8th Grade Human Growth & Development Unit

October, 2022

To: Parents of Students in 8th Grade Health
Re: Human Growth and Development Unit Plan and Resources

We would like to share details regarding the Human Growth and Development unit that will be taught in 8th grade health this semester. Eighth grade students are enrolled in health for one semester. The instruction will last for 6 instructional days, approximately December 15-Jan. 12, 2023 and Spring semester instruction, approximately May 16-24, 2023, depending upon student schedule.   Winter weather and unexpected snow days may impact the dates slightly.

Human Growth and Development is required instruction in the state of Iowa. The State has also provided an opportunity for you, as a parent, to opt your child out of this unit. f.  If your child will be taking 8th grade health during the second semester, you will receive this letter again when we get closer to the human growth and development unit in the spring.

We recognize parents are the primary educators of their children, but it is our hope to be your partner in the delivery of Human Growth and Development information.

As we enter into this updated Human Growth & Development unit, we will also have additional school staff in the classroom.  When scheduling allows, our middle school guidance counselor will support instruction when we’re covering abstinence, refusal skills, and healthy relationships.  When scheduling allows, our school nurse will support instruction during the male and female body systems as well as infant and child development.

We encourage you to preview the curriculum materials that can be found on our website at: https://www.cd-csd.org/8th-grade-human-growth-development-unit/. Presentations and resources that will be used during this unit, as well as the timeline, are available in these materials provided for your review.  

If you would like a hard copy of these materials, please contact the building principal.  There is also a full copy of the textbook in our middle school office if you would like to view it there.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent