SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - August, 2021

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan August Newsletter!


Welcome to summer! In this newsletter, please read the information provided by

Dr. Deb Berkey - SHAPE Michigan's Executive Director. The summer months are quickly disappearing and our fall convention is approaching. Please mark your calendar for our

annual convention - November 4th -6th in Lansing.


Enjoy the rest of your summer. Look for a second edition of the newsletter later this month.

We look forward to staying connected with each of you and assisting in

the preparation of the 2021-2022 school year!


As a professional organization, we will continue to emphasize the

importance of quality physical education and health programs that facilitate

effective movement, knowledge and social emotional well-being in the

pursuit of healthy, active lifestyles.

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Executive Director's Corner

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Keith Verellen - St. Regis - Bloomfield Hills

Happy Summer Days To Everyone!


My name is Keith Verellen and I am entering my 19th year of teaching physical education to elementary students. The journey in education began at Eastern Michigan University where I had the distinguished honor in receiving such impactul and lasting instruction from the professors within the department. St. Regis Catholic School located in Bloomfield Hills (MI) is where I call home these days as I have the pleasure to educate and impact the youth. 2021 will be my fourth year at this wonderful school and I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming start after we had so many challenges last year with the pandemic. August is here and along with new obstacles will be many amazing achievements and lessons for our students.


The focus during the school year for my youthful students is to develop their psychomotor skills in addition to their social skills and a healthy mindset. Obviously we always search for creative ways to accomplish these goals and benchmarks. That is where I typically find my strengths as a physical educator in tapping many different areas that enable my mission..."Have Fun, Learn, and Grow." The areas of enjoyment that our young elementary students experience include soccer, disc golf, bowling, pickleball, bocce and jumping rope in addition to the growing popularity in cornhole, fowling, and GaGa Ball. In 2021, we hope to add archery to St. Regis through the DNR and the wonderful opportunity of NASP.


Currently residing in White Lake, I enjoy my time outside of school by officiating volleyball and basketball through the MHSAA in addition to working for the Huron Valley Recreation Department as an official and instructor (for archery and pickleball). Any opportunity to relax will commonly find me on the pickleball court, at the gym training for my next 10k/half marathon, or at the gym supporting my lifestyle of a healthy mind and body. As you can only imagine, my wonderful family is a very active unit both in school and life. It includes my wife Aimee that teaches Kindergarten in Huron Valley Schools as a veteran teacher at Oxbow Elementary School, two daughters Cassie (16 year old attending Imlay City HS) and Reese (13 year old attending White Lake MS) in addition to two sons Cameron (12 year old attending The Chatfield School in Lapeer) and Conner (12 year old attending White Lake MS). Cassie enjoys volleyball and soccer while Reese dances competitively through her dance Studio (The Art of Dance). Cameron enjoys soccer, basketball, and archery while Conner plays travel baseball for the Michigan Bulls and roots on his OSU Buckeyes in football and basketball. Let's just say...our weeks are full of sports and activities that find us constantly on the go living a very active life and loving every minute of it.


The mindset I have adopted in the last decade as both an educator and individual is "Carpe Diem" which means "Seize the day." As people of habit, we need to always assess our daily lives and prioritize what is important at the end of the day. That in mind, shouldn't we all "Seize the Day" in our lives...educationally, mentally, emotionally, and physically? Good luck to everyone in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and may you all make the most of each moment and cherish our role in the lives of our youth.


- Keith Verellen

St. Regis Catholic School

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Learn more about Unified Physical Education!

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SHAPE Michigan's 2021 Partners

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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