About the Wellness Department
What is the Wellness Department?
The Wellness Department is in its fourth year as a department at Kinkaid. The department is a part of the Physical Education/Athletics and Wellness Department. In the first year we worked to gather data to better assess what we as a school community currently do well and where curriculum deficiencies occur. Our goal is to help our students from Pre-K through Grade 12 be emotionally, physically, and socially healthy individuals. Cheryl Mitchell is the Director of the Wellness Team. Some of the things that the Wellness Department will do include curriculum mapping and updates, educational assemblies, bulletin boards, and the upcoming opening of the Wellness Website. Through the website, curriculum development, and various communications, we hope to provide resources for teachers, coaches, and the parent community.
Molly Higby: Lower School
Laura Sinclair: Middle School
Cheryl Mitchell: Upper School and Director of Wellness
Wellness at Kinkaid
Creating and implementing a comprehensive educational program which encourages each student to reach his or her fullest potential socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
The wellness team is taking a systemic look at wellness curriculum already in place from PreK to 12th. We are continually reviewing and editing curriculum so that it is current, helpful, and in line with best practices for fostering a healthy community. Established curriculum will be maintained along with some new programming to fill in educational gaps. This is aligned with our school wide look at curriculum through curriculum mapping.
Wellness Curriculum at Kinkaid
Check out the Lower School Wellness Bulletin Board
KLS - Weekly Wellness Spotlight every Tuesday morning
Calendar of Events for Lower School Physical Education Classes
September Nutrition 3-5 fruits and veggies a day
October Kindness Boundary setting,what to do if someone is unkind
November Healthy Skin Sun Screen, hats, sunglasses
December Handwashing Germ prevention
January Self-Esteem Confidence, friendships, individuality
February Heart Awareness Exercise, diet, stress
March Sleep awareness Hours,importance, surroundings
April Sportsmanship Learning how to be a positive, supporting teammate
May Community Service Importance, how to volunteer, options
- Ask your son or daughter about the MS Wellness Assemblies held this school year. In September and again in November Laura Sinclair along with a team of middle school students presented nutrition assemblies. In February, the theme was heart health month and the focus was on kindness and physical heart health. Wellness Assemblies will be held quarterly.
- Walk down the physical education hallway and read the Bulletin Board about the importance of healthy nutrition.
- 6th, 7th, & 8th grade parents receive monthly TALK Letters, which encourage dialogue between parents and children about relevant topics.
- During the first quarter in 7th grade Human Development class, the objectives included discussing stress, stress management, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and effective communication. The study in human development for the 2nd quarter included discussing prejudice, discrimination, efforts to combat discrimination, and studying heroes. In the third quarter we will discuss what makes an individual more resilient? What skills might allow each individual to stay drug and alcohol free?
- On November 15th, three 6th grade students and Ms. Sinclair presented an informative No Smoking Assembly.
- May assembly will include information on the importance of the positive cyber citizen and online etiquette.
Wellness Assembly - The Importance of Sleep.
Wellness Bulletin Board in Athletic Center.
Kindness Campaign led by Robin Doran
Updated, research based Decisions curriculum.