Instructors: Camille DeMarco-Havens Matt Ward Matt Bavone / Sasha Mathrani
June 17-21 June 24-28 August 12-16 (Click course titles for full details below.)
For St. Luke’s rising 9th-11th graders. Several of the required Health Mini-courses (Human Sexuality, Drugs and Alcohol, Healthy Relationships, and Technology) are being offered over the summer. These mini-courses will be available during the school year, too. The summer session gives the option of completing these courses before the start of school.
Please note: Eligible students may enroll in one, two, or all three of these Health Mini-Courses.
Please contact Summer Program Director Hunter Martin with questions about the summer mini-courses. Any questions about the overall Health and Wellness graduation requirement should be directed to Director of Studies Jim Yavenditti.
Drugs and Alcohol June 17-21 10:30am - 12:00pm Rising 9th-11th graders
Space is limited.
This mini-course provides students with critical information about the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs, including over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs. The students will be afforded the opportunity to explore seven specific drug categories: Alcohol/Tobacco/Juuling; Club Drugs; Hallucinogens; Marijuana; Inhalants; Stimulants; Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs. While many prescription medications can be abused or misused, these three classes are most commonly abused: Opioids, CNS Depressants, and Stimulants. Students will learn the effects and street names for each drug category, and will also discuss statistics and trends. There will be an emphasis on the process and consequences of decision-making and the influences of peer pressure. Topics will be presented through class discussions, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and activities (Fatal Vision Goggles, Teen Alcohol PSA, and golf cart driving simulation).
August 12 -16 12:30 - 2:00pm Rising 9th-11th graders
Space is limited.
The Healthy Relationships Mini-Course will study the causes and potential risk factors of teen violence and how it affects teenagers in their everyday lives. We will also take a look at teen dating and relationships, in the context of what behaviors constitute healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students will learn ways dating violence can be prevented and dealt with. Students will study these topics in a variety of ways, through video, articles, and social media.
Human Sexuality June 17-21 9:00 - 10:00am Rising 10th-11th graders
Space is limited.
This mini-course focuses on human sexuality, taking a fact-based approach to sharing information that is important for student wellness. Through lecture, class discussions, PowerPoint presentations, and classroom activities the students will be provided the opportunity to participate in a healthy conversation around a multitude of areas including Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV/AIDS Education, Gender and Sexuality. The emphasis for the mini-course is student awareness.
The Technology mini-course focuses on how to be a well-informed digital citizen. Students will be presented with information on the dangers associated with social media, identity theft, and excessive smartphone use. They will also learn how to cultivate a positive digital footprint, think more intentionally about how to spend and structure their time in the face of digital distractions, and more thoroughly understand the ramifications of personal information stored on the cloud or accessed through app permissions. Each student will keep a journal for the duration of the course in order to more mindfully reflect on their current habits and strategize ways to make healthy, informed decisions around future technology use.
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.