Upper School | Gr. 9-12

Upper School Health and Wellness

Fundamental to Success

Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked to our students' success in school and in life. Our mission to "know and value" every student includes helping them establish positive self-images, create meaningful and mutual relationships with others, and develop active and healthy lifestyles for long-term health. Our expert counselors, coaches, administrators and teachers all work together to help every student navigate the demands of high school and the process of becoming confident, well-rounded adults.
One of my favorite aspects of this program is that we get to know every ninth grader in a non-problem based environment. So when there is a problem, they know who to turn to and feel comfortable doing so. Relationship building is a critical piece of this work." 
— Upper School Counselor Ms. Sam Straub

Our Program

Our 9th-Grade Health and Wellness program is designed to provide our students with skills, content, and attitudes to make informed decisions about their behaviors and feel confident about their choices. We encourage them to think critically about common issues related to adolescent physical and emotional health and teach them the strategies they need to take ownership of their own long-term health and well-being. Our students learn to view physical, social and emotional wellness as an ongoing part of their development.

Purposeful Progression

Our Health and Wellness curriculum follows an intentional path from the beginning to the end of every student's ninth-grade year. We teach this curriculum as a team so that each class is taught by the faculty with the most expertise in that particular area. The order of the classes is important too — we work to make sure our students get exactly what they need, exactly when they need it throughout the year. 
  • Study Skills
  • Multicultural Identifiers
  • Fitness and Wellness for All
  • Sex Education 
  • Adolescent Injury Prevention
  • Adolescent Nutrition
  • First Responder Training
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media
  • Human Sexuality Education
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education (through Freedom From Chemical Dependency)
  • Introduction to the Upper School Seminars Program (part of our leadership training program

Overall Goals

Information. We provide our students with accurate information on a spectrum of topics, including human growth and development, social norms, common high school stressors, human sexuality, body image, drug and alcohol use prevention, nutrition, social media, physical fitness, and response to injuries and emergencies, leadership training, and important building blocks for diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Attitudes, Values, and Insights. We encourage our students to question, explore, and assess their own and their community's attitudes and values towards topics addressed in class. 

Relationships and Interpersonal Skills. We help our students develop assertiveness, decision-making skills, and peer-refusal skills to navigate and enhance relationships with others, both in-person and virtual. 

Fitness and Safety. We provide information necessary for students to make the types of long- and short-term decisions that lead to a healthy lifestyle. And we teach our students how to maintain a fit and healthy body as part of that long-term healthy lifestyle.

Meet Our Health and Wellness Faculty

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Samantha Straub

    Mrs. Samantha Straub 

    Chair, Upper School Counseling and Wellness; US Advisory Coordinator; US Health and Wellness; Umbrel
    410.647.7701 ext. 2242
    Villanova University - MS
    Swarthmore College - BA
  • Photo of Michelle Anderson

    Ms. Michelle Anderson 

    Licensed Athletic Trainer; MS PE; US Health & Wellness; ARC Instructor
    410.647.7701 ext. 2290
    Frostburg State University - B.S.
    California University of Pennsylvania - M.S.
  • Photo of Erin De Falco

    Mrs. Erin De Falco 

    Asst Athletic Dir.; Director, MS PE; US Health & Wellness; Asst. Coach, MS Football
    410.647.7701 ext. 2288
    Georgetown University - M.P.S.
    Salisbury University - B.A.
  • Photo of Daniel Mahoney

    Mr. Daniel Mahoney 

    Licensed Athletic Trainer; MS PE; US Health and Wellness; MS & US Archery
    410.647.7701 ext. 2341
    Frostburg State - B.S.
  • Photo of Lilian Kane

    Ms. Lilian Kane 

    US Counselor; Culinary Club; Peer Mentors
    410.647.7701 ext. 2276
    University of Michigan - BS
    Fitchburg State University - MA
    Framingham State University - MS
  • Photo of Michael  Glasby

    Mr. Michael  Glasby 

    Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball
    410.647.7701 ext. 2039
    Howard University - MS
    Howard University - BA
  • Photo of Diana Ford

    Ms. Diana Ford 

    Library Associate, Zimmerman Library
    410.647.7701 ext. 2231
    University of Maryland - M.S.
    University of Maryland - B.S.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

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Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146