Principals are among the hardest working yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication and determination that provide the mobilizing force behind any school reform effort. October is National Principals Month, and the Garfield School District Re-2 would like to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.
Todd Ellis (Rifle High School), David Morgan (Coal Ridge High School), Kevin Marlatt (Rifle Middle School), Lacey Moser (Riverside Middle School), Desha Bierbaum (Wamsley Elementary), Heather Matthews (Graham Mesa Elementary), Alan Dillon (Highland Elementary), Lisa Whitmore (Cactus Valley Elementary), Kenny Newby (Elk Creek Elementary) and Dave Lindenberg (Kathryn Senor Elementary) love what they do and enjoy the many opportunities to share in the learning journeys of the children in their schools.
"Principals are not only the educational leaders in their buildings, they are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning, and they personally matter to every student that walks through the schoolhouse door," said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Susan Birdsey. "National Principals Month gives us the opportunity to stop and reflect on the incredible impact principals have on the children of our nation."
Thank you, principals of Garfield School District Re-2, across the valley, the state and the nation for your hard work and dedication to our students.
October 15-19 is National School Lunch week.
Over the last several years, the Garfield School District Re-2 Nutritional Services Department has become a leader in Colorado because of its foresight in improving the nutritional content of school lunches.
In Garfield Re-2 almost all food is made from scratch. Processed foods have been nearly eliminated, all breads are whole grain and chocolate milk is no longer served.
"We have some of the most dedicated nutritional services workers in the state," said Birdsey. "They are creative and focused upon providing nutritional food for our students so they can perform their best in the classroom, every day."
Last year, the Garfield School District Re-2 Nutritional Services department successfully introduced breakfast in the classrooms at two of our schools and served more than 1,900 kids this summer in the summer feed program on top of the nearly 2,000 lunches that they provide daily for our students.
Nationally, nutrition services departments serve more than 31 million children every school day, through the federally funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP), providing nutritionally balanced, healthy meals. The program, which has been serving the nation's children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet the USDA's new nutrition standards by:
• Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
• Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
• Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
• Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and
• Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
Thank you Garfield Nutritional Services Re-2 staff, for providing our students healthy school lunches every day.
Theresa Hamilton is director of districtwide services for Re-2.