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Health education is a continuum of learning experiences that enables students, as individuals and as members of society, to make informed decisions, modify behaviors, and change social conditions in ways that are health enhancing and increase health literacy. The health education standards define the essential skills and knowledge that all students need in order to become “health literate”; they represent a strong consensus of the essential knowledge and skills that students should have at specific grade levels, from kindergarten through grade twelve, in California’s public schools.

 

The health education standards also reflect California’s commitment to health education and serve as a basis for learning assessments, the Health Framework for California Public Schools, and instructional resources and materials. Standards do not prescribe methods of instruction. A primary goal of the health education standards is to improve academic achievement and health literacy for all students in California.

 

Four characteristics are identified as essential to health literacy. Health-literate individuals are: • Critical thinkers and problem solvers when confronting health problems and issues • Self-directed learners who have the competence to use basic health information and services in health-enhancing ways • Effective communicators who organize and convey beliefs, ideas, and information about health issues • Responsible and productive citizens who help ensure that their community is kept healthy, safe, and secure. These four essential characteristics of health literate individuals are woven throughout the health education standards. Background of the Standards In October 2005, Assembly Bill (AB) 689, cosponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Jack O’Connell, was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, adding Section 51210.8 to the California Education Code (EC); that section required the State Board of Education (SBE), based on recommendations from the SSPI, to adopt content standards for health education.

 

The health education standards shape the direction of health education instruction for children and youths in California’s public schools: they provide school districts with fundamental tools for developing health education curricula and improving student achievement in this area; and they help ensure that all students in kindergarten through high school receive high-quality health education instruction, providing students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead healthy lives. 

 

For more information, please visit the California Department of Education website.

Mandatory Locker Registration

Please make sure that if you have your lock on a locker that it has been registered with the locker room attendant or the teacher. If you did not register your locker your lock will be cut off and your belongings will be stored in the coaches office for pick-up.

P.E. Teachers

Raphael, Tammy
Teacher
Rivas, Robert
Teacher
Turner, Bruce
Teacher
Vazquez, Adan
Teacher

Locker Room Attendants

Durk, James
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Gilmore, LaFonda
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