Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's hard to believe it's December already and we're almost half way through the school year! We are so grateful to each of you and the great work you do to create healthy and happy learning and working environments! 

This month, we'd like to highlight and celebrate some of this work! In addition, see below for some great professional development opportunities through CDE and RMC Health. 

Kaiser Thriving Schools Grant

* Do you or anyone you work with in DCSD want to become a certified fitness instructor. If so, contact Laurie LaComb for more information on funding to support this! 

As part of this grant, participating schools are creating Student Led Health and Wellness Teams. Amazing things happen when you give students a voice about their health! Kudos to Bear Canyon, Cherry Valley, Cimarron MS, Cougar Run, Fox Creek, Heritage, Pine Lane and Soaring Hawk for piloting this work! 

Students are brainstorming ideas on ways to increase physical activity before, during and after school. Recent projects include things such as walk/wheel on Wednesdays, hacky sack, students teaching Jammin' Minutes to classes, researching painting playgrounds (to incorporate movement and learning). 

In addition, this grant offers FREE Fitness Classes for Students and Staff. So far, there have been 26 sites, 138 classes and 905 participants! 

* Are you interested in bringing FREE fitness classes to your students and staff at your building? Please contact Laurie LaComb for more information. 

Coordinated School Health Teams

How are your SHIPs going? Need help with data collection? Reminder, in order to receive your stipend, you MUST meet with me and implement at least 1 of your SHIPs this year! If you haven't scheduled you meeting with me yet, there's still time. Just email me!

We have lots of schools getting their staff and students signed up for the DCSD Healthy Schools Move Challenge through KRA! January is a great time to help motivate your staff and students to move more! Remember, there's a healthy breakfast reward to the first 5 schools/sites that register at least 75 participants. 

Registration is quick and simple:


The Healthy School Champions Scorecard Deadline is January 16th! Healthy School Champions recognizes and rewards schools that are healthy. The scorecard identifies those schools that are implementing healthy school strategies, and ensuring the connection between health and learning is present and thriving. There are monetary awards distributed to selected champions!  If you want to do this, you can get an automatic $300 and more by signing up to complete a 74 question Healthy School Survey pilot. This will serve as the Scorecard with the addition of the support letters and success story.  We are happy to help you complete this. Just let us know! 

DCSD Professional Development Opportunity on Job Alike Day! 

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to offer the following professional development class on January 16, 2015 (Job Alike Day). See below for registration instructions! 

The Road to Mastery: Assessment Strategies in Health Education

Douglas County Fairgrounds (see attached map)
500 Fairgrounds Dr
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Events Center: Conference Room #2

Friday, January 16, 2015
7:30am- Breakfast
8:00am-3:30pm - Training (Lunch provided)

Registration is required. Please click here.

This interactive training will explore types of assessments that can be used during introduction, reinforcement, and mastery of health skills found in Colorado’s Comprehensive Health Education Standards. Using an assessment process guide and toolkit, participants will develop student assessment strategies to use in their classroom. Participants also examine different types of rubrics and practice using rubrics to assess student performance and growth.
This is the fourth health education standards trainings offered by RMC Health’s Health Education Training Cadre.  
Credit (0.5 hour) from Adams State College is available for a fee.
RMC Health, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Legacy Foundation have partnered to develop the standards trainings.

Who Should Attend?

  • Health Educators (Elementary, Middle & High School)
  • Administrators
  • Health professionals serving schools
  • Counselors
  • Special Educators


As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify different types of assessments used during introduction, reinforcement, and mastery of health skills
  • Utilize a process for development of student assessment strategies that measure student growth
  • Apply rubrics/criteria to assess student performance and growth

Mark your calendars for the Healthy Schools Leadership Retreat June 11th & 12th in Vail Colorado! 

RMC Health has been gracious enough to allow us to invite 33 co-leaders to the leadership retreat, paid in full! More information will come on this in an email in January. 

If you have read this far, send me a quick email with your name proving it! Prizes will be awarded to the first 5 people to respond! (:

PE Professional Development - Upcoming Events

      January Events

Integrating Physical Activity
  • Date: January 22, 2015
  • Hours: 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Meals: Lunch Provided
  • Location: Pueblo Convention Center 320 Central Main St. Pueblo, CO 81003
  • Register
Using Technology in PE
  • Date: January 26, 2015
  • Hours: 8:00am-3:30pm(Registration 7:30am)
  • Meals: Lunch Provided
  • Location: Escalante Middle school 141 Baker Lane, Durango CO 81303
  • Register


February Events

Highly Effective Teaching in K-12 Physical Education: Putting All the Pieces Together
  • Date: February 6, 2015
  • Hours: 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Meals: Lunch Provided
  • Location: Gunnison Elementary School, 1099 North 11th St. Gunnison, CO 81230
  • Register
Teaching With The Brain In Mind
  • Date: February 13, 2015
  • Hours: 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Meals: Lunch Provided
  • Location: Pueblo Convention Center 320 Central Main St. Pueblo, CO 81003
  • Date: February 16, 2015
  • Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm(Registration 7:30am)
  • Meals: Lunch Provided
  • Location: Pear Park Elementary, 432 30 1/4 Rd Grand Junction, CO 81504
  • Register

- See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness/hs_pe#sthash.XipyZTE9.dpuf

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