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June 5, 2023

Turn This Year’s Learning Into Summer Fun!

For the past nine-plus months, you have strategically cultivated students’ understanding, skills, mindsets, and confidence to attain a healthy lifestyle. Now is the time to empower students to connect what they have learned to life outside of school.

In these last few weeks, help students:

  • Share and celebrate what they learned with their families and friends
  • Brainstorm activities that can bring friends and family together to have fun while moving 
  • Identify community programs and facilities that offer recreational and/or competitive opportunities in the activities they learned this year
  • Set meaningful health and goals fitness goals to work toward over the summer
  • Create fitness plans using activities they learned this year and enjoy
  • Transfer classroom learning to impact their health and fitness for life
  • Encourage students to share social media posts that inspire others to be active too

Tie a bow on student learning by helping students connect the dots between what they learned in health and physical education to lifelong health, fitness, and wellness. Game on!!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to support you, your site, or your district. I hope you have a fantastic summer and look forward to our continued collaboration in the 2023-24 school year!

Health and Physical Education Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)
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SDCOE Identifies 2023-24 Health and Physical Education Leadership Cadre

The following health and physical educators have been selected as inaugural members of the SDCOE Health and Physical Education Leadership Cadre:

  • Laura Brodfuehrer (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Shannon Moreno (Grossmont Union High School District)
  • Kasey de la Cruz (Grossmont Union High School District)
  • Robbie DePerro (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Dennis Gildehaus (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Leo Hsu (Sweetwater Union High School District)
  • Bailee Holt-Sandsmark (San Dieguito Union High School District)
  • Austin Olson (San Dieguito Union High School District)
  • Trent Suzuki (Escondido Union Elementary School District)
  • Tracy Yates (Health Specialist)

Cadre members will be trained to provide professional learning, instructional coaching, technical assistance and design resources to support San Diego County teachers, schools and districts. Look for opportunities to access their expertise this fall!

San Diego CAHPERD Recognizes 2024 Award Winners

On May 30, San Diego CAHPERD hosted its annual End of Year Awards and Social to recognize excellence in our profession. Join us in congratulating:

  • Retirement: Bonnie Newmark (35 years of service)
  • Community Partner of the Year: Chelsea Walczak Vircks (American Heart Association)
  • New Professional of the Year: Sara Langdon (Del Mar Union School District)
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Profession: Jasmine Stiles (San Dieguito Union High School District)
  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year: Chris Ahrens (San Diego Unified School district)
  • Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year: Ben Upham (Grossmont Union High School District)

As well, San Diego CAHPERD thanked Bailee Holt-Sandsmark for her four year tenure as San Diego CAHPERD president and welcomed Austin Olson and Terri Clark as new co-presidents.

CDE Expert Panel Releases PFT Recommendations to State Board

The expert panel convened by the California Department of Education (CDE) to make recommendations regarding the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) released their Report to the Legislature, Department of Finance and the State Board of Education: Physical Performance Test. Below are the two report recommendations.  

Seek legislative authority and funding to:

  • Develop a new program of PFT assessments that are aligned with state law and content standards
  • Disallow the use of PFT assessments for academic grades
  • Allow parents to exempt students from PFT
  • Provide funding to support PFT administration
  • Evaluate PFT programming

Develop an assessment program that is aligned with state content standards that includes:

  • Developing a valid, reliable, and fair physical performance test
  • Test administration by trained educators in a safe and supporting environment
  • Measures improvement over time and excludes body composition
  • Provides students with reports that are meaningful and actionable
  • Provides date to schools/districts to inform student health and wellness policies
  • Provides electronic data to parents/guardians
  • Conducts studies on the new physical performance tests to assess validity, reliability and fairness

At this time, it is unclear as to what the California State Board of Education will do with this report. SDCOE Health and Physical Education Monthly Updates will continue to share information as it becomes available. Stay tuned!

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. 

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.

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Summer is a great time to update your instructional tools, content and mindsets. Professional learning opportunities are being offered throughout California this summer. Click on the following links to learn more.

Summer Professional Reading Recommendations

Please feel free to email Paige Metz professional reading titles that you would recommend to San Diego health and physical educators to feature in the June update.

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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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