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Welcome to the Dickinson ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) webpage! 

Here you will find information about the district's SHAC process.

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About SHAC:

Every independent school district is required by law to have a School Health Advisory Council.

A SHAC is a group of individuals that represent the community. They provide advise on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. The majority of the members are parents and community members not employed by the school district.

District Wellness Policy and Nutritional Guidelines: 
Federal Public Law (PL 108.265 Section 204) states that by the first day of the 2006 school year beginning after June 30, 2006 all schools must develop a local wellness policy that involves parents, students, a representative from the School Food Authority, school board, school administrators and the public. The Local Education Authority (LEA) will establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy.

Jo Ellen Allen, District Social Worker serves as the coordinator for the DISD School Health Advisory Council, to ensure that the community's local values are reflected in the district's educationl programs. Mrs. Allen's contact information is: 281-229-7421. 
Annual Reports:

District Wellness Policy and Nutritional Guidelines: 

Federal Public Law (PL 108.265 Section 204) states that by the first day of the 2006 school year beginning after June 30, 2006 all schools must develop a local wellness policy that involves parents, students, a representative from the School Food Authority, school board, school administrators and the public. The Local Education Authority (LEA) will establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy.

Subject: Wellness Policy

One of the most important ways in which the Dickinson Independent School District can actively help children perform better as students is to provide them with the nutrition, the knowledge and the skills necessary for the healthy growth and development of their minds and bodies. Wellness education involves both an educational and an implementation process and takes place within the total school environment. Healthy eating and physical activity, essential for a healthy weight, are also linked to reduced risk for many chronic diseases. Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity. Schools have a responsibility to help students and staff establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating and exercise patterns. Well-planned and well-implemented school wellness policies have been shown to positively influence students' eating and physical activity levels.

To establish a policy that addresses nutrition education goals, physical activity goals, nutrition standards for all foods available on school campuses during the school day when school is in session, and other school-based activity goals designed to promote student and staff wellness. This plan shall make effective use of school and community resources and equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staff, taking into consideration differences in cultural norms.

Policy Statement 
The Dickinson Independent School District is committed to providing a school environment that enhances the learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices. We recognize that good health fosters student attendance and education. We also recognize the vital part that schools play in influencing and promoting wellness, protecting children's health, and supporting their ability to learn through healthy eating and physical activity. We recognize that a healthy school environment goes beyond nutritious school meals in the cafeteria, and engages staff and community in the pursuit of activities and strategies to improve the long term health and well-being of our students. It is within this frame of reference that this policy is designed and will be implemented.

Nutrition education goals: designed to exert a positive influence on students' eating behaviors.

Physical activity goals: to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to understand the short and long term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition standards: to ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards set forth under USDA. Additionally, these standards will address all foods and beverages sold or served to students during the school day while school is in session, including those available outside of the school meal programs.

School-based activity goals: to create and maintain a school enviroment that provides consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

Change Nutrition Education Goals

Dickinson Independent School District will follow health education curriculum standards and guidelines as stated by the Texas Education Agency. Schools will link nutrition education activities with a coordinated health program required in S.B No. 1357 Section 38.013.

Dickinson Independent School District will participate in USDA nutrition programs including HealthierUS School Challenge.

The Nutrition Educator will conduct nutrition activities and promotions that involve students, parents, and the community.

Teachers are encouraged to integrate nutrition education into core curriculum areas such as math, science, social studies, and language arts as applicable.

Nutrition education will be offered in the school dining areas.  Nutrition staff will display posters and other media materials that provide positive, motivating messages about healthy lifestyle practices.

Nutrition education will involve sharing information with families and the broader community to positively impact students and the health of the community.

Nutrition education includes training for teachers and other staff.

Nutrition education will promote fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, lean meats, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health enhancing nutrition practices. This will be based on the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA MyPlate.

Nutrition and Wellness Policy 
Dickinson Independent School District will comply with Section 204 of the Federal Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. 

Physical Activity Goals:

Time allotted for physical activity will be consistent with research, and state standards. Thirty minutes of structured daily physical activity or one hundred and thirty five minutes a week in grades K-6 will be scheduled.

Students are given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education (PE), classes, daily recess periods for elementary school students, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum.

Students are given opportunities for physical activity through a range of before- and/or after-school

SHAC Membership: 

We welcome new members to our team on an annual basis.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact JoEllen Allen.  

2021-2022 SHAC Members



Joellen Allen

Social Worker & SHAC Coordinator

Diane Manley

Gulf Coast Center

Hillary Gramm

Higher Up Texas

Janet Summers

Communities in Schools (CIS) Bay Area

Marisa Gissler

Anchor Point

Mary Valsin

Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA)

Toya Jones

Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA)

Nancy Lounds

Gator Hope Clinic

Sharon Mitchner

Texas A&M University

Sheila Whittle 

Project Protect Our Children

Stephanie Lopez

American Heart Association

Kelly Parks


DJ Nolder


Renae Canales

Bay Colony Elementary Nurse

Sommerlyn Paschal

Calder Road Elementary

Reya Moya

Hughes Road Elementary Nurse

Dana Martin Taylor

Lobit Middle 

Incela Rodriguez

Kranz Junior High PE Teacher

Erin Menotti

McAdams Junior High

Tina Knight-Gray

Athletic Coordinator

Randi Boleman

Food & Nutrition Services, Compliance Dietician 

Amy Cmaidalka

Social Emotional Learning Specialist

Maggie Burk

Special Programs, Coordinator of Evaluation and Related Services

Kim Davidson

Special Programs, Coordinator of Special Program Instruction and Compliance

Kimberly Rich

Executive Director of Human Resources 

Misty Stockwell

Silbernagel Communities In Schools Student Support Specialist

Tameka Henry

Silbernagel Professional School Counselor 

Casey Gillikin

KE Little Nurse

Jill Gonzlaes

KE Little PE Teacher

Travis Arbuckle

Lobit Elementary PE Teacher

Karina Alvarado

San Leon Elementary PE Teacher

Margaret Miller

Barber Middle Nurse

Sharon Boudreaux

Dunbar Middle PE Teacher

LaQuinta Harris Galveston County Health District
Ashley Sciba Galveston County Health District

Information about School Health Advisory Councils can be found here:

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas law (Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A, §28.004) requires the establishment of a SHAC for every school district. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year. 

Dickinson ISD is compliant with these requirements and the notices are posted at each campus and at the Education Support Center at least 72 hours prior to the meeting as well as on our website below. Meeting recordings are posted on this page.


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