and Physical Education.
Lifetime and Recreational Activities
Fitness and Health
Strength and Conditioning for the serious competitor
Introduction to Weight Training
Introduction to Health Care
Mentors in Violence Prevention