the needs of the whole child”
Mission: Melcher Elementary strives daily to create a safe learning environment
that meets the needs of the total child. Continuous academic growth will be
enhanced by a rigorous child-centered curriculum with additional emphasis
placed on social, physical, and emotional health.
Vision: The vision of Melcher’s wellness plan is to promote a positive change
for students and their families in nutrition, physical exercise and social-emotional
wellness to enhance intellectual growth. George Melcher Elementary School’s theme
is a nine component model created to address the emotional and physical needs
of everyone in the school setting: students, teachers and administrators - and
to also reach out to the parents and the community.
school’s academic design incorporates the students’ health and emotional needs
(glasses, dental checks, mini-physicals, anger management/conflict resolution
meetings, mental health resources, etc.) The inclusion of these services into
the academic culture will ensure that students have myriad of opportunities to
become successful achievers, which will lead them to become successful in high
school, college, and future careers.
Rationale: The plan to develop and implement Melcher’s Health and Wellness
Program is to provide services necessary to create a healthy learning climate.
Whereas education is the primary mission of schools, there is substantial
evidence that shows addressing children's health and mental health needs
increases their academic achievement and competence; decreases incidences of
problem behaviors; improves their relationships with others, and creates
positive changes in school and classroom environments (Elias, 2006; Greenberg
et. al., 2004; President's New Freedom Commission, 2003). Given these benefits,
adding mini health services can be crucial to ensuring students’ overall
Community and Parent involvement: Melcher Elementary currently has support from
numerous parents, surrounding churches within the community, nearby neighborhood
associations, and other community groups/businesses in adding a Health &
Wellness theme to the school. The ultimate goal is to introduce the theme to
all stakeholders during the 2016/2017 school year.
Elementary will continue to target the enrollment of all students currently
within its boundaries including countless students who currently attend charter
schools in the Kansas City area.
learning communities will continue throughout the school. Each teacher will maintain a classroom
community, where they will greet every day with a short morning meeting with
their students. Teachers will also encourage parents and other necessary staff
into the morning meetings.
will be invited to monthly morning school meetings where they will have the
opportunity to eat a light breakfast with their child, their child’s teacher and
invited community members/volunteers. These meetings will aid in promoting a
continuous healthy relationship among the educators, students, and parents.
3-6 will departmentalize to allow students to change teachers for Math,
ELA/Reading Writing and Science and these teachers will meet weekly for grade
level meetings and departmental meetings.
plans will be turned in weekly by all teachers and placed on the school’s
website for parents, teachers, support staff, LINC, and community volunteers to
help students with their current workload.
Teachers: There is a diverse group of highly qualified
teachers who have the ability to carry out the school’s mission and vision, as
well as the health and wellness goals. The school will maintain para-professionals and community volunteers who
understand the school’s mission and vision. All staff will be provided on-going
professional development to enhance teacher and staff retention which will aid
in student success. All incoming teachers will also receive a mentor from the
school who have previously experienced working with Melcher students and families
and with the surrounding community volunteers.
will continue to teach the district curriculum, but will incorporate one
wellness theme per week into their weekly lesson plan. **The primary goal for all students remains
academic achievement and a safe environment.
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness lesson will be incorporated weekly into the lesson plan.
counselor consistently facilitates Multi-tiered support meetings with the
teachers and parents for students concerning academic and/or social-emotional
and nutrition classes occur for parents and the community twice per week and
parents as well as the community will be offered many additional opportunities
to participate in health-related school activities. This will promote parent
involvement in modeling the healthy habits we hope to instill within our
will have the opportunity to become involved in dance classes, poetry classes,
athletic teams, boy scouts, girl scouts, chess team, robotics and other after
school activities throughout the year.
community gardener will visit each class once per month to allow the students
to help in the school’s garden, to gather the food from the garden and to teach
nutrition. Cooking demonstrations utilizing
the nutritious food from the school’s garden will be held twice per year.
Dental and Delta Dental have partnered with Melcher Elementary to examine and
to repair student’s dental problems.
Exams and Mini Physicals are given to every students once per year. Glasses are donated by various partners for
The primary goal of incorporating a Health and Wellness
Theme within Melcher Elementary School is to increase student achievement
within Melcher Elementary School. By including nutritional, physical and
sociological education within the existing curricular and co-curricular
activities, Melcher teachers, staff and community volunteers may also aid in
strengthening the learning habits of the students as well as aid in fostering
lifelong habits of healthy living.
Melcher Elementary School will create, strengthen or work
within the existing school health programs to develop, implement and monitor as
necessary all existing nutritional and physical activity policies. Parents and
community partners are welcome to assist in all aspects of the health and
Components of the Plan: Melcher’s Health & Wellness theme will
continuously promote high student achievement through rigorous academic
instruction while incorporating a strong discipline plan as well as nutritional,
social-emotional, mental health and fitness strategies. The daily academic focus will also include a
focus on physical activities, health, gardening, nutrition and character