SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - May 2021


Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan May Newsletter!

The 2020- 2021 school year is coming to an end! The year has been an unique experience for everyone! Adversity was utilized throughout the school year by everyone.... but new methods and resources were learned, adapted, and implemented. SHAPE Michigan provided many virtual conferences and professional development opportunities throughout the year and these events will continue as we move forward. Please continue to join us in our upcoming sessions and mark your calendar for our fall conference - November 4th -6th in Lansing.

We hope to see you on

Thursday, May 20th for our next FREE Virtual Networking session!

Come collaborate with your colleagues!

As a professional organization, we will continue to empathize the

importance of social and emotional learning and building a foundation for lifelong,

healthy habits through health and physical education!

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** Mark your calendars for one more 2021 SHAPE Michigan regional conference. This virtual event is for all members and the date is below. Additional information to follow.

AUGUST 5TH - Southwest Region (8:30 am - 12:00pm)

Conferences are for all SHAPE MI members & will be accessed through the Mighty Network.


Please join SHAPE Michigan in our monthly virtual session on Thursday (5/20) at 7:00 PM. This is for all Physical Education and Health educators & students in Michigan!

Spread the word! We will be discussing current topics

in our profession- see the agenda listed below!

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SHAPE Michigan State Convention

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Mark your calendars now and prepare to attend state convention in the fall!

Call for Presenters, Exhibitors, & Registration now open!!

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Chris Juszczyk - Lawton

I’m proud to say that teaching Physical Education is all that I ever wanted to do as a profession! I am Chris Juszczyk, Physical Educator at Lawton Elementary School in Lawton, MI. I have been living my dream job for just over 38 years (32 at Lawton Elementary). Sports and activities had always been a priority and interest for me, and in 8th grade I decided that I would teach Physical Education and coach! Not many girls were as interested in sports as I was in the early to mid 70’s, so in PE class I would always help those students with their skills. I absolutely loved teaching skills to my friends! I left middle school knowing exactly what I wanted to do and I never once looked back! I went to East Detroit HS (now called Eastpointe) and was further influenced by an amazing HS PE teacher and coach (thank you, Chris Schneider). I graduated HS in 1977 and went to Western Michigan University where I earned my degree in Physical Education (1981) and played softball.

My teaching career began slowly, as there were not PE jobs to be found. True to my nature, I persisted and stayed in education through coaching and working in programs through our ISD. My break finally came in 1985 when I was hired in the Lawrence Public School district as a 7-12 Physical Education teacher and coach. Four years later, a failed millage sent myself and others looking again for teaching. I was blessed to be hired over that same summer in Lawton Community Schools, my home for the last 32 years! Here in Lawton I have taught Physical Education and coached a variety of sports. I have also enjoyed officiating volleyball and softball when not coaching!

In my free time, I spend as much time as I can with my family and friends! I have family up north and in Colorado. My friends are treasures, many close friends from my college days, as well as my school family! I enjoy being active outside--traveling with those close friends, spending time in my pool, walking, playing Pickleball, and any other social activities! I look forward to getting back to social activities as I have been cautious, safe, and observant (like others) during these trying times!

As I spent time at home and away from family during our difficult times, I was really forced to think about future plans and time away from family. Like others, I cannot get that lost time with my family back, but I am in a position to do something about it moving forward. I will be cashing in my 38.2652 years of service and will join the ranks of HAPPILY RETIRED at the end of this school year! Believe me when I say that this was the most agonizing decision I ever made! I absolutely LOVE what I do, I LOVE my profession! What came to the forefront was desire to spend time with family, and being able to retire “at the top of my game”! I do know that I am not done with Physical Education or SHAPE Michigan, and all that goes with it! Physical Education will take on a different look after this school year...stay tuned!

National Physical Education Month

May is National Physical Education and Sport Month and SHAPE Michigan has been featuring various professionals throughout the state. All of these individuals are dedicated educators to their students, school districts, and the Physical Education and Health profession. SHAPE Michigan will continue to feature teachers throughout May. Make sure you are connected to SHAPE Michigan on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Mike Matulis - Grand Haven

Lindsey Tocco - Bloomfield Hills

Haley Barnes - West Bloomfield

John Dunlop - Portage Public Schools

Ryan Maki - Dexter Schools

Sawyer Duncan - Vicksburg Schools

Jessica Leenhouts - Buchanan

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Read the following article from Mike Matulis on how the 2020 - 2021 school year taught us all how to have flexibility with our plans!
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Looking to learn more about Adapted Physical Education. Try the free course linked below.
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Are you stilling teaching virtually or incorporating videos in to your lessons? Try EDpuzzle to make videos interactive and to provide accountability. You can see how many times students are watching your videos and you can provide questions through the video to check for comprehension. Edpuzzle is easy to use and enhances the use of videos with lessons and activities. Learn more at
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Did you know that SHAPE Michigan is divided into five different regions? Each region has a SHAPE Michigan representative and each region will be hosting a Virtual Conference in 2021. Contact your region representative for additional information and activities occurring in your region.

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