April 2012

email Kathy Wilbur
email Marge Queen 



Welcome To The MAHPERD E-News


Warmer weather and longer days, it must be spring in Maine.  Enclosed in this e-news is many opportunities for professional development as well as information about MAHPERD AWARDS.  If you know someone who fits the criteria for any of these award please take the time and nominate them.


We continue to be very busy putting together our 2012 Conference.  If you would like to present, preside or help out in any way please contact Deb Smith our conference planner.    


We are always eager to hear for our membership.  If you have any thoughts or ideas about how MAHPERD can serve you better please contact us.    For those of you going on vacation, I hope you have a great one!


Have a great spring.

Marge Queen


2012 MAHPERD Conference

 Theme Baskets

Theme Baskets are making a comeback this year at the 2012 conference. Each county is being asked to bring a basket to the conference to be raffled off, giving us 16 baskets. The theme may be a county related one, i.e. Washington County and Blueberries or a specific theme that county coordinators choose to do.  


Currently we have coordinators for the following counties:  

Aroostook: Chris Standefer

Cumberland: Michelle Danois & Karen Reardon

Franklin: Paige Hammond

Hancock: Sue Berry

Knox: Gary Spinney

Lincoln: Kathy Wilbur

Oxford: Elaine Michaud

Penobscott: Nick Lyons

Somerset: Stephanie Carter & Jayne Chase

York: Marie Potvin


We need a theme basket coordinator for the following counties:








Please consider becoming a coordinator. This does not mean you are making the basket, it just means you are organizing it for your county. Ask your colleagues to help fill the "basket". Send an email to school districts in your county and start collecting items. All proceeds go to MAHPERD and help cover the costs of the conference. Thanks for your help. If you are interested in being a coordinator, contact Karen Reardon at So. Portland High School.  


 click here to email Karen 


 MAHPERD Teacher of the Year Awards Nominations 


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 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, and

The nominee must be a current member of MAHPERD and been a member for at least two years.


MAHPERD Honor Awards Nominations


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 deserving Lay Persons who have supported one or more of these disciplines. The MAHPERD Executive Board invites colleagues to submit nominations for consideration for these Honor Awards:


Worthy of Praise

Distinguished Leadership

Highest Praise

Lay Person


The criteria for Honor Awards are as follows:

  • Has a college degree or State/national certification, in area of expertise
  • Has a minimum of five (5) years' experience in a discipline
  • Evidences professional commitment and 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


Lay Person Award: A person or organization that has been an advocate for health, physical education, recreation and/or dance.


Additional information and nomination forms are available on the MAHPERD website. The Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee look forward to receiving your nomination forms.


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


     Click here to go to the MAHPERD web site                



  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


The Eastern District Association of APHERD is offering an Adapted Physical Education Workshop on June 23, 2012 at Springfield College, Springfield, MA. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Lepore.

"Doc" Lepore is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator that teaches Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification majors how to include children with disabilities into physical education and health classes as well as after school sports and aquatics programs. She deeply believes in service learning for students, through her Camp Abilities program, and provides students with a multitude of enriching volunteer experiences including:

  • ˇ         Special Olympics Swim Team and Soccer League
  • ˇ         Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
  • ˇ         Sami Zajac Adapted Dance Camp

Click here for the registration form 


School Grants for Healthy Kids 


Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) will award over 500 schools with grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, for the 2012 -2013 school year through our School Grants for Healthy Kids program. 

The grants, designed to help improve school nutrition and provide kids with greater access to healthy foods, are made possible through AFHK's partnerships with Kellogg's and the Walmart Foundation.


Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school's ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible. Priority selection will be given to schools with student enrollment greater than 500 students. Average grant is $2000.


School breakfast program creation and/or expansion - to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) and universal breakfast programs. IMPACT: Schools must realize an increase in daily ADP of school breakfast program by 25% and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available.


For more information go to: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/upcoming-events/grant-opportunities/school-grants-for-healthy.html




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) jayne.chase@maine.gov

For registration information, contact Janet Damren (624-6694) janet.damren@maine.gov.

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.



Maine Department of Education News

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Comprehensive School Health Education Spring Conference

Health Education: A Key to Healthy Living


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;  Register at


             For more information contact susan.berry@maine.gov

                             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!


You are invited to attend a workshop on Action Based Learning presented by internationally renowned speaker Jean Blaydes Madigan and sponsored by Maine's Coordinated School Health Program. The conference is being held Wednesday, May 23rd at Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon. This conference is a quality professional development opportunity focused on the role that Physical Activity can play in enhancing student achievement.

Participants will gain insight into how...

1. Brain researchsupports 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. 


To register please visit the following link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L5JVGXX


Jean Blaydes Madigan is an 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 http://abllab.com/


Cancellation/No Show Policy -This event is free, HOWEVER if you register and DO NOT attend, without canceling, your SAU will be billed for the $25 to cover food, facility, and materials.



Apply NOW to send a team to the Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program "Wellness" Conference


The Maine Department of Education is pleased to host an outstanding slate of top quality, nationally and internationally renowned keynote speakers Monday June 25 - Wed June 27, 2012. Registration information is at http://www.mainecshp.com/health_promotion/index.html .


Debbie Zimmerman is theWellness Manager for Polk County School Board in Florida. She will utilize her more than 20 years of experience in schoolsite health promotion to energize and motivate conference participants in the art of developing and strengthening school wellness teams through her presentation on the POWER of Team! Debbie will also engage the audience in learning critical knowledge and skills for the development and implementation of effective strategic planning for employee health promotion and disease management programming.


Kathy Dempsey fromKeep Shedding! Inc. will share her keynote presentation; Shed or You're DeadŽ: How to Stay Alive, Celebrate YOU & Thrive in the Midst of Turbulent Change! Why do 75% of all change efforts fail? Largely because people feel left out of the process and lack the skills, knowledge and motivation to adapt to the new systems, processes and procedures. People who equip themselves to SHED faster and quicker will be the ones that survive and thrive! Kathy will provide knowledge, skills and tools to help each individual shed and move on in life.


William "Bill" Baun is President of the National Wellness Institute and Wellness Coach, leading the worksite health promotion and wellness program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His keynote presentation, A Cultural of Health: We Don't Do Wellness Alone will focus on the fact that wellness is a lifelong journey and an active process of making choices and commitments to be healthy and well. Individuals who are successful at wellness recognize that we don't do wellness alone. Wellness Coach - Be Well Bill, will focus on your attitude and the things you can do to maximize your opportunity for wellness success of your peers, family members, and YOU!


The cost is only $195 per person for 3 full days. This year's conference has a new and improved format supporting quality schoolsite health promotion professional development and team program planning.


Go to http://www.mainecshp.com/health_promotion/index.htmlfor application anddetails.No money is due with the application. If you have any question or are challenged by funding, team development or want to avoid late feeplease contact susan.berry@maine.gov to discuss.


Come experience a top quality professional development event this June, the 27th Annual Wellness Conference!



Healthy Maine Walks


The Healthy Maine Walks Coalition announces the new and much improved Healthy Maine Walks website. The focus of the site is to help people live active healthy lifestyles by making it easy to find a safe and known walking route in their community. The website highlights walking routes that fit the following guidance:

    • A Healthy Maine Walk is an accessible indoor or outdoor walking route that most people can walk in one hour or less at a brisk pace.
    • Walking routes may be a local high school track, a downtown "museum in the streets" trail or a portion of a larger trail system. 
    • Indoor routes include school hallways or those in shopping malls. 

            To make this new site current and as useful as possible, the Coalition is asking that
            all walking routes (existing and new) be included on the site by the following

1.    Login in to http://test.healthymainewalks.com/

2.    Apply to become a "walk liaison"

a.  This is key in that we need to have the most accurate information about the walking route as possible. Further, if conditions change, the walk liaison is then directly able to reflect those changes on the website so users will have the best experience possible.

3.   Once approved, the walk liaison has the ability to register an unlimited number of routes in their community and school.


This new site will be active for walk liaisons only until the site has generated enough statewide routes in the database. At this point, the new site will become active to all users - it will go public - and the Coalition will initiate a media campaign to promote the revised resource. 


     If you have questions, please contact Douglas Beck, Physical Activity Coordinator,
     Physical Activity, Nutrition and Healthy Weight Program, Maine CDC:

(207) 287-5041





                         Special Offer for MAHPERD members only!                          


Want to be a rock star teacher next winter? Make learning fun and active with the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning!


Looking for ways to help your elementary school classroom teachers incorporate physical activity during the day? The WinterKids GOAL has lesson plans for active outdoor education in all subjects! Great ideas for student (and teacher) wellness!

Order the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning by May 1st and save $20.00!Regularly priced at $50.00, MAHPERD members pay only $30.00 and WinterKids will pay the shipping!


Order 5 or more copies, and save 50%! (Each copy only $25.00)

To order the coolest summer reading on the beach, contact Marion Doyle at mdoyle@winterkids.org or call her at 871-5700 ext. 103

Attending the Wellness Conference in June? Visit Marion at the exhibit showcase to hear about new programs for next season!


Marion Doyle

Program Director


P.O. Box 7566

Portland, ME 04112





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 dianec@mcd.org



Move in School Physical Education Teacher Toolkit:

Celebrate Recess and Play!


This month's Let's Move in School Toolkit raises awareness of the importance of making time for recess.  Read NASPE's position statement on the issue and find a list of ways to get your local PTA/PTO involved in supporting your school recess program.


What's a PE Toolkit without physical activity break ideas? Download information on how to incorporate yoga into your school with the help of a FREE yoga-recess DVD.  As always, a parent letter is available to customize and send out sharing the importance of unstructured play in school.


Post your enthusiasm for recess with a free colorful downloadable LMIS bulletin board message to hang in the classroom!


Don't forget about our monthly LMIS webinar series which takes place the 2nd Wednesday of every month! The next three will focus on:


Integrating Nutrition Education into PE
Director of Physical Activity Certification

Summertime Physical Activity


For more information about the national AAHPERD Let's Move in School initiative, visit www.letsmoveinschool.org.  

 let's move