ORS Coordinated School Health News

May 2021

Meet your New Nursing Coordinator!

Hello! My name is Madison Branham, and I am so grateful to begin my journey with Oak Ridge Schools. I have been a school nurse for the past 3 years in Anderson County and prior to that I worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at East TN Children's Hospital. I am also in the process of gaining my Doctorate in Pediatric Nurse Practice with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in order to better serve students daily. My husband and I reside in Anderson County and enjoy spending down time on Norris Lake, at church, and coaching our soccer team. I look forward to ensuring the health needs of children in the system are met through safe, evidence-based nursing care. If you need to reach me, feel free to email me at mgbranham@ortn.edu or call 865-425-9009.

Find the BASEBALL and Win a Prize from Coordinated School Health

Somewhere in this newsletter is a picture of two baseballs. The first 4 people to find the baseballs and send an email to mkwade@ortn.edu with its location will win a special prize. Here is the picture you are looking for: ⚾(This baseball is not one of the ones you are looking for)
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ORS Celebrates School Nurses Day - May 12th

On May 12th, ORS took some time out of the day to honor our nurses. Thank you to all the ORS Nurses who have served our students and staff this year. We appreciate all that you do!


Make sure to thank your school nurse this week!


ORPS- Kelly Jones

Glenwood Elementary- Shannon Emanuel

Linden Elementary- Jill Chasen

Willow Brook Elementary- Cathy Infield

Woodland Elementary- Dolores White

Roberstville Middle- Meg Evans

Jefferson Middle- Sharon Cousins

Oak Ridge High School- Lori Gupton


Coordinated School Health Action Goals for Next Year!

1. Oak Ridge Schools will reduce its current childhood overweight and obesity percentage.

2. Oak Ridge Schools will focus on improving the mental health of our students and staff through a variety of programs, professional development opportunities and initiatives.

3. Oak Ridge Schools will improve staff wellness with a focus on reducing stress by providing a variety of physical activity opportunities and events.

New AEDs for the District

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 cause of death for high school student athletes? ⚾ Oak Ridge Schools is committed to doing our best to prevent this from happening to even one of our athletes. Four new AED's have been purchased to support our student athletes and provide better coverage for athletic events. One AED will be placed at the Baseball/Softball Complex, one at each middle school and an additional one at the high school to provide coverage when multiple sports are occurring on campus at different locations.


Thank you to the ORS administration for seeing this need and supporting the purchase.

2021 Biggest Loser Competition Wraps Up

Thank you to all the participants of the 2021 Biggest Loser Competition! The Winners are:


1st Place- Sherry Bath (WBES)

2nd Place- Tammy Ollis (SAB)

3rd Place- Missy McMurray (ORPS)

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ORPSEF Grants Awarded

Thank you to Oak Ridge Public Schools Foundation for funding grants across the district! Coordinated School Health's "Water for Wellness" grant was fully funded and will allow us to place additional water bottle filling stations at Glenwood, Woodland, Willow Brook, Roberstvile and ORHS.


The School Nursing Department's "Vaporize Vaping" grant was awarded and will allow us to add additional Vaping detectors in both middle schools and at the high school. These vaping detectors will be placed in various places throughout the buildings to help deter vaping in our schools.

Woodland Hawks Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week!

During the week of April 26th-20th, Woodland Elementary celebrated Every Kid Healthy Week by watching videos and completing projects on different health related themes as follows:


Mindful Monday- Social Emotional Health focus

Tasty Tuesday- Nutrition Focus

Wellness Wednesday- Self Care Focus

Thoughtful Thursday- Relationship Skills and Social Awareness Focus

Fitness Friday- Physical Activity Focus


Check out the pictures below to see some of their activities and work! Great job Hawks!

Thank you Healthy School Teams!

Each school is required to have a Healthy School Team that meets periodically throughout the school year. This team is designed to focus on the health needs of the students and staff at the school.


As you finish up the your school year, take a moment to thank your Healthy School Team members. In an unprecedented year, these wonderful teachers and staff volunteered their time to invest in the health of the students and staff at their school. Make sure to give an extra special pat on the back to the leaders of these teams: ⚾


Oak Ridge Preschool-Linda Dalton

Glenwood Elementary- Travis Free

Linden Elementary - Josh Johnson

Willow Brook Elementary - Mark Clary

Woodland Elementary- Katelynn Olvey

Roberstville Middle School- Lauren Hawkins

Jefferson Middle School- Mackenzie Taylor

Oak Ridge High School- Sonya Minarik