WHPE December Update

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New Year!

What a wonderful December this has been. For Health and Physical Education we received an early holiday present. The President has signed into law the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This time around it is called "Every Student Succeeds Act". For the first time health and physical education is now counted a "core subject". The language has changed with this version, instead of "core subjects" the new terminology is "well rounded education" and health and physical education are part of that definition.

In addition the new ESEA reinstates Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools funding. This is a block grant that each state gives to every school district. While we will see how the new rules will be rolled out by the Department of Education and the Wisconsin DPI Title IV now includes language that says that funding can be spent on health and physical education. So we are optimistic that this could allow for some funding our school districts for health and physical education.

Now the bad news. PEP grants have been dropped from the new ESEA. The only funding may come from Title IV. Carly Braxton from SHAPE America told the WHPE board this week, "Congress must pass an appropriations bill for FY16 that includes funding for PEP in order for current grantees who are in year 3 of their grants for FY16 to receive their funding. We're in communication with the key appropriations leaders on this and will keep our membership posted."

So here is to more good news before the winter break. Please have a wonderful winter break. Spend time with friends and family and come back for the new year all rested!


Brett Fuller

WHPE President

"We're Built to Move"

From the WHPE Facebook page

If you are not a member of the WHPE Facebook page, this is some of what you are missing. A great YouTube from True Vang!

4th-5th graders participating in the hour of code during science education week!

Coding in PE

Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart

As you look to the new year and think about the new resolutions you may or may not want to try, how about this one. If you have not held a Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart event last year, or ever. Why not make that a New Years Resolution?

If you have questions, get in touch with Penny Kroening, the WHPE Jurmp Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Coordinator! PKROENIN@waukesha.k12.wi.us

You can also contact the American Heart Association Youth Marketing Directors directly:

Northern Wisconsin/UP MI


Northeast WI (Green Bay)


Northeast WI (Oshkosh)


Central WI


North Central, WI (Eau Claire)


Southwest WI






North/West Milwaukee, Columbia County


When in doubt…


App to try!

Want a new App to try, check out Voxer. I like using Voxer because I can use it while in my car. You can text with Voxer but the real power is using it to record your conversations. I am able to listen to great PE/Health ideas while in the car!

Appropriate Practices in Health Education

If you have an article, online resource for health education, please send it to Brett Fuller at fullerba@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or on twitter @BrettAFuller. Health Education is the other half of the wellness coin. It must go hand in hand with physical education. Below is a fairly new resource for appropriate practices in health education from SHAPE America. Check it out and share it with your administrators!

WHPE and Technology

WHPE is taking a deeper look at how we communicate with our members and provide opportunities for professional development and learning. We have put together an ad hoc technology committee. One of the members of that committee is Matt Pomeroy who has agreed to be one of the WHPE members who is going to make certain our twitter account is being used more effectively. If you are on twitter please follow @WHPEOffice. If you have not joined twitter but want to, go to: https://twitter.com/

If you are interested in joining the technology committee. Please contact Brett Fuller, fullerba@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or on twitter @BrettAFuller.

SHAPE America Webinars

SHAPE America continues to bring forward some great webinars. Check out the list of upcoming webinars.

The new episode of the SHAPE America podcast is on adapted physical Educaiton! Check
it out!

2016 WHPE State Convention call for proposals!

Friday, March 11th 2016 at 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Let's start thinking about the 2016 Convention at the Wilderness Lodge in Wisconin Dells. The link for presentations will be active soon!

Check out the www.whpe.us

2016 WHPE Awards

Monday, Feb. 1st 2016 at 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Nominations for the 2016 WHPE Awards are due by February 1, 2016.

Check out www.whpe.us