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Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee assists in development of the district wide nutrition and physical fitness policy and goals.  The committee may include food service directors and staff, building level administrators, school board members, students, health care professionals, physical education staff, parents, and interested community organizations or individuals.

Committee Members: (representing the communities of St. John and Endicott)

1. Darrell Miller – Physical Education Staff

2. Bruce Porubek – Endicott Building Principal

3. Mark Purvine – St. John Building Principal

4. Suzanne Schmick – SJE Cooperative School Superintendent

5. Cindy McCall – School Nurse

6. Shantyl McGuire – School Nurse

7.  Marv Schmick – Endicott School Board, Chair

8.  John Hergert – St. John School Board, Vice-Chair

9. Lorraine Salzman – Endicott Head Cook

10.  Peggy Curtis – St. John Head Cook

11. Regina Simon – SJE Cooperative Food Service Coordinator

12.  Sophie Anderson – Middle School ASB President

13.  Ashlyn Archer – High School ASB President

14.  Clancy Pool – St. John Community Member

15.  To Be Assigned – Endicott Community Member

16.  To Be Assigned – Endicott Parent

17.  To Be Assigned – St. John Parent

Committee Goals and Evaluation

Recommended Goals:

1. Continue the quality of school food by focus on healthy fresh foods.

  • Scratch Cooking
  • Use of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Quality Presentation

2.  Food Supports for School Families

  • Review Needs of our St. John and Endicott Families
  • Work with the Endicott and St. John Food Banks

3.  Support Walking and Biking Routes to School

  • Create Parent Outreach/Educational Materials
  • Collaborate with both Endicott and St. John City government

Evaluation of Goals:

Annually, at the spring meeting the Wellness Committee will review and update their  goals based on the Wellness policy elements and needs of our communities and school sites.

Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools

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Research has shown that there is no silver bullet-no single thing that schools can do to ensure high student performance. Rather, high performing schools tend to show evidence of the following nine characteristics:

  1. Clear and Shared Vision and Purpose - Everybody knows where they are going and why. That vision is shared-everybody is involved. The vision is developed from common beliefs and values, creating a consistency of purpose.
  2. High Standards and Expectations - Teachers and staff believe that all students can learn and that they can teach all students. There is recognition of barriers for some students to overcome, but the barriers are not insurmountable. Students become engaged in an ambitious and rigorous course of study.
  3. Effective School Leadership - Effective leadership is required to implement change processes within the school. This leadership takes on many forms. Principals often play this role, but so do teachers and other staff, including those in the district office. Effective leaders advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  4. High Levels of Collaboration and Communication - There is constant collaboration and communication between and among teachers of all grades. Everybody is involved and connected, including parents and members of the community, to solve problems and create solutions.
  5. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Aligned with the Standards - Curriculum is aligned with the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs). Research-based materials and teaching and learning strategies are implemented. There is a clear understanding of the assessment system, what is measured in various assessments and how it is measured.
  6. Frequent Monitoring of Teaching and Learning - Teaching and learning are continually adjusted based on frequent monitoring of student progress and needs. A variety of assessment procedures are used. The results of the assessment are used to improve student performances and also to improve the instructional program.
  7. Focused Professional Development - Professional development for all educators is aligned with the school's and district's common focus, objectives, and high expectations. It is ongoing and based on high need areas.
  8. Supportive Learning Environment - The school has a safe, civil, healthy, and intellectually stimulating learning environment. Students feel respected and connected with the staff, and are engaged in learning. Instruction is personalized and small learning environments increase student contact with teachers.
  9. High Level of Community and Parent Involvement - There is a sense that all educational stakeholders have a responsibility to educate students, not just the teachers and staff in schools. Parents, as well as businesses, social service agencies, and community colleges/universities all play a vital role in this effort.

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