Thirteen schools in Chipppewa Falls, Green Bay, Tomahawk, Neenah, Oregon and Verona were named by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as “America’s Healthiest Schools” along with more than 400 schools in 26 states.
All of the award-winning, America’s Healthiest Schools:
- Meet or exceed federal nutrition standards for school meals and snacks
- Offer breakfast daily
- Implement district wellness policies and update progress annually
- Provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical education per week and ensure physical activity throughout the school day
WBAY.com: A proud day for six Green Bay special education students as they receive certificates for successfully completing a seven-week work experience program.
In a first-of-its-kind for the district, the students worked with employees at Dorsch Ford, learning about auto detailing.
“What I’ve really enjoyed is how they’ve been teaching us how to detail cars, how to do it safely with chemicals, shamming, drying, acid washes,” said Sam Birmingham, a senior at Green Bay East High School.
The work experience program also allows the students to practice real-world employee skills, making it easier to secure a job after graduation.
“The life skills and the soft skills we’re discussing is communication skills, how to interact appropriately in a workplace, how to communicate their wants and needs and how to best be in a team environment- that’s really what we’re teaching here that’s what it’s all about,” said Shane McDonough, work experience coordinator for Green Bay East High School.
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NBC26.com: Local farmers is involved in providing nutritious meals for kids.
Farmers at Ledgeview Gardens, know the importance of fresh vegetables, “there’s way too much processed foods, in McDonalds being eaten, it’s just too easy everybody’s in a hurry, everyone’s trying to get six difference afternoon activities, and a lot of times food is what gets pushed off,” said Darren Vollmar, farmer and general manager.
Vollmar, said students should be eating healthy and take time to enjoy different foods.
“To us it’s more important to have a little bit of a slow down, especially when it comes to your food,” said Vollmar.
That’s why six years ago, the Green Bay area public school district and Vollmar agreed to work together to provide schools locally grown produce.
“Now that we are doing it and seeing it, the students are loving it, and loving the produce they’re like oh my gosh we see them at the farmers market this is so cool and eat this at my park program it’s super exciting,” said Amanda Britanyak, the GBSD food service assistant director.
2,000 students are served a meal over the summer, and it’s spread over 36 parks.
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Post Crescent: A student from Kimberly High School and another from Green Bay East High School were the big winners Saturday at the second-ever Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Travis Vandenberg, a senior at Kimberly, won Best Actor and Paige Neumeyer, a senior at Green Bay East, won Best Actress. They’ll both travel to New York City in June to represent Center Stage at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (aka the Jimmy Awards).
They will take part in intensive coaching and rehearsals before performing at the 25th annual show at the Minskoff Theatre. A panel of judges will then choose an actor and an actress to bestow with a Jimmy Award as the nation’s top performers.
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Green Bay Press-Gazette: October is a month that celebrates transformation, including leaves changing the landscape into a picturesque masterpiece and temperatures cooling from their summer peaks.
October also marks a celebration of a community transformation unfolding within our children’s schools — Farm to School.
Farm to School is a national movement that connects schools with local farmers to develop impactful relationships, contribute to a strong local economy and provide a greater sense of connection from farm to fork. When we teach our children where their food comes from, we shift the culture around food. Research shows this can have a profound effect on everything from academic success to mental well-being to the development of healthy, lifelong eating habits.
Live54218’s role in Farm to School began in 2012, when we convened a task force with nine school districts in Brown County. One of the first large-scale projects was the implementation of classroom lessons, with nutrition educators taking farm to school lessons into local schools. Along with classroom lessons, came a focus on school gardens and the involvement of Food Service staff in not only preparing produce grown in school gardens, but actively working on how to purchase and serve food grown by local farmers on school lunch trays.
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Green Bay Press Gazette: A new partnership between Green Bay schools and local colleges aims to get students thinking about and preparing sooner for higher education.
Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent of schools and learning, said the collaboration works at introducing the idea of college in elementary and middle schools and then incorporating more college-level courses in high schools. The goal is that, by 2023, all students graduating from the district will leave high school with a minimum of 15 college credits.
The initiative, Turbocharge with College Credit, involves Green Bay Area Public School District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Representatives from the institutions announced the program Thursday during an assembly at Washington Middle School.
Jeff Rafn, president of NWTC, proposed the idea in 2015. He said there are more than 100 opportunities to earn college credit while still working toward high school graduation.
“There truly is a variety of classes,” he said. “Some we (NWTC or UWGB instructors) will come into the schools to teach, or the schools will have a teacher of their own, who’s certified, teach our curriculum.”