9th Grade Health

9th grade health

  • This class will rotate with Physical Education approximately every 2 weeks.  You will get an email and be verbally told, as well as a calendar in the lockerroom hallway and Health Classroom.  

    The classroom policies are established to help create a stress-free environment for all students and staff in my classroom.  If, at any point, you have any questions or issues, please feel free to chat with me outside of class time.


    All students have the right to learn in this classroom. The teacher has a right to uninterrupted teaching.  No student shall interfere with these rights.

    You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice. You are 100% accountable for your own choices and their consequences.

     Respect,  Responsibility, & Accountability

     SPEAKING/LISTENING:  Listen when someone else is speaking.  If you want to speak, raise your hand and wait your turn.  If you can not be quiet during lectures, movies, in-class reading times, discussions, or work time, you will be told to leave the room and go to the office.  Use your “quiet voices” when you are in groups.  With up to 35 people in class, this is the only way we can work together. Standard English should be used in the classroom.  Swearing is NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Racial, ethnic, sexual, or homophobic insults are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Any comments that hurt or insult others are NOT ACCEPTABLE.

     PHYSICAL RESPECT:  Respect one another’s physical space and the classroom.  This means you should not touch one another in any way, write on desks or damage any classroom property.  Use the garbage can, not the floor for trash.  Please do not throw items at the garbage can, but walk to the can and dispose of the item at the appropriate time. (not during lecture or while someone is speaking). 

     TARDIES:  You are expected to be in the room when the bell rings.  If you are not seated at that time, take your seat immediately. If you are not in your ASSIGNED seat when I take attendance, you will be counted tardy or absent. If you come from another location with a pass, we will work together to make sure the record of your tardy is accurate.

     DISMISSAL:  Stay at your desk until the bell rings or you are dismissed.  DO NOT crowd in a herd at the door.  If you do so, I may ask you to stay after class.  If you leave before you are dismissed, it will be considered an unexcused absence.

    SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS:  You are expected to show OUTSTANDING behavior when you have a substitute.  Regardless of who the sub might be.  Anyone whose name is given to me by the sub as being disrespectful or a problem of any kind will be given detention.

     FOOD/BEVERAGES:  Food, candy, snacks etc, are not allowed in the classroom.  Pop, juice, Powerade or anything sticky is not allowed in the classroom.  The only exception may be water, or on special occasions .  If I see any food/beverages I will ask you to throw it away.  No questions asked; no comments needed.



     1. All assignments are due during the class period unless otherwise stated. 

    • unexcused late work:  deadlines for late work are the end of each unit or at the teacher's discretion. If your work is not turned in by the end of the unit, the assignments/assessment will no longer be accepted. You WILL NOT have the option to redo work if it was turned in late.
    • excused late work:  school handbook policy applies. 

    2. Re-do Opportunities:
         -  assignments submitted after the due date are not eligible to re-submit (unless it is from an excused absence)
         -  work poorly done the first time is not eligible to re-submit
         -  Retest schedules will be posted on the board
         -  The opportunity to re-do is not guaranteed and is at the teacher's discretion  

    3. It is your responsibility to make missed work and make up tests by the deadline as created in the student handbook.  I will remind you if I remember, but it is your responsibility to take care of it. 

    National Health Education Standards and Minnesota Benchmarks Minnesota Department of Education Health 

    1. Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. (CC)
    2. Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors. (INF)
    3. Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health. (AI)
    4. Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks. (IC)
    5. Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health. (DM)
    6. Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health. (GS)
    7. Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid health risks. (SM)
    8. Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health. (AV)

    Units that will be covered during the year

    Unit 1      Alcohol and tobacco use
    Unit 2      Digital Media
    Unit 3      Non-Communicable Diseases
    Unit 4      Communicable Diseases
    Unit 5      Mental Health
    Unit 6      Stress
    Unit 7      Goal setting and decision making