Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health – 2001-2002 Cash Award Winners


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Excellence Awards

Comal Elementary, Comal ISD - First Aid, CPR and Babysitter Certification

Lubbock-Cooper ISD - LCISD Crisis Response Plan

Mesita Elementary, El Paso ISD - "Spot Light Health" Fittest Class Program

Outstanding Awards

Alamo Achievement Center, San Antonio ISD - Alamo Drug Education

Bradfield Elementary, Garland ISD - The Clean Hands Club

Garland ISD - "Teach to Reach, Reach to Teach"

Gladys Polk Elementary, Brazosport ISD - Little Lifesavers

Hairgrove Elementary - ( TUBS) Teach Us Body Sense

Park Crest Elementary, Garland ISD - Lay Lice to Rest


Excellence Awards

Brownfield Middle School, Brownfield ISD - "Hand in Hand" Program (previous winner)

Irion County ISD - W.O.W. - Working on Wellness (previous winner)

Wichita Falls ISD - CPR Program

Outstanding Awards

American Youth Works - Creating Better Healthcare Consumers (previous winner)

Lozano S.E. School, Corpus Christi ISD - Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (previous winner)

West Orange-Cove CISD - "Piecing Together Healthy Lives" Employee Wellness

Descriptions of Winning Programs

Comal Elementary, Comal ISD
First Aid, CPR and Babysitter Certification

Principal : Mike McFalls
Superintendent : Dr. Jim Grunert

The program's purpose is to equip 4th, 5th and 6th grade students with the information and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and implement basic care for injuries and illnesses. In addition, students will be given the tools for providing safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or guardians. While participating in this program, the students will develop skills in leadership, responsibility, safety, safe play, basic care, and first aid.

For more info contact: Patrice Chauret, School Nurse : (830) 221-2250

Lubbock-Cooper ISD
LCISD - Crisis Response Plan

Superintendent : Pat Henderson

LCISD wanted to develop a crisis plan that addressed all staff, departments and all crisis scenarios. We wanted it simple, preferably a one-page flow sheet, available in all classrooms and work areas. We also wanted to track our injured, absent, or missing students with minimal error and develop a system that would activate "teacher" bus drivers and crisis responders from all campuses quickly. By attending workshops and contacting other districts, we were able to develop departmental flow charts that outlined responsibilities and accountabilities. The district staff was in-serviced at staff developments and individual campus meetings. After using the new crisis format, under multiple scenarios, and working out program areas, we started planning with community emergency services, parents, and students… A MOCK DRILL. The scenario was a gas leak on our Intermediate campus resulting in an explosion and fire, injuring students and forcing an evacuation of the entire campus. All emergency service vehicles would respond, testing our traffic control and command post communication skills. High school students were "injured students" actors testing our Crisis Responders triage, first aid, and tracking skills. Parents acted out "media" and "anxious parent" roles to test our tracking, crowd control, and communication capabilities. All campuses would be tested in this ability to relieve designated personnel from their teacher duties to their "evacuation" and "triage" crisis roles. We were expecting controlled chaos but got a win-win situation by instilling confidence in our staff and trust in the community.

For more info contact: Pat Coleman, R.N.: (806) 863-2282

Mesita Elementary, El Paso ISD
"Spot Light on Health" The Fittest Class Program

Principal : Laila R. Ferris
Superintendent : Dr. Gilberto Anzaldua

The Mesita Elementary "Spotlight on Health" Fittest Class Program was developed to integrate all aspects of healthy living into one campaign. The campaign complements all other efforts in the classroom, in Physical Education and in the cafeteria. Grades have their special month to compete as classes and teachers, parents and students team together to vie for the honor of being the fittest class for that month. The strongest element of the program is the parent involvement. All communication elements are used to convey healthful messages during the campaign so that the whole school is being made aware. The local university and feeder high school have become involved in supporting the program as well as the PTA and administration. Participation is the key of this contest so that those who participate are also recognized as super stars. Each month the program culminates in a Family Day to highlight the events of the past month. The results have shown positive changes in diet, exercise, and awareness on the part of all involved. This program is in its second year by popular demand of teachers, students and parents.

For more info contact: Rita Hadersbeck: (915) 496-8180

Alamo Achievement Center, San Antonio ISD
Alamo Drug Education

Principal : Joseph Zatarain
Superintendent : Ruben Olivares

Alamo Achievement Center, an inner city alternative high school for San Antonio ISD, consists of a punitive, short-term alternative program, which comprises 75% of the student population, and a therapeutic, long-term separate Special Education program for severely emotionally disturbed students. The eight high schools of SAISD refer students to both programs, so the population is representative of the school district as a whole.

60% of the students are placed for being under the influence of or in possession of marijuana or controlled substances, dangerous drugs, or alcohol. Students are also referred for behavior problems that may be related to substance use or abuse. Failure, absenteeism, graffiti, assault, weapons, classroom disruption and other behaviors are also reasons for placement.

With the challenge of identifying, assessing, and intervening with AEP students within their short-term placement (40-60 days), a drug education program was designed with innovative learning strategies to identify dangers related to use and abuse and reduce the use of substances by participants. Monthly parent meetings have included discussions and drug education. Through campus and district measures to make the school safe and drug-free, a comprehensive drug education and guidance program was identified as needed.

With the addition of this program, we expect to see a 50% reduction in the number of revisits for drug offenses and a reduction in the incidence of drug overdoses. A positive consequence to impacting the drug problems would be improved attendance and behavior and academic progress.

For more info contact: Joyce Demski, M.S.N., R.N.: (210) 227-3600

Bradfield Elementary, Garland ISD
The Clean Hands Club

Principal : Dr. Patricia Bredegg
Superintendent : Curtis Culwell

The Clean Hands Club was created by school nurse Renee Kotsopoulos at Bradfield Elementary after realizing a need for supplemental health curriculum. According to TEA, Bradfield has a high percentage of students who are socio-economically disadvantaged. Bradfield is considered a Title 1 campus or At-Risk. When children became ill and were recommended to see a doctor, the answer from parents was lack of money, insurance, a language barrier, or lack of social security numbers. Having all of these barriers in place, Nurse K set forth and sough resources from the American Red Cross, Proctor and Gamble, and campus principal to alleviate the problem. According to CDC, hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective measure for preventing nosocomial infection. The Clean Hands Club addresses the issue of prevention of illness. Use of videos, follow up quizzes, coloring activities, and daily classroom reminders has helped meet the objective. Nurse K teaches handwashing techniques, germs- how they make us sick and how that are spread, prevention techniques, and if you do become ill- how to help yourself get better. Each curriculum lesson is age and grade level appropriate. Results after one year of the implementation of the Clean Hands Club has showed a 30% decrease in clinic referrals resulting in absenteeism and lost instructional time.

For more info contact: Renee Kotsopoulos, RN, Bradfield Elementary:
(972) 494-8303

Garland I.S.D.
Teach to Reach, Reach to Teach

Superintendent: Dr. Curtis Culwell

In the tradition of our motto "Teach to Reach… Reach to Teach." The Bilingual/ESL Department of the Garland ISD created the Bilingual/ESL Onsite Clinic for the 2000-2001 school year. The clinic's purpose is to assist the district in meeting the health needs of the Bilingual/ESL population, understanding that the ability to learn at school is directly related to the student's health status.

In order to meet the health needs of the immigrant population, it was necessary to form partnerships with the Garland Health Department, Baylor Garland Hospital, and Parkland Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC). With the collaboration of these organizations, this program has been able to conduct quarterly community outreach clinics, weekly immunization clinics, preventative educational healthcare programs, and district-wide medical insurance (CHIP) drives. Impact continues to be realized through a relentless focus on the promotion of healthy living styles and the prevention of illness. Among other results, this program was able to immunize 1157 children between August, 2000 and May, 2001. As of today, the number of immunized children has grown to 1205. Removing health-related barriers to the learning and teaching process is the result of this partnership that teaches to reach through example and reaches to teach through practice.

For more info, contact: Zela Daniel, RN, Bilingual/ESL Nurse Specialist: (972) 494-8585

Gladys Polk Elementary, Brazosport ISD
Little Lifesavers

Superintendent: Rudy Okruhlik
Principal: Cindy Deska

Objectives for Little Lifesavers are to:

1) Provide fifth grade students with a familiarization of the In-School CPR Program provided by the American Heart Association
2) Challenge these fifth graders to be able to pass the skills test and the written exam.

Activities we used to obtain the objectives included using the students' thirty minutes of P.E. class to show the video and perform hands on skills training in adult, child and infant CPR and choking. 46 of the 78 students taking the program passed.

For more info, contact: Marjorie Berry, Phys. Ed. Instructor: (979) 265-1851

Hairgrove Elementary, Cypress Fairbanks ISD
TUBS - Teach Us Body Sense

Principal : Sandy Oliver
Superintendent : Rick Berry

Teach Us Body Sense (TUBS) is a health education program for primary students. This program is based on a model used by the Brandywine School District in Wilmington, Deleware and proven to be effective in incorporating and supplementing health education in the elementary school curriculum. The objective is to provide teachers with additional resources to enrich the health curriculum and implement the Health TEKS requirements. The program combines the use of children's literature, supported by other teaching elements such as videos, models, games, and puzzles to teach health. The goal is for the students to acquire vital health information that will help them make healthy choices and assume responsibility for their health.

For more info contact: Cindy Leins: (713) 896-5022

Park Crest Elementary, Garland ISD
Lay Lice to Rest

Principal : Donald Drummond
Superintendent : Curtis Culwell

Lay Lice to Rest is a program which was developed to reduce the incidence of head lice transmission within the elementary school community, aid in reducing time lost from school due to head lice, and to preserve the self-esteem of those students afflicted with head lice.

To obtain these objectives, written information is distributed, new "naptime" rules and regulations have been implemented, disinfectant procedures were established, and required supplies are made easily obtainable.

The program results have been very positive. This year, in comparison to the 2000/2001 school year, the occurrences of head lice have decreased by approximately 60%.

For more info contact: Donna Bolden, RN: (972) 926-2571

Brownfield Middle School, Brownfield ISD
Hand in Hand Program

Principal : Carey White
Superintendent : Charles Harrison

A program called "Hand in Hand" is a fitness and communication program that was developed with the joint effort of the Terry County Extension office and the Brownfield Middle School. It is a summer program that has been used for two years to create a positive family relationship and help ease the transition from the elementary school to our middle school.

During the 2001-2002 school year, Brownfield Middle School has developed other programs to educate our students about the importance of making healthy choices about their future. Also, we have tried to provide an environment that promotes good character traits. Our "Character Counts" program is taught on a daily basis to all students. Through the support of our administration, we have been able to bring in creative speakers who have been able to teach our students the importance of making healthy decisions.

Brownfield Middle School has achieved and maintained a "zero" pregnancy rate during this school year. We are not aware of any STD cases, although this type of information can be kept confidential. We believe that as we continue to educate our students, we will have continued success.

For more info contact: Carey White, Principal: (806)-637-7521

Irion County ISD
W.O.W. - Working on Wellness

Superintendent : Steve Peters

At Irion County ISD, we are continuing our W.O.W. (Working on Wellness) projects this year. We have successfully used our School Health Advisory Council and the results of the Texas School Health Index completed last year to guide us through the program planning process.

Our objectives remain focused on wellness activities and involvement of all stakeholders - students, faculty, parents and community members. However, the results of our Health Index Survey indicated a need to place an even greater emphasis on Module 2 - Health Education and Module 6 - School Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services. To determine specific curriculum concerns, the school nurse, school counselor, classroom teachers, health teachers, and physical education teachers were surveyed regarding the implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for health at each grade level. The members of the School Health Advisory Council used the results of the survey to evaluate past activities for continuation or expansion and to determine new programs to be added.

Continued programs include staff development opportunities, the RECESS program, support of fun, healthy activities, a variety of Safe and Drug Free Schools initiatives, and utilization of outside resources. New initiatives include the immunization program, Acanthosis Nigricans screening, Bacterial Meningitis, information, and counseling and services provided through the Institute of Cognitive Development.

At the completion of the school year, we will once again look at the Module 2 and Module 6 evaluation statements. Due to our active SHAC and funds from the Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health and other sources, we expect to improve our ratings on the modules by 25% or more. With so many activities taking place, it is easy to see why we continue to say, "W.O.W.!… we are working on wellness!"

For more info contact: Brenda Mendiola: (915) 835-2151

Wichita Falls ISD
CPR Program

Superintendent : Dr. Connie Welsh

The Wichita Falls Independent School District (WISD) is ahead of the curve in implementing House Bill 821 requiring instruction in the principles and techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at least once in the ninth grade or above. Our CPR Program has been in effect for twenty years and is unique in the fact that we have converted an old driver's education simulator trailer house into a mobile CPR unit that services all students in our three local high schools. As well as coaches, trainers, and teaching personnel. The objective of our CPR Program is to provide the best emergency action response training available for the students and staff of the WFISD. In order to prepare them for life threatening emergencies, teaching CPR skills will enable them to save lives when every minute counts.

For more info contact: Kathy Baldwin, WFISD CPR Coordinator:
(940) 720-3216 ext. 230

American Youth Works Charter School, Austin, Travis County-Creating Better Healthcare Consumers

Principal : Connie Gooding
Asst. Superintendent : Rebecca Benz

"Creating Better Healthcare Consumers" is a program of the American Youth Works (AYW) Charter School, which began in January 2001. AYW is a public, non-profit charter school providing free high school education and diploma for youth ages 16-21 in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. Most of the youth attending our school have already "dropped out" of another high school, and this is a "second chance" school for them. The objective of "Creating Better Healthcare Consumers" is to create an individualized health plan for each new student at the school, to instruct the student on how to utilize and access the healthcare system as they transition into adulthood, and to ultimately improve each student's overall health and access to healthcare. A comprehensive individual needs assessment is administered by a trained health educator and a peer youth health assistant to each new student who enrolls in our school at the time the student has their vision and hearing tested. The educators then create with the student an individualized health plan, including info on how to appropriately access their own health insurance. Appropriate referrals are then made to specific programs, which might include the AYW counseling team; our low-cost on-site school-based medical clinic; HIV testing; family planning services; medical providers covered by health insurance; or other health services deemed necessary for that student. Parental involvement is encouraged; prevention of disease and individual wellness are stressed. Outcomes are measured by an increase in the number of visits to the on-site school-based medical clinic, HIV testing and immunization services; a decrease in the number of "no-shows" for health center services; by an increase in the number of youth who accessed all health center services; and by improved individual health of the student.

For more info contact: Jeff Wagers: (512)-472-8220

Lozano Special Emphasis School, Corpus Christi ISD Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Principal : Faye Webb
Asst. Superintendent: Dr. Jesus Chavez

During 1999, the staff of Lozano School, a predominantly Latino school, was alerted to the problems of obese children being at risk for adult diabetes. We saw an increase in the number of hours students watched T.V. and played video games, and a decrease in outdoor play and exercise endurance in individual activities and team sports. The home-school connection was closer in elementary than in the middle school so this was the place to start the fight against diabetes. Our battle began last year and we continue the fight with even more resolve. First, we created an awareness of the higher than average occurrence of diabetes in people of color. Second, the staff, parents, students and community took charge of the problem at school and at home to reduce the risks for occurrence of diabetes. Third, we provide comprehensive screening of students, training for students and families, and an awareness of the resources available to families even if they don't have health insurance or public assistance. Through community collaboration, we have been able to provide information and training for staff, parents and students. Our P.E. program focuses on greater physical activity and increasing endurance and we rigorously follow a screening procedure.

With the tragedy of September 11, our campus understood that our vision for wellness must go beyond our school and community. We came to the realization that despite our students' limited financial resources we must give back to the community. The challenge for us was to be creative and resourceful. Our children learned that it is imperative to give for immediate relief and long-term medical research. Working as a team we have met the challenge and exceeded our expectations.

For more info contact: Raquel Alcocer: (361) 886-9327

West Orange-Cove CISD
"Piecing Together Healthy Lives" Employee Health & Wellness Program

Superintendent: Andrew Hayes

West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District is encouraging healthy life styles throughout the district. We are leading the way in school health by promoting health and wellness activities. The district is investing not only in the lives of the employees, but the students and community as well. The theme for the Employee Health and Wellness Program is "Piecing Together Healthy Lives." Our WOCCISD Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, School Health Advisory Council, the employees of the district, our community, and a network of organizations supply some of the pieces of the puzzle. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of not only individuals, but in the lives of our community as a whole. As a result of this program many lives are being impacted and changed. We start our year with an Employee Health Fair as part of our staff development. Through our Health Fair we have had over 50 different health problems identified that were not previously known. These range from high blood pressure, diabetes, hearing loss and vision loss to name a few. It is often said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If this is the case, then the district saved a lot of pounds. We accomplish this through a variety of activities throughout the school year. Then each month a topic is selected to promote health and wellness. Healthier staff could mean fewer insurance claims, but more than that, it means the best qualified individuals are on the job working, setting an example, providing a safe educating environment for all those involved.

For more info contact: Kelly Meadows, RN, District Nurse Coordinator:
(409) 882-5605

Last updated November 12, 2010