Wellness

Wellness Program Philosophy

Innovation Academy Charter School believes that optimal  physical, emotional, social as well as mental  well-being are important keys to academic and personal success. Wellness is about personal choice and balance. It is multifaceted and can encompass many dimensions.  Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

 

Our Wellness Program combines skills-based health classes and physical education classes, referred to as Challenge classes, for all students grade 5-12.  The goals of the Wellness program are to: promote personal fitness while developing life-long fitness skills; foster and promote healthy decision-making and advocacy; and to enhance the school’s outcomes of  community membership, effective communication, problem solving and self direction. All classes are taught by Wellness teachers.

High School Wellness Program

Challenge

Challenge classes at the high school includes activities that improve physical,  mental and emotional health.  We hope by offering a variety of fun choices, like yoga, frisbee, personal fitness, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing, students will find an exercise program they enjoy and will choose to engage in as life long, health promoting activities.

Health Education

All 10th grade students receive health education.  The high school  health education curriculum addresses the  multiple strands of one’s health, including but not limited to issues of physical , emotional, social and mental health. It is designed to support and encourage students in taking  personal responsibility for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, and reducing  health-related risk behaviors by encouraging healthy decision making. Emphasis is placed on making real-world connections between class content and the lives our students lead.  Students will practice defending their views concerning popular health topics through class debates.  This will help students gain relevant  skills that will be used throughout their lives when discussing health topics with family members, colleagues, and as consumers of the media.

Challenge Wellness Strands

Work in challenge is assessed using the following strands.

  • Work Habits

    The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students put into class each day. This entails their level of physical participation during class, their contributions to group discussions and/or goal in certain activities, and their level of attention and respect when their teacher and classmates are speaking.

     

  • Application

    Students will apply the learned knowledge in class to their daily lives. We will have discussions over possible changes students have made in their lives based, or look to make, based on information they have learned in class.

     

  • Effective Communication

    Students will express their ideas both physically and orally within different activities. They should be an active member of any group or team they are a part of, and contribute to the success of that group’s goals.

  • Enduring Understanding

    Students will look at the over arching questions of physical activity and how those can be applied to live a healthy lifestyle. Among the topics explored through these understandings will include team sports, adventure activities and team building activities. This strand will measure how effectively students demonstrate and understand the key ideas used and discussed throughout this class.

Health Wellness Strands

Work in Health will be evaluated in the following strands.

  • Work Habits

    The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students put into completing homework, taking part in discussions, and completing class work.

     

  • Application

    Students will apply the learned knowledge in health class to their daily lives. We will have class work and discussions over changes students have made in their lives based on information they have learned in class.

     

  • Effective Communication

    Students will express their ideas and health topics orally, in formal and informal discussions, debates, and presentations. They will pose questions and listen to the ideas of others. Additionally they will share stories of how health topics have played a real role in their own lives.

  • Enduring Understanding

    Students will look at the over arching questions of health and how those connect within different health related topics. Among the topics explored through these understandings will include healthy relationships, substance abuse, and sex education.
    This strand will measure how effectively students demonstrate and understand the key ideas studied in class.