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Physical and mental health, emotional well-being, and positive development are critical to academic success.  The mission of the Wellness Department is to develop responsible, independent humans who contribute to the greater good of the local and global community.  Wellness Education at the high school is a two-fold program: Health and Physical Education following the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Frameworks and the National Health and Physical Education Standards. The courses are designed to enhance student social, emotional and physical health through a skill-based approach that is student-centered.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults include -

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use and vaping
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity
These behaviors are monitored collecting data through the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) helping to develop curriculum that meets the needs of Hamilton-Wenham Students.  
In efforts to reduce the above risk behaviors, students practice the following skills through performance tasks and experiential activities in a traditional classroom setting and in the gymnasium classroom.
  • Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors
  • Access valid information, products, and services to enhance health
  • Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks
  • Use decision-making skills to enhance health
  • Use goal-setting skills to enhance health
  • Practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks
  • Advocate for personal, family, and community health
  • Improve concepts related to physical movement and fitness
Preparing students to be independent adults, wellness courses are designed to give students the drive to lead their learning and that of their peers through the following courses.


Matthew Gauron

Titles: Teacher

Jamie Hanson

Titles: Teacher

James Laselva

Titles: Teacher

Jessica McGraw

Titles: 6-12 Curriculum Coor, Teacher

On January 16, 2020 MA lawmakers passed The Healthy Youth Act which requires schools who teach sexual health education curriculum -shall provide medically accurate, age-appropriate and comprehensive sexual health education. Sexual health education shall be appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Healthy Youth Act ensures that sexual health education is inclusive of all students. Parents will be notified of the curriculum and given an opportunity to opt out.