Spring Newsletter 2017

Deborah Campbell
KAHPERD President


What an exciting year we had for our profession! As the President, I want to keep the momentum going. Thank you to Past President Jamie Sparks for his passion for advocacy and keeping the KAHPERD members in the know about ESSA and other hot topics throughout the year.   Also, thank you to our dedicated board members that worked diligently at meetings, leadership conferences, town hall meetings and provided our members a great conference.  Shout out to Stephanie Bunge the convention manager for running an awesome assortment of sessions for our members. 

This year’s theme is “Developing the well-rounded child”.  The idea is to keep pushing for proper funding and equal opportunities for our youth.  Now that health and physical education are included in educating the well-rounded child, we are more able to provide the quality education and learning experiences so they can be healthy lifelong learners.  


The summer workshop will be in Erlanger (Northern Kentucky) June 12-13. If you have any suggestions for the summer workshop or fall convention, please email me.

Thank you for your dedication to the youth, adolescents and then adults of our state!


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Candace Young
President - Elect

Hello KAHPERD members! I am blessed and honored to serve as the President- Elect and future President of KAHPERD! I currently am a Physical Education and Health teacher at Newport Intermediate School and I am fortunate enough to serve our youth each and every day in that role!  Thanks to the support from PEP grants, the last several years of my teaching profession I have had the opportunity to represent KAHPERD by attending state, regional and national conventions.  I was also selected to serve as Health/PE representative by the Kentucky Department of Education for one of the work groups for state ESSA planning. The Every Student Succeeds Act gives us an opportunity reprioritize education accountability and we must all take this task as a direct challenge to advocate for Physical Education and wellness in our schools and communities! 2017 is an important year, please talk to the stakeholders around you and continue to show the value of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance! These opportunities are truly vital to our profession and to our Commonwealth to keep the momentum going to bridge the equity gap for improving the WHOLE child and creating a WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION for ALL students! 

Thanks for all you do! I am excited for the bright future of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in our schools, our communities, and our world!
Jamie Sparks
KAHPERD Past-President

2016, wow!  It was the greatest honor of my professional career to serve as the KAHPERD President.  2016 was such an opportune year for physical education and health education both in our country and especially in our state.  I am most proud that KAHPERD’s greatest accomplishment in 2016 was truly that our members represented us: north, south, east and west!  The ESSA Town Hall meetings provided an opportunity to be heard, to share our concerns of being marginalized within the previous educational setting and to advocate for the benefits of health/physical education within the context of defining student and school success in Kentucky.  KAHPERD’s process of engaging and rallying educators to each and every one of those meetings was shared widely as a model to other states. 

Commissioner Pruitt’s and the Kentucky Department of Education have prioritized to build Kentucky’s educational accountability system around the theme, Our Children, Our Commonwealth.   Our fall convention allowed an opportunity to showcase our philosophy and to invite many shareholders outside of our profession to join us in discussions about the whole child and wellness in Kentucky schools.  Those same people are charged with making important decisions regarding our state ESSA plan that will be released early in 2017. There are no guarantees what the final plan will entail, but our progress makes us hopeful as we push our message forward.  I strongly believe that there is no academic subject(s) that has more potential to transform our state with greater impact than that which we each represent.  2017 will not be a year to be complacent, to accept the status quo that has plagued us.  We must grow in numbers; recruit more people in our profession to be involved and be held accountable.  Every health and physical educator in your district should be a member of KAHPERD. 

In the words of Dr. Seuss from The Lorax “Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  Developing the Well-Rounded Child takes each of us doing more, not only for the students in your building but also for all students across Kentucky.
Daniel Hill
Vice President - Physical Education
I hope that 2017 has begun on a positive note and that you are excited for the challenges ahead!  It is my pleasure to serve on the KAHPERD board as VP for Physical Education.  President Jaimie Sparks and the other board members organized a wonderful 2016 convention!  Some of the major highlights included some national speakers:  Naomi Hartl – with SPARK, Carly Wright- Advocacy manager with SHAPE America and Sean Slade- Outreach director from ASCD.  How can the KAHPERD board best serve your professional growth needs?  Feel free to contact any of the board members with suggestions and any possible presentation ideas.

Kim Riggs
Vice-President - Health

It’s an honor to serve on the KAHPERD Board as the Vice President of the Health Division. Getting this larger perspective on the organization has been both an educational and insightful experience.  Being involved behind the scenes has given me a new admiration for the service that is poured into making the organization such an amazing voice and advocate for health.   A special thank you to everyone who presented at the convention this fall, I am always reenergized by the many innovative and high quality sessions.  With that being said I would like to extend an invitation to all to consider presenting at next year’s convention.  I know there is some awesomeness going on in your schools!  Tell us about it so we might learn and adapt to improve in what we do as health educators and advocates for our program.
Rachel Barnes
Vice President - Dance


Huge thanks are also in order for all of our student presenters during the Dance Gala. With the change in time from previous years, we had an awesome audience and the performances were spectacular! Student group presenters included Eastern Kentucky University Dance Theatre, University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble, Berea College Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble and SCAPA! From tap dance to ballet to belly dance and swing, these performers danced their hearts out and rocked it on the stage. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to bring great dance to KAHPERD this year! 

What’s next? Stay tuned for some upcoming professional development offerings through KAHPERD in the next couple of months Then, starting think about the 2017 KAHPERD convention! What would you like to see or what new dance activities have you been implementing in class that you would like to share? I’d love to know! Please feel free to contact me at any time at rachel.barnes@trimble.kyschools.us. If you have students that would like to perform for our next Dance Gala or be involved another way, please let me know. Looking forward to an exciting year with you! Dance on Kentucky!

Bob Van Bruggen
Vice-President - Sport and Leisure

I teach elementary and middle school PE & Health at Science Hill School in northern Pulaski Co. Some of the sports and leisure activities I really enjoy are playing golf and going camping.
Wow, what an amazing KAPHPERD convention we had back in November.  If you missed out, you missed some incredible presenters.  I had the opportunity to attend several wonderful sessions and gained a lot of knowledge and ideas that I am trying to implement in my classes.
As for Sports and Leisure, we need presenters for this coming convention in the Fall of 2017.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in presenting this fall, please encourage them to complete an application, which can be located on our new website.  Don’t delay – send these as soon as possible. I would love to get several sessions about recreational / leisure opportunities around our wonderful state.  I can’t wait for this fall’s convention to roll around.  I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and friends along with several new ones. 

The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools. The award celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school each day.

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.

2016 Award Winners

Apollo High School

Brandenburg Primary School

College View Middle School

Hager Elementary School

Hopkins County Central High School

Howevalley Elementary School

Lyon County Elementary School

Richardsville Elementary School

Sinking Fork Elementary School

Sorgho Elementary School

South Marshall Elementary School

Southwest Calloway Elementary School

Sturgis Elementary School

Talton K. Stone Middle School

Trigg County High School

Union County High School

Vine Grove Elementary School

Whitesville Elementary School

KAHPERD 2015-2016 Award Winners
KAHPERD held its annual convention November 13-15 in Lexington, Kentucky. Each year, teachers and physical education and health college students from across the state are nominated by colleagues and voted on by the KAHPERD board members to be recognized for their outstanding work and contribution to the health and physical education field. Award winners received a plaque and recognition at the awards ceremony the first night of the convention.

Congratulations to the following recipients:
Andrew Case:  College PE Student
Jennifer Costanzo:  College Health Student
Dennis Mennis:  Elementary PE Teacher of the Year
Angela Stark:  Secondary PE Teacher of the Year
D’Artagnan Coots:  Health Teacher of the Year
Karen Baum: KAHPERD Life Member Award
Angela Stark:  Distinguished Service Award
Jamie Sparks Wins Southern District Award

Jamie Sparks, the school health and physical education network director at the Kentucky Department of Education, recently received the SHAPE America Southern District Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award.
Check out the rest of the story HERE
Joy Faye Raymer Heines
Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator of the Year!

SAVE THE DATE for Summer Convention:
June 12-13
Kentucky’s Healthiest Schools
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s National Healthy Schools Award is an honor given to showcase and acknowledge schools that have implemented changes to create healthier school environments. To earn an award, schools must meet best practice criteria established by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program Expert Panel and outlined in the Healthy Schools Program Framework of Best Practices. Awards are granted at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Congratulations to the following Kentucky schools who were recognized as bronze level schools:
Apollo High School Owensboro, KY
College View Middle School Owensboro, KY
Hopkins Co Central High School Madisonville, KY
Howevalley Elementary School Cecilia, KY
Lyon Co Elementary School Eddyville, KY
Richardsville Elem School Bowling Green, KY
Sinking Fork Elementary School Hopkinsville, KY
Sorgho Elementary School Owensboro, KY
South Marshall Elementary School Benton, KY
Southwest Calloway Elem School Murray, KY
Sturgis Elementary School Sturgis, KY
Talton K Stone Middle School Elizabethtown, KY
Trigg Co High School Cadiz, KY
Union Co High School Morganfield, KY
Vine Grove Elementary School Vine Grove, KY
Whitesville Elementary School Whitesville, KY
2017 Convention Managers
Jamie Johnston, jamie.johnston@henderson.kyschools.us
Meg Mabry, meg.mabry@henderson.kyschools.us
Bob VanBruggen, bob.vanbruggen@sciencehill.kyschools.us
 It is going to be a great year!  Deborah is in the know on what is happening in our state and nationally.   She wants to keep you informed, so please talk to your administrators and come to the Fall Conference at Embassy-Suites in Lexington, KY on November 12-14, 2017. We will be behind the scenes making sure everything is functioning properly and in the correct place.  We want to have topics that you are interested in, so let us know your interests.  Each VP will be looking for presenters. If you are interested in sharing your fantastic ideas then go to KAHPERD.com web page and look for proposal forms.  We will be having lots of vendors for you to brose, try new equipment and ideas, thanks to our own Billie Stone.  Don’t forget the yummy breakfast that comes with your room and of course happy hour in the evening.  What more could you ask for?

Have something amazing you would like to share with others? Send proposal ideas to: Kahperdcon@gmail.com


Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart
Our Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events are kicking off in full swing across the state!  Thank you to all the schools who have welcomed us into your school assemblies as a guest health speaker.  Below are a few photos of “The Zoo Crew”, our five health goal characters, teaching children the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle. 

Want to have a event at your school? Contact:

Erika Furlong

Vice President

Youth Market & HeartChase


Great Rivers Affiliate

240 Whittington Pkwy  |  Louisville, KY 40222
erika.furlong@heart.org  |  www.heart.org
P 502-371-6002  |  F 502-585-7001



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