SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - April, 2020

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

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Welcome to SHAPE Michigan's April Newsletter!

As we continue to go through this unprecedented public health crisis and transition

to a more significant distance learning model, SHAPE Michigan is dedicated to assisting

and supporting physical education and health education teachers across the state. We all seek the challenge of reaching our student's needs as well as maintaining our own needs.

SHAPE Michigan will continue to provide you current resources, ideas, and connections

to assist you through this period of supplementing the education process with your students.

In this newsletter, read and link to lots and lots of resources and activities for on-line

learning. Read about member Rick Wank, an editorial about 'Our Role with the

Covid 19 Crisis', and connect with a lot of different resources that

include various aspects of our curriculum

Don't forget - mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2020 convention in

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

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

Member Spotlight: Rick Wank Huron Valley Schools

Hi! My name is Rick Wank. I grew up in Hastings and attended Western Michigan University. Go Broncos! I was a P.E. major and Industrial technology minor. After graduating in 2007, I took off to teach in Chicago public schools where I spent three years. After a stint in Detroit public schools, I was hired in Huron Valley School, where I currently teach P.E. and Health at Milford High School. Go Mavs! Recently, I finished my masters in Educational Technology and Leadership. Currently (well before the quarantine), we were rewriting the curriculum for P.E. and Health that were in much need of an update.

I have 2 kids, Colton (5) and Dylan (2) and a wonderful wife Kyle. We stay busy by hiking in our state parks and enjoying everything Michigan has to offer. We take an annual trip up north to Petoskey to take a picture on the steps of the Perry hotel where we got married. If I’m not off with my family, you can find me on my back porch brewing my next beer.

I went into teaching for a couple of reasons. I knew from an early age I enjoyed helping others. My parents instilled in me to give back to others and I felt teaching was a calling for me. I love teaching like so many others because of the relationships. I strive to build relationships with students who might need a little extra guidance or someone to connect with. Teaching physical education for me is not only about getting students to strive towards healthy lifestyles but developing the social and emotional aspects that are so important in the world today. I’ll leave you with a quote that I end all of my communications with my students right now.

Stay Active, Stay Positive!

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Speak Out Day

Scott Przystas from Grand Haven attended Speak Out Day 2020 on March 10th & 11th in Washington D.C. Scott was one of 150+ SHAPE America members from over twenty states to lobby on Capitol Hill to members of Congress for more Title IV funding. This was the fourteenth year that SHAPE America has held an advocacy day. Each year for SPEAK Out Day, SHAPE Advocates wear business suits with neon sneakers to their meetings with Congress to stand out and support Physical Activity. This year, Scott had the privilege of meeting with Representative Bill Huizenga. Additionally, he met with staff from the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow, Sen Gary Peters and Representative Haley Stevens. Scott talked about the importance of Health and Physical Education in these meetings as well as delivered letters that his 4th grade students had written. The students wrote about the importance of Physical Education and what they loved about the subject. The SPEAK Out Day experience was very empowering being able to discuss Health and PE with lawmakers and share some of the great things that are happening around our state is very important to keep moving our profession forward. Thank you Scott!

Editorial: Our Role in the Covid 19 Crisis

Click on the article below and read about the importance of Physical Education and emphasized during our current national health epidemic!
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Our goal is to provide resources that all students can access in an equitable manner and could also be modified to meet the individual need of any student. Our newsletter primarily consists of resources from SHAPE America and other professional sources to help you as you continue to provide quality & standard based lessons.

Click on the UPDATED link (picture) below to access MANY different resources and lessons to assist with the current distant learning environment!

Please note - If a site or activity is listed in the link below from SHAPE America, we did not include in the additional resources later in newsletter.

The recommendation is to send a little home each week. Give a few choices of activities each week and not to overwhelm students they are receiving information from several teachers. Additionally, some of the resources contain many activities... you do not need to send the entire packet.

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Free Tennis Equipment and Workshops Offered by the USTA:

Dear Michigan PE Teachers:

I know that we have all been thrown a curve ball right now and are trying to adapt in these uncertain times. Here is an opportunity for free tennis equipment and at home tennis activities for your students.

Since you won’t be in class over the next few weeks, maybe you could take a few minutes to get registered for our completely FREE tennis curriculum and equipment package through the United States Tennis Association. As a PE teacher you receive SHAPE America curriculum for grades K- 12, 30 size appropriate racquets, 36 tennis balls, net tape, chalk and a Net Generation roller bag to keep it all in. This is totally FREE (and a $600 value)! All you have to do is set up a FREE account on, add your school program and return the Community Partner Agreement (found here: Net Generation School Partnership Form) to me, and you will be on the list for free equipment. This whole process takes less than 5 minutes and here is the step by step instructions to register:

How To Register School PE Class (3).pdf

*Please note you do not have to do the NCSI background check or SafeSport compliance videos.

**Also please note that you only need to complete the school/district portion on the School Partnership form.

Additionally, if you would like to register for a district-wide Net Generation School Tennis Workshop where we train teachers how to teach tennis within their curriculum, please email me to learn more ( These workshops are often a two-hour workshop for K-12 teachers and can be held on professional development days.

Finally, if you are looking for at home tennis content (Go Noodle videos, games, math problems, tennis videos) to send to your students, please click here and share with students:


If you would like to learn more about Net Generation registration, free tennis equipment or Net Generation School Workshops, please contact Susan Courtright at

or call (317) 333-3558.

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MISHCA (Michigan School Health Coordinator's Association)

Your Regional School Health Coordinators are excited to announce that the Michigan Model for Health(TM) is launching the new website and preparing for the Fall Release of the new digitized curriculum! The Michigan Model is a nationally recognized, comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum, built around skills-based instruction. If you are interested in the digitized curriculum, be sure to contact your Regional School Health Coordinator For more details on the digitization, please see the blog post announcement: Michigan Model for Health Program Launches New Website & Prepares for Fall Release of New Digital Curriculum

Click on the link below to read MISHCA's recent newsletter.

2020 Quarterly Newsletter

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Resources from Special Olympics

While you are away from the classroom yet still interacting with your students, we have compiled a variety of resources for you to use that promote the inclusion, interaction and learning your students have experienced through Unified Champion Schools. We’ve created Google Classrooms with resources for you to share with your students, compiled fitness and wellness activities and videos for students to stay active and even created assignments designed to highlight what it means to live and play Unified.

To find these resources CLICK HERE to visit the dropbox we’ve created. If you have a resource you’d like to share with other Unified Champion Schools educators, please send it to us to add.

Dan Ekonen

Sr. Director, Program Leadership

Special Olympics Michigan


A list of other resources for teachers and students from Special Olympics including video discussion guides.


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10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning (New)

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs (New)




Below are Current Podcasts/ Webinars:

  • The PE Huddle with Dr. Robert Pangrazi: Thursday, April 16th at 2pm CDT - register here.
  • Gopher Live: Today (Tuesday, April 14th) at 2pm CDT - check it out here.
  • SPARK Webinar: SPARK's April Webinar "SPARK it Up at Home" - learn more & register here
  • PE Express Podcast: Strategies for PE At-Home Learning - listen here.
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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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Meet your Michigan POP! ambassador! Now is the perfect time to plan your PE/Health fundraiser for the fall. 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
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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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Please support the SHAPE Michigan's Sponsors

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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