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Celebrating with Franchesca's Friends Grand prize winner
Classic Fare Catering wins at Epicurean Evening
Lone Star Chef Winners with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Price
Franchesca's Friends Grand Prize Winner, Kierstyn Arriaga
Ashbel Smith girls have fun while learning about nutrition
Culinary Students visiting NRG Stadium
Culinary Students touring NRG Stadium
Competitors in the District Lone Star Chef Competition
Fresh Fruit display from our dynamic Food Services team at Walker Elementary
Lunch with the Chef
Walker Elementary students share their food preferences over Lunch with the Chef.
Please check the TDA Income Eligibility Guidelines at left to see if your child qualifies for Free or Reduced Price Meals. You may submit a new application any time throughout the year. If your circumstances change, please update your status.
You may apply online, or pick up an application from your school office, or visit Nutrition Services at the Goose Creek CISD Service Center, 2200 Market St., Baytown, TX 77520. Contact our office at 281.420.4640.
Adults and staff will be charged regular adult rates of $2.50 for breakfast and $2.85 for lunch. (The ONLY adults authorized by the TDA to eat meals free are those who play a specific role in distributing Breakfast in the Classroom or After School Snacks and Suppers.)
Teachers and Coaches: Do you supervise a before or after school activity? Our cafeterias will be happy to provide meals or snacks to your students. Fill out the appropriate form below and talk to your school cafeteria manager to get started!
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Parent Survey on School Menus
Elementary school students receive printed menus prior to the start of each calendar month.
The printable menus posted here are abbreviated listings of the main courses available on certain serving lines. Click on the red bar below for complete menus. For further Nutritional Information, please call or email Dietitian Kirsten Kruizenga at 281-707-3226.
Complete List of Items Served & Nutritional Values
Grill on Wednesday
Custom Bros Grill
Custom Bros Grill Wednesday
Green Street Deli/Salad Bar
The Daily Dish
Elementary School Teacher and Staff Menu
The Daily Dish
Junior and Senior Teacher and Staff Menu
Goose Creek CISD Nutrition Services partners with the “Nutri Apps” program, which makes it easy for parents to apply for meal benefits online. Please note that if your child has qualified for free or reduced price meals in the past, you must still update your information at the start of every school year.
Nutri Apps Online Application
Please note, you must have your student ID or application confirmation number to pull up the status information.
If you have NOT completed an application this school year, nothing will show up when you hit submit.
F&R Status Check
“My School Bucks” makes it easy to keep up with your student’s meal account balance. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to an account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also download the app to your smartphone for 24/7 convenience.
My School Bucks
Nutrition Services Management Team
From Left to right: Kirsten Kruizenga; Chelsea Arkadie; Director Natalie Edwards; Marlon HIilyer; Michelle Ojeda; Chef Franchesca Bland; Nora Rocha; Dina McCartney; Maria Ramos; Suellen Lambert; Irma Tyler; Roshelle Stevenson
Make sure you fuel up as you hone your skills! The deadline to order for Staff Development Day is Thursday, February 13th. Don't delay; order today!
It's the season of love! Order some treats for your sweetie or yourself!
It's time to Go Texan! Dust off your cowboy gear and bring your satisfy your appetite with these Texas favorites.
Let the good times roll! Don't miss out on these fabulous Mardi Gras specials. Please allow two full business days for all orders.
We offer a wide variety of menu items for breakfast, lunch and everything in between.
Browse through our online menu at the link below.
Tiers of Joy! Specialty Cake Order Form
Sucre Paris! Macaron Special Order Form
Chef Franchesca Bland joined the Nutrition Services Department in November, 2017.
When Chef Bland was in elementary school, she remembers arguing for control of the television with her two sisters. They wanted sitcoms and cartoons; Franchesca wanted to watch cooking shows. Her favorites were “Great Chefs: Great Cities” and “Cooking Live with Sandra Moulton.”
One day, she saw a television commercial for the Culinary Program at the Art Institute of Houston.
“I was amazed that you could cook for a living,” she said. “That’s when I knew what I wanted to do.”
Franchesca never strayed from that dream.
She earned her culinary degree from there and has been refining her skills ever since (and getting paid for it, much to her delight.) Her experience ranges from Food Operations Manager at St. Luke’s Hospital, to teaching culinary arts students at Alvin community College.
Chef Franchesca enjoys bringing her passion for cooking to the students and staff of Goose Creek CISD.
Goose Creek CISD parents and guardians can apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals online. The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere.
We use the highest level of data encryption available, meaning that your information is always safe and guarded.
Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The online service is available 24/7 anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection!
Your data is transmitted to the Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster.
No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office. Applying online is so convenient and good for the environment as well!
Goose Creek CISD participates in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Both of these are federally assisted meal programs which provide nutritionally balanced low-cost or free lunches to approximately 31 million children each day.
All Goose Creek students are eligible to eat a free breakfast at their school, regardless of whether or not they qualify for free and reduced meal prices.
Breakfast choices vary from school to school. These elementary schools offer breakfast in the classroom: Alamo, Ashbel Smith, Bowie, De Zavala, Highlands Elementary, Lamar, Travis and Walker. At the secondary level, Baytown Junior serves a limited breakfast in the classroom. The other secondary schools offer meals in the cafeteria, and some have quick "grab and go" options.
Each year, School Food Authorities (such as Nutrition Services at Goose Creek CISD) must review their paid lunch revenue to ensure compliance with the paid lunch equity requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture. School districts are reimbursed for meals served to school children, but not for meals served to adults, including teachers. In fact, federal guidelines state that adult meals must be priced so that it is sufficient to cover the cost to produce the meal. Those expenses include food, wages and benefits, supplies and equipment.
School food authorities must ensure that the federal reimbursements, children's payments and donated commodities do not subsidize program meals served to adults whatsoever. Our ability to serve reduced price meals to students would be jeopardized if it were discovered that adults were paying the student price.
The United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture conduct periodic audits of all school districts utilizing the programs to ensure that all standards are being met and the district can continue utilizing the funds to feed children healthy meals.
Nutrition Services Director
Seniors, Alejandro Alcantar, Destiny Whitener and Nathan Garza once again proved that they have the culinary skill to tickle your taste buds and impress the pros! The trio, competing under the name, Hehejandro and The Boys, placed second out of fourteen culinary teams from all over the Lone Star State in the Lone Star Chef Competition sponsored by Aramark.
The student chefs had thirty minutes to cook and plate their dish, a Cuban sandwich called El Destino's Swich. They had to incorporate two of four secret ingredients that included: Dil Havarti Cheese; tomatillos; jicama; and grapefruit.
This was the second time the trio had appeared at the Lone Star Chef Competition. They won first place in the 2018-2019 competition.
Four teams of students from three Goose Creek CISD high schools competed in the Aramark Lone Star Chef Competition on Tuesday, December 17th. The culinary teams took on the theme Eat the Street as they prepared food truck inspired dishes that incorporated two of the three secret ingredients: Brussels Sprouts; Pomegranates and Curry Powder.
Judges Deputy Superintendent of Goose Creek CISD, Dr. Anthony Price; Sysco Corporate Chef Brittany Jerome and Meat Processing instructor Rex Miller were presented amazing dishes but ultimately crowned last year’s Lone Star Chef Champions HeHeJandro and the Boys the victory. Alejandro Alcantar, Nathan Garza and Destiny Whitener were crowned the State Champions of the Lone Star Chef Competition last year and the trio are excited to defend their title again this year!
Student culinary champs from across Texas will gather at Southern Methodist University on February 7th to determine who will bring the trophy home.
Friday, March 29 was an exceptionally good day for Alejandro Alcantar, Nathan Garza and Destiny Whitener. The Goose Creek CISD Culinary Arts team cooked their way to first place in Aramark’s 2019 Lone Star Chef state contest with their recipe for “Nathan’s Crunch Wrap.”
Fourteen Texas school districts sent teams to the Lone Star Chef finals at Minute Maid Park in Houston that day, where their challenge was to create and prepare a dish that fit this year’s theme – “Eat the Truck.”
Coached by Chef Kylie Sobczak of Stuart Career Tech High School, the students took the food truck theme seriously when they created their recipe.
“We wanted to make something that was fast and easy to eat on the go,” said Alejandro Alcantar.
Their first inspiration was to make pupusas, but then teammate Nathan Garza said the idea for “Nathan’s Crunch Wrap” came to him in a dream. Destiny Whitener’s perfect wrapping technique completed the winning dish.
Prior to the competition, all teams enjoyed a tour of Minute Maid Park provided by the Houston Astros, plus a BBQ-themed lunch prepared by the Aramark chefs who run the park’s food operations.
Once lunch was over, the real work began. The high school culinary teams had time to set up their stations and scope out the massive table of ingredients before the 30-minute cooking clock started. They also learned that they needed to include at least two of these four “mystery ingredients” into their recipes: Poblano Pepper, Grapefruit, Shitake and Portobello Mushrooms and Radishes.
“Hehejandro and the Boys” – as the Goose Creek team called themselves – remained poised and calm as they prepped their dish for the judges. They were able to incorporate three of the mystery ingredients into their pork wrap.
Their perfect execution won over the judges and “Hehejandro and the Boys” went home with a first-place trophy and $2,500 in scholarship money.
Chef Kylie Sobczak, left, and her Stuart Career Tech culinary students who won the district-level competition in Aramark's Lone Star Chef Contest. Destiny Whitener, Nathan Garza and Alejandro Alcantar.
Culinary Arts teams representing Lee, Sterling and Stuart Career Tech High Schools competed in Aramark’s annual Lone Star Chef Competition February 7 for the right to represent Goose Creek CISD at the state competition in March.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Eat the Truck.” Students are challenged to create a recipe that has food truck appeal, while still meeting the nutritional requirements of the TDA School Lunch Program.
Lee’s team, coached by Chef Ginger Zoidis, created “Trash Can Nachos” and Sterling’s team, coached by Chef Alesha Tate, concocted “Freestyle Tostadas.” But in the end, the dish that won over the judges' taste buds was “Nathan’s Crunch Wrap,” prepared by the team representing Stuart Career Tech High School, coached by Chef Kylie Sobczak.
The competition was judged by Dr. Anthony Price, Deputy Superintendent for Goose Creek CISD; Chef Cheyenne Peer of H-E-B’s Cooking Connection; and Rex Miller, Stuart Meat Processing instructor at Stuart Career Tech HS.
The Stuart Career Tech team, calling themselves “Hehejandro and The Boys,” includes Destiny Whitener, Nathan Garza and Alejandro Alcantar. They will now face off against 14 other school districts at the Aramark Lone Star state competition at Minute Maid Park in Houston on March 29.
Pictured below are all the Goose Creek competitors:
Front Row: Alejandro Alcantar, Nathan Garza, Favyon Russell
Back Row: Destiny Whitener, Angel Palos, Jason Buruca, Joseph Coy, Kaitlyn Ruiz
Darely Sandate, Mildreth Sandate and Naomi Carrey of Lee High School present their plate (below) to the judges at the Aramark Lone Star Chef Competition at Baylor University. The team was coached by Chef Ginger Zoidis of Lee High School.
For the last four years, Aramark has hosted a statewide cooking competition for high school chefs called the Lone Star Chef Competition. This was the first year that Goose Creek CISD has entered the competition, in which teams are challenged to create and execute a recipe that meets all the USDA nutritional requirements for a school lunch entree. The 2018 theme was "Latin Fusion."
The district competition was held February 1. It was Lee vs. Sterling. Ultimately, the local judges selected the Lee High School’s “Latin-Inspired Pizza” to represent our district at the state competition at Baylor University on March 29.
Fifteen teams from throughout the state competed for $5,000 in scholarships and prizes. Although our team from Lee High School did not place in the top three, they were definitely a contender as they sailed through the tense competition with practiced poise.
Congratulations to Chef Ginger Zoidis and the Lee team – Mildreth Sandate, Darely Sandate and Naomi Carrey – for representing Goose Creek CISD so well!
The Goose Creek CISD Lone Star Chef Contestants at the district-level competition in February.
From left to right are Brayan Franco and Harlan Haynes of Sterling High School, and Naomi Carrey, Mildreth Sandate and Darely Sandate of Lee High School.
From left to right: Robert Johnson (Highlands), Ismael Santana III (Walker), Genesis Acosta (Harlem), Annaira Aguilar (Banuelos), Erik Gonzalez (Crockett), Jeikobs Joel Mercado (Alamo).
Missing from photo: Yoleth Alvarez (Travis).
Back row: Chef Franchesca Bland and Chelsea Arkadie, Registered Dietitian.
Top row, from the left: Evyn Edwards (Austin); Asana Gordon (Austin); Ariana Lizette Loy (San Jacinto); Jason Wheelock (Highlands); Chef Kylie Sobczak.
Bottom row, from the left: Briyana James (Harlem); Madeline Gomez (Alamo); Madalynn Blackburn (Travis); Viridiana Nunez (Banuelos); Kyilee Whittington (Clark).
Not pictured: Alejandra Herrera (Ashbel Smith)
ACE's Global Adventures!
During FUEL Week each month, we introduce a new recipe to students to see if they approve.
The 2019-2020 Elementary Student FUEL program is themed
"The Colors of the Rainbow."
September: Bruschetta Pizza (red)
October: Chicken Hard Tacos (yellow)
November: Chicken & Waffle Sandwich with Purple Slaw (purple)
December: Rainbow Flatbread
The 2019-2020 Secondary Student FUEL program will feature these recipes:
September: Spicy Popcorn Chicken with Sweet Potato Tots & BBQ Cream
October: Chicken Pastor Soft Tacos
November: Chicken & Waffle Sandwich with Cranberry Slaw
Goose Creek CISD adheres to the The Texas Department of Agriculture guidelines for accommodating children with special dietary needs.
Documentation must be submitted to the School Nurse for verification, who will then forward a copy to Nutrition Services. Dietary accommodations begin once Nutrition Services receives and processes the request. Please note that dietary accommodations that require purchasing specific items may not be immediately available. It can take up to four weeks to receive delivery of special order items.
2019 Summer Meals for Kids serving
June 3 through August 2
Cookouts every Tuesday and Thursday in June!
Goose Creek CISD Nutrition Services has teamed up with local organizations to provide free lunches for children 1-18 at six Baytown Parks, two area libraries, community centers, apartment buildings and more this past summer.
Printable Schedules are linked below:
Summer School Meal Schedule
Summer Meals at the Parks and Libraries
Jazmin & Ximena Chavez
Ignacio and Giovani Huerta
Joshua Connor Mathews
San Jacinto Elementary School
Carver Elementary School
“Competitive Foods” refers to all food and beverages SOLD to students on school campus during the school day, other than meals reimbursable under government programs. Effective July 1, 2014, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a memorandum to inform State agencies and School Food Authorities (SFAs) that USDA no longer provide waivers once these rules went into effect.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required the USDA to establish nutrition standards all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meals on the school campus during the school day. USDA’s interim final rule “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School,” was effective July 1, 2014. These science-based nutrition standards promote a healthy school environment and apply to all foods sold, such as:
TDA analyzed the potential impacts of USDA’s Competitive Rule requirements in light of Texas Laws and the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy. Schools may have unlimited fundraisers as long as the fundraisers adhere to the federal Competitive Rule (i.e. Smart Snacks) requirements. Food items that do not meet the Competitive Rule requirements must be sold outside of the school day. The following are additional examples of allowable fundraisers that may occur during the school day:
These rules DO NOT apply to food given to students for free or brought by the student for their own consumption.
Goose Creek CISD knows that sometimes families forget lunch money. We have a plan to ensure that students can receive a meal during times when the child's meal account is low or negative. The Emergency Meal Policy applies to all grade levels. The emergency meal policy applies to lunch meals only. All GCCISD students can eat breakfast without charge, regardless of free, reduced or paid meal status.
The Nutrition Services Department wants to:
A student will be allowed to charge 10 emergency meals.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) further strengthened this requirement in order to promote student health, prevent childhood obesity and provide transparency to the public on school wellness policy content and implementation. Per the HHFKA, local wellness policies (LWPs) are to include, at a minimum, the following:
Every school/LEA that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) is required to establish a local school wellness policy. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) further strengthened this requirement in order to promote student health, prevent childhood obesity and provide transparency to the public on school wellness policy content and implementation.
Per the HHFKA, local wellness policies (LWPs) are to include, at a minimum, the following:
To learn more about the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, nutritional requirements for participation, and more, visit Square Meals.
Are you the next Top Chef?
Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to show their culinary skills in the Franchesca's Friends Contest.
There will be one winner from each school. Click the link below for the entry form and for more information.
Chef Franchesca invited contest winners to present their recipes to the School Board prior to the February 4 meeting. From the left are Brooklynn Garrett, Jaliyah Riddick-Grant and Nicolas Llanes.
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