The Patrick Henry Post


Congratulations, Patrick Henry!

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Patrick Henry Recognized as one of America's Healthiest Schools

On October 12th, 2022, we celebrated our school community after we were named one of America's Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. This is a national award that was only awarded to 406 schools across the country, and Patrick Henry was one of them! This recognition celebrates our achievement in advancing the physical, mental, and social-emotional health of students, staff, and families. We were recognized in several categories, including:

(1) Improving nutrition and food access

(2) Implementing a local school wellness policy

(3) Bolstering physical education and activity

(4) Enriching health education

This is a direct result of our work with SLPS District Offices with Leanne White, Tracy Coates, and Square Watson, as well as our grants through Healthy Schools Healthy Communities, AIM Zones, and our partnership with BJC. We also must take note of the immense work that has been done by Mrs. Morgan Ralphs, PE teacher, and Ms. Sherian Bailey, Special Education Teacher. Both of these staff members have been leaders in our quest to become a healthy, environmentally sustainable, and safe space! We are so proud of our students, staff, neighborhood, and community partners for working so hard to make sure this is a safe and healthy environment for students to move, learn, and grow!

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How Patrick Henry Achieved This Award

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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Get Involved in the Movement towards a Healthier Future

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Patrick Henry Named a Missouri Green School - Sprout Level

On October 10th, Patrick Henry was named a Missouri Green School at the Sprout Level. This is the second year in a row that Patrick Henry has been honored as a Missouri Green School! This recognition comes from our efforts to become a sustainable school with a low impact on the environment. We strive to make our school as healthy as possible not just for our students and staff, but also for our neighbors in 63106, our city, and the Earth. We are so excited to see the partnerships around Missouri grow and change our mindsets and actions to make us ever more sustainable!
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Celebrating Our Achievements

Patrick Henry Throws a Party!

Our students and staff are the reason we won these incredible awards, so of course we had to celebrate their efforts! On Wednesday, October 12th, our students started their day like any normal day...they came in and received a delicious breakfast that they ate in their classrooms with their peers. Dr. Rogers came over the PA to make the morning announcement, but suddenly, music started playing through the whole school! Students found out about their reward, and the party started immediately! We took two minutes to dance out our joy, then every student received a medal and a certificate of their achievement. Each teacher also received a trophy to display in their classrooms to remind all of the students of their hard work. And we topped off the celebrations with a healthy snack! We are so proud of our students and the impact they have made on creating a sustainable school and a healthier community!
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Special Recognition for Mrs. Ralphs

Mrs. Morgan Ralphs, PE Teacher, is also our Wellness Champion. She works tirelessly to manage a major grant through Healthy Schools Healthy Communities. This requires time during the school day and outside of the school day to ensure that we are good stewards of our grant funding and that we make progress towards our goals. This requires a large amount of work and effort! Thank you, Mrs. Ralphs, for your service to Patrick Henry and the larger 63106 community!

Special Recognition for Ms. Bailey

Ms. Sherian Bailey, Special Education Teacher, is also our "Garden Guru." She has gone above and beyond to share her knowledge of gardening with our school team, and has led the efforts to keep our garden growing. Ms. Bailey often takes her free time to tend the garden, and she always involves the rest of the staff and our students in her work. It is a constant science lesson when you are outside in the garden with Ms. Bailey, and we love her green thumb! Thank you, Ms. Bailey, for your knowledge and your willingness to grow not only the plants in the garden, but also the people who tend it!

Special Recognition for Patrick Henry Partners

Our awards and recognitions simply are not possible without our community partners. We have had longstanding relationships with Seed St. Louis, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, BJC, Washington University, and Saint Louis University that have allowed our garden and our sustainability dreams to become a reality. A special thanks go out to all of our partners for their financial contributions, their volunteer time to work in the garden with our students, and their preservation efforts to ensure the garden is always in excellent condition. Thank you for your service to our school, you have truly made an impact!

Congratulations, Patrick Henry!!!!