School Menus & Child Nutrition

Secrets to Raising a Successful Student

Raising a child to have a love of learning and a desire to succeed is much like walking a tight rope. If you push too hard for your child to do well, your child is likely to view reading, homework, and studying for tests as one big chore. However, if you are too laid back and don’t supervise his/her learning at all outside the classroom, then your child might lack the necessary discipline and motivation to succeed. So, exactly what steps should you take now to ensure your child will become a successful student? Below are some valuable habits you can adopt to help make the learning process fun and exciting:

  1. Encourage your child and acknowledge his/her efforts in learning. Phrases such as, “you read very well,” “you should be proud of your neat handwriting,” or “you are a good speller” all go a long way toward teaching your child to want to do well. Everyone wants praise for his or her achievements, most especially your child.
  2. Never refer to school or homework as a chore. Present an upbeat attitude and your child will eventually take the cue from you to enjoy the process of school and learning. Don’t make the mistake of simply asking your child, “How was school today?” because you will invariably get the one-word answer of, “Fine.” Instead, encourage a conversation by asking, “What interesting thing happened today?” “What did you and your friends do during recess?” “What was the most fun thing you did today at school?” These questions make your child become more aware of the enjoyable moments during school.  
  3. If your child is young, set 15 to 30 minutes a day to read together. If your child is older, set a specified time (during which the television and all other electronics are turned off) for the entire family to read silently. 
  4. Keep alert to what interests your child. Does he or she like to do puzzles or does your child like to paint? Each child is born with unique traits and talents. Observe your child to discover those gifts, and then encourage him/her toward similar activities or extra-curricular programs. By doing so, you will increase your child’s creativity and self-confidence.

Being a parent or guardian is the most wonderful role an adult will ever play in life, yet it can also be challenging. After all, your children have their own minds and personalities, so to get them to adopt your attitude and viewpoint toward learning, you will need to use a lot of positive reinforcement, praise, and patience. While that may not be easy, the payoff to having your child become a successful individual is worth all of those efforts. 

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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Contact Us

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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