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All three schools in the district offer both breakfast and lunch for sale to students.
The Old Saybrook food service program continues to hold the Healthy Food Certification as it has over the past few years. With this certification, the district qualifies for an extra six cents per meal in federal reimbursement. Students, as part of this program, are given more fruits and vegetables in each meal than previously; grains, carbohydrates and fats have weekly or daily limits; and portion sizes are controlled.
Goodwin School was awarded the Healthier US School Challenge Bronze Award to recognize its adherence to strict guidelines. To minimize food waste, Goodwin staff and students also routinely compost their food waste.
The food program participation rate dipped slightly at the high school last year, but there was increased participation in the purchased breakfasts and lunches at Goodwin Elementary School and Old Saybrook Middle School. Overall, the program has remained self-sustaining.
For students to purchase meals, parents must pre-pay by depositing funds in the student's meal account. Parents can send a check with their student to school or to Old Saybrook Food Services, 1111 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT 06475. By signing up for "low balance alerts", parents also learn when the funds in a student's meal account is running low.
Starting with this school year, a new program called Revtrak will be available to allow parents to pre-pay for student meals online. More details about the program will be sent to parents once the school year begins.
For the 2014-2015 school years, the meal prices will remain the same as last year. At Goodwin Elementary School, breakfast is $1.50 and lunch is $2.50. At Old Saybrook Middle School, breakfast is $2 and lunch is $2.75. At Old Saybrook High School, breakfast costs $2.25 while lunches are $3.
NEASC Team Visits
Once a decade, public high schools in New England undergo a process through which they are re-accredited by an independent evaluation team of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This is Old Saybrook High School's year for a re-accreditation review.
So from Sept. 21 to 24, a team of evaluators from NEASC will visit. To prepare for this visit, members of the school staff and administrative team met over the past year in topic-based committees to prepare a document called the Self-Study. The visiting team uses the Self-Study document as the springboard for their interviews, questions, and evaluation of the high school and its strengths and weaknesses.
While on site, the visiting team will interview staff, students, parents, community leaders and Board of Education members. They will also observe high school classes. Then in March 2015, the school will receive a letter summarizing the NEASC team's findings.
Key School Dates
New Students Orientation
Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m.: Old Saybrook Middle School
Friday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.: Goodwin Elementary School
Friday, Aug. 22: 9 a.m., Old Saybrook High School
Aug. 28 to 29: Freshmen Retreat at Camp Hazen
Wednesday, Aug. 27: Students' First Day of School
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1: Schools closed
Thursday, Sept. 4: Middle School Open House, 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5: Goodwin Elementary School Ice Cream Social, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5: Goodwin Elementary School Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11 High School Open House, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 to 24: NEASC Accreditation Team visits high school
Sept. 17 and 18: Goodwin Elementary School Open Houses
Normal School Hours
Goodwin Elementary School: 9:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Old Saybrook Middle School: 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Old Saybrook High School: 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.