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  • One of the health and wellness goals for Horizon Middle School 2017-2018 school year focused on staff wellness.  Staff took part in various challenges every week in order to earn raffle entries for prizes.  Some of the challenges were physical-planks, wall sits, attending fitness classes-while some challenges were more habit based-water and steps.  If losing weight was a goal, participants were invited to weigh in weekly and chart their progress.  

    This health and fitness challenge not only helped instill positive habits among staff members, but formed a high level of camaraderie among those who chose to form hiking and cooking groups.

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 wellness@d49.org for additional information.

    A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here

    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 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.
    • Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.

    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.