School Health Advisory Council

“Health and education go hand in hand: one cannot exist without the other. To believe any differently is to hamper progress. Just as our children have a right to receive the best education available, they have a right to be healthy. As parents, legislators, and educators, it is up to us to see that this becomes a reality.”

Former Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello

Healthy Children Ready to Learn: An Essential Collaboration Between Health and Education, 1992

SHAC - What is it?

Mesquite ISD believes that a healthy, physically active child is more likely to be academically successful. Results of numerous studies on the academics-fitness link found a consistent positive relationship between overall fitness and academic achievement. The Mesquite ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advocate for healthy students. It makes recommendations to the School Board pertaining to coordinated school health programs, human sexuality materials and instruction based on the values of the Mesquite community. By law, the majority of its members are parents of students who are not employed by the district. The Mesquite ISD SHAC consists of parents, students, community members and staff who work together to improve the health of all students.

All Texas school districts are required to have a Coordinated School Health program in place for grades K-8. The SHAC has adopted the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program for grades K-8.

SHAC Meetings

The MISD SHAC meets at least four times and no more than nine times each year. Meetings are typically held in the board room of the Professional Development Center at 2600 Motley Drive. All SHAC meetings are open to the public. If you wish to speak at a SHAC meeting or review meeting minutes, please contact Council Co-Chair Wendi Hatley at 972-882-7413 or

2017-18 Meeting Dates:

  • October 19, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • January 25, 2018
  • March 1, 2017


 Council Members:

Lynn Parent Barrera | North Mesquite High School
Tami Parent Bern | Austin Elementary
Tricia Parent Claiborne | Rutherford Elementary
Amy Parent Gayler | Beasley Elementary
Michelle Parent Huff | Beasley Elementary
Craig Parent Johnson | Price Elementary
Alejandra Krone (co-chair),   Parent | McWhorter Elementary
Kristy McCaleb, Parent| Price Elementary
Manny Mendosa, Parent | Shands Elementary and North Mesquite HS
Natalie Purdy, Parent | Gray Elementary
Jeffrey Thompson, Parent | Austin Elementary
Welden, Sabrina Parent, Gray Elementary

Dyer, Karen Community Member

Noely Barrera,  Student | North Mesquite High School

Devin Bright, Physical Education Teacher | Price Elementary
Beth Dittman | Director Health Service
Leigh Farley, Coordinator | Career and Technology
Dr. Treva Franklin, Assistant Superintendent | Instructional Services
Kellie Haddock | PTA Council
Patrick Haney, Coordinator | Science
Wendi Hatley(co-chair), Coordinator | Physical Education/Health
Sarah Looney, Dietician | Food and Nutrition Services


Texas Law
Coordinated School Health Program Information
Eight Components of a Coordinated School Health Program
MISD Policy Regarding Physical Education

Smart Snacks
MISD Wellness Policy
SHAC Operating Procedures

Possession or Use of Tobacco

Per the MISD 2014-15 Student Code of Conduct (page 6), students shall not possess or use tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. They shall also not possess or use matches or a lighter.

Vending Machine Access

Mesquite ISD complies with the guidelines set forth in the Smart Snacks and Texas Department of Agriculture guidelines concerning student access to vending machines and food and drink dispensed from vending machines.