We are thrilled to announce that PS 8/MS 8 has been recognized with the Kathleen Grimm School Wellness Council of the Year Award for 2017-18! This city-wide award recognizes the work we have done this year deepening our middle school health education program. Longtime PS 8 teacher Dianne Galashaw joined 7th grade students this spring to teach health, 6th grade science teacher Leigh Stumme introduced “health education Fridays,” and 8th grade teachers are incorporating critical drug and alcohol awareness lessons into their advisory curriculum this month and next. A DOE health and wellness education expert worked with our teachers to support this work.
We also increased programming with outside health experts. We formalized and expanded our Human Development and Sexuality residency with the amazing Ekem Merchant-Bleiberg, growing our program to have ten-week “residencies” with both the 7th and 8th grades. We researched and are bringing in experts in drug and alcohol awareness and education to speak with both 7th and 8th grade students and 5th-8th grade parents/guardians.
Perhaps most important, our teachers are using a wellness grant we received to help build student engagement in wellness planning for the future! We know it’s just a start, but we are excited about how far we’ve come and look forward to continuing our growth next year on a variety of wellness issues.