Jodi Larson, President| December 2016

President's Welcome

As we are close to saying goodbye to 2016, I wanted to take a minute and say thanks for allowing me the opportunity to lead IAHPERD into 2017. I am excited for this opportunity to continue the great work that has been started and to strengthen our organization. I look forward to helping create an atmosphere of learning, leading, and advocating. As we move into the new year we are working on a restructure of the organization. The goal of the restructure is to get more members involved. If you are interested in being more involved with IAHPERD as a committee member or on the board please send me an email. I look forward to leading IAHPERD in 2017 and helping physical educators across the state network with one another.

If at any time you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to contact us.

Jodi Larson, President: jodiiiowaahperd@gmail.com

Ben Robison, Past-President: benrobison@ccaschools.org

Joe Burch, President-Elect: joe.burch@pella.k12.ia.us

Jennifer Schnell, Co-Executive Director: schnelljen21@gmail.com

Jan Grenko-Lehman, Co_Executive Director: janplus3@mchsi.com

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Happy December IAHPERD Members! I hope this note finds you all well as your 2016 winds down. It has been a very, very busy year as I’m sure you can all relate.

I wanted to take a moment to update you on a couple of things happening within the IAHPERD organization. We are making significant strides to improve your member benefits as we streamline the processes and governance. Members now have access to equipment grants, travel scholarships for professional development, and limited liability coverage, on top of all other functions of the organization. This being said, we are looking for your input. How can this organization better serve you? In the next month, you will be receiving an IAHPERD Member Survey to offer you a vehicle to provide feedback to the IAHPERD leadership. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help us understand the needs of our members.

IAHPERD is also delving much deeper into Advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. In the past few months we have spent time with the School Administrators of Iowa and the Iowa Association of School Boards to raise the awareness of PhysEd and IAHPERD. I would consider these to both be successful ventures. In December, the IAHPERD leadership was invited to attend a work session with Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise and Deputy Director Dave Tilly to discuss the future of ESSA in Iowa and how Health Ed and PhysEd fit in to the grand picture of the Well Rounded Student. It was excellent to have a seat at that table, and it appeared to be a very successful meeting. Many excellent points were brought forward, and the DOE seemed to have great intentions to bring Health & PhysEd into solid standing.

Speaking of ESSA, I have spent a fair amount of time in the last few months doing quite a bit of research on the new legislation. It is incredibly fascinating how many working parts exist. If you are not familiar with ESSA and how it will impact Health & PhysEd, I strongly encourage you to visit the SHAPE America resource center at: http://www.shapeamerica.org/advocacy/essa.cfm/. Now is the time to take action, and the window is closing rapidly. One of the greatest concerns currently is the amount of federal funding for the ESSA Programing. Later in the newsletter, you will find a link to send your Senators and Representatives a letter advocating for more funding. Please take the 90 seconds it takes to fill that out and write your representatives. At this point, volume in communications is a critical element.

As always we are always looking for people to serve in the IAHPERD leadership, through committees and elected positions. If you or one of your colleagues would be interested, please contact me!

I hope you have a great, restful, and safe Winter Break. I look forward to hearing from you, and I look forward to a GREAT 2017.

My Best

Ben Robison
IAHPERD Immediate Past-President


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JANUARY 26-28: Central District Conference, Cedar Falls, IA|UNI

FEBRUARY 26: Student Workshop, Clear Creek Amana


  • January 26th-28th, University Northern Iowa
  • Pre-Conference sessions are only $25 each
  • Students: Pre-conference is free with paid registration and still looking for future professionals to present at student presentations. If interested contact stephensond@sw1.k12.wy.us


IAHPERD is currently holding a special election for a vacant At-Large seat on the Leadership Council. Your vote matters! Voting is open now, and ends on Wednesday, December 21 at Midnight.

Vote at: www.tinyurl.com/Dec16Election

Candidate: Brett Delaney, Ankeny Iowa

Brett is in his seventh year at Northview Middle School in the Ankeny School District, and 10th in the Physical Education field. Brett holds a Bachelor's in Physical Education from Central College ('06), and a Master's in Physical Education and coaching from UNI ('12). He has been an IAHPERD Member since 2007, a SHAPE America Member since 2015 and was named the 2015 IAHPERD Middle School Physical Education teacher of the year. He also served as Secondary Physical Education Chair in 2012.


We are excited to be partnering with Interactive Health Technologies to give teachers the opportunity to integrate technology and collect some state wide data. In late summer we took applications for schools wishing to be a part of this initiative and currently have twenty seven teachers working on this project. We will gain some consistent fitness data as well as activity minutes. This is year one of the initiative so look for more information coming out this spring about phase two if you would like to be a part of the project.

Contact Jodi Larson with any questions at jodiiowaahperd@gmail.com


Please be sure to update your membership for the 2017 year. Your membership makes the organization stronger! Membership information can be found at http://www.iowaahperd.org/membership.html.

Why Join?

  1. Networking: IAHPERD is Iowa’s largest network of Health, Physical Education, and Adaptive Physical Education Professionals.

  2. Professional Development: IAHPERD provides PD opportunities specifically for Iowa’s Health and Physical Education community.

  3. Access to Grants: IAHPERD provides equipment grants annually for its members to boost their programs!

  4. Travel Opportunities: As a new initiative, IAHPERD is awarding travel scholarships to members for Professional Development opportunities!

  5. Convention: IAHPERD hosts an annual convention, Iowa’s largest event for Health and Physical Education Professionals!

  6. Scholarships: IAHPERD awards scholarships annually for future Health and Physical Education Professionals.

  7. Advocacy: IAHPERD serves as the voice of our profession at the local, state, and national levels! A strong membership provides powerful advocacy!

  8. Recognition: Among other awards given, IAHPERD honors outstanding professional members with Teacher of the Year Awards, given annually.



  • Mark Jungmann|North Polk West Elementary| Incorporating Fitness in Elementary P.E $1500
  • Grant Schultz|Arthur Elementary School in Cedar Rapids|Achieving MVPA through technology $1569.80
  • Ryan Giesemann|Keokuk Middle School| Archery Grant $1995.50
  • Christopher Amundson|Crestview School of Inquiry| Stepping into Fitness $1327.88


Abby Goodlaxson from Okoboji High School has been selected as Central District High School Teacher of the Year. She will now compete for the National Teacher of the Year at

SHAPE America Boston in March.


ELEMENTARY TOY: Justin Wiese|Bettendorf

MIDDLE SCHOOL TOY: Cindy Hutchinson|Cedar Rapids

HIGH SCHOOL TOY: Abby Goodlaxson|Okoboji

HONORS AWARD: Valerie Unkrich




JUMP EVENT: Kathy Szabo|Coolidge Elementary|Cedar Rapids

HOOP EVENT: Jeffrey Kerns|Downtown School|Des Moines

COMBINED EVENT: Terri Carlson|Ashland Ridge Elementary|Ankeny


SHAPE America has made it easier than ever to contact your Legislatures! Please take 90 seconds to fill out the forms on the SHAPE America Advocacy Portal to express to your Congressmen how important ESSA funding is! Per SHAPE America, volume in communications right now are critical!

SHAPE America Advocacy Portal: http://www.congressweb.com/shapeamerica/7


IAHPERD is now accepting applications for Professional Development Travel Scholarships. Any qualifying Health/PhysEd PD between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 is eligible for up to $250 reimbursement. Please see the application on the IAHPERD Webpage or via www.tinyurl.com/IAHPERDTravel. For full consideration, applications are due December 23, 2016.

Contact Ben Robison (benrobison@ccaschools.org) with any questions.


You are able to acquire reimbursement funds through IAHPERD Future Professionals Committee to cover your costs for attending conventions. You must provide your receipts for registration, hotel and/or meals to Bob Nutgrass, after the conclusion of the convention. The Future Professional Committee will reimburse future professional up to $75 of their expenses, depending on the number of students who apply for the reimbursement.

Send your receipts to Bob Nutgrass at the address below. We hope to see you all at the Central District Convention in Cedar Falls at UNI on January 26-28th!

Bob Nutgrass, IAHPERD Future Professionals Chair

Past President, IAHPERD


Simpson College

701 North C Street, Indianola IA 50125