Senior Health


Course Description:

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop and clarify knowledge and attitudes necessary to make mature decisions in today’s society. Common problems that one may face at various stages of the life cycle are presented and discussed. Relationships/dating violence, date rape, domestic violence, pregnancy and childbirth, drugs as it pertains to senior health topics, responsible decision-making, and future planning for the lifestyle of choice are some of the topics that will be covered.

Course Requirements:

As seniors you MUST pass this course in order to graduate with a score of 65% or higher. Senior health is only offered during the 1st marking period. If a student fails, they may have the option to pay a fee to take an online course. (At the cost of the family).

I require all students to have a folder with a few sheets of loose leaf paper for this course. You will be given many worksheets, packets and notes that need to be filed in your folder throughout the course of this course.

Absence Policy:

-Health is a quarter class. You are allowed 4 unexcused absences (see handbook for excused vs. unexcused absences). On your 5th unexcused absence you will be dropped from the course and receive an “WF”

-It is YOUR responsibility to find out what you missed if you are absent

-If you are absent the day something is due, turn it in the following day. Make sure your tell me you were absent so I can grade your paper accordingly.

-For each day absent you have ONE day to make up the assignment


-Respect the teacher as well as other students and opinions in class.

-Be on time for class. When the bell rings, you should be in your seat and starting your Do Now for the day. (Refer to the handbook for procedures on late to class).

-Use appropriate language and terminology.

-Keep all electronic devices hidden unless directed to use them for an activity. (Refer to the handbook for policy regarding electronics).

-The bell begins class and I end class. If you pack up early expect to stay after the bell. DO NOT line up at the door!

-It is required that the door must be locked throughout the class. The last person to enter must be the one to answer for the person knocking.

Evaluation Procedures:

Marking period grades will be assigned quarterly and determined by the following:

-Class participation and cooperation: 10%

-Tests and quizzes: 30%

-Classwork/homework: 20%

-Projects: 25%

-Final Exam: 15%

Course Proficiencies:

Upon competition of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the various cancers associated with the male and female reproductive systems and understand how to do a self-examination.

  2. Explain how conception and implantation occur.

  3. Discuss the development problems of embryo/fetus during each trimester.

  4. Discuss the psychological changes caused by pregnancy.

  5. Explain health problems that are associated with pregnancy including genetic disorders, and the various tests that are available to determine disorders.

  6. Explain the stages of labor, the various methods of childbirth and types of anesthesia available.

  7. Discuss the effects of anesthesia, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, bacteria, and virus on the unborn.

  8. Identify and explain the verbal and physical warning signs of potential dating violence.

  9. Identify and demonstrate preventive measures to curtail abusive behavior in relationships.

  10. Identify, explain, and differentiate between sexual harassment, sexual contact, and sexual assault.

  11. Identify and explain date rape, what “no” means, and its legal ramifications.

  12. Identify and discuss the utilization, effects, and avoidance of date rape drugs.

  13. Describe the preventative techniques that can be utilized to avoid sexual assault.

  14. Describe procedures to follow if sexually assaulted.

  15. Discuss the responsibilities of planning, budgeting that are associated with each lifestyle choice.

  16. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of parenting.

  17. Demonstrate comprehension and master of the male and female reproductive system.

Contact Info:

Mrs. Dempsey


Office: Facing the back door of the men’s locker room

Phone: 732-389-3700 ext. 4170