October 2012

email Kathy Wilbur
email Marge Queen 



Welcome To The MAHPERD E-News

Happy Fall!


Hope your school year is off to an amazing start!    This e-news is full of wonderful professional development opportunities.  


The MAHPERD Conference is just around the corner!  Registration is now open!    The MAHPERD Executive Board has worked hard to provide another quality conference.   Go to www.maineahperd.org for more information.


We hope to see you at the conference! 


Marge Queen














RUMFORD, ME  04276


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

 "Let's MOVE ME More"


Please use the following process for reserving a room at the Samoset Resort for the MAHPERD Conference.


  1. Go to: www.maineahperd.org 
  2. Click on Samoset Room Reservation - Reserve Now
  3. Under Make a Reservation - (Black Box) Put in:
  4. Dates
  5. Number of Adults
  6. Number of Rooms


Special Codes:

Click on the arrow: Scroll to Group/Block Code and enter it. Type MAHPERD2012 where it says Enter Code(You must put in the codes or a message states there are no available rooms

  • Click on Check Availability 
  • Available rooms should appear (Click on All Rates if no rooms or rates appear) 
  • Select Room - scroll down to select the room you want and then click on "Select Room at this Rate" 
  • This will bring you to the page where you put in guest and billing information
Registration will be with a credit card or by check.   
Purchase orders will not be accepted.

MAHPERD is offering eight $100 grants for members to attend the MAHPERD Annual Conference. Take advantage of this opportunity to support your attendance at the conference. A short application can be found at www.maineahperd.org


Sunday and Monday of the 2012 MAHPERD Conference, Image Wear clothing will be available to purchase. There will be Physical Education, Health Education, Recreation and Dance t-shirts.  MAHPERD gets a profit from every sale!

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.  


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 


The 2013 AAHPERD  

Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grant


If your school completed a Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) or Hoops For Heart (HFH) event this past school year, you could earn rewards and national recognition for your school's physical education program!  

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 & Hoops For Heart Grant is available only to individuals who have completed a JRFH or HFH event in the prior school year. Recipients 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: http://www.aahperd.org/jump/awards/grants/ 

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



"Are We Up to PAR?

Professionalism, Advocacy, and Relevance!"


The 92nd Annual EDA-AAHPERD Conference is going to be held February 20th-23, 2013 at the Valley Forge Convention Center and Casino, Valley Forge, PA. President John Helion's theme for the convention is "Are we up to PAR? Professionalism, Advocacy, and Relevance". We will have over 100 sessions in Dance, Health, Physical Education, Physical Activity and Recreation, Student Sessions, Research, Adult Development/Activity and Aging, and some special activities including a Red Cross Blood Drive, a Food Drive supporting the local community, and the 2nd Annual EDA Challenge.


Click on the link below for hotel information. The convention site is easily accessible from Philadelphia International Airport. http://www.vfconventioncenter.com/directions.htm 


It is also directly across the street from Valley Forge National Park, five minutes from the King of Prussia Mall, and 20 miles from Historic Philadelphia. Lots of various types of eating establishments are located near the hotel. It is truly a beautiful area. http://www.vfconventioncenter.com/local_attractions.htm 


We would love to have you join us. Conference and registration information will soon be on the EDA web site. Early Bird registration will begin December 1st. Please visit the EDA Website for more information. http://www.aahperd.org/about/districts/eastern/convention.cfm  



EDA Professional Development Grant


The purpose of the EDA Professional Development Grant is to encourage increased participation in the Eastern District Association by having professionals in the disciplines of HPERD attend the EDA Convention. The Professional Development Grant program will provide financial support of
  • $150.00 for qualified individuals to attend the EDA convention. A total of
  • 10 grants are allocated for the February 20 - 23, 2013 EDA Convention in Valley Forge, PA.
  • Applications must be emailed to Jill Goldman by Dec 15, 2012.

For more information click on below link


EDA Outstanding Future Professional (OFP) Award

If you know of an undergraduate student who deserves recognition at the regional level who is interested in attending the EDA Convention nominate the student for this award!

For application and more information email Jill Goldman- jgoldman@frsd.k12.nj.us Applications due by Nov 1st 2012.


 AAHPERD Membership


This year pledge to support your professional organization - AAHPERD!  If you are not a member already, please make joining AAHPERD one of your top priorities!  If you are a member, thank you for your support!  Tell your colleagues that for a limited time they can join for only $11.25 a month.  Check it out at http://www.aahperd.org/membership/join.cfm 



HHS/CDC Launches Heads Up PSA with Kurt Warner


Check out the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Heads Up public service announcements (PSAs) with Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner  - just one of the professional athletes who are volunteering their time to help keep kids and teens safe from concussion, and more serious brain injuries. The new CDC Heads Up PSAs will air nationwide to help educate parents, kids, and teens about this injury both on and off the sports field.


To view the PSA with Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6JKefMA0WA&feature=youtube.


To learn more about Kurt's Concussion Story visit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m-Fx_nC4N4&list=PL0CFAF1B00FDA06BA&index=40&feature=plpp_video 


Through the Heads Up program, CDC provides information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to concussion, and more serious brain injuries.


For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/Concussion<http://www.cdc.gov/Concussion 


Youth Are Invited to Enter Stop Bullying Video Challenge


The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention, encourage youth to submit original PSAs, 30 to 60 seconds in length, that showcase ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their communities.  They are looking for informative and entertaining videos that a send positive message to youth about the importance of being "more than a bystander" to bullying in their schools and communities.  The deadline for submission is October 14, and the top prize is $2,000. Full details about the contest, including submission guidelines and rules for eligibility are available at stopbullying.challenge.gov.


Source: The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention



The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit


Developed by the Department of Agriculture, this toolkit helps to prepare parents, educators, students, school administrators and other community members for the changes to school meals this school year. Resources include brochures, fact sheets, flyers, school lessons and templates.

NASPE's Teachers Toolbox  


What better way to start off the school year than with the newest NASPE's Teachers Toolbox!  NASPE's Teachers Toolbox delivers the best online tools and ideas for your quality physical education, physical activity and youth sport programs - and it's free! Subscribe to the RSS feed on the homepage of Teachers Toolbox, to find out when a new Teachers Toolbox comes out!



Teen Dating Violence Not A Priority For Schools  

According to Study


A new study published in the journal Pediatrics said that a majority of high schools in the United States don't have procedures or trained staff to deal with teen dating violence and often don't make teen dating violence a "high-priority issue to be addressed."


Despite research that shows notable levels of teen dating violence across the country, around 70 percent of high school counselors who were surveyed said they have not received any formal training in handling these issues.


"For example, if a female is abused in a relationship in a high school and they go to a school counselor, the counselor would not have a set protocol or procedure to handle the problem," lead author and Ball State University professor Jagdish Khubchandani told Reuters Health.


According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teen dating violence is a serious problem in the United States that often goes unreported. Statistics released by the centers last month show that about 10 percent of students nationwide report being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend within the past year.


The data also showed that violence during teenage years could be a precursor to domestic abuse later in life. Among adult victims of rape, violence or stalking by an intimate partner, 22 percent of women and 15 percent of men first experienced some form of partner abuse between the ages of 11 and 17, according to the CDC.


The centers also noted that teen victims of dating violence are more often depressed, have lower grades, engage in drug and alcohol use, and have eating disorders or are more likely to commit suicide.


For more information, visit: http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112652374/teen-dating-violence-not-a-priority-for-schools/