Wellness Department Head
The Wellness Department is pleased to offer a progressive and sequential education to Newton South students. This curriculum aligns with key learning objectives and state and national curriculum frameworks. The curriculum is designed to help students understand the Wellness and Community Building Models and their connection to the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life for the mind, body, and spirit. SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
All Newton South students are required to complete five credits in Wellness in order to graduate. Ninth grade students are enrolled in core Wellness classes. Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth grade students are required to complete a Wellness course each year, and must take one class from three out of the following four categories: Adventure Leadership, Group Dynamics, Personal Fitness, and Stress Management.