Student Life

Health and Wellness

Pegasus student-centered support programs develop self-confidence, healthy bodies and strong minds.

Student Support Programs

The Learning and Support Team provides ongoing support and education for all students, faculty and parents. This specialized and highly trained team works collaboratively to reinforce the excellence of The Pegasus School so children can reach their full potential in a confident and guided manner. By teaching coping skills, sharpening student strengths, or helping children understand their opportunities for growth, the Learning and Support Team assures that all needs are met early, thoughtfully and effectively so that change and success is achieved.

List of 5 items.

  • Social and Emotional Support

    Healthy social and emotional development is critical to developing self-reliance and relationships that foster academic growth and success. In addition to the guidance of classroom teachers and assistants, students are directly and indirectly supported by a variety of learning specialists and a full time school psychologist. In the classroom, community values are intentionally woven into the curriculum through literature, discussion, and games. Teachers and assistants are provided with training to support students in the development of emotional management and decision making. Topics are developmentally appropriate by grade level  starting with kindness, friendship, and responsibility in the early grades and move into stress management and healthy choices in later years. In fifth grade, students engage in a leadership and service course focusing on personal development that culminates in a student directed community service project. Individual and group support is provided on an as needed basis for targeted skill development or personal support.
  • Human Growth and Development

    The goal of the Human Growth and Development program is to educate and prepare students to make healthy and responsible decisions from elementary school into their adult years. Classes taught are age-appropriate and highlight the physical, social and emotional changes encountered during puberty.
     
    Human Growth and Development classes are presented to fourth- and fifth-grade students. These classes teach them how to care for and respect their bodies, including the importance of hygiene, exercise and nutrition. Students will learn how their bodies change during puberty, and the purpose of various body parts. Additionally, they will understand the value of respecting the bodies of others. Self esteem, body image, and peer pressure are discussed in an age appropriate fashion to help the students make healthy and safe choices while navigating adolescence.

    Human Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology is introduced in seventh grade. The names and functions of the reproductive organs are explored. The goal is to promote a level of comfort among the students so they are willing to discuss difficult or uncomfortable topics. Other topics often discussed in seventh grade include stress, family life, and reproductive technology.

    Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology is reviewed in eighth-grade and then the students progress to lessons on types of contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sleep science and mindfulness. Many, but not all, students will take a health class in high school, but the class is often taken online and there is no forum for discussion. These topics can be complicated and it is important for the students to have exposure to this information so they can make healthy and informed decisions.
  • Health Office

    The Pegasus School’s Health Office (Nurse’s Office) has one full-time nurse who serves as the liaison between the Pegasus community (parents, students, faculty and staff) and local health providers in order to ensure a healthy school environment. The priorities of the school nurse are to care for students and keep them safe and healthy. Responsibilities include student health care, student and staff health education, and nursing administration and communication. The school nurse also maintains student vaccination records and allergy and medical waiver lists; evaluates ill children and communicates with parents about their child's health; leads the First Aid Crisis Team; reports infectious diseases; helps parents with navigating concussion recovery; and, assists with diabetes education and management.
     
    The Nurse’s Office is open from 8:15 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
  • Physical Education

    The overall goal of the physical education program is for all students to discover, identify, and develop the physical interests and talents that will enable them to be comfortable with physical activities. By participating in various activities in a safe, non-threatening environment, the students will appreciate their own individual levels of proficiency, and at the same time, will value the abilities and contributions of others. Students learn to feel good about themselves while engaged in physical activities that develop good motor and physical skills.
     
    The intent of instruction is to create an enthusiasm for physical activities and to develop habits of good sportsmanship, appreciate the results of applied effort, respect rules and procedures, and gain an awareness of general sports concepts. It is important that our students learn that it is how you play the game.
     
    Grades reflect performance in the following areas:

    Sportsmanship: Students learn to play by the rules. They learn how to feel good about their own contributions while valuing the performances of others.  We expect students to offer encouragement to others and not be consumed by winning.  Only positive comments are acceptable.

    Participation: Participation is essential to learning in physical education.  Students are expected to fully participate in all activities regardless to whether they like them or are good at them. Middle school students change into PE uniforms, but all students must have athletic shoes and be dressed in clothing which allows them to fully and comfortably participate.

    Effort: Students must apply themselves fully to each activity. They must try hard and be enthusiastic. They learn to recognize and to appreciate improvement. It is okay to make mistakes – not fear failure but learn from it.

    Cooperation
    : Students show respect for rules and procedures and take proper care of equipment. They play safely, avoid horseplay, avoid distractions, and pay attention to instructions. Students are helpful and have good behavior.
  • Lunch Program

    Pegasus partners with Sapphire at School lunch program, which delivers healthy and nutritious menus that promote healthy bodies. Chef Azmin bases the menus he creates — for his home, and for the children at each and every school he serves — on the Mediterranean Food Pyramid, which hinges on the consumption of foods prepared with oils derived from plants and fish that enhance the production of good cholesterol and, ultimately, heart health. People who use the Mediterranean pyramid as the basis of their daily meals are more likely to live longer than others, and see a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

Meet the Learning & Support Team

List of 6 members.

  • Kristen Brady 

    Middle School Learning Specialist
    Bio
  • Michelle Carr 

    Pre-K – Grade 4 Reading Specialist
    Bio
  • Kristen Diehl 

    Instructional Coach
    Bio
  • Dr. Alison Englar-Carlson 

    Educational Pyschologist
    Bio
  • Karen Hurst 

    School Nurse
    Bio
  • Christine  Lopez 

    School Counselor
    Bio
The Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, nonsectarian day school in Huntington Beach, California, that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. A Pegasus education equips bright, motivated students to achieve future academic success and make a positive impact on society.