By Wren Morgan
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and I have a cupboard with medications that have been brought to school this year. All medications at the elementary level must be picked up by an adult/guardian/adult-designee by Wednesday, May 31st.
Regrettably, ALL medications will be discarded if not claimed by a parent or adult guardian or designee.
ANY MEDICATIONS LEFT AT SCHOOL AFTER OUR LAST DAY WILL BE PROPERLY DISPOSED OF AS WE CAN NOT STORE ANY MEDICATIONS OVER THE SUMMER FOR SECURITY REASONS.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter and have a happy, safe summer!!
Teresa Wright, School Nurse
Chronic absence is defined as missing 10% or more of school for any reason. That’s about 18 days/yr or two days/month. By 6th grade chronic absence is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of school. By 9th grade, it becomes a better predictor of dropout rates than test scores. Attendance Works estimates that between 5 million and 7.5 million US students miss nearly a month of school each year.
The CDC in 2009 reported 40% of children ages 5-17 years missed 3 or more school days in the past year. Poor attendance affects achievement, graduation rates, and socio-emotional factors like grit and perseverance, research shows. Since school nursing began in 1904 with Lillian Wald, nurses help to reduce absenteeism. And a study by Pennington in 2008 showed that school nurses attended to 64% of a given student population and returned 95% to class whereas non-licensed staff attended to 36% of a student population and sent 82% back to class.
On grit and perseverance:
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?”, Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”
Michael Jordan says, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”
New study recommends school concession stands be included as part of healthy diet programs.
Researchers at Cornell University have found that students appreciate healthy food options offered at sporting event concession stands.
In a 2014 study, conducted by Cornell University and the University of Iowa, researchers found that when given the option, students chose healthier foods when they were made available at school concession stands.
"We found that an average of 77 percent of students purchased healthier foods when they were available and that revenue also increased when a variety of healthy items were available," Brian Wansink, Ph.D., professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and co-author of the study, said. "This is a game changer for both schools and healthier students."
For the study, researchers worked with a booster club president at a large high school to add healthier items to the menu and found that by adding eight new healthy options from the USDA Smart Snacks guidelines increased concession stand sales by 9 percent and overall sales by 4 percent.