The years in Middle School are filled with many physical and emotional changes as students enter adolescence. This can be a very stressful and difficult season for students, thus we have designed a curriculum to offer guidance and age-appropriate information for our students. We have aligned our studies with the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard 2.4: All students will learn the physical, emotional, and social aspects of human relationships and sexuality and apply these concepts to support a healthy, active lifestyle.
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|Class 1: Introduction to Puberty:
Note:If the question of sex arises, teachers will respond with: “Sexual intercourse is part of our Seventh Grade curriculum. Feel free to ask your parents about it, but we need to stay on topic today.”
[Parents of girls are encouraged to talk to their daughters about menstruation, as several students (as early as fourth grade) are menstruating.]
|Class 1: Introduction to Puberty (same as Grade 5)
Class 2: The Specifics of Puberty
Note: The viewing will skip sections related to nocturnal emissions and sexual intercourse/conception.
[Parents of boys are encouraged to discuss nocturnal emissions with their sons, as they may be experiencing these.]
Class 3: Emotional Challenges
|Class 1: Unabridged version of movie (Fall)
Boys and girls will view respective versions of the movie again (without skipping related to nocturnal emissions and sexual intercourse/ conception).
Classes 2-4: Reproduction (Spring)
|Health Curriculum Classes take place in the Spring trimester, one class per week. Curriculum is based on The Body Shop series for Middle School. The elementary series of the same curriculum is used in First through Fourth Grades. Topics include:
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