Monthly MOAHPERD Membership Newsletter

September 2017

Don't Miss the 2017 MOAHPERD State Convention - A Great Opportunity to GROW!

Wow! The weather has been extremely hot to start the new school year, but the hottest time of the school year is going to be November. The 2017 MOAHPERD State Convention will have a schedule packed with HPE superstars. As the Association President, one of my responsibilities has been to coordinate the scheduling of sessions for the annual state convention. I have dug deep into my vault of creativity and fought hard for the funds to bring in premier presenters for all areas of our profession. Click the link below to view the schedule which is live on Sched.


My goal is to have 800 HPE Professionals attend this year's convention. This goal might seem lofty, being that we had just over 600 attend last year, but not too long ago our convention attracted over 1,000 people. It is time to GROW our numbers back to where they had once been. Our Association will only be as strong as the number of Missouri HPE professionals we have as members and convention attendees. It is most important during these times that we must join together to: advocate with state legislators for stronger wellness programs, including health and physical education, in our schools; activate appropriate instructional practices in health and physical education classes; educate our parents and community about the valuable outcomes of quality health and physical education programs; and motivate youth to live healthy, active lives.

Most importantly, make an investment in yourself. Being back in the school and teaching physical education again after 13 years as a Curriculum Coordinator, has quickly reminded me of the very little time teachers have for their professional growth. Finding time to meet with colleagues, read professional journals or even browse on the Internet for new ideas, is very difficult with the course load that we have. Coaching also adds more workload to the daily schedule and makes it even harder to find time for professional growth. Do yourself a favor and take 1-2 days in November to GROW your wisdom and re-connect with your profession.

Please plan to join me at the 2017 MOAHPERD State Convention on November 10-12, 2017, at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. You will not want to miss this year's lineup of presenters and opportunities to network with your HPE colleagues. I also have a special Improv show following the banquet and fun Sunday sessions, so plan to stick around Saturday night.

Ron Ramspott

MOAHPERD President (2017)


MOAHPERD State Convention

Friday, Nov. 10th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 12th, 10am

The Lodge of Four Seasons

2017 Convention Highlights:
  • 5 Pre-conference Sessions (Friday Morning) - Including First Aid Recertification, The Heroin Epidemic; PYFP Workshop, and Fun Dance Workshop)
  • General Session & FREE Lunch (Friday Noon)
  • 16 Elementary Physical Education Sessions
  • 16 Middle/Secondary Physical Education Sessions
  • 8 Health Education Sessions
  • 6 Dance Sessions
  • 5 Adapted PE Sessions
  • 6 Future Professional Sessions
  • Association Awards Banquet (Saturday Night)
  • Improv Show (Saturday Night)
  • Evening Music & Dance (Friday and Saturday Night)
  • SUNDAY BEST OF MO T.O.Y.s SESSION (Sunday Morning)



Joanne Owens-Nauslar Will Be Keynote at General Session

Former AAHPERD President, Dr. Joanne Owens-Nauslar, will be the keynote speaker at the state convention's General Session & Lunch on Friday, November 10th. Dr. Jo has spent 43 years promoting the benefits of healthy, active living. She is considered one of the nation's most vocal personalities on issues of physical activity and the need for physical education in the critical core day. See a preview of Dr. Jo in action in the video below.

Dr. Jo

2017 President-Elect Candidates -- Your Vote Counts!

Sandy Moore and Ken Bias have been selected by the MOAHPERD Executive Board as candidates for the 2017-18 President-Elect position. This year the Association will return to having a membership vote for the next President-Elect. The online voting will take place beginning at 7:00am on Monday, November 6th and conclude at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 11th. A voting booth with an electronic ballot will also be available during the convention until the deadline. Further information relating to the voting process will be sent to members during the week of October 30th.

As an Association member, we highly encourage your active participation in this process. It is important that our membership be involved in the identification and selection of our leadership.

View the bios of the President-Elect candidates by clicking the links below.

2017 State Teachers of the Year Announced

Congratulations to the following MOAHPERD members for being selected as our representatives for Missouri HPE Teacher of the Year.

  • Darren Neels (Elementary PE Teacher of the Year)
  • Sarah Gietschier-Hartman (Middle School PE Teacher of the Year)
  • Terri O'Leary (High School PE Teacher of the Year)
  • Barb Reinarman (Adapted PE Teacher of the Year)
  • Jen Hoell (Health Education Teacher of the Year)

These individuals will be considered for the Central District HPE Teachers of the Year and hopefully advance to the SHAPE America National Award level. Good luck to our fabulous Missouri HPE professionals.

Partnerships and Affliations

American Heart Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart

The American Heart Association has just released the "Scare Squad" who will replace the Zoo Crew as the giveaways for the 2017-18 Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Program. Each of the new monster friends is charged with a special healthy message. These monsters come to life with a free mobile app which can be found by searching "Jump/Hoops" in your app store.

Be a JRFH/HFH sponsor for your school. By being a sponsor and generating $2,000 or more, you will be eligible for FREE membership to SHAPE America and FREE equipment from US Games. When your American Heart Association Youth Market Director calls, respond by agreeing to sponsor an event. Contact your state coordinator, Kristi Bieri for more info. More information about JRFH/HFH can be found at www.shapeamerica.org/jump.

Grant applications are available from the JRFH/HFH National Joint Projects Office for funds to attend the 2018 SHAPE America National Convention in Nashville, TN. The deadline for applications is October 15th, 2017. Click here for direct link.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training - It's FREE!

The Midwest Dairy Council will have a FREE Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training Camp for school wellness leaders in both the Kansas City and St. Louis areas this coming October. Please CLICK HERE and HERE to view the informational flyers