Welcome Parents!

My name is Kirsten Southard-Twichell and I am a health and science teacher in the Elmira Heights CSD. I am a shared teacher in the district and I work at both the middle school and high school. My mornings are spent at the middle school teaching health and I spend the rest of the day at the high school teaching both health and science.

If you haven't already, please make sure your email is on file with the school and that you have a school tool account. I send home emails weekly to update you about what we are doing in the classroom and what assignments are being given out. If you do not have an email on file or a school tool account please contact the main office right away!

All assignments, due dates and information will be sent out weekly via email to all parents on file with the district.

If you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at
Ksouthard@gstboces.org. I am best reached by school email or you can call me at the middle or high school if you have any questions.

Middle School Health Course Outline


  • Understanding Health and Wellness (An introduction)



  •  Depression & Suicide*
  • Bullying
  • Communication


  •  Building Healthy & Safe Relationships (Family & Friends)
  •  Genetics/Family Health History


  •  Nutrition &Physical Fitness
  •  Tobacco/Alcohol/Marijuana


  • Sex Education(Reproduction, puberty, pregnancy, contraceptives, STD’s, abstinence) *





High School Health Course Outline


·         Understanding Health and Wellness

·         Problem solving

·         Time management, Organization & Stress relief


·         Mental Health

·         Genetics/Family Health History

·         Teen Dating (Communication & Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships)



·         American Heart CPR/AED/First Aid Training & Safety



·         Nutrition

·         Physical Fitness



·         Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs

·         Abstinence plus education*

·         Reproductive System

·         Contraceptives*

·         STDS & Prevention*

·         Life Cycle & Growth/Development



Any topics that have a * mean that parental permission must be given to participate in class lectures/projects/and discussion.


I am looking forward to a great year at Thomas A. Edison & Cohen Middle School!