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Past President's Message.

Greeting VAHPERD members and colleagues:

Let me first start by saying a BIG thank you to all VAHPERD members for your support during my "short" Presidency. It has been a true pleasure serving this organization as a leader and I hope to continue serving this wonderful organization as my role on the Board of Directors end in November 2017. That leads me to a recommendation that YOU consider getting more involved in your professional organization. You voice, your passion, and your expertise matters! My theme for the 2016 VAHPERD convention was to "Be a Champion for a Healthy and Activity Virginia". I truly believe that every member/professional in the field of health and physical education has a responsibility to do that. I hope that you will consider stepping up to the plate and it is my goal to improve communication and focus on doing what we (VAHPERD) can do to support YOU, our members, by providing multiple opportunities (training, conferences, advocacy, resources, etc.) to improve our profession and have a positive impact on creating a "Healthy, Active Virginia" for our students.

Since the 2016 Convention, I have been busy representing VAHPERD in a number of capacities. I have participated in numerous conference calls and meetings to discuss, plan, and organize VAHPERD related matters. I have been working with President Susan Nye and President-elect Pat Larsen. I have been working with Regina Kirk and Fred Milbert to support the DMV Grant.

Moving forward, the Board of Directors will be approving the 2017-2018 VAHPERD Budget and preparing the for the 2017 VAHPERD Convention (more information on the convention is below). Last year, VAHPERD was able to take advantage of a couple health promotion grants. We are currently working on grant submission for 2017-2018. We are very hopeful that we will have good news to report regarding these new grant opportunities and continue to build on our successes using grant to promote healthy behaviors in Virginia.

As we wrap up another school year, I would like challenge all members to take some time to reflect on your program and perform a self-assessment of the school year. Teaching should not be a stagnant profession where the lessons and activities never change. As educators, we focus a lot of our time on student achievement and tracking progress. Rarely do we, the teachers, take the time needed to evaluate our instructional practices and their impact on student progress/achievement. A quick self-assessment can help you achieve that goal. Evaluate your successes and challenges for this past school year and use that information to plan ways to make your instructional program better for 2017-2018.

Speaking of improving your instructional program, one of the best ways to do that is to take advantage of these fantastic upcoming professional development opportunities. I hope you will consider joining me in participating/supporting some of these events.

* The 2017 Virginia Summer Health and Physical Activity Institute at James Madison University-- kinesiology/hpainstitute/ is scheduled for July 10-12, 2017. This conference offers teachers a wide range of sessions that cross the health and physical education spectrum. Attendees get to see the "best of the best" and get the rare opportunity to "eat, sleep, and live" health and physical education with colleagues from across the commonwealth and country. This amazing conference is a great way to get motivated for a new school year.

* 2017 VAHPERD Convention in Roanoke, VA--Our annual conference will be at the fantastic Hotel Roanoke in November. This year's theme, "Every Step Counts" has many meanings that relate to health and physical education teachers. Add November 10-12, 2017 to your calendar and prepare to join us for this amazing professional development opportunity.

Please know that your membership in VAHPERD is valued and appreciated. Your thoughts and feedback are very important to us. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me ( I look forward to continuing to work with you and for you!

Chad Triolet

2017 VAHPERD Past-President

PS--A quick "shout out" to all the members of VAHPERD who contributed to the success of the 2016 VAHPERD Convention in Richmond, VA. A successful convention does not happen without a lot of support. Thank you for your support!!
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Date:Mar 22, 2017
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