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3:30 AM - 7:30 AM WHS Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:30 pm
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Marianne Ward
Waynesville High School students say they enjoy the options and fresh fruit bar that are available each day now that OPAA! is partnering with the Waynesville R-VI School District to provide student meals.
“I like school lunch and I like the more variety this year,” said Noah McCaulley, a senior. “Every day, I grab what I want and I love the fruit bar.”
Each day, high school students have five different entrees to choose from. On Thursday of this week, those choices included a hot dog, chili, BBQ pork sandwich, sweet and sour pork or sweet and sour chicken. In addition, a salad bar with chicken and cheese was available, as was a fresh fruit bar.
“If you don’t like one thing, you can get another,” said Freshman Alex Nuckolls.
“I think the food is good,” said Freshman Dresyn Hilbert. “I like everything, especially having so many choices.”
It’s not just the variety that Raschidi Allen has noticed; the style of food has changed. “I think it’s better than last year,” he said. “I like that they cook it rather than warm it up.”
Seniors even noticed the change. “Every day we have five entrees to choose from and we have had some new food items this year, like waffle fries and the Asian chicken.” said Anthony Covaugh, a senior. “One thing I don’t like is that you’re not allowed to grab extras.”
Karen Wracher, OPAA’s director of nutrition services, said that was a miscommunication at the beginning of the school year and high school students may purchase an extra entrée item or other side items, but they will be charged for the extra items, as they were last year.
“We are trying to spread the word that all students are allowed to select an additional entrée item or an extra side; however, it will cost extra,” Wracher said.
Macalah Danielsen, a senior, says school lunches are not her favorite, but that she appreciates the multiple fresh fruit options this year. Jordan Finch, also a senior, says the fruit bar is great, but the overall portion sizes of the food are small.
“There’s stuff I like, but you only get a spoonful of each side item,” Finch said.
Portion size is a common complaint among high school students nationwide because portion size is mandated by federal nutrition guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“I like the plates this year for salads, instead of the bowls but the chicken and cheese are in containers and you can’t take as much as you want,” said Vanessa Akers, senior.
Akers eats salads most days, but admits that she and her friends share and/or trade food from each other’s trays.
“We all share,” Akers says as she looks around the table where she and her friends routinely eat lunch together. One pair traded complete trays after sitting down and eyeing each other’s choices.
The portion sizes have one benefit. “I think people waste less because we eat everything because we are hungry,” Akers said.
Carlos Arrastia, WHS custodian, agrees that less food is being wasted this year. “With five options, there is less waste, and I personally think the food is better this year.”
Thursday was a great day for Chris Pilz, physical education instructor, because it included one of his cafeteria favorites. “The chili is outstanding,” he said.
And, with five options each day, the students and Pilz will likely see chili reappear on the menu more often this year.
Tiger Pride System
The Tiger Pride System (TPS) aims to reward effort and achievement by offering various privileges to students who maintain a high standard of academics, citizenship, and attendance. The TPS incentive program is an integral part to the daily school operations and a major motivator for students to put an emphasis on their attendance and GPA. The program utilizes these qualifications to provide the best learning environment for all students at WHS.
The purpose of the card program is to proactively incentivize students with relevant privileges that are meaningful to them, such as travel to privilege areas during Tiger Time and the ability to leave for lunch a couple of minutes early to beat the rush. This program was first developed during the 2015-16 school year and revised with input from faculty and student groups to best meet the needs of our students for the 2016-17 school year. We will continue to monitor and update the system as needed, so the system remains relative and motivating to all students.
Paying for your child's school meals
The Waynesville R-VI School District now offers MySchoolBucks, a convenient online service that allows you to securely pay for your student’s meals online using your credit/debit card or electronic check.
- Set Up Automatic Recurring Payments
- Track & Review Meal History
- Create Low Balance Alerts
- Make Payments with the Mobile App
- And More…
Sign up now! Registering for your account is easy, go to https://www.MySchoolBucks.com. Create a secure account and never worry again about sending cash or checks with your student(s) to school again!
MySchoolBucks – the Waynesville R-VI School District’s new online meal payment system – is free to use to look up a student’s balances/transaction history/etc.; however, a $2 payment processing fee is charged for making an online payment with MySchoolBucks.
In the former system, a .29 cents fee plus 2.9% of the amount of the transaction was charged. MySchoolBucks charges a flat $2.00 fee, regardless of the amount. Parents may avoid paying the fee by sending in a check to their student’s school.
Debit and credit card companies charge a payment processing fee for payments made online, but many businesses absorb that cost. Waynesville R-VI serves about 1 million meals annually and spends about $1 million more than it receives in income from students and commodities without the additional payment processing fee.
https://www.MySchoolBucks.com | (855) 832-5226
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