Wellness Team Goals

  • To host a 5K Glow Run this spring
  • Taste test in the High School
  • Get more students involved with Cross Age teaching
  • Encourage all students to eat more healthy - more vegetables and less soda
  • Encourage all students (high school) to eat lunch everyday
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Wellness Team Members

Laurie Smith  |  Director

Elin Amundson  |  Ameri Corp Member

Mary Koopman  |  Volunteer

Cici Mueller  |  Volunteer

Kayla Bergan  |  Teacher

Nick Zieman  |  Teacher

Daryl Schultz  |  Teacher

Paula Enyart  |  Parent Volunteer

Students

Mason Smith

Hannah Lage

Jenna Schutte

Kolin Schnuelle

Kaitlyn Leiran

Cole Spain

Maddy Wahls

Sierra Gonzolez

Jade Lansing

Lakken Cox

Kevin Soy

Cole Walsh

Owen Jacobson

Nick Jacobs

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Postville Community Schools offer our K-6 grade students a fresh fruit or vegetable three days a week in the classroom. A variety of these foods are distributed to each classroom for our kids to enjoy and try new items. We also have a Pick a Better Snack program monthly that educates our students on healthy eating. They get to try a new food item each time as well. Postville is very fortunate to have these programs for our children.

News & Information

Local Parents Discuss School Meals and School Wellness

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Anne Blocker and Postville School Food Service Director Laurie Smith presented information on school wellness and school meals to a group of interested parents on Monday evening, March 3 at the Postville YMCA. The program was sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the Iowa Department of Education through a Team Nutrition educational grant.

During the workshop parents and school volunteers had the opportunity to sample new additions to the school lunch menus. The foods sampled included: Black bean salsa with tortilla chips, local Country View black cherry yogurt, homemade granola, Oodles of Noodles pasta with whole grain noodles and fresh broccoli salad. Smith shared with the group the changes the school has made in the menus in the recent years. She says, “Kids seem to really be enjoying the foods, including the extra fresh fruits and vegetables they receive. Our homemade bread is also a big hit.”

The school has been working with four other area schools through the Food and Fitness Initiative to develop a rotating menu system that incorporates locally grown foods into the school lunches. In Iowa, 78.5% of all students participate in the school lunch program. This program has undergone some changes in recent years with an emphasis on serving kids more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less trans fats.

Besides sampling new foods offered on the menus, participants had the opportunity to discuss ideas for promoting wellness in the Postville schools. Participants present who work with the school garden program shared that the Postville schools used over 2000 pounds of garden produce this past growing season. Parents are encouraged to contact Smith or others at the school if they’d like to become involved in making their school a healthier place.

Breakfast Improves Academic Success

Want to improve your child’s school attendance and test scores? The answer may lie in making sure they eat breakfast before starting the day. Studies show kids who eat breakfast score 17.5% higher on standard math tests, have fewer illness and improved classroom behavior.1,2

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Anne Blocker and Postville School Food Service Director, Laurie Smith shared information on the benefits of breakfast with a group of parents at the Postville YMCA on Monday, March 3rd. The program, supported through a Team Nutrition educational grant by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Department of Education, highlighted the effects of the school wellnss environment and breakfast on academic success.

According to Blocker, 62% of students skip breakfast at least once a week and 13% of students never eat breakfast at all.1 Across the state of Iowa, only 18.5% of students participate in the school breakfast program.

Smith shared that all students are eligible to participate in the school breakfast program.School breakfast can be a convenient way to get a child’s day off to a nutritionally balanced start. Breakfasts in the Postville school district cost $.95/meal. Free and reduced-priced breakfasts are also available. This all-important meal can improve a child’s concentration, behavior, attendance and test scores.

“Whether a child eats toast and eggs, a yogurt smoothie or a piece of cold pizza for their morning meal, the important thing is fueling the brain after a night of fasting,” says Blocker.School breakfast can be a great way for kids to get a nutritious meal if families are in a hurry, they have an early bus pick-up or a child participates in a before-school activity.School breakfast guidelines have also been updated to provide more whole grains and fresh fruits.Smith shared samples of homemade granola, fresh raspberries and local Country View yogurt. She stated that this was a favorite breakfast item among school kids. The group discussed ways to let people know about the great breakfast opportunities at the school.

  1. “The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Health School Environments.” GENYOUth Foundation; 2013.
  2. “The Learning Connection.” Action for Health Kids; 2013.
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October 23, 2017
  • B-Pancakes on a Stick

    October 23, 2017

    B-Pancakes on a Stick
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  • L-Baked Potato Bar

    October 23, 2017

    L-Baked Potato Bar
    Fresh Vegetables
    Apple Wedges

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October 24, 2017
  • B-Breakfast Bagels

    October 24, 2017

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  • L-Orange Chicken

    October 24, 2017

    L-Orange Chicken
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    Snap Peas
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October 25, 2017
  • B-Biscuits & Gravy

    October 25, 2017

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  • L-Chicken Alfredo

    October 25, 2017

    L-Chicken Alfredo
    Steamed Broccoli
    Texas Toast
    Berries

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October 26, 2017
  • B-Chocolate Muffin

    October 26, 2017

    B-Chocolate Muffin
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  • L-Goulash

    October 26, 2017

    L-Goulash
    Mixed Greens/Veggies
    School Made Bread
    Pineapple

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October 30, 2017
  • B-Cereal / Toast

    October 30, 2017

    B-Cereal / Toast
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  • L-Chicken Noodle Soup

    October 30, 2017

    L-Chicken Noodle Soup
    Cinnamon Rolls
    Carrots / Celery
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October 31, 2017
  • B-Witches Broomsticks

    October 31, 2017

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    Spooks / Goblin Juice
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  • L-Skelton Bones w Blood

    October 31, 2017

    L-Skelton Bones w Blood
    Pitchforks & Broomsticks
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    Haystacks
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    Corn / Cheese Sticks
    Yogurt Sticks
    Rice Krispie Bar)

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