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School Physical Activity Environment Assessment. Program/activity. Elem. Middle. High. Provide daily recess. Yes. No. No. Provide physical education class at least twice per week. Yes. Yes but on rotation schedule. Yes but on rotation schedule.

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School Physical Activity Environment Assessment





Provide daily recess




Provide physical education class at least twice per week


Yes but on rotation schedule

Yes but on rotation schedule

Assess students level of physical activity at least once per year.




Provide classroom physical activity integrated into school day learning activities




Provide intramural physical activity opportunities




Physical Activity & Wellness


Independent Schools

Nutrition Services

Department of Defense (DOD)

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

Through the DOD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been able to offer schools a wider variety of fresh produce than would normally be available through USDA purchases. USDA has met with DOD, and expressed its desire that local procurement efforts should be further increased, and we are aware that DOD is procuring locally to the greatest extent possible, consistent with season and quality.

Wellness Report Card

Nutrition & Physical Activity


Menus and other nutritional information is available to students and parents on our website at

Healthy Choices

Walking laps Volleyball

Jumping Jacks Kickball

Basketball Softball

Sit ups Baseball

Aerobic exercise Cross Country

Physical Activity & Achievement

Schools play a crucial role in influencing physical activity behaviors. Sound curriculum, policies, and facilities create an environment encouraging students and staff to engage in a variety of physical activity opportunities. Evidence supports a correlation between academic achievement and the physical well-being of students.

Williamstown Independent School is dedicated to serving nutritious meals and providing multiple physical activity opportunities as a means of helping our students reach proficiency.

Intense physical activity programs have positive effects on academic achievement , including increased concentration; improved mathematics, reading, and writing test scores; and reduced disruptive behavior.

-- Curricular Physical Activity and Academic Performance, Pediatric Exercise Science


Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

National School Breakfast Program

A USDA study showed that children who eat breakfast daily have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than students who do not eat breakfast. Children with access to school breakfast also had significantly reduced absence and tardiness rates.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act contains many provisions that help improve child nutrition programs and make meals and offerings more nutritious. Williamstown Independent Schools Child Nutrition is serving school meals that meet these challenging new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced, providing students with all of the nutrition that they need to succeed in school.

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins/meats, and bread/grains and meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size.

FCPS school lunches

meet additional standards requiring:

 Age-appropriate calorie limits

 Larger servings of vegetables and fruits

 A wider variety of vegetables (including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes)

 Fat-free or 1% milk

 More whole grains

 Less sodium

The Child Nutrition Program utilizes the USDA MyPlate to help educate children about healthy eating habits by teaching them what goes on their plate at every meal.

Balancing Calories:

 Make 1/2 of your plate fruits & vegetables

 Make at least half of your grains whole grains

 Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Foods to Reduce:

 Reduce sodium in foods

 Drink water instead of sugary drinks

National School Lunch Program

Federal regulations require that we offer minimum portion sizes of meat, fruit, vegetable, grains/breads and fluid milk during every lunch meal service. The portion sizes are designed to meet the needs of growing children and, as a rule, we increase the sizes as the children grow older. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Students are allowed to have all the fresh fruits and vegetables they will eat. The menu provides for variety and allows us to make the most efficient use of the donated commodities, especially seasonal fresh fruits. We offer 1% and fat free milk, as well as 100% fruit juice.

The table below provides a synopsis of the lunch program, including participation and financial data.

USDA study showed that children who eat breakfast daily have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than students who do not eat