School Spotlight: Sycamore Community Schools

Jessica Johnson of Sycamore Community Schools

Sycamore Community Schools

Communities served:
Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township and Symmes Township

Number of Students:
5,341 enrolled in seven schools, PK-12

WeTHRIVE! Contact:
Jessica Johnson, RD, LD started her position as Child Nutrition Services Manager on July 1, 2011. Her first task was to implement the new nutrition standards required by the state of Ohio under Senate Bill 210 (SB210), Healthy Choices for Healthy Children. She has done that--and much more--to increase healthy options for Sycamore students.

How Sycamore Community Schools THRIVE!:
  • Nutrition Standards: Starting with the 2011-12 school year, all food and beverages sold to students in a la carte lines, vending machines and the school store meet or exceed guidelines set by SB210.
  • Student Input: Jessica is starting a Student Food Focus Group that will allow junior high and high school students to test new menu items.
  • “1, 2, 3…Make it a Meal!” Program: Encourages fruit, vegetable and milk consumption for children in grades K through 6. (Will be expanded to include older students in the future.)
  • Healthier Breakfast: Jessica has revamped the breakfast menu, decreasing sugar while increasing whole grains, fresh fruit and protein options.
  • More Fresh Produce: By using commodity entitlement funds to purchase from a local farmer, Jessica has been able to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to the school lunch program.
  • Working Together: Sycamore Community Schools’ Wellness Committee, formed in 2005, is a group of parents, teachers, administrators and staff working together to address issues related to student health.
  • Healthy Schools: The Wellness Committee is working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to bring the Healthy Schools Program to Sycamore.

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February 26, 2015