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.

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.)

Caroline County School Nutrition Department Wins VSBA Award

Caroline County Public Schools is happy to announce that the Caroline School Nutrition Program was selected as an award winner in the seventh annual Food for Thought Competition, a competition between Virginia’s school divisions to showcase their programs that combat childhood hunger, provide healthy school meals, and encourage wellness and physical activity.

The Division was selected for their entry in the Healthy School Meals category. The entry highlighted the new digital menu/messaging system which was implemented this year.

“The new Digital Menu / Messaging System was developed in conjunction with our IT department and our partners at NutriSlice – with feedback from our customers – the students”, stated Keith Conner, who oversees the Division’s School Nutrition Program. He further stated “the Department had previously worked with NutriSlice to offer a mobile app for parents, staff and students which provided them easy to access nutritional details about our menu. With the success of that roll out we decided to expand our efforts with an additional focus on the nutritional education side. The electronic menu display boards allow us to present nutritional information, interesting fun facts, as well as the daily menu, in a format well received by the students”.

For more information about this and other exciting programs being rolled out in Caroline, please visit the CCPS website.

 

Digital Menu/Messaging System in our Cafeterias

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We are excited to expand our Digital Menu/Messaging System to Lewis & Clark Elementary School. We currently have this system in three of our six locations. We plan to have this system implemented in all locations by the start of the new school year.

This digital signage is an expansion of our partnership with Nutrislice. Nutrislice provides mobile app and web based access of our menus and nutritional information.

 

Ag Day 2018

We are excited to introduce Penelope. She is the new mascot for CCPS Nutrition Services Department. As part of our Ag Day celebration Penelope visited  schools to be introduced to students and staff.

 

Our department donated the book  “These Bees Count!” by Alison Formento to each school library. Several Agriculture students from Caroline High School visited our elementary schools to read this book to students.