March 2012

email Kathy Wilbur
email Marge Queen 



Welcome To The MAHPERD E-News

Basketball madness, spring training and St. Patrick's Day, it must be MARCH! 


MAHPERD Executive Board continues to be very busy representing health, physical education, recreation and dance at the state, district and national levels.   Jayne Chase represented MAHPERD at Legislative Fitness Day at the Hall of Flags, Kathy Wilbur, Kathy Sutton, Stephanie Joyce, Michelle Danois and I will represent Maine at the annual AAHPERD National Convention. Kathy Wilbur and I will be representing Maine at the Alliance Assembly on Saturday March 17th.   The AAHPERD unification process continues to be a hot topic.   Board members continue working hard getting sessions for the 2012 Conference. We are always looking for sessions and presenters.


On behalf of the MAHPERD organization, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dennise Whitley, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association for her dedication, passion and advocacy efforts.   After many years Dennise is leaving the AHA to pursue her lifelong dream of running for public office.  Thank you, Dennise for always supporting, advocating and making connections with MAHPERD.   We wish you well.


March surely came in like a lion, so let's hope it goes out like a lamb.   I hope to see many of you next week in Boston at AAHPERD National Convention.


Marge Queen

MAHPERD President



See You in Boston!


EDA Social of States - You are Invited! The Eastern District of AHPERD is hosting a social for members of all EDA states on Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, at McGreevy's Sports Bar and Restaurant, just around the corner from the Convention Center. Plan to come and enjoy time with others from the Eastern District states.


                                                   MAHPERD AWARDS 

It seems hard to believe but it is that time of year again when our MAHPERD organization begins the process of seeking nominations for the Teacher of the Year (TOY awards) and Honor Awards to be given at the November 2012 MAHPERD Conference.


MAHPERD has established the TOY awards to recognize deserving professionals in the areas of health education, physical education, adapted physical education and dance education. Each year MAHPERD invites colleagues to submit nominations for the MAHPERD Teacher of the Year Awards presented at the annual conference in November. Letters will soon be arriving at your Principal's and Superintendent's offices asking them to nominate worthy professionals.


Awards are presented to:


Health Educator: One award is given to a health educator at any level of teaching responsibility, who currently teaches in a public or private school.

Physical Educator: Three awards are given, one to each of the teaching levels currently being recognized (elementary, middle, and secondary) to the physical educator who currently teaches in a public or private school. K-8 teachers should select either elementary or middle level.

Dance Educator: One award is given to a dance educator at any level of teaching responsibility who currently teaches in a public or private school.

Adapted Physical Educator: The Dr. Richard H. Bartlett Award is given to an adapted physical educator at any level of teaching responsibility who currently teaches adapted physical education in a public or private school.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Has a minimum of five years teaching in discipline for which he/she is applying, devoting 50 percent of their time to teaching in that discipline or working experience in the recreation field.
  • The nominee must be a current member of MAHPERD and have been a member for at least two years.

In addition MAHPERD has established the Honor Award Program to recognize deserving members in the disciplines of health education, physical education, recreation, and dance and to a deserving Lay Person who also meets the criteria for selection in these disciplines. The MAHPERD Executive Board invites colleagues to submit nominations for consideration for these awards:


Worthy of Praise

Distinguished Leadership

Worthy of Praise for Distinguished Leadership

Lay Person


The criteria for Honor Awards are as follows:    

  • Has acollege degree or State/national certification,in area of expertise.
  • Has a minimum of five (5) years' experience in a discipline.
  • Evidences professional commitmentand serves as a positive role model through membership, leadership, involvement and service in state, district and national organizations.
  • Assumes responsibility for his/her own professional growth.
  • Is a current member of MAHPERD and has maintained membership for five (5) years,if being considered for the MAHPERD Honor Awards of: Worthy of Praise, Distinguished Leadership, and Worthy of Highest Praise for Distinguished Leadership.
  • Is a current member of a professional organizationand has maintained membership for five (5) yearsif being considered for a Lay Person Award.

Additional information and nomination forms are available on the MAHPERD website.

The Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee look forward to receiving nomination forms.

Kathy Sutton MAHPERD President-Elect & Co-Chair Awards Committee


  2012 MAHPERD  



 April 12, 2012             5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


May 31, 2012               5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


September 2012        5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


October 2012               5 - 8      MEA BUILDING


October 28, 2012                      TBA


November 4, 5, 6, 2012          SAMOSET - MAHPERD CONFERENCE


Maine Department of Education News


Friday, April 13, 2012


 "Introduction to Physical Best/Fitnessgram


Asssessment with Fitnessgram Workshop"


8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Kennebunk Elementary School, Kennebunk, Maine

Deadline for registration is March 22nd

7 Contact Hours


Pre-registration required (limit of 50)

 For information regarding the conference, contact Jayne Chase , Physical Education Consultant, Maine Department of Education (624-6657)  For registration information, contact Janet Damren (624-6694)

Cost: $10.00 registration fee and no manual OR $25.00 for registration and "8.4 Fitnessgram and Activitygram Test Administration Manual"* *Test Kits are not included in this $25.00 cost but can be ordered through Human Kinetics.



Thursday, May 3, 2012


 Comprehensive School Health Education Spring Conference


Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon ME
8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Registration Fee (Includes Lunch) $25.00

6.5 Contact Hours


The day will feature Skip Gates, parent and former Maine teacher sharing his personal experience with the challenge of substance use and abuse followed by a panel on substance abuse issues and strategies for addressing substance abuse and other critical topics in the classroom.  The conference will also offer information and access to materials on a wide variety of health education topics, programs and resources for the classroom via exhibits, roundtables, structured networking and teacher resource sharing.


Join us for a day focused on improving and promoting quality Pre-K - HS health education throughout the state.


Sponsored by the Maine Department of Education;  

6.5 contact hours will be awarded



Wednesday, May 23, 2012   


Jean Blaydes Madigan:
Action Based Learning Workshop


Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon ME
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


No Cost for Participants!  


Who Should Attend?

  • School Health Champions
  • School Health Coordinators
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Anyone interested in learning the connection between Physical Activity and Learning


Gain insight into how... 


1.     movement and action based learning anchors learning based on the
        brain research that supports the link of movement to learning. 
2.    individual strengths and how to fulfill the needs of each child through movement.  
3.    learning academic content can be facilitated through kinesthetic teaching 
       strategies using movement and music.  


Jean Blaydes Madigan is an internationally known educational consultant, speaker and author on the subject of how brain research supports the link of movement to enhanced learning. She taught for 27 years in the classroom, in physical education and as a college professor. Her excellence in teaching is recognized by awards such as Richardson ISD Teacher of the year, Texas AHPERD Teacher of the Year, and one of six National Elementary Physical Education Teachers of the Year. Jean also received the 2005 PE4Life Advocacy award. 


For more information on Jean Blaydes Madigan or Action Based Learning see


Registration and further details coming soon from the Maine Department of Education.         6 contact hours will be available.



Plan ahead!  


The Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program Conference will be held Monday June 25 - Wed June 27, 2012 at Sugarloaf USA .  The cost will be only $195 per person for 3 full days.  This year will feature a new and improved packed schedule of quality schoolsite health promotion professional development and team program planning. Applications will be in SAU emails in March.


7th Annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference

 Crossroads of Sexuality & Technology: Sexuality in the 21st Century


Thursday, April 5, 2012 

Augusta Civic Center


Featured speakers:

Dan Rice, trainer for Answer, Rutgers University's Sexuality Training Education Initiative, who will address the impact of technology on how young people experience relationships.


Elizabeth Haller, M.Ed., School Health Team Leader for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, who will talk about public health and school partnerships.

This conference is designed for teachers, school nurses, administrators, prevention and care providers, health professionals, community health planners, counselors, staff from community-based organizations, social workers and public health staff.
Sponsored by Family Planning Association of Maine, Maine Department of Education, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New Beginnings and the University of Maine, Farmington.
For additional information and to register, go to 



             Active Schools Acceleration Project's Innovation Competition


 Have you entered your school or district in the ASAP Innovation Competition yet?


ChildObesity180's Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) Innovation Competition is still taking submissions for the most innovative and effective physical activity programs in elementary schools across the country.  ASAP wants to learn about school programs and technology innovations that motivate quality physical activity at school and beyond. If you haven't yet entered your K-6th grade school or district's great physical activity program and want the opportunity to share your program's success, there's still time to enter.


The competition offers national and regional awards of $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. Programs also will have an opportunity to develop and expand their initiative to other schools. Deadline for entries: April 2, 2012.    Go to to enter!






Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives


March is National Nutrition Month. The National Education Association (NEA) Health Information Network (HIN) is sharing information on Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives, a resource for educators to support ongoing efforts to teach students about being healthy. Parents and after-school programs can also use the materials.


Designed by NEA HIN and Nestle for grades K-3 and divided into three categories (THINK, EAT, and MOVE Healthy), the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives instructional activities provide step-by-step directions to carry out easy-to-use lessons in the classroom. Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives is aligned with the National Health Education Standards as well as national standards in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. 


Copies of Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives  can be obtained by emailing:


For more information visit:


Research Study About  

Exergaming Technology in Physical Education


We received the following from Jennifer Krause, an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Jennifer is conducting a national study which investigates physical education teachers' beliefs and behaviors about including exergaming technologies into physical education and would like your assistance with getting the word out to PE teachers about taking the survey.  This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at San Antonio (#12-104E).  




Attention physical education teachers!  Would you like to participate in a research study about Exergaming Technology in PE for a chance to win a Wii package?  Click on the link below to access the survey link.  It should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.





School-based Teen Dating Violence Prevention Programs


The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), is highlighting the Safe Dates and 4th R Curriculum, school-based prevention programs that focus on teen dating violence in middle and high schools. The Safe Dates program is designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence victimization and perpetration, including the psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that may occur between youths involved in a dating relationship for students 11 - 17 years old. The 4th R is an interactive classroom curriculum that aims to reduce youth dating violence by addressing youth violence and bullying, unsafe sexual behavior, and substance use for students 14 - 15 years old.


For more information about these programs, contact: Anna Johnson, Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, at 202-305-8561, email:




                                           ACES Day 2012

              All Children Exercising Simultaneously

         Join in the fun of participating in the world's largest exercise class.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

10:00 am or a time that is best for you


In schools, Y's, and daycares throughout Maine and the world


To promote good health and fitness habits. With the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, children's fitness plays a major role in fighting heart disease.


All sites that return a completed participation form after the event will be entered into a drawing to win 15 pedometers. Five sites will be drawn.


What is Project ACES?


Each May, on a designated date and time, millions of school children all over the globe will exercise together in a symbolic gesture of fitness and unity to show the world that they do not fit into that negative stereotype of being "physically unfit." This non-competitive program has proven to be educational, motivational, and fun.

During the event, all children will either exercise, walk, jog, bike, dance, do aerobics, or a combination of all of the above. Each site organizes its own participation assembly for the 15-45 minutes the program runs. Feel free to be as creative as you would like. If it rains, have a backup plan.

  For more information, contact Diane Campbell at 622-7566, ext. 230 or






Let's Move in School invites all US Schools to increase physical activity before, during and after school for improved health and academic performance!!!!!


Register to participate online at


Lets Move In School Showcase 2012


Let's Move in School is preparing for the biggest dance party ever at the 2012

AAHPERD National Convention & Expo in Boston!

Check out the Let's Move in School dance music video and put your students to the test with the step-by-step video tutorials.

Once they have it down, come represent your school at the convention in Boston

Show off those moves for all to see!


Can't make it to Boston? Show us your moves on video.

Share your video with us on our Facebook page for a chance to have your school and students featured on the big screen at the convention!

Check out the "How To" videos and get movin'!


Boston Marriott-Copley Place

Grand Ballroom

Thursday, March 15th

11:30am - 1:00pm

let's move