Wellness at Williston 2020-2021

Meet our Williston Wellness Team:

Coach Giddo - Wellness Champion john.giddo@nhcs.net

Mr. Braune - Williston ISS Coordinator steven.braune@nhcs.net

Mrs. Whittington - Williston 6th Grade Social Studies elizabeth.whittington@nhcs.net

Mrs. Dapper - Williston ESL allison.lloyd@nhcs.net

Mrs. Maguire - Williston Media Center Heather.Maguire@nhcs.net

Mr. Markantone - Williston Cafeteria Manager michael.markantone@nhcs.net

Mr. Petre - Williston Counselor daniel.petre@nhcs.net

Ms. Burnett - Williston Counselor brooke.burnett@nhcs.net

Mr. Brenner - Diversity Garden Coordinator wilmingtongreen@gmail.com

Mr. James - Williston Art Teacher lingam.james@nhcs.net

Our Wellness Goals

(We have a county-wide nutritional focus this year)

Student Wellness Goals: Educate students about proper nutrition

1- Nutrition education through health classes

2- Integration of nutrition education through cafeteria tours and activities

Staff Wellness Goals: Create caloric balance plans involving nutritional meals

1- Advocating for healthy foods throughout the school

2- Sharing recipes that adhere to the Smart Snack Standards

Community Wellness Goals: Involve the community by maintaining proper nutrition

1- Supporting outside sources of food during school functions by ensuring foods adhere to Smart Snack Standards

2- Maintaining the diversity garden with the help of students, staff, and the community

Be sure to click on the button below to visit our Wellness at Williston Calendar and other information. You can add this to your existing Google calendar to keep up with all wellness events throughout the year.

Shareable link to our calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=bmhjcy5uZXRfOWxoZ2hrcGsxMm4zbm0zdDk4bWdobGoyZDBAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ

Healthy recipe shared resources: https://padlet.com/john_giddo/healthyrecipes

Class signup for a cafeteria tour (please also e-mail Coach Giddo with an advanced notice of one week and must have permission slips signed for the cooking activity): https://signup.com/go/OuacsLg

Wellness Practices at Williston Middle School

Williston Tigers practice every component of wellness: Physical, Emotional, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Social, Creative, Environmental, and Spiritual

Physical Wellness

Your physical wellness isn’t limited to exercise; it includes healthy eating, proactively taking care of medical issues that arise, and maintaining healthy daily practices. Reduce your risk for chronic disease even further by practicing daily stress reduction and sleeping at least 7 hours a night.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Frequent movements during our daily routine

Participate in Teacher Trot, Hoops for Heart, and other physical gatherings

Eat a healthy lunch and finding healthy recipes

Emotional Wellness

When you’re emotionally well, you can identify, express, and manage your full range of feelings. If feelings become overwhelming or interfere with your functioning, seek help. When you feel stressed, down, or anxious, use cognitive-behavioral skills and mindfulness techniques to help keep the blues and anxiety at bay.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Stay in our Resilient Zone by using stress management techniques to stay balanced https://www.traumaresourceinstitute.com/crm

Financial Wellness

Almost three in four Americans surveyed in a recent American Psychological Association study said they experience financial stress, which can affect people physically, emotionally, and psychologically and result in unhealthy coping behaviors. Financial well-being includes being fully aware of your financial state and budget and managing your money to achieve realistic goals. When you analyze, plan well, and take control of your spending, you can make significant changes in how you save and ultimately how you feel.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Incorporate financial planning seminars during faculty meetings

Intellectual Wellness

Just as a flexible body indicates physical health, a flexible mind indicates intellectual health. When you’re intellectually healthy, you value lifelong learning, foster critical thinking, develop moral reasoning, expand worldviews, and engage in education for the pursuit of knowledge. Any time you learn a new skill or concept, attempt to understand a different viewpoint, or exercise your mind with puzzles and games, you’re building intellectual well-being. And studies show that intellectual exercise may improve the physical structure of your brain to help prevent cognitive decline.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Collaborate in our book study involving pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching

Occupational/Career Wellness

Engaging in work that provides personal satisfaction and enrichment and is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle will keep you professionally healthy. After sleep, we spend most of our time at work, so ask yourself if your work motivates you and lets you use your abilities to their full potential. If it doesn’t, you may need to re-evaluate how you spend your working hours. Even if you can’t change where you work, you can change your approach to the stressors and challenges you face.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Recognize staff members monthly during staff meetings for advocates of positive behavior

Social Wellness

Building a network of support based on interdependence, mutual respect, and trust with your friends, family, and coworkers leads to social wellness. Developing a sensitivity and awareness toward others’ feelings is another feature of social wellness. Evidence shows that social connections not only help us deal with stress, but also keep us healthy.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Enjoy First Friday socials after work

Participate in Teacher Trot

Involve the entire community with our TUFF Wrestling Club

Creative Wellness

Creative wellness means valuing and participating in a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to understand and appreciate your surrounding world. Expressing your emotions and views through the arts can be a great way to relieve stress. Don’t let self-judgment or perfectionism get in the way of this important dimension of your wellness. Allow yourself creative freedom to doodle, dance, or sing without worrying about whether you’re doing it well. And take time to appreciate others’ creative efforts.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Creative teaching practices help us to express our pedagogy for all subjects

Environmental Wellness

If you don’t think the environment is part of your wellness, consider this: Evidence shows that air pollution can cause lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in the United States. Being environmentally well means recognizing the responsibility to preserve, protect, and improve the environment and appreciating your connection to nature. Environmental wellness intersects with social wellness when you work to conserve the environment for future generations and improve conditions for others around the world.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Practice energy conservation throughout the building

Manage and maintain our Diversity Garden

Spiritual Wellness

You can seek spiritual wellness in many ways, including quiet self-reflection, reading, and open dialogue with others. For the spiritually well person, exploring the depth of human purpose, pondering human connectedness, and seeking answers to questions like, “Why are we here?” is okay. Spiritual wellness includes being open to exploring your own beliefs and respecting others’ beliefs.

What Williston Tigers Do:

Take quiet 5 minute mental breaks

Our Williston Wellness Team wants to know how YOU are making healthy choices and encouraging our students to do so as well! Please reach out to Coach Giddo and let our team continue to add to our wellness lists.


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