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The week of May 4-10, 2008 has been particularly busy at campuses around San Marcos CISD, as special groups of educators and support staff have received tokens of appreciation from students and administrators for all their hard work for the district. This week has been Teacher Appreciation Week, and teachers district-wide have cherished handwritten poems, artwork, and other small gifts from their students. Campuses have provided special lunches, and other appreciative gestures. A select group of ten teachers-one from each campus chosen by their peers-will be honored Thursday night, May 8, at the Teachers of the Year banquet at the Activity Center. From that group will be announced the recipients of the SMCISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year award.

But there are also two very important campus support groups who were honored this week: the school nurses and the District’s Child Nutrition Department workers.

Wednesday, May 7, was National School Nurse Day, and the following campus nurses were honored district-wide for their excellent care provided to the children of the San Marcos community and surrounding area:

Bonham – Linda Jenkins, RN

Bowie – Vicki Wilson, RN

Crockett – Annalisa Mutchlechner, RN

De Zavala – Sylvia Murray, RN

Goodnight – Debra Burnett, RN

Arlene Mendoza, LVN

Hernandez – Rose Jaworski, RN

Miller – Lin Spatcher, RN

SMHS – Dyanna Eastwood, RN

Travis – Katrina Martin-Valenta, RN

This week was also Child Nutrition Employees week, and the department presented each worker with special camouflage tee shirts stamped SMCISD Child Nutrition Food Army. Associate Director Mike Boone reminds everyone that the purpose of the Child Nutrition Services is to contribute to a student’s learning experience by providing quality nutritious meals each school day to the district’s students and faculty in accordance with the National School Lunch, Breakfast, and After School Snack programs. He says, “This ensures that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and wellness. In addition, the Child Nutrition Department provides these children with learning experiences that will improve their eating habits.”

The SMCISD Child Nutrition Department has a staff of 76 persons. In one year’s time, they have served 1,1001,937 lunches and 365,418 breakfasts.

Public Information Officer

Photos from Child Nutrition Department

Sandra Pinales, Lupe Villanueva, & Maria Tello / Mary Alice Rodriguez & Teresa Alonzo (back)

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