We welcome family members, community members, students, staff and partners to join us. We are committed to and embrace the various approaches to thriving health and wellness across cultures and invite BIPOC members of our schools and community to share your interests and expertise. If you are unable to attend the meetings, but would like to be involved, there is a place for you! We often have subcommittees that work on time-limited wellness projects. Please contact the Wellbeing Specialist through the options listed on the right for details.
The District Wellness Committee works to keep the District Wellness Policy current and aligned with federal and state mandates as well as our community needs and interests. We also plan and implement the many employee, student and community wellness initiatives and programs throughout the school year, which we work to align with current grants and projects.
Check out the 2022-23 Wellness Program Calendar. Most of the programs are available to the staff, families and community, including low-cost yoga and fitness classes through generous funding from Preferred One. Visit our Eleyo registration site seasonally to view the Community Education Adult Enrichment programs and stay updated on some of the Wellness programs. The Top Five Wellness Tips offer simple-to-implement daily practices to support your self-care habits.
BCCS is pleased to announce we have received the msp Wellness Champion designation. This recognition acknowledges the work we have implemented around employee wellbeing.
Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM made Alliance for a Healthier Generation's 2022 list of America's Healthiest Schools in recognition of our implementation of our Local Wellness Policy! This recognition celebrates schools for their achievements in advancing the physical, mental and social-emotional health of students, staff and families.
- safely experiencing and expressing emotions; practicing self-care; sexuality; optimism; self-esteem, self-acceptance; resiliency
Environmental- respectful of surroundings and nature; understand personal and collective accountability for the quality of air, water, and earth; awareness that environments affect our well-being
Financial- skills to manage monetary resources; making informed financial decisions; setting realistic financial goals
- lifelong learning, curiosity; exploring creative outlets; play
- self-reflection; activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values; practicing gratitude; having a meaning and purpose in life
- participating in work that provides purpose, satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle
Physical- healthy lifestyle choices (nutrition, physical activity, quality sleep, monitored screen time, etc.); absence of illness; practicing habits that help the body feel eased
Social/Cultural- lawareness and accountability to your social, racial, cultural and gender identities; understanding the diversity of other identities and backgrounds; engaged in your community; developing meaningful relationships; opening and holding space for others
- CDC 1801 Grant: The 2022-23 school year is the fifth year of a five-year grant through the CDC. The CDC1801 grant is implemented through the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and is focused on increasing student wellness in schools. In the 2022-23 school year we will be using the funding to support the sustainability of the programs we have worked on the past four years, such as Health Education curriculum development, Health Services emergency preparedness kits, and staff mental and emotional wellbeing support.
- Read the Healthy Schools Story of Achievement that the CDC published about BCCS.
- PrairieCare Fund Grant: BCCS is excited to be a recipient of a 2022-23 grant through the PrairieCare Fund to support student mental health. The funds will support the implementation of trauma-sensitive mindful movement training for staff groups and for middle and high school students. Additionally, middle school students will have access to participate in a mental wellbeing enrichment class at BCS to gain mental health skills, tools and resources. This video shows the kick off of the 2021-22 funding project: Watch us on the news!
- MNDOT Boost Grant: BCCS is the proud recipient of the MNDOT 2023 Boost grant and will be procuring and implementing a district bike fleet in the spring of 2023! The bike fleet will be used in PE classes, across multiple grades, and in Out of School Time and Family and Community Engagement programs. Families, students and community members are encouraged to join the District Safe Routes To School steering committee to share the needs and interests of all stakeholders around walking, biking and other forms of Active Transportation.
- SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership): SHIP funding is from the MN Legislature and is distributed through Hennepin County to Brooklyn Center Community Schools. The funding in 2021-22 supported employee and student holistic wellbeing through staff professional development training in the Interconnectedness of Mindful Movement and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Anti-Racist Practices workshop and asynchronous continuing education in SEL with a culturally responsive focus and Trauma-Sensitive Mindful Movement training modules through various partnerships. Planning for the 2022-23 funding includes support for Accessible Active Transportation and refreshing Safe Routes to School programming.
- When distance learning was implemented due to COVID19 in the 2019-20 school year Action For Healthy Kids funding supported the creation of movement videos and sequence graphs for middle and high school students. In the 2018-19 school year the organization funded mindful movement training for staff, resulting in this inspiring story.
- BCCS is also excited to implement the "Harvest of the Month" project through the MN Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the MN Department of Education, for the second year in a row. During the 2022-23 school year we will offer monthly cafeteria taste tests, featuring locally-sourced produce and foods and using culturally diverse recipes.
- Medica supports BCCS employees with Wellness Credits that the Wellness Committee uses to supply holistic wellbeing programs and courses, such as movement and fitness, nutrition education, mindfulness sessions and more. Find registration information on the BCCS Eleyo site.
- The Trust For Public Land: BCCS is excited about our partnership with The Trust for Public Land! This partnership is helping to drive the creation of reimagined outdoor spaces at Brooklyn Center Elementary (BCE). Throughout the process, staff, students, families and community partners will work together to design and implement new BCE schoolyards. The Trust for Public Land states, "A Healthy Community Schoolyard is a school space reimagined to address issues of health, equity, and climate, designed through a community-led participatory design process, and open and welcoming to the public."
- Life Time Foundation and Chef Ann Foundation worked in Brooklyn Center Community Schools for four years to improve the school food in our district. We are committed to removing harmful chemical ingredients from our food, increasing scratch cooking, and sourcing more items from Minnesota producers. A product of the partnerships was the District Nutrition Guidelines Committee.
- The BCCS District Nutrition Guidelines Committee, comprised of students, parents, staff and partners, worked to develop a set of nutrition guidelines from which the District Nutrition Services and the school administration teams work. After a comprehensive needs and interest assessment of our community, three foundational guidelines were identified and are being implemented.
- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation awarded Brooklyn Center Middle and High School a spot on the list of America's Healiest Schools and the Local Wellness Policy Award in October 2022. BCS joins 406 schools across 26 states for their achievements in advancing the physical, mental, and social-emotional health of students, staff, and families.