September 2015

Summer Highlights from the President

It's been a very busy summer for the IAHPERD board. We kicked off the summer with our annual IOWA AHPERD convention held this year in Oskaloosa, IA. We had a great turnout and fabulous speakers.
After convention at the end of June, President-elect, Ben Robison and Co-ED, Jan Grenko traveled to LDC in North Carolina for a few days of leadership meetings with other President-Elects and ED's from around the country.
Then July came along and President Jennifer, President-Elect Ben and Co-Ed's Jan and Jen traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the annual Central District Shearer Leadership Summit. We came back from the summit with LOTS of actions plans for the coming year.

Here are a few of our goals:
1) Create an Ad Hoc committee to pursue moving forward to get the National Standards adopted in the state of Iowa.
2) Create membership incentives for our members
3) IAHPERD will send a letter to the school district principals thanking them for allowing their Physical Education/Health teacher to attend convention.
4) Attend the SAI and State school board conferences with an IAHPERD booth.
5) IAHPERD will identify state coordinators for LMAS. Requesting 1 or 2 people to fill this position.

Over this past year I have really enjoyed my time serving as president of IOWA AHPERD. It's been an honor and a privilege to serve our state at the local convention, central district convention and national SHAPE America convention. Please feel free to contact me ANYTIME about anything as I would love to hear from you. My term officially ends October 31, 2015.


The new Iowa AHPERD board will be taking over November 1, 2015. Please keep and eye out for another election coming soon! If you are interested in serving on a committee, please let me know!! WE WANT and NEED YOU INVOLVED! We have lot of fun committee's that won't require travel or big meetings on your part. We often use video chats to connect so we don't have to travel.

IOWA AHPERD Committee opportunties

Feel free to contact me, Jennifer Peterson, petersonj@oskycsd.org or these committee members for more information.

Convention - Jan Grenko Lehman
Membership - Jessy Bibler
Joint Projects - Margaret Beuter
Awards/Recognition - Jen Neubauer
Grants - Tom Spalla
Higher Education/Future Professionals - Bob Nutgrass and Trey Leech
Retirees - Jim Patterson
Structure/Function - Past Presidents
Finance - Jennifer Schnell
Web Master - Betsy Luck
Journal - Tim O'Hagan
Public Relations - Mary O'Connor
Nominating Committee - Tim Lane
National Initiatives - TBA ( Joe Burch, Sarah Murphy, Megan Hansen or Mary O'Connor)
Advocacy - Abby Goodlaxson

Jodi Larson - IAHPERD 2016 President - Elect

CONGRATULATIONS to the IOWA AHPERD 2016 President - Elect - Jodi Larson

Jodi Larson has been teaching for the past 20 years. She began her career at Martensdale St­. Mary’s as a special education teacher and head volleyball coach. She has spent the past 15 years at AnkenyCommunity Schools. Jodi has taught the last 9 years as a physical education teacher. She currently is a high school physical education and health teacher at Ankeny Centennial High School and prior to that was a middle school health and physical education teacher at Northview Middle School. While at Northview Middle School her PE program was 1 of 4 schools in Iowa to be named a PE4life Model School. In 2011 she was
named Iowa Middle School physical education teacher of the year. In Ankeny she has served as a content facilitator for the 6­12 physical education staff for several years as well as serving on her building’s instructional leadership team. She has served as a mentor for numerous years to new teachers coming into Ankeny. Jodi has been an active member of IAHPERD serving as VP of Health and presenting at numerous IAHPERD conferences.


The Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Program is partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to hold workshops led by registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). The two-hour workshops held across the state will provide training for elementary teachers and staff to support a school wellness environment through nutrition education and physical activity.

Spots are still available! Contact Carrie Scheidel at carrie.scheidel@iowa.gov or 515-281-4758 for more information.

FREE Let's Move! Active Schools 
PAL Training Workshop

Saturday, Sep. 26th, 8am-4pm

2107 Hill Ave

Spirit Lake, IA

Who Should Attend:

Central District physical educators and/or school physical activity CHAMPIONS (coordinated school health team)

Click on the link below to find out more detailed information and to register


Tuesday, June 21st 2016 at 8am to Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 at 3pm

701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125


Are YOU on social media for #Physed professional development? If not, I think you are missing out. Connect yourself to some of the top professionals in Physical Education and Health by connecting online.
Already this year I have used 2 activities that I found on twitter and I signed up for the #physed summit - elementary edition - online. See the link below.

VOXER is another awesome way to communicate too!

SHAPE America -- Heads up -- the National convention will be in Minnieapolis, Minnesota April 5 - 9, 2016. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to attend the NATIONAL convention so close to home. It won't be this close to Iowa for several more years.

Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance