Ms. Schurdak has been working as an administrator with this age group for over 20 years and is excited to join Pingry, having been struck “by the commitment of the Middle School faculty to educating middle schoolers… They are both serious and joyful about their work.”
Children today are growing up in a complex society characterized by uncertainty and rapid change. The issues our youth confront daily make health education an integral part of a balanced and comprehensive school program. The health curriculum is continually examined and modified to keep current with such a dynamic, ever-changing field. The program is designed to develop specific skills that we believe are essential to maintaining one’s health — emotionally, socially, and physically. Students gain practice in applying these skills as various health topics are introduced. While major topics are emphasized through the health program, certain aspects of the curriculum are addressed in science and in the regular classroom as well. Information on each topic is age-appropriate and is taught sequentially, with each year building on the previous one.