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Student Wellness and Prevention

Student Wellness and Prevention includes health and physical education, the ropes and challenges course, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Our mission is to support the physical, social, emotional, and academic development of all students. Our goal is to develop confident, self-reliant, and self-directed individuals who are capable of reaching their full potential as productive members of society.

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Health Education

The concepts and skills learned in health education become the cornerstone for developing healthy habits that students will use every day for the rest of their lives. Students will learn how to analyze influences, access accurate health information, use positive communication skills, make healthy decisions, set goals, practice healthy/safe behaviors, and advocate for their own health and those around them.

Physical Education

Physical education is an integral aspect of an individual’s total educational experience. It is the only subject area that utilizes physical activity to achieve learning. The physical education program integrates current brain research stating that the more physically fit a student is, the higher the student achieves academically. The curriculum is based on the individual’s needs, abilities, and interests; it produces students who enjoy lifelong physical activity and maintain desirable levels of fitness.

Children's Healthy Learning Environment — Environmental Protection Agency

Through the Children's Healthy Learning Environment project, Milwaukee Public Schools proposes to create a system of support to educate and train school staff and community members in how to use newly constructed green spaces, outdoor classrooms, traffic gardens, and fitness stations in MPS. Among the project's goals are to increase students' daily average outside activity minutes, decrease recess and overall discipline problems and conflicts, and increase awareness, knowledge, appreciation, and concern for the natural environment and the effect of people's actions upon it.

Coordinated School Health

Coordinated school health (CSH) is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving students’ health and learning in our nation’s schools. Students need to be healthy to learn and they need to learn to be healthy. CSH is not a separate program; it is a comprehensive model for school/community collaborations in student health to reduce barriers to learning. Every MPS school has a coordinated school health team that completes an annual needs assessment so they can focus resources on the greatest area of need. This will help reduce barriers to student achievement.

Ropes and Challenges

The MPS ropes and challenges course began in 1995 and is located within Potter’s Forest adjacent to Whitnall Park. Due to risk management and liability issues, the ropes and challenges course at Potter’s Forest is open only to MPS traditional schools and MPS instrumentality charter schools. The ropes and challenges education curriculum is based on the experiential learning model that allows students to learn and practice positive social skills through hands-on learning activities. Skills include listening, cooperating, effective communication, teamwork, and problem solving. School groups complete at least 6-8 prep sessions before coming to the course. Participants are encouraged to use their new skills in other areas of their lives.

System of Wellness Instruction for Teachers and Teens — Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment

The System of Wellness Instruction for Teachers and Teens (SWIFTT) is a blended learning project with resources and tools to support both new and experienced health and physical education staff and teacher candidates. This wellness-based project seeks to build teachers’ capacity to develop resilience through self-compassion, self-awareness, and social connectedness. Please see the video for an overview of SWIFTT and use the links for podcasts, curriculum, and resources.

Student Wellness

Curriculum Specialist:

Carlos Rodriguez
Student Wellness and Prevention
Phone: 414-267-1892

900 W. Walnut  Street, Room 133
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a research survey that asks students about nutrition, physical activity, sexual behaviors, and tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. 

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