Friday Focus

April 29, 2022


Message from the Director

Our student employee, Maddie, is eagerly counting down the number of school days left, as are many of you. We enter the month of May on Sunday, leaving just 20 work days to go. May is also the time we pause and do performance evaluations. Our Employee Evaluation form describes employee skills and traits that are identified with job success. The purpose of this evaluation is to recognize the performance quality of the employee and provide direction for improvement. Since we are all human, everyone will have an area the supervisor will identify to work on, receive training and improve. The evaluation process is not a form of discipline and really is something to look forward to, not fear. Annually, the employee’s supervisor will complete this evaluation form and meet with the employee. The evaluation process is an important tool to identify and congratulate employees on their strengths and to help them set goals for achieving success. I firmly believe that, as a team, you were able to perform miracles during the pandemic due to your willingness to grow, learn and change. That dedication to continuous improvement is what makes you such inventive and creative problem solvers and places you head and shoulders above others!

With gratitude,


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Meet Madison French

Maddie is a paid student employee who works as a FS Tech at VHS. She says everyone really helps her and they are "not just mentors, they feel like family." Outside of the kitchen, Maddie studies Graphic Imaging Technology with hands on work at Portage High School's Print Shop. She has been a member of the VHS Bowling Team for the past 5 years, loves kayaking and sunflowers! Besides her dog, Maddie has three bearded dragons that she watches over. Her favorite hobby is painting with acrylics. Take a look at her amazing work! Her pencil collage became the Art Club's poster. Let's wish a very Happy Graduation to our talented senior, Madison French.
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School Lunch Hero Day

Friday, May 6 is the 10th annual celebration of School Lunch Hero Day. Employees can wear their School Lunch Hero T-Shirts or dress like a Superhero. Enjoy the day and know that you are valued by many. Managers will receive balloons to decorate and a special token of appreciation for each of you from all of us in the office.
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Amber Cruz helps her kids roll into summer!

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Cambro App

Download the free Cambro app to learn more about storage solutions. Take the weekly trivia quiz and you could win lots of free Cambro containers! Ashley has won twice.

Summer Food Service Sign Up

If you are interested in working over the summer, please sign up using the form below or getting a copy of the form from our office. We are operating meal service at TJE, TJM and VHS for summer school sessions 1 and 2 (June 1 - July 29). There will be no meal service July 4-8. This is traditional summer food service with meals served in the cafeteria, no curbside or bulk meal pickup. Employees get paid their regular hourly pay.


Any permanent employee (including substitutes) interested in any of these positions can apply by emailing a brief letter of interest to Kathy Kane, Director at

Non-employees can apply by completing an online application as an External Applicant here:

FS Tech, Cooks Corners, 3.5 hours

FS Tech, Cooks Corners, 5.5 hours

FS Manager, Parkview, 6 hours *NEW beginning 2022-23*

FS Tech, Parkview, 4.5 hours

FS Tech, BF, 4.5 hours

FS Tech, TJM, 4 hours

FS Tech, Heavilin, 4 hours

FS Tech, Heavilin, 4 hours

Satellite Manager, VHS, 7 hours *NEW beginning 2022-23*

FS Tech, VHS, 5.5 hours

FS Tech, VHS, 4 hours

2021-22 Calendar

May 3, 2022 eLearning Day (Regular Work Day)

May 3, 2022 ServSafe Certification Class

May 6, 2022 School Lunch Hero Day

May 16, 2022 Weather Make Up Day (Regular Work Day)

May 26, 2022 Half Day for K-12 (Regular Work Day)

May 27, 2022 Close Down Kitchens (Last Regular Work Day)

June 2-21, 2022 Summer School Session 1

July 11-28, 2022 Summer School Session 2

August 8, 2022 Back to School Workshop (mandatory)

August 9, 2022 Open Kitchens (regular work day)

August 10, 2022 First Day of School

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