Horizon Middle School Wellness

HMS Outdoor Garden
HMS Outdoor Garden
Horizon Middle School's health and wellness focus for the 2015-2016 school year was two fold: Student exposure to gardening and increased water consumption by students.

We secured funding for a greenhouse to be built on site during the summer, with a completion date of fall 2016. Eighth grade students continue to learn about and work in our outdoor garden. Through several grants, additional gardening supplies and plants were purchased to enhance learning. It is the hope that next school year, with the completion of our greenhouse, teachers from other grades will use the green house to help students understand healthy eating.

With the completion of the remodel of our gym, HMS was able to install its first Hydration System. Hydration Station is a touch-free, hygienic, water dispenser that allows users to enjoy the benefits of healthier, great-tasting water with none of the drawbacks of bottled water. In August 2015, funding for a second Hydration Station was secured and the system was installed over fall break. So far, HMS has saved over 10,000 plastic bottles from ending up in our local city dump. Staff and students have drank more water. Funding for two additional Hydration Stations has been secured and the systems will be installed over the summer.

Hydration Station
Hydration Station
In addition to our main focus, HMS has exposed students to CPR and first aid training. William Yerger, a science teacher, implemented a unit on first aid, proper CPR and automated external defibrillator procedures and techniques during a PRIDE class. By the end of the school year, 60 eighth-graders will be certified in CPR, AED and first aid.

HMS will end the school year with our first ever school wide 5k walk and run. All students will have the opportunity to participate in this activity May 27.

Wellness Policy Overview

District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council, should email for additional information.

Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, classroom rewards, fundraisers

  • All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
  • No candy or sodas are allowed.
  • Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the wellness policy's guidelines.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
  • Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available. In addition, quality and sanitation standards cannot be controlled.


Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories

Non-Food Celebration Ideas

Cascadian Farm Kid Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar

Smencils (smell good pencils)

Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack

Glow Sticks

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn 


6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers


Stretch Island Fruit Leather


Applesauce on the Go 

Post its in fun shapes

Fruit cups in 100% juice

Play dough

Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

Stress balls

Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box

Seeds for planting 

Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar

Lead a Dance Break

Our commitment to physical activity

  • Physical education is provided in elementary, middle and high school.
  • Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
  • Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
  • Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings.  Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.