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8th grade health image8th Grade Core Health

This compressive curriculum focuses on the critical changes that young people may experience as they embark into a new chapter of their lives.  Current trends in health show that children need to develop strategies for making positive choices as they enter into High School.  This class will provide resources for the student to develop a strong sense of self.  Topics include:

Mental Health

  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Peer Pressure
  • Stress and its Effect on Health
  • Stress Management Skills
  • Self Esteem / Self Respect
  • Personality
  • Decision Making
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Anabolic Steroids and other PED’s
  • Goal Setting and Having a Plan
  • Depression and Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Resources for Getting Help
  • Awareness of Hate Crimes
  • Gender Identity

Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Dangers of Medicine Misuse
  • Vape and other Tobacco Products
  • Marijuana and Edibles
  • Alcohol and Binge Drinking
  • Introduction to Alcohol Laws
  • Street Drugs
  • Opioid and other Prescription Abuse
  • Refusal Skills and Strategies
  • Resources for Help

Preventive Health and Lifestyle Choices

  • Body Systems
  • Disease Prevention
  • Communicable / Non Communicable Diseases

Human Growth and Development

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Female and Male Anatomy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Importance of Abstinence
  • Prevention of STD’s and STI’s
  • Accepting of Others Differences
  • Adolescence / Hygiene
  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Conception – Pregnancy – Child Birth

Other Health Related Issues

  • Safety
  • Relationship Abuse
  • Internet / Social Media Safety
  • Harassment
  • Making Good Choices
  • Self-Respect


*In every topic, we take the opportunity to incorporate Social, Emotional, Learning.  The staff encourages the acquisition of skills needed to develop positive attitudes, healthy relationships, empathy and tolerance, stress management, and goal setting!