7th/8th Grade Health Syllabus - 2015-2016


Health 7/8                                                     Tammy Cowan – Marcy Open School                

Email: tamara.cowan@mpls.k12.mn.us                                               



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students live in an environment today in which they are faced to make many difficult choices without all the tools necessary to do so. The Health 7/8 curriculum at

Marcy Open School is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices. Students will be able to demonstrate how to take care of their body physically, mentally and socially. Topics that will be discussed in Health 7/8 include:


·      Fitness                                                         

·      Nutrition

·      Mental and Emotional Health

·      Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol prevention

·      Bullying

·      Personal Safety

·      Consumer Health

·      Sex Education – Making Proud Choices

·      Human Sexuality

·      Relationships

·      Communicable and Non-communicable diseases


*  Students will receive 5/6 health education over two years so some of these topics will be presented next year.



Loose leaf paper     Planner          Writing utensil           Folder (supplied)    Positive attitude!



The majority of work will be done in class. If homework is assigned, due dates will be clearly assigned.   Students should expect no more than 30 minutes of Health homework a week. Research based assignments will be given additional time to complete.


HEALTH HOMEWORK HELP - Arrangements can be made before school or after school for additional help.   I can be contacted by email after school hours.



Students may revise their work or re-take a learning target assessment in order to demonstrate increased learning. Students needed additional time for assignments may request this.   All re-do’s, retakes, and revisions are due by two weeks within the end of the unit.








The purpose of standards-based grading is to align grading with the mastery of state content standards as measured by consistent student achievement data and common criteria for grading. The primary goal of SBG is to better communicate what each student knows and is able to do, as well as to inform the teacher, student, and parent what may be next steps for areas for growth.


NE= no evidence

1= not proficient

2= partially proficient

3= proficient

4= exemplary

NA= not assessed







Partially proficient


Not proficient


No errors

Fully developed

Fully supported

Exceeds criteria

Sophisticated understanding

Most effective

On target


Few errors

Meets criteria

Adequately developed

Adequately supported

Mastery level

Satisfactory skills

Almost there

Errors detract from mastery


Meets some criteria

Partially developed

Partially supported

Partial understanding

Not yet mastered

Keep trying!

Not accurate


Does not meet criteria

Minimally developed

Minimally supported

Inadequate or incomplete

Beginning level mastery



Classwork/homework (includes class discussion), projects, presentations, tests and quizzes are all included in assessment. Health is a skills based course, so participation in practice scenarios (role playing) is important and will be graded as presentations (although dramatic talent is not graded). Rubrics will be provided for projects/presentations and group work.




 Test      15 %                     Projects            20%                 Homework/Classwork  15%

         Classroom expectations   35%                 Presentations    15%               100%     



 In order to help concentrate on learning, rather than grades, one can think of the categories of classwork, discussion, and formative assessments (such as activities or scenarios) as practice in class. Tests and quizzes show mastery of smaller concepts and skills that are part of the concepts being presented.  Presentations and projects show understanding of the larger concepts. Homework is practice or review that is done at home.  If students miss class please come and see me to check in and make sure that vital work or discussion has not been missed. Feel free to contact  me if you have questions or concerns.  


Tammy  - tamara.cowan@mpls.k12.mn.us