Horizon Middle School Wellness

HMS Outdoor Garden Green house construction
Horizon Middle School's health and wellness focus for the 2016-2017 school year was two-fold: Student exposure to gardening and increased water consumption by students.

Students are raising chickens to ensure sustainability in the green house

Our wellness funds have been dedicated to completing a greenhouse on school grounds this year. This project has been in progress for the last couple of years, but this year, the building is complete! Now that it is built, students are in the process of planting vegetables for the purpose of creating a sustainable farmer’s market that will be accessible by the community and will benefit the health of students and families. Not only are students learning the skills needed for managing their own gardens, they are witnessing the benefits of growing and caring for an independent source of food. The greenhouse will be used to provide healthy alternatives to the processed and fast food diets to which many students have become accustomed.  We hope that it will provide long-lasting benefits to the community by educating students about taking control of their own food and resources. 

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.