Parents invited to preview sexual awareness curriculum
Parents of ninth-graders are invited to preview the district's sexual-awareness curriculum and meet the teachers Aug. 13; parents of seventh-graders, Aug. 19.
Project MESA (Mesa's Education in Sexual Awareness)
Mesa Public Schools offers four lessons for seventh-graders and four lessons for ninth-graders on the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality. The program encourages sexual abstinence before marriage and emphasizes possible consequences of teenage sexual activity, including pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The ninth-grade curriculum also includes the subject of dating-violence prevention.
The district wants parents to be completely aware of the program. Parents throughout the district are invited to an informational meeting to hear an overview of the lessons that will be presented and to meet the Project MESA teachers — Cindy Maguire, Kay Russell and Larry Clouse. They will be available to answer parents' questions about their children's classroom instruction on this important topic.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, Mesa High Auditorium Wing #201, 1630 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, Kino Junior High Auditorium, 848 N. Horne, Mesa
Project MESA, part of the science curriculum, is coordinated by the district's Science and Social Sciences Department. An overview of Project MESA and details about the lessons are available online. For more information, parents may call Cindy Maguire or Larry Clouse at (480) 472-0266.