Hornet Health Healthy Hornet

Welcome to the “Healthy Hornet” !!
This section of our District website is devoted to health, nutrition, and wellness. Information related to these topics, including recipes, health tips, and illness prevention, will be shared here by your School Nurses  : )  Please check back frequently to view the most up to date information!
If you have any questions or information you would like to see posted here, please feel free to contact one of us at the numbers listed below.  Thanks for checking out the “Healthy Hornet” !!
Poplarville Lower Elementary Michelle Recatto, RN-BSN-NCSN 601-795-4736
Poplarville Upper Elementary Julie Tyner, RN 601-795-8303
Middle School of Poplarville Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN 601-795-1350

Cholesterol Fact Sheet

About one in every six adult Americans has high cholesterol. Anyone, including children, can develop it. Hornet Health provides this useful fact sheet about controlling you Cholesterol. Your health is important.
Please review the attachment and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you and have a great day !
Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN
MSP Ext.  4008
PHS Ext.   5004

Attention: Parents of students covered under Medicaid of Mississippi

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Poplarville School District has opted not to participate in the Medicaid of Mississippi EPSDT program this year. Your child will still be able to receive EPSDT services, but they must be obtained through a Healthcare Provider or the Health Department. We apologize for any difficulties this may cause.

Please feel free to contact Melissa Darden at 601-795-8424 Ext. 5004 or 601-795-1350 Ext. 4008 with any questions.

Thank you.

Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN

School Nurse

Poplarville School District



Your Back to School Routine Should Include a Focus on Sleep!

Each year as a new school year begins, routines are set into place. Parents, students and teachers shift from a more laid back routine to a routine that is more regimented and includes things such as uniform and lunch preparation, homework, and extra-curricular activities. Hopefully, a strict bedtime is included in your back to school routine.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.
Sleep problems and disorders are prevalent at this age. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as ADHD and cognitive problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.
Follow these tips from the National Sleep Foundation to get your school year off to a great start!
Sleep Tips for School-aged Children
  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
  • Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  • Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
  • Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeine.

10 Benefits of Family Meals

  1. Eating together provides time that kids can count on spending with their parents.
  2. Kids who share at least four meals with their families do better on achievement tests than those who eat three or fewer meals with their families.
  3. Kids' thinking skills and linguistic development improve. (This may be due to the longer conversations that tend to take place during family meals.)
  4. Family meals contribute to a child's healthy development even more than play or story time.
  5. Teens that eat more meals with their families are less likely to be depressed.
  6. Teenagers who share more family meals are less likely to take drugs.
  7. Eating more meals together also results in teens' being more motivated to learn.
  8. Teens who share more family meals experience better relationships with their families and friends.
  9. Kids who are in the habit of eating with their families eat more vegetables.
  10. Kids who share family meals drink less soda.