MPS moves to Digital Backpack

The Minot Public Schools is moving to an online Digital Backpack format to distribute youth-related community activity flyers. Youth-related community activity flyers will no longer be going home in the students’ backpacks, but will be available online for all to access. Access can be gained through the Minot Public Schools main web page at ( Click on the Digital Backpack icon.

Parents will be able to review the community activities available and access the form needed to register their children.

The Minot Public Schools will cooperate with agencies in the distribution of materials within the schools if the material is of substantial benefit to the students and their parents and is appropriate to the mission of the schools. Youth-related community organizations wanting to post to the website can submit an application and .pdf on the Digital Backpack website which can be accessed through the Minot Public Schools’ main web page. Flyers submitted to post need to be sent five days prior to the first day of the month, when all approved flyers will be uploaded to the site.

Nutrition grants awarded to N.D.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $255,948 in 2014 Team Nutrition Grants to North Dakota. North Dakota can use the grant to implement the school meals program designed to encourage students to select healthy meals.

“We have been working to provide permanent flexibility in the school lunch program to make it work for our students, school nutritionists and school districts as we know a one-size-fits-all standard for school lunches does not meet the needs of our students and schools,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in a press release. “This USDA grant will help our state’s schools develop unique plans that will help bolster healthy eating habits for our students, and I will continue to work to provide our schools the flexibility they need to implement the program, particularly with regard to the sodium and whole grains standards.”

USDA has implemented the Team Nutrition Training Grants for Healthy Meals as one of the systems established to support the implementation of the agency’s nutrition requirements and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in meals served to schools and child care institutions. The grants are directed to state agencies so individual states can develop plans to implement Team Nutrition’s goal of supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits in children.

Hoeven sponsored the Sensible School Lunch Act to provide school districts with greater flexibility to meet the nutritional needs of all students after hearing from North Dakota students who were left feeling hungry due to new, strict school nutrition standards enacted at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. The rule attempted to curb obesity by strictly limiting calories, protein and grains for all students without any flexibility to meet the needs of athletes or others whose dietary needs do not fit the guidelines.