December 2011

email Kathy Wilbur
email Marge Queen 



Welcome to the MAHPERD E-News


Happy Holiday!


We hope the 2011 MAHPERD Conference provided  meaningful, professional development, and you learned new ideas, networked, relaxed and took time to celebrate why we do what we do!


Thanks to all who helped make the MAHPERD Conference a huge success. Over 475 members and 100 presenters participated in  conference.    We had a couple of firsts for our conference. Our walk/jog/stroll with luminary lights and our "Make A Difference Award" were reminders of the people who have touched our lives in special ways.  


Whether you were a first time attendee, or a many-year veteran, we hope that you will continue to support and give back to your MAHPERD organization.   As we close out 2011 and begin planning for our 2012 Annual Conference we welcome any ideas or suggestions that you may have for presenters or session topics.     Please feel free to email Kathy Wilbur ( or me with your ideas.


Just a reminder: The AAHPERD National Convention is in Boston from March 13 - 17, 2012. Registrations are now open. Go to the AAHPERD web site for more information.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season.


Marge Queen, President 


Congratulations to the 2011 MAHPERD Award Winners.
We celebrate your success!

Pulsifer    Eric Pulsifer

Elementary Physical Education  

Teacher of The Year  

 Woodside Elementary School

Topsham, Maine    

award winner    Joe Cormier

Middle School  

Physical Education Teacher of The Year

Freeport Middle School 



 Jo Dill

2011 Highest Praise Award Winner  

Maine Senior Games Coordinator     


Spinney    Gary Spinney   

Worthy of Praise Award Winner

Camden Rockport Elementary School 





Glenn Reif    

Distinguished Leadership Award Winner

University of Maine 



Let's Move In School Toolkits Are Now Available!  


The toolkit offers tools and resources for building a culture that supports daily physical activity as part of the learning environment for all students and teachers. These are available in limited quantities, so act fast and order yours now. The toolkit includes:
o   Let's Move in School DVD
o   Active Kids and Academic Performance brochure
o   Physical Activity Guide for a Healthy School
o   101 Tips for Implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program
o   Healthy Kids = Active Learning brochure


 Physical Education and Recess Linked to

Increased In-school Physical Activity


NASPE's recommendation for 150 minutes of physical education per week for elementary schools are quoted in a new Robert Wood Johnson funded survey where state laws mandating physical education and recess are linked with increased in-school physical activity among children by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Please share this important information with your local policymakers and state legislators.   

Click here for more info