2016-2017 Annual Health & Wellness Update

May 16, 2017,

Dear Hayden Schools Supporters,

It is with great pride that we are able to report that the Hayden School District received a silver Healthy Schools Champion Award in March for the great work accomplished on behalf of students, staff and families this year. With support from CDE, the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Wal-Mart, the United Dairy Council, Northwest Colorado Health, as well as countless contributions of funds, supplies and hours of volunteer time put in by District staff, administrators, board members, parents and community partners, the following was accomplished in 2016-2017:

· The Hayden Valley Elementary School Health Team spearheaded several successful projects, including producing a monthly wellness newsletter for families, hosting a community 5K Turkey Trot and Fun Run, organizing a Hayden community health fair, and completing a staff lounge makeover. The group also hosted a very successful inaugural Spring Soiree which raised $16,000 to support art, music and PE at the elementary school. Visit the Facebook page for updates on this exciting group.

· A new Local Wellness Policy was adopted by the Board of Education.

· The Hub, a new teen center, opened in Hayden this spring.

· Totally Kids, an after school and summer program for Hayden youth, will continue offering free lunches to participants and children in the community this year.

· The process of creating a standards-based articulated comprehensive health education program for students at all grade levels is underway. All elementary students participated in an active health education class every other day, while most sixth through tenth grade students also had health education courses in their schedules this year. Elementary school students were treated to a healthy breakfast in March, themed Even Superheroes Eat Breakfast, as part of a nutrition unit.

· A grant-funded behavior specialist worked directly with students as well as with staff to provide a framework for students to build skills in self-control, positive self-advocacy and respectful communication practices.

· The counseling team facilitated training for becoming a trauma-informed school district, sparking a school connectedness initiative with students and staff at the secondary level and a secondary-elementary student mentorship program.

· Several elementary school classrooms piloted flexible seating arrangements, using exercise balls, wobble stools, standing desks and bike desks with great enthusiasm from students.

· 153 students participated in Walk/Bike to School Day at HVE this spring.

· The Comprehensive Family Therapy program continues to provide assistance to at-risk students and their families.

· An additional counseling team member allows students in all three schools to have daily access to the support they need at school.

· Secondary students taste-tested new healthy snacks and drinks for the vending machine.

· The elementary school received a new active recess cart, complete with all sorts of equipment to keep kids moving during recess.

· The representative Hayden Health Advisory Council (HHAC) met monthly to advocate for policies and practices to improve health and learning within the Hayden School District and greater community. Additional grant funds were secured to create a Comprehensive Health Plan, a strategic plan for health and wellness of students and staff. The plan will be completed next year to guide efforts over the next five years.

· Students and staff enjoyed new complimentary Tiger Pride water bottles to increase water consumption.

· A CPR course, biometric screenings, a brain based learning workshop, and a Kaiser Permanente Laughaceuticals workshop were offered to staff.

· School staff members sported Healthy Schools Create Successful Students t-shirts throughout the year, promoting school environments where students will be safe, healthy, supported, engaged and challenged to succeed.

· Mindful Life professional development enabled teachers and staff to use mindfulness skill-building techniques with students in the classroom to help them focus, manage stress, and self-regulate to improve learning and life skills.

· A high school Teen Council and a secondary Unity Council gave students a platform to advocate for a positive school culture as well as a voice on issues that impact teens at school and in the community. They focused on character building and substance-free event promotion this year.

· A new Rachael’s Challenge Club was formed at the secondary schools to promote tolerance, caring and kindness.

· The tower garden in the HVE cafeteria operated as a living learning-lab that also produced vegetables for the cafeteria salad bar and taste tests.

A big shout out to all the parents, staff members, administrators, board members, community partners and funders who made this year’s efforts so successful! Without the generosity, teamwork and collaboration of so many, our successes would have been few.

New ideas and fresh perspectives are needed for our Healthy Schools efforts next year. Please contact one of us to become part of this exciting and important work in the future.


Kristi Brown

District Health and Wellness Coordinator


Barb Manzanares

MS/HS School Health Champion


Ali Moyer and Sara Boyle

ES School Health Co-Champions