Donview Middle Health and Wellness Academy (Gr 06 - 08)
"Make it a Healthy Day Learning Together at Donview...A Healthy Mind is a Healthy Body"
Health and Wellness Academy
We are very excited to be chosen to offer a Health and Wellness Academy. Students become advocates for healthy living and will learn the important connection between good nutrition, physical fitness and social/emotional well-being through partnerships, activities and concepts embedded into the curriculum. Our program will focus on five pillars: physical, intellectual, social, emotional and career wellness. Students who participate actively feel better about themselves and abilities, cope better with stress, and do better in math, reading and memorization.
The school is organized on a grade team model. The grade team teachers meet regularly to plan common programs and methods of assessing student progress. Focus programs in both ESL/ESD and Special Education are timetabled to provide support to students in the core subjects: literacy, numeracy, science and social studies. Donview also houses the intensive support programs for Gifted, L.D., MID and Beh/MID students in the NE quadrant. Our students are also exposed to the arts, technology and healthy living through music, visual arts, information technology, family studies, design and technology and physical education and health programs.
Donview is a Silver Eco School. We participate in recycling and composting within the school and strongly encourage students to bring a bag lunch from home. Each spring we participate in the Toronto "20 Minute Make-over" program and celebrate Earth Day by "powering down" our classrooms. We believe, at Donview, that every day should be Earth Day.
Each month our students are involved in a monthly assembly organized by our Guidance Counsellor to highlight an aspect of our health and wellness program. Guest speakers have involved athletes, Officer Neil, our community resource officer and army cadet leaders. We also reward students who demonstrate excellence at award assemblies and at graduation.
Parental support and communication are major elements in the success of the transition learner. Communication with our parents is strengthened through students' use of the daily planner and opportunities for parents to meet with the school staff and administration to discuss school issues and programs. We encourage parents to check their child's planner daily.
Our Dragons participate in many co-curricular sports: X-country running, volleyball, basketball, track & field and soccer. We also encourage participation in athletic clubs such as badminton, table tennis, cricket & floor hockey. Fitness is an integral part of physical education. Intramural & recreational programs are fun, inclusive and promote something for everyone