School Health Advisory Committee
What is the School Health Advisory Committee?
This group focuses on student, staff and community related health issues.
We serve as the District's Wellness Committee and review and recommend health related curriculum.
All meetings are open to the public and we welcome your input.
Please contact Beth McCool at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- SHAC Committee Members 2021-22
- 2021-22 Meeting Minutes & Agendas
- 2020-21 Meeting Minutes & Agendas
- Health & Mental Health Resources
- Other Resources
Darlene Baker, P.H. High School Parent
Wylda Cafferata, P.H. School Board Member / Community member
Kathy Faber, Community Member / Nurse Practitioner
Jolene Hill, P.H. Middle School Counselor
Paul Kaplan, Physician / P.H. Community Member
Scott Linenberger, P.H. Superintendent
Beth McCool, P.H. High School Teacher / Health Coordinator
Timothy Meinzen, P.H. High School Teacher / Publications Administrator
Stacy Paszkiet, P.H. High School Teacher / Coach
Ellen Pavlosek, P.H. Parent
Cheryl Ruiz, P.H. High School Counselor
Devery Stoneberg, P.H. Elementary Principal
Whitney Connolly, P.H. Special Education Director
Sarah Lenhart, P.H. Elementary Parent
Heather Woodard, P.H. Elementary Parent
Nicola Shaddon, P.H. Elementary Teacher
Quick summary of 2020-2021 accomplishments
Overview of the ELRod Center (new prevention program to assist with mental illness for PH students)- Marian Stiegeler
2021/2022 Goals... the role of SHAC during COVID times
Set next meeting date and close with a picture outside together with the banner
Happy Summer! ☼ (almost :) )
I wanted to let you know that we will be taking a picture and celebrating our School Wellness Award in the Fall at our first SHAC meeting. I hope to meet in person in September after school gets started. I will send out an email in August to check on dates so we can get started for the new school year.
I look forward to our first meeting in the fall and I hope you have a wonderful, healthy Summer with family and friends!
I leave you with a few email notes from the committee who read over our application:
"The applications submitted all demonstrated exemplary implementation of school wellness policies but Pleasant Hill High School went beyond the requirements and demonstrated that your school is making a difference for Oregon students and helping to prepare students to make life-long healthy food and physical activity choices.
Pleasant Hill High School serves as an example for the entire state and you should be very proud of your efforts. I hope you continue to demonstrate innovation and creativity in implementing components of health and wellness in the future. "
-Michelle Lincoln ODE Office of Child Nutrition
"Congratulations on receiving one of the 2021 School Wellness Awards! The wellness work at Pleasant Hill High School is outstanding and serves as an example for the entire state.
Please share this accomplishment with your school community and celebrate this honor through press releases to local publications, social media, newsletters for staff and families, etc. The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council will also be sharing your work through their channels. If you have any photos, quotes or additional successes you would like us to share in our networks, please send them. Also, if you would like to collaborate on a short video to post, please let me know. This could be a new way of highlighting your work since in previous years, schools held school-wide assemblies for recognition. The award plaque, a banner and a check for $2,500 will each be sent... Again, congratulations! Your innovation and creativity will help improve student and staff health and well-being now as well as in the future."
-Crista Hawkins Director of Youth Wellness, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council
I received a phone call yesterday afternoon that our district was awarded the ODE Wellness Award!! The committee was impressed with what SHAC and our district have been doing to help promote wellness preCOVID and this past year at a distance, especially around mental health and nutrition. The committee highlighted the use of outside equipment provided for students and community members, the connection/check-in our food staff provided when handing out food, outside workouts for students by volunteer coach time, Friday Fun Day Zooms, bringing in the service dogs for students and having a SHAC team. Good job everyone!!
They are mailing our check, $2500, a banner and a plaque/trophy today. The funds do not come with strict guidelines or paperwork needed in return when spending the money, just that SHAC continues to promote wellness for students and the community with the funds. They have asked us to send a picture of the SHAC team with the banner (and any other images) to celebrate with us on their social media sites. I will send out another email when we receive the items to set up a quick outside picture together ☺
It will be exciting to start off in the fall planning the use of these funds.☺
Thank you again!
I hope our SHAC team is happy and well!
I wanted to send a quick update...
- 2020 Oregon Student Health Surveys have been administered and completed. We will have the opportunity to review the data together (hopefully) in the Fall. We had a smaller participation group this year due to distant learning when they were given, but positive feedback from staff and students.
- School Wellness Award application was submitted in January and we continue to wait for the results.
- Wylda Cafferata reported SHAC update information to the school board on our behalf this month. She also requested SHAC funds be included in the budget in the upcoming school year 2021-22. Policy did not allow us to "roll over" our funds from this year into next year, but we were encouraged to hear that SHAC would be included in the budget again next year. Thank you Wylda for your advocacy and volunteering as our spokes person!
- Sue Doe was able to put the equipment out that SHAC purchased last year for the outside basketball/tennis courts at the High School. We had to wait for the "okay" to set them out due to the pandemic. I have attached a few pictures ☺. Thank you Sue!!
- 2020 Oregon Student Health Survey extended the dates into Spring of 2021, so we moved administration dates to March 1st-April 2nd hoping we could deliver the survey in-person at the school. I attended a webinar for both remote administration and in-person administration to be on the safe side.
- Health Curriculum continues to be taught at all grades with the Elementary using The Great Body Shop and MS/HS using the online curr. Shmoop.
- PH Staff attended a second Suicide Prevention Training last Monday with good resources. (addressed all age levels)
- School Wellness Award: We received an email reply on our application that I have copied below. Lisa Jones emailed and talked to Michelle Lincoln on the phone to get clarification on the issue with the menu for future reference (and she has to submit menus for other grants with FFA, etc so she wanted to make sure we were in compliance. Our school lunch program was recently audited and passed with flying colors, so we were confused on the denial).
I hope you, your family, and your school community have been doing well during these challenging times. We are starting the work of revisiting the School Wellness Awards from earlier this year. We want to take a minute to thank you for your submission. We don't usually receive many high school applications so we were excited to receive yours. Also, we would like to express how encouraging it was to read about the outstanding work your high school is doing to emphasize wellness.
Here are some points the committee was impressed with:
- Well-rounded application: SEL, mental health, physical activity
- Elementary/primary running club to increase track participation/inclusion
- Sustainability focus, school board monitoring
- Review of Health Ed curriculum for inclusion of vaping education
Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that due to the fact that the submitted menu planner was incomplete, we were not able to consider your application further for the award. That being said, in light of the current challenges schools are facing, we will not be requiring the menu planner as part of this year's application. We highly encourage you to apply when the application becomes available. We cannot thank you enough for all the amazing work you are doing and we appreciate your wellness efforts. If you have any other questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Have a wonderful day!
Oregon achieves . . . together!
Michelle Lincoln , Administrative Assistant
Office of Child Nutrition, Research, Accountability,
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Work 503-947-5889 | Cell 503-510-7402
We received an email response regarding the menu from Michelle Lincoln:
My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have reached out to the Specialist who originally reviewed them and I'm waiting to hear back.
The good news... This year we will not be requiring the menu productions records as part of the required documentation. The application has also been updated to reflect our current circumstances. We hope this will create an opportunity for schools to highlight some of the amazing work they have been doing amid all the changes we have faced this year.
We will be hosting a webinar on this Thursday at 2:00 with an overview of the application process, the changes, and have time for Q&A from potential applicants. If you would like to attend, here is the registration link.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 2:00PM- 2:30PM
As soon as I hear back regarding your initial inquiry I will let you know.
My question to the SHAC team is do we want to apply again this year? Lisa and I have agreed to attend the webinar tomorrow to see what is involved and we will get back to you with more information.
Please be thinking about the grant possibility and how SHAC can play a role in our community at this time. Maybe everyone is overwhelmed and have a lot on your plate right now as it is? No response to the email I sent back in October was a good indicator, totally understand. ☺
Looking forward to hearing back from you with any ideas of how SHAC could help or even "this is too much for me right now" to get a measure of how everyone is feeling right now.
Thank you again for your help and commitment to WELLNESS!
- Our district will be participating in the 2020 Oregon Student Health Survey this year in grades 6th, 8th, and 11th. This survey will replace our past surveys by combining the Oregon Wellness Survey and Oregon Healthy Teen Survey. It looks great and I'm glad there will only be one survey now, a little harder to compare data the first couple of years, but we will figure it out. The survey window for our school is the end of February thru middle of March and a parent letter will be sent home.
- Students are participating in Health classes online. Grade 7 and 8 are using SHMOOP curr. program in their PE classes and 6th grade is using our newer text book curr we have used in the past, in PE as well. Upper grades have their Health 1 and 2 as usual. Checking in with staff at the Elementary level at this time for health update...
- Staff is meeting regularly in teams to address student needs outside of academics (and academic, of course) to discuss what can be done to help connect with the student and their families. A big emphasis weekly of how we can help students that are struggling (type of CARE Team meetings per grade level after Admin and Counselors have met as well)
- HS Staff all participated in a workshop to review information from selected staff who attended the ASIST Suicide Prevention Training this year. Grace L'Orange is working with Devery to have a training with Elementary staff soon. They are working on adapting things to the elementary population, especially the younger ones.
- Email was sent to Michelle Lincoln at ODE who was in charge of the School Wellness Award Application we submitted last Fall. Waiting to hear back on the status of the process now that the review and announcement of the funds were disrupted last March.