School: St. John the Baptist School

10 South Lincoln
Smithton, IL 62285

Chairperson: Matt Burke

Plan Description

  • Professional Development
  • Guest Speakers from the SIUE School of Pharmacy
  • Guest Speaker from St. Elizabeth's
  • Students attending a Health Fair
  • Incorporate CATCH into PE classes
  • Walk and Talk Wednesdays
  • Opportunities to walk on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Schedule additional PE time
  • Organized recess
  • Schoolwide physical activities/competitions
  • Family Fit Nights once a month
  • Emergency Contact Form Revisions
  • CPR/AED Traning for staff and 7th/8th grade students
  • Review of Emergency Handbook
  • Emphasizing nutrition
  • We have offered a tour of our cafeteria with a talk from the lunch coordinator and teacher
  • Taste testing science experiment
  • Introducing pre-K to CATCH Go,Slow, and Whoa foods
  • Formed a Wellness Committee
  • Professional development on HIV, asthma, suicide, and injuries
  • monthly review of policies
  • Walk/Nike to School Day
  • Installing security cameras
  • Bike Safety presentation
  • Catholic Mutual Insurance Walkthrough
  • Zumba classes for staff
  • Family surveys

Plan Results

  • In January 2014, we had five staff members become CATCH facilitators.
  • The School of Pharmacy presented about nutrition and medication to the preschool-3rd grade students.
  • In the Spring of 2014, a prenatal nurse presented multiple lectures about reproduction.
  • The 2nd and 3rd grade students attended a Health Fair at Memorial Hospital.
  • In March, we started using the Cooridinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) in PE classes twice a week.
  • In the Fall of 2013, we started opening the gym on Wednesdays for students who get to school early, so they can walk and listen to music.
  • Students who arrive early, may choose to study or walk any day of the week.
  • During the 2014-15 school year, teachers would like to schedule PE for at least two days each week.
  • Starting in the Fall, we would like to start organized recess, allowing students to do a CATCH activity or a game that is taught. This will take place on the first day of the week.
  • The preliminary school wide physical activity schedule for the 2014-15 school year includes Baseball, Pass, Punt, Kick, March Madness Knock Out, and Staff vs. 8th grade games.
  • We would like to hold our Family Fit Nights once a month. These nights include opening the gym for certain activities like Just Dance, Volleyball, or basketball.
  • In 2014, we made an official change to our emergency contact form stating that parents must list any medication their child is taking.
  • In August, we had CPRD/AED training for our staff and in the winter 7th and 8th grade students will be trained by St. Elizabeth's hospital staff.
  • Every Fall, we have students and staff review our Emergency Handbook.
  • In January 2014, our lunch staff placed posters in the cafeteria, students were taught nutriton facts, including active lifestyles and healthy foods.
  • The lunch coordinator taught students about how food is prepared nutrionally and according to health specifications.
  • The taste testing science experiment was implemented by the 8th grade students. The younger students got to try nutritious foods and rate the taste.
  • In September 2014, Pre-K started learning about the importance of balanced nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
  • In January 2014, we formed a Wellness Committee that meets once a month and discusses policies
  • During the 2014-15 school year, we would like to invite local medical professionals to present information at wellness meetings
  • Our School Board Policy Comittee will review policies monthly.
  • On May 9th, 2014 we had a Walk/Bike to School Day that we will have once a semester.
  • During the 2014-15 school year, we would like to install security cameras at major locations to increase safety at our facility.
  • On April 10th, 2014, we had Cycle of Giving do a presentation on bicyle safety to the 3rd-8th grade students.
  • Every year, we have a represenative from Catholic Mutual Insurance provide feedback regarding our insurance.
  • In January 2014, we started offering Zumba classes for our staff. The classes are offered on-site every Tuesday at a low-cost.
  • Durting the 2014-15 school year, we would like to start surveying the students' families about what they would like to know, sharing information in pamphlets at PTF meetings; and adding a health section to the Weekly News & Notes.


We have started to gear all of our school functions/events to have a physical component to them. our Accelerated Rewards Parties now have an active component, such as a dance obstacle course. Our "First Monday Family Nights" are now shifting to "Family Fit Nights". We are more aware that physical activity is a lifestyle, not just a class. We have also changed our policy on emergency forms and are making students and staff more ready for a crisis.