Brightview is an Apple School. APPLE Schools is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative that improves the lives of students in schools across Northern Alberta. APPLE Schools transforms school communities through an approach called Comprehensive School Health; (CSH). Each APPLE School is provided a School Health Facilitator (SHF) trained in healthy eating, physical activity, and community development. The SHF works with students, parents, school staff, and community members to develop a school action plan to meet the specific needs of their school. School action plans include activities led by students and are designed to make healthy living fun and engaging. Research has shown that student in APPLE Schools have better nutrition habits, are more physically active, and are more likely to be a healthy weight than other students across Alberta. It is estimated that the investment in APPLE Schools has already saved the province of Alberta approximately $233 million through avoided future health care costs, improved academic achievement, enhanced mental wellbeing, and better quality of life.
Every month we have a Kids in the Kitchen program where some students are able to learn healthy cooking skills by cooking a healthy meal or snack. This food is then served to students within the school, exposing them to healthy options to eat on their own. We have a school Brightview Nutrition Policy that we follow, along with a Nutrition Guidelines Handbook For Families for parents.
Schoolwide Guided Reading
As a part of our reading instruction in our English Language Arts programming, we offer school wide guided reading. Four times per week students meet in reading groups at their reading level for 45 minutes to work at imporving their reading skills. This may be with their homeroom teacher, or may be with another teacher or Educational Assistant.