Health classes are taught by our school nurse or counselor, and cover topics such as nutrition, first aid, preventive health, and sexual education following the National Health Standards. Students in our Upper Elementary program (E2) have either counseling or health class once a week for 30 minutes. The curriculum rotates yearly with an emphasis on first aid, disease or nutrition. A puberty lesson is also given to 4th graders. Erdkinder students have health class once a week for forty minutes. The class is taught by the counselor, who is also certified in Health 7-12. Topics rotate on a two-year cycle, and include nutrition, drugs/alcohol/tobacco, mental health, and sex education. The Erdkinder health class is graded with weekly homework assignments.
I have been the school counselor at Bluffview since 2005. I have a BS in Health and PE (K-12) from Montana State University with a DAPE certification from Winona State. I taught PE in Alaska and Minneapolis for 10 years. My MS in School Counseling was earned through the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. My Counseling position includes classroom lessons, individual sessions and smalI group sessions. E1 and E2 classrooms have a 30 minute counseling lesson once a week. Lessons cover many topics, for the most part we work on social skills, making and keeping friends, and managing our emotions and understanding how our behavior affects others. The Kindergartners are rotated throughout the school year in small groups. Where the Erdkinder students topics are health related: Alcohol/Tobacco/Drugs, Nutrition, Sex Ed, Mental Health, Bullying/Sexual Harassment. They meet once a week for 45 minutes. I live in Winona with my family and we are avid cross country skiers and mountain bikers.