SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - June, 2020

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

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Welcome to SHAPE Michigan's June Newsletter!

SHAPE Michigan is dedicated to assisting and supporting physical education and

health education teachers across the state. SHAPE Michigan will provide you current resources, ideas, and connections to assist you through this period of distant learning.

We must continue to empathize the importance of social and emotional learning and

building a foundation for lifelong, healthy habits through health and physical education!

In this newsletter, read and link to lots and lots of resources and activities for on-line

learning as well as an important message from executive director Dr. Deb Berkey.

Additionally, learn about member and President Elect Sawyer Duncan,

future, professional,Summer Carls, the HPE program at GVSU, grant opportunities

through SHAPE Michigan, and more. Also, please take our SHAPE

Michigan survey located in the newsletter.

Don't forget - mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2020 convention in

Traverse City at the Grand Traverse Resort - November 12th-14th as well as

the Great Lakes Refresher on August 6th!

If you would like to contribute pictures, articles, or information to the newsletter,

have additional questions, or would like to become more involved with SHAPE Michigan

please email or


Please click on the following link and complete the survey for SHAPE Michigan. The information will assist SHAPE Michigan in providing quality professional development opportunities as well as other resources. Thank you!



Please join SHAPE Michigan in a virtual social this Wednesday (5/20) at 7:00 PM. The link for the gathering is below. This is for all Physical Education and Health educators / higher education students in Michigan....Please spread the word!

Time: May 20, 2020 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 873 2025 5442 / Password: 2ziqHi

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Did you know that SHAPE Michigan has ten $1000.00 grants available for the 2020-2021school year. These are available through the generosity of Gary and Jill Harris, owners of TriFound which is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read below about grant recipients from last year. Click HERE to apply and for more information.
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Physical Education Action Based Lab & APE Project Grant

Lindsey Tocco was one of the recipients of SHAPE Michigan's Tri Found Grants for 2019. She received $1,000.00 towards her Physical Education Action Based Lab and Adapted PE project. This project was inspired by her love for neuroscience and physical education. She is passionate about helping students use physical activity to improve brain function and help students with special needs work towards their potential. This grant money from this project was used to buy an array of equipment to meet the needs of a variety of students. Her list included sensory liquid tiles, physioballs, a mini trampoline, yoga mats, and other adapted physical education equipment to implement this program. The students love exploring the new equipment and learning new ways to stay healthy. This program also provides an exercise circuit to support those students that need brain breaks to promote Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA). MVPA stimulates the release of neurotransmitters needed for emotional regulation, attention and mood stabilization. Lindsey is extremely grateful to SHAPE Michigan and TriFound Financial for supporting this grant.She looks forward to continuing to build the program when she returns to school for the 2020-2021 school year.


Sawyer Duncan - Vicksburg Area Schools

Hello! My name is Sawyer Duncan. I am an elementary Physical Educator in Vicksburg. I grew up in Vicksburg and went to school at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and finished my degree at Western Michigan University in Physical Education and Health Education in 2016. I have been teaching Elementary Physical Education for three years and also spent a year as a Special Education Paraprofessional. I teach at Indian Lake Elementary and Tobey Elementary while coaching both football and track for Vicksburg High School. I also coach Rocket Football for Vicksburg as well.

I coached while going to college and fell in love with coaching and especially the teaching aspect of coaching. Once I had a couple years of coaching under my belt, I found the Physical Education program at WMU through a class at KVCC. After spending some time with students at WMU I found a program I wanted to be a part of. I also joined SHAPE Michigan while at WMU and have been on the board throughout the last several years, serving as the VP of Future Professionals, Southwest Regional Representative and currently the President Elect.

Teaching is important to me because of the relationships that you build. I have always worked on making sure I had good relationships with my students and athletes from the beginning of every school year and every sport season. I believe that without a relationship with a student or athlete, coaching them effectively cannot happen. A kid does not respond as well if they do not know that you know who they are and care about him. Relationships are the basis of teaching and being a successful teacher in my honest opinion.


Taryn Damm - Central Michigan University

Hello, my name is Taryn Damm and I am a student at Central Michigan University. I am from Ann Arbor, but went to school in a small town known as Dexter. Throughout my childhood I was very active and involved. I played several sports growing up and was always wanting to do more. Along with this I was an active member of 4-h for 15 years. This provided me the opportunity to participate in countless community service events from a young age.

When I got to high school I decided to join Student Council because I wanted to be an active member of my school. This led me into being the vice president and eventually president of the student council. I really enjoyed these roles because leading others and running community service events allowed me the opportunity to give back to those in need. During and before high school I was coaching, nannying, landscaping and working at a local frozen yogurt shop. Throughout these jobs I learned that working with children was my passion. Not just working with children but teaching them to be active and healthy. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a Physical Educator.

My Junior year of high school I committed to play Field Hockey at Central Michigan University. Right from the start I was in physical education classes and on the field (field hockey is a fall sport). It is a tough balance to be in the classroom as much as possible while also traveling for sports. Luckily, the professors at CMU are amazing and always make sure I am not missing material when traveling.

Eventually, I decided to major in both Health and Physical education because I felt this would increase my knowledge in helping children live a healthy lifestyle. As I grow in my education I am finding myself becoming very passionate about working with children that have disabilities. In the future, I want to work as an elementary PE teacher and specialize in helping those with disabilities. I want to continue to coach and someday coach for a high school or college field hockey program. Besides working, I plan to volunteer and help run/create community service events that focus on being healthy/active. The next volunteer event I want to join is special Olympics. As long as I can work with the youth and continue to help those in need I will be happy with wherever the future takes me.

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SHAPE Michigan is dedicated to helping physical education and health education teachers across the state. As many schools continue with distance learning we have created a collection of resources to assist you in continuing to provide high-quality and standards-based lessons and activities.

Our goal is to provide resources that all students can access in an equitable manner and can be modified to meet the individual needs of any student.

In each category below, click on the blue button link to access specific resources inks to assist you with the current distant learning environment! We will continue to update resources on a regular basis. These resources can also be found on the SHAPE Michigan website
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5K Virtual Fitness Challenge

Click HERE to register either as an individual, as a class, or as a school to participate in a free virtual 5K run to be completed between June 8th and June 12th!

For additional information email Gina Donay at

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COVID-19 Is a Health Crisis. So Why Is Health Education Missing From Schoolwork?

Click HERE for an editorial from Rebecca Winthrop about why schools are not including more Health Education especially during this time of a health crisis


Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourselves and one another while each of us stays home and stays safe. This special collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises below are designed to help you keep a strong and healthy mind in the midst of this global health crisis. All Michiganders — from the shores of Lake Superior to the streets of Detroit — will get through this together. click HERE to access these resources.

CATCH Health Resources for Home

Click on the image below to access the CATCH health resources
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NCEPID Best Practices

The National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCEPID) has made suggestions for best practices for online adapted physical education service delivery. Click HERE for link for a list of these suggestions.

Changing School Cultures Through Unified Physical Education

Click HERE to read how providing students with special needs the opportunity to safely participate in Physical Education can change the overall culture of a school.
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Bitmoji Classrooms

Bitmoji classrooms and headers have rapidly been appearing as a resource for virtual and distance learning purposes. You can individualize your background or header and change activities as needed. Students click on specific icons to access specific activities and instructions. Below are tutorials that may assist you in creating your own Bitmoji Classroom!

Have Fun!

Bitmoji Classroom Tutorial

Interactive Bitmoji Classroom

Make a BItmoji Classroom Scene in Google Slides

Send SHAPE Michigan a picture of your Bitmoji Classroom. We will feature in a upcoming newsletter.

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2020 Summer Physical Education & Health Workshop

CLICK HERE to Apply to Present at the

2020 Great Lakes Regional Refresher!!!

2020 SHAPE Michigan's State Convention

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Mark your calendar - November 12 - 14, 2020

Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City



Any questions - please contact

​Rebecca Langdon at

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Below is information about SHAPE Michigan's fundraising opportunities. All are simple, easy to implement, and will provide funding for your program. Click on the following link: or email for additional information.
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PoP's Game On / Step it Up Program

Watch THIS short informative video regarding the Game On / Step it Up

program from PoP. Read below about Jeff Stevenson's event in Waterford.

POP - Step It Up Event - Waterford

I wanted to share with you my process for doing a POP - Step-It-Up Event in Waterford. We had a meeting with our principal, myself a couple of interested teachers and our wonderful Game on Rep. I had her come to a PD day for our district and speak with principals and other P.E. Teachers in Waterford School District. I also had to get permission from our Security Director.

Our Rep came out did a kick off assemble and explained the event to our staff and students. We signed the contract saying we would do this event, and she gave us a check for $200 (yes you heard me correct).

The students had to get 10 emails or phone numbers put in an online platform that would take the parents about 10 minutes. For doing that the students revived 2 cool prize

They were also in a raffle for an apple watch. 20 plus emails they were in a raffle for a mini fridge filled with cash (we gave out 4 of these).

The email goes out a few times it is a very short email that asks for donations for Pierce Wellness. THAT IS IT! Very simple very easy, the most money that we made in any school wide fundraiser in my time at pierce. I cant speak high enough about this program and I look forward to working with them for years to come.

Students get prizes for how much money they had donated, but remember they got 2 prizes for just participating! At the $60 level they get the Day of Awesomeness which is a great large party for students to play dance and win more prizes, obstacle courses, corona ice, dance party, cash and prizes and the list goes on and on.

Thank you SHAPE Michigan for this great program!

Jeff Stevenson

Physical Education

Waterford Public Schools

Meet your Michigan POP! ambassador! Now is the perfect time to plan your PE/Health fundraiser for the fall. See the image above for your local POP! ambassador... he or she will come to your school and assist you in planning a 'Day of Awesomeness'. Additional information on
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Shape Michigan is divided into five different regions (see map below). Each region has a regional representative for the districts in his/her geographic region. You may contact your regional representative if you have any additional questions. In 2020, SHAPE Michigan will be hosting events in each region.... we look forward to seeing you!
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Please support the SHAPE Michigan's Sponsors

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To Promote Healthy, Active Living Through Professional Development and Advocacy

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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