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Crandall ISD to Honor the School Lunch Heroes Serving Healthy Meals
AMANDA ROBERTS

Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day on May 3, 2024

Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Crandall ISD nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Crandall ISD schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 3. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.

Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.  The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.  

Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for [district], visit [nutrition program website].

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 50,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

 

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Crocheting, learning, and giving back – it's a beautiful journey of skill-building and empathy!
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Last week, some of our 8th-grade young men went on a mission to create something very unique through the creation of adorable baby hats for preemies and discovering a whole new side to themselves, thanks to the assistance of Tatiana Tyson, a Heartland Community Member, and Community in Schools, and our 8th-grade counselor, Mrs. Adams. 

In addition to teaching these young men the craft of crocheting, Mrs. Tyson is giving her time to teach them about the long-lasting positive effects one person can have on families as they start their journey in the NICU. Mrs. Tyson talked about how much it meant to her and her family to receive handmade hats for her children based on her experience.

CMS Community in Schools Coordinator, Mrs. Westlake, has played a pivotal role in this project. She personally delivered the materials and shared her knowledge with our students. Her collaboration with her company ensured that all the supplies required for this unique experience were secured. Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Westlake are hopeful that our children will be able to personally deliver these masterpieces to a local hospital and witness firsthand the positive impact that kindness can have on people's lives.

Crocheting, learning, and giving back – it's a beautiful journey of skill-building and empathy! 🧶❤️

Great job, Crandall Middle School!

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Crandall ISD Receives National Recognition for Music Education Support
AMANDA ROBERTS

Crandall ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Crandall ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music: After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school but also to attend college as well. In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound: young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Crandall ISD is incredibly proud and deeply honored to receive this award. This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional music education opportunities for our students. We believe in the transformative power of music, and this award reaffirms our dedication to fostering creativity, passion, and excellence in every child.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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Crandall ISD Purchasing Department earns prestigious Award of Merit 
AMANDA ROBERTS

Crandall, TX – Crandall Independent School District is proud to be recognized by The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) with a 2024 Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations. The Award of Merit was established in 2009 to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.  

Each year, volunteers with the TASBO Purchasing & Supply Management Research Committee evaluate the award criteria to ensure it represents the latest best practices. They then review new and recertification applications. For 2024, only 77 recipients met the stringent criteria to qualify for the award. With 1,200 School Districts in the State of Texas, this is truly a prestigious award.   

“We’re proud of the work our honorees do to streamline school purchasing operations, comply with regulations, and set the standard for how to utilize taxpayer dollars,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “These organizations have not only demonstrated their professional acumen by documenting their districts’ policies and procedures but have also shared these best practices with colleagues throughout Texas.” 

CISD Director of Purchasing Adriana Espinosa, Chief Financial Officer Dianna Casper, and the Business Office team were recognized by the CISD Board of Trustees at the March board meeting. 

For more information on CISD purchasing, please contact: 

Adriana Espinosa
Crandall ISD Purchasing Director
aespinosa@crandall-isd.net

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Notice of Public Hearing about Texas Academic Performance Report
AMANDA ROBERTS

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Trustees of the Crandall Independent School District will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 4, 2024, during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees at 7pm. Texas Education Code 39.306 requires the Board of Trustees to publish the annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR 2022-2023) and to conduct a Public Hearing for discussion of the report. 

The Public Hearing will immediately follow a presentation of the Texas Academic Performance Report to the Board of Trustees. The Public Hearing will be conducted at 400 W. Lewis St., Crandall, TX 75114.

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