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 and Larry Clouse. They will be available to answer parents’ questions about their children’s classroom instruction on this important topic.
Ninth-grade parent meeting
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, Mesa High Auditorium, 1630 E. Southern Ave.
Seventh-grade parent meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, Kino Junior High Auditorium, 848 N. Horne
Project MESA (Mesa’s Education in Sexual Awareness)
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 Maguire or Clouse at 480-472-0266.