SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - January, 2022

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

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Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan January Newsletter!


We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2022!


SHAPE Michigan has established a mini-series of virtual conventions

(Winter WonderShops) to provide you with quality resources and professional

development opportunities! Our first Winter WonderShop was very successful with an excellent line up of speakers. January 29 is our second virtual conference in the Winter WonderShop series. We have another exceptional and exciting group of presenters. Additionally, you will not want to miss our keynote speaker - Katie Goetz from Oxford High School. Mark your calendar and register now! Read additional information

about this event and other current PE and Health news in this newsletter.


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.


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

throughout the 2021-2022 school year!

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Winter Wonder Shop II


PLEASE SEE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR WINTER WONDER SHOP BELOW!!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Winter Wonder Shop II will be on January 29th - please see the excellent list of presenters below. Katie Goetz from Oxford High School will be our keynote speaker. Katie is also SHAPE Michigan's President Elect. Additionally, there will student leadership sessions for all future professionals!


Register now at shapemichignan.us

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Winter Wonder Shop I

Our first virtual series workshop on December 4th was a huge success! Thank you to

everyone who attended and presented at this event. The exceptional speakers

presented valuable and useful knowledge, wisdom, and content!

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Randy Pfahler - St. Joseph

Hello my name is Randy Pfahler and it has been my privilege to work with youth since 1984. Originally from Coopersville, Michigan I have resided in St. Joseph, Michigan since 1989. I have a wife and three adult young men.


I received a master's degree in physical education pedagogy from Western Michigan University in 1995. I received my bachelor’s degree with a double major in physical education and business administration from Hope College in 1985. I also have course work in adaptive physical education during my time at Hope College. I have taught elementary physical education in the St. Joseph Public School District since 2000. Previous to that I taught elementary physical education at Coloma Community Schools in Coloma, Michigan for eight years. Before this I worked as a program director for the YMCA in Grand Rapids and Bay City, Michigan for four years where I worked extensively with youth and adult programming, and was coordinator for strength conditioning.


I also coached high school and middle school football, wrestling, basketball, and track at various times since 1984. It is my love and joy to work with today’s youth to enhance and develop their physical skills and an enthusiasm for fitness.


During my years here at St. Joseph I annually coordinated and facilitated major programs with the (PGA) First Tee Golf, the 3rd grade Water Safety Program, and the Elementary John Hall Track Meet for our school district. I also do the choreography for the dances with the annual 3rd Grade Nutcracker. Additionally, I have also voluntarily provided and directed an all day Field Day for my homebase Lincoln Elementary students and for Coloma during my years there. This annual event has been a great way to celebrate the students physical skills and involve the teachers and parents. In the summer I have directed and taught the instructional swim program for our school district since 2002.


Last year I was given the challenge to teach elementary physical education asynchronously for our district. I produced video instruction and provided slideshows weekly for all three of the buildings in our district (51 classes) along with management instructions for our many facilitators. I also was able to “think outside the box” and provide an Olympic Field Day (asynchronous) over a three week period at the end of the school year for all three buildings. My major focus was, and continues to be this year as I am back face to face with my students, to encourage our kids with good mental and emotional health, which I believe to be absolutely essential especially in these challenging times.

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Please join SHAPE Michigan in recognizing and celebrating the 2021 Physical Education and Health Teachers of the Year on Thursday, January 20th, at 7:00. This event will be hosted virtually on zoom. The link will be posted on our website - shapemichigan.us
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SHAPE Michigan supports Oxford Community Schools! We are thinking about you during this difficult time and as you make your return to school.

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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