February 2012

email Kathy Wilbur
email Marge Queen 



Welcome To The MAHPERD E-News

Happy February


It is amazing how fast time flies.  It seems like only yesterday we were all at the Samoset, networking, learning and enjoying our time together.  I would like to thank the Executive Board Members for attending and participating in the MAHPERD  Leadership Workshop.  Your energy, enthusiasm and willingness to give back to your profession is greatly appreciated.


We are beginning to plan for our 2012 Annual Conference.  If you have any ideas for session, topics or presenters, let us know. 


We hope the MAHPERD  E-news keeps you informed and up to date on happenings in our profession.  We are always looking for ways to improve our service to our members.  If you have any ideas or comments feel free to e-mail Kathy Wilbur or myself.



Marge Queen



MAHPERD Leadership Meeting


The MAHPERD Leadership Meeting was held on Saturday January 21st at the Senator Inn in Augusta. We had a wonderful turnout with 25 attending! We started the day with a great ice breaker that energized everyone for the day's work ahead and it was clear by the end of the afternoon we were a team with a mission! It was a packed agenda and what follows is a summary of key points.

  • Kathy Wilbur, Executive Director, led a power point and discussion on AAHPERD. Key points addressed were: AAHPERD's mission, governance and national associations, how the Alliance is structured, where dues go and the strengths of the Alliance and the challenges that lie ahead.
  • Marge Queen, President of MAHPERD, shared with the group MAHPERD's Strategic Plan, By-Laws (both available for your review on the website), operating codes of elected and nominated members as well as the job descriptions of the Executive Director and Conference Planner.
  • Committee leaders reviewed for the group their work to date since the November conference.
  • Marge Queen presented a great power point regarding the fall conference and conference evaluation feedback. A tentative schedule was laid out for the fall 2012 conference and an overview of possible number of sessions within each discipline. The Executive Board came away with the "big picture" of putting on a state conference.
  • Breakout sessions were held on the following themes: website, fundraising, budget and vouchers and technology. Many thanks to Wayne Martin, Cindy Connelly, Chris Bearce and Laurie Soucy and Deb Smith for leading the sessions. Groups rotated and had the opportunity to discuss our current status as well as recommendations on next steps.
  • After a great lunch we began the work of the 2012 conference to be held at the Samoset. Deb Smith reviewed conference forms, Chris Bearce reviewed vouchers and Marge Queen led the discussion on 2011 evaluation recommendations as well as schedule, possible themes, budgets and sessions for 2012. We broke into discipline groups and began the work of designing sessions to meet the needs of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance members. The Executive Board would love to hear from members about sessions you would like to see next fall. Please contact your discipline VP (e-mail addresses on website) with your thoughts.

We ended the day as we began with a short inspirational video on leadership! It was a great day. The number of attendees and the energy at the end of the day should clearly reflect for all MAHPERD members the commitment we have to our organization! Please remember that we are always looking for additional MAHPERD members to join any of the committees which include: Advocacy, Awards, By-Laws, Fundraising, Grants, Membership, Nominations, Promotional, Technology Task Force and Website Task Force.  


Kathy Sutton, President-Elect



  2012 MAHPERD  




February 27, 2012        5 - 8     MEA BUILDING


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

Department of Education News


NASPE PIPEline Workshop: "Let's Get Moving: Physical Activity for Children Ages 3-5" March 8 at the University of Maine (Orono)


NASPE PIPEline Workshop: "Instructional Practices for K-12 Physical Education" March 9 at the University of Maine (Orono)


Both workshops will be a full-day and participants will receive 7 contact hours.

Pre-registration required. 


Go to for a description of each workshop  http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/professionaldevelopment/pipeline/workshops.cfm 


Save the date for tentatively scheduled April 13th Full-day NASPE Workshop on

"Introduction to Physical Best/Fitnessgram and Assessment with Fitnessgram".

It will be held in Southern Maine.


For more information contact:

Jayne Chase

Physical Education Consultant

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 624-6657 (Office)

(207) 624-6691 (FAX)

More News From the Department of Education


1)      Education Evolving: Maine 's Plan for Putting Learners First - Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen released a first draft of the Maine Department of Education draft Strategic Plan on Jan. 17, 2012, based on input he received from visits with educators, parents, students, and others across the state during a listening tour in 2011. The plan is a working document. The Department is accepting feedback from the public and will refine the document during the winter and spring months of 2012.  Health Education and Physical Education teachers are encouraged to take time to review the plan.   Click here to review the plan.


2)      Save the date! The MDOE Annual Comprehensive School Health Education Spring Conference will be May 3, 2012 at Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon.


3)   Save the date! The MDOE Coordinated School Health Program is pleased to bring action-based learning guru, Jean Blaydes Madigan, back to Maine on May 23, 2012, at the   Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon.  


4)      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
Theme: Crossroads of Sexuality & Technology: Sexuality in the 21st Century


The conference will be held Thursday, April 5th at the Augusta Civic Center.

Featured speakers: Dan Rice, a 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., a School Health Team Leader for the U.S. 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.

American Heart Association


Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the #1 cause of death in Maine. Learn about the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association in Maine.

We're building healthier lives where you live and work - in the community, health care, education and research.

Touch hearts - save lives. Here's the chance to make a real difference!


February's Go Red For Women Campaign!      Please wear your red dress pin

The Maine Goes Red initiative provides women with opportunities throughout the year to learn more about their number one health threat -- cardiovascular disease -- and how to prevent it. As the Maine Goes Red statewide partner, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will bring you several local activities in 2012 and beyond to enhance the American Heart Association's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Some of these activities include:

  • National Wear Red Day
  • Go Red Night with the Portland Pirates
  • Go Red For Women Luncheon in Portland

Together with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we'll be painting the town red and hope you will join us in this fight to save lives!  


51 US Route 1, Suite M
Scarborough, ME 04074
phone: (207) 879-5700
fax: (207) 879-5918


Girls and Women in Sports Day at Bowdoin College
Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12:. This is a FREE event for girls in grades K-HS.


Saturday, Feb. 11  Girls Grade 6-9 will eat lunch with Bowdoin women student-athletes then watch the Bowdoin Women's Basketball game vs Connecticut College @ 2pm.


Sunday, Feb. 12

Girls Sports Day Clinics. Farley Field House.

K-3rd grade 12-2 pm;

4th-HS 2:30-4:45  pm.


This event is designed to introduce young women to a wide range of sports. Participants will rotate through sports stations at timed intervals. Sports offered will be basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, ruby, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. For more information and to register, go to:   www.bowdoin.edu/athletics 


AAHPERD National Conference - March 13 - 17, 2012


For more information go to: www.aahperd.org


AAHPERD National Conference and Expo will be held in Boston March 13th -17th "UNITED WE MOVE" is the theme of the convention.  Registration is now open.

Keynote Speakers and Presenters

We are pleased to announce our talented speakers and presenters for this year's convention. Set sail for Boston and learn from these amazing people!

  • Kenneth Cooper (R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Lecture
  • Mark Fenton (AAPAR Keynote)
  • Jim Loehr (AAHPERD Opening General Session)
  • Teena Murray (NAGWS Guiding Woman in Sport Luncheon Speaker)
  • Shellie Pfohl (NASPE General Session Keynote)
  • Diane Walker (NDA 2012 Heritage Award Honoree)
  • Mary Verdi Fletcher (NDA Dancing Wheels Master Class Session)


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.


The AAHPERD convention cannot run without a dedicated group of volunteers.  We are looking for professionals and students who are willing to offer their service in three hour blocks of time.  In exchange, you will receive a t-shirt, an opportunity to provide a service to your profession, and a chance to meet and network with new colleagues!  It's easy to volunteer. Go to www.MA-HPERD.ORG to find the link to the Volunteer form and directions to submit your completed form. 



Questions can also be directed to this email address.  


Let's make Boston's 2012 AAHPERD Convention a great success!


Thank you!

Amy Everitt and Karen Gomez

Volunteers Co-Chairs




Awards for Innovative Physical Activity Programs



The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) announced the launch of their national Innovation Competition to uncover the very best programs and technologies to promote school-based physical activity. 

The competition will award multiple prizes ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to schools with the best, most innovative programs for getting students to be physically active. This opportunity is for programs currently being used in elementary schools (ages 5-12, K-6th grade).


The deadline for entries to the ASAP Innovation Competition is April 2.

Visit www.ActiveSchoolsASAP.org for more information.


let's move



Join the MOVEment!  Ensure that your school provides a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation. Our youth needs knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.


Register now to support Let's Move in School and receive periodic updates about this important initiative. GO TO: www.aahperd.org