Jodi Larson, President| December 2016
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PAST PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
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.
IAHPERD Immediate Past-President
CENTRAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE
- January 26th-28th, University Northern Iowa
- PREREGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 16th
- 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 email@example.com
IAHPERD SPECIAL ELECTION
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.
IHT STATEWIDE SOLUTIONS
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Networking: IAHPERD is Iowa’s largest network of Health, Physical Education, and Adaptive Physical Education Professionals.
Professional Development: IAHPERD provides PD opportunities specifically for Iowa’s Health and Physical Education community.
Access to Grants: IAHPERD provides equipment grants annually for its members to boost their programs!
Travel Opportunities: As a new initiative, IAHPERD is awarding travel scholarships to members for Professional Development opportunities!
Convention: IAHPERD hosts an annual convention, Iowa’s largest event for Health and Physical Education Professionals!
Scholarships: IAHPERD awards scholarships annually for future Health and Physical Education Professionals.
Advocacy: IAHPERD serves as the voice of our profession at the local, state, and national levels! A strong membership provides powerful advocacy!
Recognition: Among other awards given, IAHPERD honors outstanding professional members with Teacher of the Year Awards, given annually.
FIRST YEAR MEMBERSHIP IS FREE!
IAHPERD GRANT WINNERS 2016
- 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
CENTRAL DISTRICT TOY
SHAPE America Boston in March.
IAHPERD 2016 AWARD WINNERS
ELEMENTARY TOY: Justin Wiese|Bettendorf
MIDDLE SCHOOL TOY: Cindy Hutchinson|Cedar Rapids
HIGH SCHOOL TOY: Abby Goodlaxson|Okoboji
HONORS AWARD: Valerie Unkrich
STEVE FRANCE AWARD: Mike Sinram
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: Bev Brown and Dr. Jay Gunnell
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Logan Loftus|William Penn
JUMP EVENT: Kathy Szabo|Coolidge Elementary|Cedar Rapids
HOOP EVENT: Jeffrey Kerns|Downtown School|Des Moines
COMBINED EVENT: Terri Carlson|Ashland Ridge Elementary|Ankeny
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATURES
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 TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
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FUTURE PROFESSIONALS CONVENTION REIMBURSEMENT
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
701 North C Street, Indianola IA 50125