SHAPE Midwest District Moves

November 2021

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Welcome...from SHAPE Midwest District President, Dr. Andro Barnett

Hello SHAPE Midwest District!

Welcome to our first MWD SMORE Newsletter. It was approximately a year and a half ago that our campuses, our states, and our country began to fully realize the severity and complexity of the Coronavirus and that we were facing a pandemic. Since then, schools have worked tirelessly to keep their schools safe and operational while continuing to provide our students the ability to pursue their education. As quickly as decisions were made, things changed, and new decisions had to be made. Nothing seemed to be stable – except our determination to keep moving forward, and our desire to keep our student's success as our goal. We appreciate ALL that you have done to reach your students during this unprecedented time in education. It has been challenging work, and we hear, feel and see all that you have experienced.

We are finally seeing hope and light during this challenging times, and we have so much to celebrate. However, we are not yet ready to abandon the policies and procedures that have been put in place to keep us all safe. While there is, and will continue to be, ongoing state and national discussions of reducing restrictions, increasing numbers of gathered people, and wearing masks, SHAPE Midwest District will hold fast to the policies that have helped keep us going through this past year, making modest and incremental adjustments only in ways that are consistent with guidance from the experts. We won’t always have to wear a mask, meet by Zoom and not shake hands, but for now, we will continue to do those things for the health and safety of us all, especially our students. It is important for all of us as HPE professionals to take extra time to care for ourselves as we help others.

We look forward to sharing highlights from SHAPE America and Midwest District to all of our members throughout the year, and connecting with all of you through this newsletter.

I am very proud to be your President, and I see a bright future for SHAPE Midwest District because of each of you.


Dr. Andro L Barnett

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Mark Foellmer

Mark Foellmer, an HPE professional from the state of Illinois, has been appointed SHAPE Midwest District Director, as of October, 2021! Welcome to your new role, Mark!

Mark was a middle school physical education teacher for more than 20 years and in 2018 was named SHAPE America's Midwest District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Through the years, Mark has been an active member of the Midwest District Leadership Council, including serving as the 2021 president-elect. He is a past president of IAHPERD, has presented at numerous state and national conventions and is the co-creator of His strong leadership skills and breadth of experience will serve Midwest District members extremely well in the years ahead.

World Kindness Day/ Gratitude/ SHAPE America HMM

Check out some great activities you can do to promote World Kindness Day (Nov 13th), explore gratitude activities, and participate in SHAPE America's Health Moves Minds program with your students!

SHAPE Midwest District Professional Development

Check out these up and coming professional development opportunities! Thank you to the Midwest District Professional Development Committee for compiling this list of great learning opportunities to participate in!

SHAPE Midwest District Advocacy Corner

Advocacy for health and physical education begins right in our own backyards, in each one of our classrooms and school communities. What are you doing to advocate for your HPE program in your school or state?

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Advocating and Creating Community Support for Your HPE Program

Make your Health and Physical Education program and initiatives the PULSE and PRIDE of your school and school community! Which of these could you do to help create a sense of community and pride for your HPE program?

  • Plan a family fitness or wellness event

  • Participate in National PE week

  • Incorporate Take Your Parent to PE/ Health Week

  • Recruit parent volunteers to help with Fuel Up to Play 60, Running Club, JDRF, All School Walks

  • Provide equipment check-out opportunities (Take Home Tubs)

  • Incorporate HPE curriculum that is family friendly: disc golf, sledding, snowshoeing, biking, skills based health and wellness activities

  • Share HPE staff presentations at local events and school board meetings

  • Invite students to present at school board meetings, rotary, foundation events

SHAPE Midwest District Higher Ed Update

The SHAPE America Major of the Year award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation and dance.

PE Major of the Year - Due by Jan 7th

PE Major of the Year Award Criteria

Nominees Must:

  • Be a current SHAPE America member (nominees who are not yet members may still be nominated as long as a membership form is submitted within one month of nomination).
  • Be on track toward a degree in an HPERD field.
  • Be a junior or senior.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide a service to school or community (3-5 contributions) for a minimum of two years during undergraduate career.

Form Submission:

This form must be completed by an advisor/nominator and submitted by January 7, 2022

Faculty advisors may only nominate one student per major per college/university. Students cannot nominate themselves.

Please contact with any questions.

MWD Future Professional Leadership Conference and SHAPE America Student Memberships!

In September, 2021, future professionals from across Midwest District were invited to participate in a virtual weekend Student Leadership Conference. Thank you to Irene Cucina, Madison Welder, Katelee McCormic, and Scott Novis for sharing your presentations and expertise with our future professionals!

A special shout out goes out to Dr. Andro Barnett and MWD Leadership Council Future Professional Rep, Alexis Markle, for planning this event!

The following Future Professionals will be receiving a student membership to SHAPE America, courtesy of several Midwest District sponsors:

OH - David Graber

OH- Alyssa Helmick

MI - Jacie King

WV - Alexis Markle

WV- Emily Walker

WV- Jennifer Paluch

WV- Hattie Hodges

WI- Taylor Olson

WI- Maria Breuer

Thank you, Dr. Andro Barnett, Kris Fritz, Mark Foellmer, Rhonda Hovatter, Carole DeHaven and Patty Kestell for sponsoring students to receive a SHAPE America membership, and for planting a seed of value in being a part of HPE professional organizations.

5 Strategies for Promoting Positive Behaviors in PE

Eric Kohl July 8, 2021 Check out strategies for promoting positive behaviors in physical education, so you can set up your class for success. Within each strategy you’ll also find specific examples that reinforce the strategy.

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Tips for Teaching SEL in Your Skills Based Health Class

Mary Connolly Aug 3, 2021 Do you want to teach social and emotional learning in your skills-based health classroom? If you haven’t considered it yet, there are many reasons to do so - the good news is you may already be teaching the SEL competencies!

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Get Your Thanksgiving Groove On...

Enjoy this fun intergenerational Thanksgiving playlist!

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As the holiday season approaches, we give thanks for educators -- like you -- who pour their hearts into doing great things for our students, school communities, future professionals and other HPE professionals. We see you and we are grateful for all of you!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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SHAPE America Convention - New Orleans

Tuesday, April 26th 2022 at 8am to Saturday, April 30th 2022 at 1pm

New Orleans, LA, USA

New Orleans, LA

SHAPE America Convention - New Orleans

We may have taken in person events for granted in previous years — but not this year. We are very excited to bring our SHAPE America community together once again to network and exchange ideas, attend educational sessions, visit the exhibit hall to explore new products, resources and services for your classroom, and forge new relationships with professionals from across the country.

SHAPE America Midwest District

We are SHAPE America Midwest District, serving the six upper mid-west states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.