May 2012

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       2012 MAHPERD Conference at the Samoset in Rockport, Maine
November 4-6, 2012

Registrations would be with a credit card or by check. 
Purchase orders would not be accepted.
More information on this before summer break.

Tentative Conference Schedule
(subject to change)

Sunday             11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday             7:30 am -  4:00 pm
Tuesday             7:30 am -  9:00 am

Sunday               2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday             8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 4, 2012
 1:30 - 2:45 pm      Session 1
 3:00 - 4:15 pm      Session 2
 4:30 - 5:45 pm      Session 3
 5:45 - 6:30 pm      Dinner & Visit Exhibits
 7:00 - 7:30 pm      Luminated walk/run
 7:45 - 9:00 pm      Special event

Monday, November 5, 2012
  6:30 - 7:30 am       Early Bird Activities
  7:00 - 8:15 am       Breakfast
  8:15 - 9:15 am       Session 4
 9:30 - 10:30 am     Session 5
10:30 - 10:55 am    Visit with Exhibitors
12:30 - 1:30 pm      Lunch
 1:30 -  2:30 pm      Session 6
 2:45 -  3:45 pm      Session 7
 4:00 -  5:00 pm      Session 8
 5:30 -  6:15 pm      Socials
 6:30 -  7:30 pm      Dinner
 7:30 -  9:00 pm      AWARDS BANQUET & SILENT AUCTION
 9:00 -  12:00 am    Evening Activity

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 6:30 -  7:30 am      Early Bird Activities
 7:00 -  8:15 am      Breakfast
 8:15 -  9:30 am      Session 9
 9:45 - 11:00 am     Session 10 & MAHPERD TOWN MEETING
11:15 - 12:15 pm    Session 11



   2012 MAHPERD Conference at the Samoset in Rockport, Maine

Here's a sneak peek at sessions that the MAHPERD Board has in place at this time.  If you have a suggestion for a session or would like to offer a session please contact Deb Smith at

Alliance for Healthier Generation: National Recognition for Your School
Belly Dance
Blues Dance: Yes Blues Really Is A Dance
Bringing Health and PE Into the Classroom - The Great Body Shop
Bullying Prevention
Cobra Power to Will Power
Concussions and Head Injury - What Students and Adults Should Know
Cyber Harassment
DOE Health Education Updates
DOE Physical Education Updates
Elementary Physical Education Sharing
Functional Fitness for Your Classroom and Team
Healthy Consent
High School Physical Education Sharing
Just Swingin'
Lacrosse for PE Classes In A Gym Or On A Field
Lessons Learned From Long Distance Hiking
Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey 2011 Results
Mass Games for Physical Education
Metaphorical Learning, Teaching Health Topics Through Metaphor
Middle School Physical Education Sharing
New Challenge Games for PE and Rec
Overview of CPPW Obesity Prevention Grant Resources
Partner Dance
Promoting Positive Youth Developement and Reducing Substance Abuse In Communities
Quidditch: Team Sport to the Max
Shake Your Soul: Rediscover the Joy of Movement
Shim Sham Dance
Simple Dance Choreography for PE Class or Musicals
Tanning Is Out - Your Skin Is In
The Teen Brain on Drugs


2012 MAHPERD Conference

 Theme Baskets


Theme baskets are making a comeback 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 South Portland High School.  


 click here to email Karen 


 MAHPERD Teacher of the Year Awards Nominations 


It is time for our MAHPERD organization to begin the process of seeking nominations for the Teacher of the Year (TOY) Awards to be given at the November 2012 MAHPERD Conference. The deadline for nominations is May 11, 2012.


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  



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 2013 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart &

Hoops For Heart Grant


Complete a Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) or Hoops For Heart (HFH) event this year, and you could earn rewards and national recognition for your school's physical education program! AAHPERD provides opportunities for JRFH & HFH event coordinators to earn rewards and recognition through the AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grant. It's not too late to complete your Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops For Heart event and to apply for the 2013 AAHPERD JRFH & HFH Grant!

Every year AAHPERD awards ten grants to physical educators who demonstrate passion, creativity and dedication to the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs. The AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Grant is available only to individuals who have completed a JRFH or HFH event in the prior school year.

Winners of the AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grant enjoy the following benefits:

  • Complimentary AAHPERD membership for one year
  • Complimentary registration to attend the 2013 AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition in Charlotte
  • A stipend to cover travel and hotel fees to attend the convention
  • A gift voucher for physical education equipment worth $1,200 from US Games
  • Special recognition at the 2013 AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition in Charlotte

Applying is easy! Just visit:

Applications are due to AAHPERD headquarters by October 15, 2012.



The Eastern District Association of AHPERD 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:




Maine Department of Education News 


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 research 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


To register, please visit the following link:


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


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



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 - Wednesday June 27, 2012. Registration information is at .


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. 


Kathy Dempsey from Keep 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 Culture 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 registration cost for the conference 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 application and details. No money is due with the application. If you have any question or are challenged by funding, team development or want to avoid late fees, please contact or 624-6695 to discuss.


Come experience a top quality professional development event this June at the

27th Annual Wellness Conference!