Morristown-Beard Upper School Curriculum

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Upper School Wellness Curriculum


Wellness 9

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: None

Required

Open to students in the following grades: 9

Full Year Course

For this year long course, students will be engaging in a wide variety of individual and team activities that promote lifelong wellness. Units include team sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball, racket sports, and lifetime wellness activities such as rock climbing, frisbee, and swimming. This course will also incorporate character building and problem solving activities the help enhance communication skills and critical thinking. Eight weeks of Wellness 9 will be spent in the classroom covering health topics including personal health and risk behaviors, nutrition, eating disorders and eating patterns that promote health, and stress: how the body responds to it and how to manage it. Students will also look at problems with alcohol use on a personal and societal level and conclude with a discussion of human sexuality.

Wellness 10

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: None

One Semester Required

Open to students in the following grades: 10

Offered in the Fall and in the Spring

For one semester during sophomore year, students will be engaging in a wide variety of individual and team activities that promote kinesthetic learning and lifelong wellness. Units include team sports, such as flag football and volleyball, racket sports, and lifetime wellness activities such as rock climbing, yoga, and golf. Students will also work on cross-curricular assessments that will have them applying what they learn in other disciplines to sports and physical fitness. Assessments could include the history of a sport, the physics behind athletics, sports commentary and writing, or statistical analysis of a sport.

Wellness 11

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: None

One Semester Required

Open to students in the following grades: 11

Offered in the Fall and in the Spring

In this one-semester course students learn about and discuss issues central to their stage of life. Students will be engaging in discussion, writing and other assessments on subjects such as domestic and global health issues, looking at ways to improve and strengthen disease detection and prevention and basic living conditions both locally and abroad. Students will also discuss mental illness focusing on treatment and social stigmas, stress and time management, spending time on stress reduction techniques, teen pregnancy and parenting and the importance physical fitness holds for a long and fruitful life.

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: None; Pass/Fail course

Open to students in the following grades: 10, 11, 12

Spring Semester

This pass/fail course will will focus upon learning and practicing various yoga postures, body movements, breathing techniques and meditation. The benefits of Hatha Yoga include increased body awareness, flexibility and strength, leading to greater vitality and energy. In addition, the meditation aspect of the class will develop greater concentration and relaxation skills that can be used to help participants become more focused and to reduce stress in daily activities.

Senior Transitions Program

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: None

One Semester Required

Open to students in the following grades: 12

Quarter Course

Senior Transitions is a collaborative program involving Health, Guidance, College Counseling and academic efforts. The program addresses issues pertinent to a senior's transition from high school to college, including such topics as effective decision making, time management, substance usage and the law, sexual safety and new academic realities.

Peer Group

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: Prospective students must submit a written application, receive recommendations from two faculty members and participate in a group interview.

Required non-credit seminar for Freshmen

Open to students in the following grades: 11, 12

Fall Semester

The Peer Group at Morristown-Beard is a semester course for juniors and seniors designed to teach leadership techniques as well as group facilitation and communication skills. Complementing their course work, Peer Group students lead weekly meetings for freshmen advisory groups, facilitating discussion on topics pertinent to High School transition issues.

Sports Medicine (also listed under Science)

Instructor: Kate Alderman

Prerequisites: None

Open to students in the following grades: 11, 12

Fall Semester

This course is designed for juniors and seniors who want to pursue a career in sports medicine or for students who have a general interest in the field of sports medicine. Topics such as basic anatomy, physiology, etiology of athletic injuries, treatment and rehabilitation options will be studied.

Nutrition

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites:

Open to students in the following grades: 10, 11, 12

Fall Semester

This course will provide students with the tools necessary to understand nutrition as it pertains to their lives. Through study of the physiological requirements and functions of the basic nutrients, students will explore various aspects of nutrition in a project-based context. Topic areas will include the influence of nutrition and diet on health, illness and sports performance. Students will also be investigating nutritional controversies faced by consumers, generational differences in nutrition requirements, and the range of nutritional standards and practices found in other cultures.

Driver Education Theory

Instructor: Wellness Staff

Prerequisites: None

Open to students in the following grades: 10

Offered in the Fall and in the Spring

Driver Education Theory, a one-semester sophomore course, consists of a minimum of 30 (generally closer to 50) hours of classroom instruction and covers such topics as New Jersey driving laws, risk in driving, driver responsibilities, driving for safety and driving environments. Successful completion of this course means that a student will not have to take another written test before taking six hours "Behind the Wheel" instruction at age 16 (not offered by the school). Morristown-Beard’s Driver Education Theory course entitles the student to a price reduction with most insurance companies.
Please Note: As of Fall, 2019, Driver's Education will no longer be a required course but will be offered instead as an elective choice for Grade 10 students. Students will be scheduled, as much as possible, by age, with older sophomores scheduled in the fall and younger ones in the spring.