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Wellness & Elementary Special Area Review

Starting in the 19/20 school year, we are looking forward to providing our elementary students with a new opportunity, an Elementary Wellness course. This course will support instruction in the areas of physical and mental health, as well as social and emotional skills. We are excited about moving ahead with this instruction, which will become part of our special area programming.

Based upon feedback from school principals and review of district wide data in regards to health and social, emotional wellness, we began to explore the possibility of adding instruction in this area for our elementary students. Many stakeholders were involved in the discussions and presentations surrounding this topic (which can be found on the Education Committee webpage). Throughout the 18/19 school year, the curriculum for the Elementary Wellness course was developed and decisions were made to determine how to incorporate this learning into our existing special time in the elementary schedule. For this first year, all students in Kindergarten through 5th grade will receive 12 lessons in Health & Wellness. Curriculum topics include:

* Social Awareness

* Responsible Decision Making

* Self Awareness

* Self Management

* Relationships Skills

* Nutrition

* Age Appropriate Drug Information

* Health & Safety

* Safe & Unsafe Practices

The full curriculum for this course is linked below. In addition, resources to support the curriculum were reviewed and identified to support instruction in the identified concepts.

We are also excited about discussions that will continue this year related to all special area programs. In order to offer Elementary Wellness, we must take some time from other special area programs, such as Art, Music, Explorations, Physical Education, Library and Spanish. We intend to make a careful evaluation of all special area programs in the year to come, and will seek parental input so we can learn what is valued in our community.

A committee has been formed of various stakeholders to conduct a review of all elementary special areas. District staff will present information and research about each area over several meetings and there will be opportunities for discussion. This review, in conjunction with feedback from the Wellness course implementation, will assist in making decisions for future elementary special area programming. We look forward to some rich discussions in the months to come as we strive to offer meaningful instructional opportunities for our students.

Progress on the work of this committee will be posted below.

K-3 Health & Wellness Curriculum Guide

Grades 4-5 Health & Wellness Curriculum Guide

Elementary Special Area Review Committee
Agendas, Presentations, and Notes will be posted below for each meeting.
Meeting Dates:
September 4, 2019 ~ High School Cafeteria @ 6:00 pm
    AGENDA:  Committee Purpose & Roles, Timeline & Action Steps, Special Area Activity
    PRESENTATION:  09/04/19 Committee Meeting
    NOTES:  09/04/19 Committee Notes

September 25, 2019 ~ Middle School East Library @ 6:00 pm
     AGENDA:  Explorations and Music Presentations
     PRESENTATION: 09/25/19 Committee Meeting (includes Explorations & Music Presentations & Research Links)
     NOTES:  09/25/19 Committee Notes

November 6, 2019 ~ High School Library @ 6:00 pm
     AGENDA:  Library & Spanish Presentations
     PRESENTATION: 11/6/19 Committee Meeting (includes Library & Spanish Presentations & Research Links)
     NOTES:  11/6/19 Committee Notes

December 3, 2019 ~ Middle School East Library @ 6:00 pm
     AGENDA:  Art & Physical Education Presentations
     PRESENTATION:  12/3/19 Committee Meeting (includes Art & Physical Education Presentations & Research Links)
     NOTES:  12/3/19 Committee Notes

January 8, 2020 ~ HS Library @ 6:30 pm
     AGENDA:  Counseling Presentation & Survey Development
     PRESENTATION:  1/8/20 Committee Presentation (includes Counseling Presentation)
     NOTES:  1/8/20 Committee Notes
February 6, 2020 ~ HS Library @ 6:30 pm
     AGENDA:  Health & Wellness Presentation & Survey Development
     PRESENTATION:  2/6/20 Committee Presentation (includes Health & Wellness Presentation)
     NOTES:  2/6/20 Committee Notes

  * Surveys will be sent to stakeholder groups in February
  * February 26, 2020 - Education Committee Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the HS Library (Presentation and Notes)
      -  We will share the survey results and discuss possible options for the future scheduling and programming of elementary specials.
   * March 2, 2020 - School Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the HS Library
      - Potential Recommendation 

* Please reference the current curriculum guides for each elementary special area below.  These guides were created with input from district staff and are intended to outline the learning targets and standards covered in each course.  

Meeting Times:  6:30 pm

Meeting Locations:  High School Library or MS East Library