SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - November, 2021

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan November Newsletter!

The winter months are quickly approaching! SHAPE Michigan has established a

mini-series of virtual conventions (Winter Wonder-Shop) to provide you with quality

resources and professional development opportunities! December 4th is the first

date - mark your calendar and register now! Read additional information

about this event and other current PE and Health news in the 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!

Executive Director's Corner

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Register now at

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These Virtual Networking sessions are a wonderful way to connect, collaborate, and share with other Health and Physical Education professionals. Connect directly with others in your content area. Join us....Free for everyone...Only one hour per month!

Click on the following link for access:

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REGISTER NOW University of Michigan's Health & Fitness Workshop:

Click HERE to learn more.

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If you are interested in learning more about Adaptive Tennis for your PE students, the USTA/Southeastern Michigan District & Liberty Athletic Club have partnered to offer a free Train The Trainer Clinic and Play Day on November 20th. This is a great opportunity to learn from a professionally trained and certified teacher and coach, Jamie Oppenlander. You can learn tips and tricks, activities, games, and more to take back to your own Physical Education class.

Following the Train the Trainer Clinic, we are also offering a free Adaptive Tennis Play Day for adaptive students to attend and play some tennis. The Play Day is also a great way for Physical Education teachers to learn how to put adaptive tennis into action on court or gym floor. Please share the information below with any colleagues or students that you think might be interested in participating.

Please click the links below to register.

Train the Trainer Clinic:

Play Day Registration:

Questions? Contact Susan Courtright: Hope to see you there!

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Emma Gordon - Adrian College

My name is Emma Gordon I am from Oxford, Michigan and I currently attend Adrian College! At Adrian I have a major in Physical Education and a minor in Health and when I am done student teaching this semester I will be teaching elementary physical education! I decided to go to Adrian because I really loved the concept of a small school and I also played soccer there for three years. During my time at Adrian I was able to find my true passion as a future educator and I am truly so blessed and happy to be able to work and educate students everyday!

I decided to enter the physical education and health field because like most teachers I wanted to make a difference. Specifically, I wanted to make a difference in my students' lifestyles and show them that being active is fun and enjoyable throughout your lifetime. I think that as a physical educator there are so many responsibilities you hold for your students' lives and it is our job to make sure that they are getting the most out of what we teach with a positive and healthy mindset.

Lastly, I would like to thank the faculty at Adrian College for guiding me and mentoring me throughout my college experience. To all of my cooperating teachers, thank you for letting me spend hours observing and teaching in your classrooms. Thank you to my friends and family who continuously pushed me to be a better version of myself. I want to thank all of the teachers I have had that helped shape me into the educator I am today. Most of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to overcome so many mountains to make a difference in this world.

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Did you Know... 1 out of 10 respondents admitted to taking Anabolic Steroids


Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances, also known as performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), are substances used to improve any form of activity, performance and/or appearance in humans. Some of the substances that fall under this category are things like anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), human growth hormone (HGH), dietary supplements and even energy drinks.


Come learn and listen from Brian Parker from the Taylor Hooton Foundation on December 4th at SHAPE Michigan's Virtual Winter Wonder Shop!

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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