Our School Nutrition Departments First Tower Garden Award Recipient

Dena Kappler, the cafe manager at CMS, nominated Agriscience Teacher Kelly Vaughan as the first recipient of a new tower garden, courtesy of the School Nutrition Department.

The Tower Garden system allows you to grow plants indoors — without dirt — and is the perfect school gardening system. Plus, they provide more than 30 lesson plans and learning materials, so the process can be integrated into the classroom curriculum with ease. We look forward to incorporating this exciting learning tool into additional locations in the future as part of our efforts to provide nutritional education to our students.

Importance of Breakfast

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Did you know, according to Alliance for a Healthier Generation, that children consume up to 50% of their daily calories during the school day? That’s why schools play such an important part in helping children develop lifelong healthy habits. Research shows that healthy, properly nourished students are better able to concentrate on their work, miss school less often, and perform better in class.

Start Your Engines #nsbw2019

We put the pedal to the metal for National School Breakfast Week March 4-8. This year’s “Start Your Engines with School Breakfast” theme is designed to show parents, students, and school officials the benefits of fueling up in the morning with a nutritious school breakfast. 

Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight

National Pig Day

Our mascot is Penelope, a pot bellied pig, so of course we celebrate National Pig Day!! National Pig Day was founded by a pair of pig-adoring sisters in 1972, the purpose being “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

Go hog wild for National Pig Day with these five facts:

  • Sweating like a pig? Probably not. Pigs don’t have sweat glands. They keep cool by rolling in the mud.
  • Pigs are incredibly smart and may even have more mental capacity than 3-year-old humans.
  • Baby pigs can recognize their mother’s voice, and sometimes the mama sings the piglets a lullaby while they’re nursing.
  • Think you can outrun a pig? The mammal is surprisingly fast and can clock a 7-minute mile.
  • While their eyesight isn’t great, pigs have a super sense of smell. (That’s why truffle hunters employ them to sniff out rare mushrooms.)