SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - February

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

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We hope everyone is having a wonderful and healthy start to 2020!

The 2020 SHAPE Michigan Board and Committee members have had

an action-packed start to year and have been very busy planning

upcoming events and opportunities!

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2020 convention in

Traverse City at the Grand Traverse Resort - November 12th- 14th.

In addition, hopefully, you can attend an upcoming regional conference or workshop.

In this newsletter, read about about our upcoming regional conferences, read about member Tim Cornman, future professional member Evan Wilson, recent successful fundraising events, information regarding PE/Health/APE, look at bulletin board ideas for March,

and please take our SHAPE Michigan survey.

If you would like to contribute pictures, articles, or information to the newsletter,

have additional questions, or would like to become more involved with SHAPE Michigan

please email or

GVSU's SHAPE MI Northwest Regional Conference!

Collaboration, Learning, and Fun!!

SHAPE MI Committee and Board Members - Feb. Meeting

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Member Spotlight: Tim Cornman - Charlotte Public Schools

Hello, this is Tim Cornman, Physical Education teacher at Charlotte High School. I am a 17-year veteran teacher that consistently is focused on being organized, keeping up on the latest trends of my content area, and continues to provide energy throughout my lessons in the gym and classroom. I have taught elementary, middle, and high school Physical Education classes over the years, earning many relationships and involving myself in many activities outside of the school day. This coming fall will begin my 10th season coaching high school football. All of these experiences have proven a vital part of bridging the gap between the classroom and the athletic field, while providing learning both in coaching and teaching.

I decided to major in Physical Education for multiple reasons, but mainly because I love being active, sharing my love of fitness with others, and to always want to be better than those that taught me as a student while I was in grade school. With the ongoing issue of obesity in this country, I feel as though I have a place in this profession and that is to help students make good decisions, continue to maintain good health, and keep a positive mindset throughout their lives. I have had a lot of influences in my life, especially those that have coached me in athletics and my mentor teacher that I was able to work with in my student teaching. Thank you SHAPE of Michigan for the opportunity to share my story.

Future Professional: Frankie Salis - Western Michigan

Choosing to become a Physical Education and Health educator is very personal to me. I believe that the best reasons to do anything in life come from a persons passion and how important the decision is to the person. For me, I put a lot of value in the Physical and Health Education career based upon my experience in losing my dad way too early. My dad passed away when he was 48 years old due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of what health and wellness is about. The term literacy is used quite often in our career and gaining an understanding of the term myself is where I started to become interested in teaching health and physical education.

Telling a short story is the best way for me to explain why I chose this career. I served for twelve years active-duty in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, I was a physical training leader and oversaw the daily fitness program for my squadron. I have always loved the leadership role and helping others to become well-rounded in their own wellness. When I was in the Air Force, I would often go home on leave to see my dad. My dad was a very large man. 6‘3“ tall and about 400 pounds. My dad did not take very good care of himself. He did not go to the doctor for any type of exams, although he had a plethora of medical issues. He was also not very active and I would often talk to my dad and encourage him to change some of his unhealthy habits ....but with little to no success. I would get frustrated. I had no idea how to break through to him.

I remember one day going home on leave and I saw my dad with an energy drink. He had given up his favorite drink, Dr. Pepper, in exchange for energy drinks and he was extremely proud of that. When I saw my dad on this particular day, he was bragging about how he took my advice and was drinking energy drinks instead of soda. My dad was now drinking about four to five cans every day. I just could not grasp how he actually thought that the energy drinks were healthy. I also could not grasp how he did not understand that his size was affecting his health as well.

It was not until my dad passed away, not long after I’d seen him when I was home on leave, that I realized that he simply did not understand what he needed to do, or how to, improve his health. As one would expect I was extremely sad and actually upset with myself that I could not help my dad, or at least I did not understand how to assist him. This is where I began to understand the terms health and physical literacy. I remember how I felt when my dad passed away and that directly led me to become interested in teaching. I would not want anyone to be in the position I was in and feel the way I felt. Understanding how to help someone and help them develop the skills they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle became very apparent to me. This led me to where I am at today with my goal of helping as many people as possible to become not only literate but also to be advocates for health and wellness.

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SPEAK Out Day in Washington D.C. for PE & Health

SPEAK Out! Day

March 10-11, 2020

The link below will provide additional information regarding SPEAK Out Day for PE & Health

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Regional Workshop - Farmington STEAM - March 7th

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Teaching Dance Work Shop - GVSU - March 13th

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Congratulations to Angela Goodwin of Churchill Elementary .

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Meet your Michigan POP! ambassador! See the image above for your local POP! ambassador... he or she will come to your school and assist you in planning a 'Day of Awesomeness'. Additional information on

Congratulations to Bob Marijanovich and Lisa Eiland of Keith Elementary .

Bob Marijanovich and Lisa Eiland of Keith Elementary in Walled Lake hosted a recent 'POP Game On' fundraiser and generated over $37,000! Congratulations!
Below is information about SHAPE Michigan's fundraising opportunities. All are simple, easy to implement, and will provide funding for your program. Click on the following link: or email for additional information.
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What Improves Student Focus?

Research has proven that physical education and physical activity provide many benefits for students, such as:

  • Improved academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores
  • Enhanced attention, concentration and on-task behavior
  • Reduced discipline referrals and reduced participation in high-risk behaviors

The good news is that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education (HPE) as part of a student's well-rounded education. That means that all administrators can take advantage of new funding opportunities to expand their programs and improve the physical, mental and emotional health of their students.

AMRAP Activity - As Many Rounds As Possible

AMRAP's are a great warm-up that allow success for all students and students can participate at their own level. Have 4 - 6 stations established with a specific number of repetitions for each activity. Explanations & number of repetitions should be posted at each station and or even using GIFS projected. Students work at their own level to see how many rounds (completing each station) they can complete during a given time period. Depending on your class, options include having students put a tally mark on board after each round, giving them a object or ticket to collect after round, or complete with a partner. Students love the opportunity to work at their own pace/level but yet have a challenging environment
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Calming Jars - Jennifer Olsen, Grand Valley State University

One of the mini sessions at the Northwest Regional Workshop at GVSU included creating calming jars for students (or personal use). Glitter calming jars are easy to make and fairly inexpensive. The concept is that students will focus on the glitter falling to the bottom of the jar or plastic bottle as a way to calm down and self-regulate. The calming jars can be one of the many coping skills to use for dealing with stress and strong emotions.


• Add 2 tablespoons of glitter glue, per 1 cup of hot water in the jar/bottle.

• The glue suspends the glitter so the more glue you use, the slower the glitter falls.

• Stir to dissolve glue (plastic forks work well).

• Add glitter until there is about ½ inch on the bottom (color of your choice).

• They sell biodegradable eco-glitter now!

• Add 1 cup additional water (or to the top of the jar/bottle.

• Add one drop of food coloring if desired.

• Place lid on top. If you use a plastic bottle, you can glue the lid on.

• Shake. Enjoy

The video link below… "Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films) is worth checking out.

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Polar Plunge - Special Olympics of Michigan

On Friday Feb 21, 2020, SHAPE Michigan's Delia Powell along with students and staff from Forsythe Middle School took the plunge into freezing water at the Big House in Ann Arbor to raise money for Special Olympics. In all, the Washtenaw County Polar Plunge raised over $100,000.00 for athletes to participate in Special Olympics all over Michigan.

APE Activities - Cardio Drumming

Drumming has long been used as an intervention to help aid the development of motor skills and behavior in children with disabilities. In a recent edition of PALESTRA, journal of Adapted Sport, Physical Education, and Recreational Therapy, there was an article written by Carrie Ekins and colleagues about the benefits of using music and movement through a specific program called Drums Alive. A few major points made in the article were that there have been recent discoveries by neuroscientists from Columbia university which led to the term “anticipatory pleasure”, which is the “synchronizing of music and movement through dance to activate the brain’s sensory and motor circuits resulting in pleasure and double play” (Krakauer, 2007). “Music impacts our motor and emotional functions and is a powerful cue for storing and retrieving data” (, Music and Movement can Boost your Memory,” (2010). “Dr. Nina Kraus, PhD, Northwestern University, scientist…, suggest there is a link between neural response consistency and the ability to keep a beat”. Cardio drumming, well known for keeping the beat of the music while drumming on yoga balls while making different movements with the body, is a fun physical activity that gets the muscles moving, blood pumping, and central nervous system activated.

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Shape Michigan is divided into five different regions (see map below). Each region has a regional representative for the districts in his/her geographic region. You may contact your regional representative if you have any additional questions. In 2020, SHAPE Michigan will be hosting events in each region.... we look forward to seeing you!
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SHAPE MI Membership Drive - Each One /Reach One

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SHAPE MICHIGAN SURVEY...please complete

Please take a minute to answer the following survey about SHAPE Michigan

Thank you for your time as we continue to enhance our professional organization.

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To Promote Healthy, Active Living Through Professional Development and Advocacy

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A society in which all individuals in Michigan enjoy an optimal quality of life, through appreciation of and participation in active, creative, health-promoting lives