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October 2016

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HEADLINES _____________________

  Educator Feedback Sought on Proposed SD Health Education Standards

Ten committee members representing school districts, community agencies and the general public met July 27-28, 2016, to examine the current South Dakota Health Education Standards (SDHES) and Performance Indicators for Pre-K through grade 12.

Committee members reviewed the current SDHES, which are modeled after the National Health Education Standards. The large group discussion resulted in the decision to keep the SDHES as currently written, the rationale being that the SDHES provide greater use of nationally developed health education resources and the SDHES will remain relevant over time.

However, revisions were made to the performance indicators for each of the four grade spans (Pre-K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12). Committee members worked in small groups to conduct a thorough review and revision of the indicators. The majority of revisions occurred relative to the level of cognitive complexity of the performance indicators. The goal of the revisions is to provide a greater sense of clarity as to what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade span.

The proposed SDHES and performance indicators are available on the South Dakota Department of Education standards webpage. Educators can provide feedback on the proposed standards and performance indicators by completing this survey.

  South Dakota Receives 2016 Team Nutrition Training Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the Fiscal Year 2016 Team Nutrition Training Grants which are designed to expand and enhance training for school nutrition and child care professionals working to support healthy environments for our nation's youth.

Fourteen state agencies, including the South Dakota Department of Education, were given awards - eight working toward improving school nutrition through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) and six focusing on nutrition at facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

A summary of South Dakota Team Nutrition's proposed projects can be found here.

  Fifteen South Dakota Schools Receive 2016 National Healthy Schools Award

This year the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognized 328 of the healthiest schools for setting the standard with award-winning environments where students eat better and stay active. View a list of all award-winning schools which include 15 South Dakota schools who received the Bronze Level Award for their efforts.

All award winners have met stringent guidelines for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.

All National Healthy Schools Award winners also received National Awards from Let's Move! Active Schools.


  GFP Offers Free Archery Training to Educators

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host training on the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11 in Rapid City, SD.

Teachers interested in introducing archery into their schools must pre-register for the training by email at outdoorprogramming@gmail.com or by calling at 605.220.2130. Space is limited. The NASP program allows schools in South Dakota to incorporate archery in their school curriculum safely and at no cost to the local school district. Home schooling parents are also encouraged to attend the training at no cost.

Upon successful completion of the training, new schools to the program will be eligible to receive free archery equipment provided by GFP, and all participants will be able to enter their students in the 2017 NASP state tournament.

  School Breakfast: Breakfast in the Classroom Beyond Elementary Schools (Webinar)

Action for Healthy Kids will host a webinar Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 3-4 p.m. CT on how to successfully incorporate breakfast in the classroom with the focus on models in secondary schools.

The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of this model and strategies for success. Click here to register.

  Save the Date: Native American Games Training

A Native American Games Training will be held November 1-3, 2016 in Mitchell, SD. The two-and-a-half-day training, provided by the International Traditional Games Society of Montana, will feature South Dakota instructor, Jeremy Red Eagle of Sisseton. Click here to see the flyer.

As a result of the training, participants will achieve certification to teach over 20 games designed to promote physical activity and an increased connection with values of the past.

The training is co-sponsored by SDSU Extension, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, Partnership Rapid City, a 1416 Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the SD Department of Social Services, Office of Economic Assistance as part of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).

For more information, visit the International Traditional Games Society website or contact Tara Shafrath at tara.shafrath@sdstate.edu or 605-782-3290.

RESOURCES _______________________

  SHAPE America's State Advocacy Websites

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education (HPE) as part of a student's well-rounded education, giving every HPE teacher an opportunity to elevate their program and gain support from their school and local community.

ESSA requires broad stakeholder engagement in order to implement comprehensive and effective state and school district plans. The South Dakota's State Advocacy Toolkit includes key contacts and stakeholder groups for South Dakota and a fact sheet on health and physical education in South Dakota.

  Back-to-School Resources for Health and Physical Education Teachers

SHAPE America's back-to-school resources help to build an effective health and physical education (HPE) program that empowers students to lead healthy and active lives. Among these resources are materials to guide classroom teachers and to help gain support for HPE from school administrators and the local community.

When teaching students about physical literacy, use SHAPE America's Student-Friendly National Standards Poster to help them make the connection between what they are learning in physical education class and why they are learning it. This poster set also includes activity ideas to help you introduce and incorporate the National Standards in your classes.

  Safety EDventure

South Dakota EDventure Web and Health EDventure recently announced the addition of Safety EDventure to its program offerings. There are over 500 learning activities available for the K-3 classroom on the free website, with more resources added each day!

The new SD Safety KidZ program, which began in September and continues throughout the school year, features student passports and stamps for tracking learning of health and safety topics and a travel guide on each calendar topic page, which includes challenge activities and suggested activities.

Enrollment for SD Safety KidZ is limited to 2500 students, so register early! For more information contact Marsha Kucker at 605-280-0650.

  Virtual Healthy School

CDC's Virtual Healthy School is an online, interactive school resource that allows users to see how the 10 components of the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model are integrated into the school and community.

The Virtual Healthy School resource gives life to the WSCC model through the familiar environment of a school, showing education professionals that schools just like theirs can easily be transformed to meet the needs of the whole child so that every student is ready to learn.

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  South Dakota Team Nutrition Sub-grants

Due to the extension of the 2014-2016 South Dakota Team Nutrition grant, the following sub-grants are available to eligible schools and school districts until all funds are committed. Click on the sub-grant title below to learn more and to apply.

  Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants Available to Help Schools Make Healthy Changes!

A competitive grant opportunity is available to K-12 schools enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The grant is designed to fund activities that lead to lasting change within the school environment.

To get started, schools will choose one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2016-2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. Click here to learn more and apply. Midwest Dairy Council has developed a series of short instructional videos to assist in completing a quality Fuel Up to Play 60 Funding Application. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2016.

For more information contact Whitney Jerman, Health and Wellness Program Manager, Midwest Dairy Council-South Dakota at wjerman@midwestdairy.com or 605-338-3776.


Karen Keyser
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-220-6453
Julie Ellingson
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Health
615 East 4th Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-7150


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