School Menus & Child Nutrition

Computer Programming for Kids

Are your kids spending too much time playing mindless computer games? Encourage them to use their minds and write their own computer games instead. Of course, they probably won’t be cranking out a competitor to “Angry Birds” right away, but that doesn’t mean kids won’t love to write programs. Just because they can’t play basketball like Michael Jordon doesn’t stop them from loving to play basketball. Computer programming is powerful and fun, and kids don’t need to become professional programmers to learn from the activity. Computer programming teaches kids problem solving, logical (computational) thinking, and determination, and it fosters creativity. The best part is you don’t have to know anything about computer programming to get your kids started. You simply head to the Internet for the software of your choice.

Scratch
Scratch (a programming language developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and supported by the National Science Foundation) is a free, fun, visual, programming language for kids from third grade on up. They can create games, interactive stories, animations, music, and art. They simply drag and drop the code blocks onto the programming area, and then they can instantly see the result. The different commands snap together. This avoids all the frustrating syntax errors of typing computer code while keeping all the mind expanding experiences of computer programming. You can view this short video to see what Scratch can do.

Kodu
Kodu (sponsored by Microsoft Research FuseLabs) is another free visual programming language for kids. It has a very specific video game focus. Kids begin with their own story and develop the characters, worlds, and actions to tell their story as a video game. In Kodu, the programming code is icon based. Kodu, which is Windows based, also has an Xbox 360 version available for a fee of 400 Points (about $5).

Ladybug Mazes
Ladybug Mazes (part of a Utah State University collection of interactive math manipulatives) introduces the concept of computer programming to kids as young as kindergarten. Kids make a plan for the ladybug to follow by choosing step blocks and turn blocks, which appear at the bottom of the screen. When they click the play button, the ladybug follows the command blocks they have chosen. Most kindergarteners need help getting started, but they generally catch on quickly.  Kids can play Ladybug Mazes online for free.

Programming software designed for kids is a great way to move your student from game player to game designer, from consumer to producer. Try one today; you will be glad you did.

Welcome to QCUSD’s Child Nutrition Department!

We recognize the connection between good nutrition and student success. This is why our mission is to build healthier kids by providing nutritious meals at minimum cost to families.

We prepare our menus following the new meal pattern to meet Arizona and the USDA’s strict nutrition standards. Foods are hand-selected and analyzed to ensure quality. This translates into well balanced, healthy meals that provide recommended amounts of energy and nutrients needed for optimal child development and learning.

Daily menus offer:

  • Unlimited amounts of fruit and vegetables
  • A choice of five different entrees
  • 100% juice selections
  • Low-fat white milk, and fat-free flavored milk choices
  • Whole grain foods
  • Protein rich foods
  • Foods low in saturated and trans fats

Meal Account Information

Each child has an individual account and student ID with which to purchase meals through an account set up with the cafeteria manager at your school. You can put money on the account using cash, personal check, or money order. You may also set up an account for your child online at Titan School Solutions using a Visa or MasterCard. You may use the site to check transactions, make online payments, and complete free and reduced-price meal applications.

Our meal charge policy allows a charge for one meal to each individual household account. Once an account is negative, or if a student account does not have money, we will provide an alternate meal consisting of a cheese sandwich on whole grain bread, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Please make sure your child has money on his or her account. You can make payments online at Titan School Solutions or with cash or a check.

Free or Reduced-Price Meal Program

Your child may qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Applications are available on our Titan Family Portal or at your child's school office, school cafeteria, or at the district Food Services office. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Dustin Walker, M.Ed.,CDM
Director of Child Nutrition
Phone: (480) 987-5983

Dante Gibson
Nutrition Supervisor
Phone: (480) 987-6741

Mail Applications to:
QCUSD Child Nutrition
20740 S Ellsworth Rd..
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Breakfast Smarts

Did you know that breakfast increases your child’s brain power? Our bodies convert breakfast food into energy for use by our brain. When children skip breakfast, they must rely on the energy from their last meal to fuel their brain. Without breakfast, kids typically have a gap of 12 hours or more between dinner and lunch, making kids feel tired and restless.

A QCUSD school breakfast ensures your child starts the school day well-nourished and ready to learn. Each day, your student will have the option to grab a whole grain breakfast item, fruit, protein, and milk for free through the 21/22 school year. These are all the ingredients needed to fuel your child’s brain for optimal learning.

Check out the menus provided on this page for breakfast options and prices at your child’s school.

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Dustin Walker, M.ED, CDM
Director of Child Nutrition
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Dante Gibson
Nutrition Supervisor
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Jessica Merkley, SNS
Nutritionist
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Lisa Tilson
Administrative Assistant
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