Friday Focus

December 2, 2022


message from the director

One of the most important aspects of our jobs is that we are committed to our student customers. Often, we develop menus without first considering the wants and needs of customers. What may sound delicious to us, may not be something a student wants. Maybe we are setting up the serving line according to what's easiest for us rather than how it looks to our customers or how it affects quality. The three essentials our customers want from us are:

1. Listen

2. Deliver

3. Adapt

We recently sampled a stuffed sandwich at our Leadership meeting. No one was a fan and thought there was a funny herb aftertaste. After the meeting, we had students sample the sandwiches and they said they were great. Now that we listened, we need to deliver and get it on the menu. The next step is to pay attention to how the product is launched (marketing and communication) and then adapt to the participation results. High participation would indicate students were willing to try it. If participation falls the next time it's offered, perhaps quality, either cooking or holding time, needs to improve. By making sure we follow these three rules, we keep from falling into a rut where our customers are just an afterthought.

With gratitude,


Taste Testers

Thank you to VHS students Ayden Malavolta (L), Magdalena Gootee (C), and Gabby Markos (R) for taste testing new products.
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Congrats Amber Cruz!

Shout out to Amber for a highly successful event promoting National Play Basketball Day. The Valparaiso University's Women's Basketball team was on hand to interact with students. VHS coaches donated shirts and jerseys to give away and our very own Rachael Danyi was brave enough to be Victor Viking. Great job for the high level coordination and community involvement, it was an amazing day! Below is L-R John Croyle, VU Head Basketball Coach Mary Evans, Amber Cruz, Cafe Manager, and Dominique Duck, VU Assistant Coach.
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Reminders from the Office

Laura: Be sure you are logging into Skyward to check your available time off before completing an absence sheet.

Jen: Thank you to Managers and those who helped them get inventory completed by the 1st.

Ashley: Thank you to those who chose an ornament from the giving tree. Your gifts are due to me by Monday, December 5. Gifts must be unwrapped and you will need to complete a donation form.
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Enter to Win

This fun contest sponsored by Mushrooms in Schools is back! Read how to enter by clicking the link below. You can win great daily prizes like cheese boards, shirts, aprons and more. Entering is easy on social media or by going to the web site.

welcome new hires!

digital resources


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, Central, 3.5 hours

FS Tech, BF, 4.5 hours

FS Tech, TJM, 4 hours

2022-23 Calendar

December 15, 2022 - Half Day K-12 (Regular Work Day)

December 16, 2022 - No School (No Work unless used as Weather Make Up Day)

December 19 - January 2, 2023 Winter Break, No School (No Work)

January 16, 2023 - Martin Luther King Day, No School (No Work)

February 17, 2023 - No School (No Work)

February, 20, 2023 - President's Day, No School (No Work)

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