School Health Advisory Council

ExtremeDay“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

2015-16 Meeting Dates:

  • October 15, 2015
  • December 10, 2015
  • January 21, 2016
  • March 3, 2016

2014-15 Meeting Dates:

  • October 16, 2014
  • Dec. 11, 2014
  • January 15, 2015
  • March 5, 2015

2013-14 Meeting Dates:

  • October 17, 2013
  • December 12, 2013
  • January 23, 2014
  • February 27, 2014

SHAC Members 2015-2016

Lynn Barrera


Treva Franklin

staff member

Kristy McCaleb


Devin Bright

PE teacher

Amy Gayler


Joel Palmer

staff member

Tricia Claiborne


Kellie Haddock

PTA Council/staff member

Brian Perry

community member

Rachel Crawford

staff member

Wendi Hatley

staff member/co-chair

Hailey Sartoris


Laura Deville


Michelle Huff


Sabrina Welden


Beth Dittman

staff member

Clinton Jones


Frank Wyatt

community member

Karen Dyer

community member

Mikayla Jones


Leigh Farley

staff member

Alejandra Krone



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.