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I am excited to be back at O'Malley and Rabbit Creek again this year! I am looking forward to a lot of learning and fun!
The Anchorage School District uses "The Great Body Shop" curriculum for teaching health. The Great Body Shop is a nationally recognized comprehensive health, safety, and substance abuse prevention program used throughout the US. The program meets all state and national standards and guidelines. The lessons are age appropriate and cover a wide variety of health issues. They are taught using 10 thematic units such as "safety" and "nutrition". We usually spend two weeks per unit. The health schedule runs opposite the art schedule throughout the year. I will be sending home a parent bulletin during the first week of each unit. This is a good way for you to familiarize yourself with the material being learned in class. If you would like more information about The Great Body Shop and ASD's policies that go along with the health curriculum please use the link titled "ASD Health Curriculum," found under each school link, on my page.
The SEL part of my title stands for Social and Emotional Learning, and addresses the process through which students learn to manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors. While much of this is integrated throughout the curriculum in all classes, in health we address some of these issues directly such as with our bully-prevention curriculum called Sunburst.