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April 3, 2023

What is Your WHY?

It is that time of year again.

The time when we realize how little time is left, and how much there still is to do.

However, this year, I challenge you to think about things differently. Rather than thinking about checking items off your to-do list, think about why you do the work you do.

Most of us didn’t go into education to get rich or to have summers off. We became educators to make a difference in students’ lives. To inspire them. To build skills and understanding. To give them strength and confidence. To make a difference. This is our WHY!

Take a minute to write down a list of the things you hope your students get out of your class. 

Then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which of these things can I honestly say students are receiving?
  • Would my students agree?
  • Am I meeting my WHY?
  • What can I do to increase the impact my class has on students’ lives?

Use these reflection questions to guide how you approach the work throughout the end of the school year. Shift the way you plan, the practices you use, and the way you connect with students so that your class has the impact you want on students’ lives and you approach your work in a way that you are likely to fulfill the reason that inspired you to become an educator (your WHY).

Prioritize your to-do list actions that align with this purpose. Focus on practices that will have the lasting impact on students that you’ve always wanted. You might be surprised at the items that fall off your to-do list when you focus on what is most important.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to support you, your site, or your district. 

Health and Physical Education Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)
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San Diego CAHPERD News

2023 San Diego CAHPERD Awards Nominations, Applications Now Accepted

Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate deserving participants for the following San Diego Unit of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) awards:

  • ​​Program of the Year (Elementary and Secondary)
  • Teacher of the Year (Elementary and Secondary)
  • New Professional of the Year
  • Adapted Teacher of the Year
  • Administrator of the Year
  • Community Partner of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to the Profession
  • Retirees 

Please complete the 2023 San Diego CAHPERD Award nomination/application by May 1. Awards will be presented at the San Diego CAHPERD Year Awards and Social on May 30. Contact Bailee Holt-Sandsmark or Paige Metz for more information. 

San Diego CAHPERD End of Year Awards Scheduled for May 30!

It is time to celebrate the amazing work going on in San Diego County health and physical education programs. Join the San Diego Unit CAHPERD) on Tuesday, May 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Barefoot Bar on Mission Bay to honor professionals and retirees who have had significant impact on students’ health and physical literacy. Please let the planning team know if you plan to attend by completing the 2023 CAHPERD Awards RSVP.

San Diego County Teachers Shine at the 2023 CAHPERD State Conference

Austin Olson

San Diego County health and physical educators were well represented at the 2023 CAHPERD State Conference.

Teachers from throughout the county shared their expertise by presenting and collaborating to improve students’ health and physical literacy.

In addition, Austin Olson (Pacific Trails Middle School, San Dieguito Union High School District) was honored as the 2023 CAHPERD State Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Austin!

Thank you to all the health and physical educators who attended CAHPERD this year. Mark your calendars. The 2024 CAHPERD State Conference is scheduled to take place February 1 to 3 in Anaheim.  

What You Need To Know About 2022-23 Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

The California Department of Education (CDE) announced that PFT procedures and requirements for 2021-22 will remain in place for the 2022-23 school year, including:

  • PFT should only be administered during the testing window from Feb. 1 through May 31.
  • All students in grades 5, 7, and 9 will participate in physical fitness using the FITNESSGRAM assessments and their results should be recorded and used to inform students’ achievement of Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. 
  • There will be no submission of student-level data. Participation information will be collected and reported on the School Accountability Report Card.
  • Information related to calculating a student’s body mass index (height, weight, gender, birthday, etc.) should not be collected.
  • Healthy Fitness Zones should not be used.
  • Students with disabilities are to be given as much of the test as their condition will permit. 

Please see the PFT Update Slides from the February 2023 SDCOE Assessment Huddle or email Paige Metz for more information.

Please email Paige Metz if you have any questions.

Patrick Henry Human Trafficking Program Featured on CNN

Terri Clark (Patrick Henry High School, San Diego Unified) and her students were recently featured on CNN. The segment, San Diego Schools are Working to Stop Human Trafficking, highlighted the human trafficking programming and instruction that takes place annually in Terri’s class. Congratulations Terri, and thank you for the amazing work you do to educate students on this critical issue!

SHAPE America Seeking Input on Revision of National Health Education Standards

The Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America is asking health education teachers from throughout the country to provide feedback on the most recent draft of National Health Education Standards. To provide feedback, open the Proposed DRAFT Standards, Statements and Performance Indicators and complete this survey by May 2.

Apply Now for 2023 Healthiest Schools Awards

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is now accepting applications for schools to be recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Schools. Learn how to apply by April 18 in one or more of the following categories:

  • Increasing Family and Community Engagement
  • Improving Nutrition and Food Access
  • Implementing Local School Wellness Policy
  • Enriching Health Education
  • Bolstering Physical Education and Activity
  • Strengthening Social-Emotional Health and Learning
  • Cultivating Staff Well-Being
  • Promoting Tobacco-Free Schools
  • Supporting School Health Services

San Diego Libraries Share Resources to Stop Health Misinformation

The San Diego Circuit Libraries have released a toolkit and website to stop the spread of health misinformation locally and nationally. Additionally, they are looking for schools who might like to partner to collaborate and distribute this information. If you are interested in partnering with your local library, contact Jeffrey Loo

Hang Out with Health and Physical Educators

Meet up with your health and physical education peers at the SDCOE Health and Physical Education Hangouts on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and receive the latest updates, resources, materials, and best practices in health and physical education. Use this Zoom Link to join each month. 

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in Health and Physical Education

Guest facilitator a.t. Furuya from Transform Together will provide a three-day series to provide critical information and insight to health and physical educators to best support LGBTQ+ students. This online professional learning will provide instruction and take home material including:

  • Session 1 took place March 13, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Session 2 (April 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m.): Policy and Curriculum
  • Session 3 (April 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m.): Case Studies and Best Practices

More information and register for Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in Health and PE.

Health Education Framework Series Empowers Teachers to Develop Students’ Health Literacy

The SDCOE Health Education Framework series, a combination of asynchronous and synchronous professional learning, is designed to help teachers implement skills-based instruction to build students’ health literacy. Content includes:

SDCOE is now offering the entire series on one day, so register to join us on July 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SDCOE Spring Health and Physical Education Advisory Meeting May 3

Don't miss the Spring SDCOE Health and Physical Education Advisory Meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 3. Make sure your district/site is represented as we collaborate to discuss national and local trends, legislation, professional learning, resources and much more! Get more information or register. A Zoom link will be sent to registered applicants the day before the meeting.

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If you have any questions or comments about Health and Physical Education Monthly Update, please contact Paige Metz.
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