Wellness Coordinator Kalise Horst shared highlights from the past year, noting staff gave the District's wellness efforts high marks on this year's School Perceptions' climate survey, at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, June 24.
Horst, who used to also teach physical education at Glacier Creek, thanked the Board for allowing her to completely focus on wellness this past school year. She believes the benefits to students and staff are huge.
"We want to take care of our people so they can take care of themselves and our students,'' she said.
Horst reviewed wellness events held to bring the District together and improve culture. She also noted some language in District policies was adjusted to make sure it included students and staff. She also was particularly proud of the makeover she did to the MHS lounge over spring break.
"It was awesome to hear the positive comments from staff afterwards,'' Horst said.
Horst noted Betsy Delzer offered yoga to older students and staff members at the DSC and wants to provide more offerings in the fall. They are also working with the Park and Recreation Departments with the City of Middleton and Village of Cross Plains to provide more access and more offerings.
She was excited about starting a walking school bus at Sauk Trail and hopes to add it at other elementary schools. The idea is to make regular stops near a school and walk with the students to school. She said the program builds relationships besides the benefits of walking.
Horst also noted the Farm to School program will shift a bit, including more local meals. The goal is to have a local meal one week at MHS, the next week at the middle schools and the next week at the elementary schools and repeat every month.
MCPASD was one of four state districts featured for best practices in a magazine developed by the Wisconsin Health Atlas. Horst also said the District wellness policy is 40 percent above state average.