March 2013


Preparing South Dakota Students for Success

The South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) has identified four key student outcomes for achieving the overall aspiration that all students should leave the K-12 system college, career and life ready.

The outcomes are:
1. All students will enter 4th grade proficient or advanced in reading.
2. All students will enter 9th grade proficient or advanced in math.
3. The gap for Native American students is eliminated.
4. Students graduate high school ready for postsecondary or the workforce.

Underlying the outcomes are vital support systems that lay the groundwork for student success.
• High quality standards and instruction
• Effective teachers and leaders
• Environment conducive to learning
• Families that are engaged

To learn more about the DOE goals and aspirations go to

Model Wellness Policy Language for Water Access in Schools

With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), federal law now requires schools to make fresh drinking water available during mealtimes in school food service areas at no cost to students. By providing drinking water as an alternative to soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, schools can promote children’s health overall and play an important role in the fight against childhood obesity.

The National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) has created a set of model goals and actions for schools to incorporate into their wellness policies to help promote access to free, safe drinking water. The language is designed to be tailored to the needs of an individual school district or local educational agency.

CDC Releases Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A Policy Analysis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted an analysis of state laws and policies (as of October 1, 2010) to determine how closely state competitive food policies align with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools.

The Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A Policy Analysis report provides a snapshot of policies for competitive foods in schools in 39 states. Key findings of the report, as of October 1, 2010 are:

• 39 states have a state law, regulation or policy related to the sale or availability of competitive foods and beverages in schools
• No state policy fully aligned with all IOM standards
• The majority of policies were in the lower quartiles of alignment
• In general, state policies for competitive foods and beverages for elementary school were more aligned with IOM standards compared with policies for middle and high school

The policy analysis report can be used to help support the implementation of evidence-based recommendations from the 2011 CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

Comment Period Open on Proposed Federal Regulation Regarding Food Sold in School

The US Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School was published in the Federal Register on February 8, 2013.

The proposed rules should be reviewed by school administrators, business offices, boards, food service, teachers, and the community. Students may also want to review this since they are the consumers. The comment period is 60 days – until April 9, 2013. The proposed rule includes addresses to submit comments by mail or through thr Federal eRulemaking Portal at!home;tab=search.

The official name of this proposed rule is National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Proposed Rule.

Leveling the Playing Field for Students with Disabilities

A new directive from the United States Department of Education mandated that all high schools offer sports programs for disabled students . This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities who, according to a 2012 government study, are most often at greater risk of being sedentary.

"Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement announcing the mandate. (


2013 Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grants

The 2013 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Request for Proposal is now available.

Local educational agencies and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for the grants in order to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards.

For more information about the PEP grants contact Carlette Kyser Pegram, at (202) 245-7871 or email at

Farm to School Grants

The USFS Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has three types of grant funds (available on a competitive basis and subject to availability of federal funds) to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The request for applications is posted on USDA’s Farm to School website and available at

The three types of grants are:
• Planning grants
• Implementation grants
• Supportive Service grants

For all three types of grants, the applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the total project cost. Authorizing language also states that as a condition of receiving a farm to school grant, each grant recipient shall cooperate in an evaluation of the program.

Three webinars will be offered so that applicants can learn more about this grant opportunity. Information on how to access the webinars is available on the Farm to School website and will be distributed via the Farm to School E-Letter.
• March 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST – Planning Grants
• March 6, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST – Implementation Grants
• March 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST – Support Service Grants


SPARK Physical Education All-Digital Curriculum Sets

SPARK PE now has a complete program (e-manual, music, videos, assessment tools, bilingual skill and task cards, everything a person needs to teach SPARK) online at With just a password, one can save the content to their computer, download it to their iPad, tablet, or smart phone, or just print and use it whenever one wants. Click on the grade level to see the curriculum set options and details for purchasing.

Early Childhood Curriculum (
K-2 PE Curriculum (
3-6 PE Curriculum (
Middle and High School PE (
After School program (

Strategies for Improving the Quality of Physical Education

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s document Strategies for Improving the Quality of Physical Education outlines 2 key strategies for increasing the amount of time that students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity while in physical education class.

These key strategies are:
1. Implement a well-designed curriculum.
2. Provide teachers with appropriate training and supervision.

Establishing and implementing high-quality physical education programs can provide students with the appropriate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to be physically active for life.

NASPE Presents Physical Education Infographic

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is pleased to share their first Physical Education Infographic. The information comes from NASPE’s recently released 2012 Shape of the Nation Report on the status of physical education in the U.S.

Share with others by heading to NASPE’s website to download and print the PDF version, as well as to directly upload the jpg image to share via social media.

New Website Improves the Health of School Foods

The National Education Association's Health Information Network, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched a new website,, to support the network's Healthier School Food Advocacy Project .

A national initiative to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods sold in schools, the project will use the website to provide school employees and other members of the community with information on good foods. The network hopes that through this website schools and school employees will become strong supporters of healthy snack foods and beverages in schools. (

2012 School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide Released

CDC announced the release of the 2012 School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide, an online, interactive assessment tool reflecting the new 2012 changes. The SHI is a planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

The SHI 2012 adds sexual health as a new topic, updates nutrition questions to reflect the Institute of Medicine’s Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools, and revised the cross cutting questions to be more integrative. Changes have been made to many of the SHI modules to incorporate the new topic, update content on existing topics, and reflect a more coordinated approach to school health.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Education Materials

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) has available online the HPV and Cancer Monograph. Also available are improved companion pieces, culturally-specific HPV patient information cards and the HPV vaccination magnet, to share with students and parents. All are available free of charge on the DOH online ordering system,

Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread virus that can infect males and females, is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

• HPV causes the following percentages of cancer in the U.S.
     93% - Cervix
     96% - Anus/Rectum
     64% - Vagina
     63% - Head/Neck/Oral
     51% - Vulva
     36% - Penis
• HPV vaccination is available for males and females
• More than 7% of all cancers diagnosed in SD from 2001 to 2008 were in a primary site that may have been caused by HPV
• In SD, 4% of the total cancer deaths in SD from 2001to 2008 may have been HPV-related

Upcoming Events

Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Mar. 11, 2013

Register soon for this year's Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event! The event takes place on March 11, 2013 in Sioux Falls at the Ramkota. This free event is youth focused and will include a fun day full of guest speakers, activities, breakfast, lunch, snacks, door prizes, giveaways and more for everyone who attends! We invite students in grades 7-12 and their advisers to this event! There are limited scholarships available for those who need travel assistance. For more information regarding this event, please contact Brianna Jackson at

Go to: for registration

South Dakota QuitLine Offers Monthly Webinars to Staff and Students

The South Dakota Department of Health offers monthly webinars to school administrators and staff (nurses, secretaries, counselors, etc.) about the SD QuitLine. The webinars provide specific information about how the QuitLine works.

Since students in South Dakota schools use tobacco and at least half would like to quit, the QuitLine is well prepared to help even the youngest tobacco users in the state.

Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start smoking by age 18, and 99% start by age 26.* On any given day in the U.S., more than 2,500 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers will become regular smokers. *Taken from: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2012.

Go to: for more information on the webinars and the QuitLine materials or contact Tammy Bauck, State Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, at (604) 224-6287 ext. 238.

Harvest of the Month /School and Youth Gardening Workshops

Team Nutrition, the South Dakota Discovery Center and SDSU Extension will offer Harvest of the Month and School and Youth Gardening Workshops this summer. Interested individuals may register for one or both of the workshops. The training dates are:

• Sioux Falls - July 9, 2013, and July 10, 2013
• Rapid City - July 23, 2013, and July 24, 2013

Harvest of the Month (HOM), is an adaptable, easy to use program that gets kids excited about eating fruits and vegetables. The short HOM presentations and produce sampling can be done in individual classrooms, PE classes, as an assembly, in after-school or preschool programs.

The School and Youth Gardening Workshop is designed to introduce gardening techniques and to provide effective resources for developing a school garden. The gardens can be a catalyst to increasing student consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Go to: to download brochure and registration information.

National School Breakfast Week - March 4-8, 2013

The theme for this year’s National School Breakfast Week is "Be a Star with School Breakfast" Resources are available to promote your schools breakfast program during this week.

The National School Breakfast program provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions.

Success Stories

South Dakota Coordinated School Health - A Year in Review

Coordinated School Health in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health completed the last year of activities of a five year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).

The purpose of the grant was to improve the health and educational outcomes of young people with emphasis on the following priority areas as identified by CDC: nutrition and physical activity promotion, tobacco-use prevention, and HIV prevention.

The following is a summary of some of the key activities completed during year 5 (March 1, 2012-February 28, 2013). South Dakota Coordinated School Health:

Provided skills-based health education training to 70 educators representing 43 school districts.

The trainings included an in-depth review of the revised South Dakota Health Education Standards. In addition, participants learned to create standards-based lessons using backward design and to identify children and young adult literature for use in planning, teaching, and discussing a health content area and the health skills.

Provided SPARK Physical Education (PE) workshops for elementary and middle school physical educators.

Forty-five physical educators, representing 28 school districts, attended one or both of the workshops. SPARK PE has been identified as a successful model for improving the quantity and quality of physical activity/education. Participants in the SPARK PE workshop learned how to maximize class activity time, and how to make their PE class more inclusive, active and fun.

Maintained a distribution list comprised of a school health contact from each of the 152 school districts in South Dakota.

The monthly Coordinated School Health News Infused e-newsletter is sent to the school health contact for distribution to others within their school district. The e-newsletter is the primary source for distributing information and resources about the value of effective school health programs and information about effective programs and practices for physical activity and nutrition promotion, tobacco-use prevention and HIV prevention.

Provided training, technical assistance, resources and funding to 6 South Dakota school districts who were part of the Building Healthy Schools (BHS) Project.

The purpose of the BHS Project was to assist school districts to develop, enhance and sustain a school health council. School districts used CDC’s School Health Index to identify strengths and weaknesses of the school district’s health programs, policies and practices in four priority areas: physical activity, nutrition, tobacco-use prevention and HIV prevention. School districts developed their action plan based on the results of the self-assessment.

Contact Coordinated School Health staff at (605) 773-3261 for information about Coordinated School Health or any of the activities described above.