The mission of SHAPE Montana is to advocate for the students of Montana and its members. SHAPE Montana uses a committee to do this work. This is a crucial part of what we do. There are many fronts that advocacy encompasses. Working with lawmakers on a state and national level helps them stay up to date regarding the importance of quality physical education programs. Working alongside MFPE, School Administrators of MT, School Boards Association, Board of Regents, OPI and The Board of Public Education keeps Health and Physical education students and teachers in the forefront of their minds. Building resources for members is another important area. Our advocacy team is currently focusing on this part of our mission. We want to provide members with the tools to be "Backyard Advocates." This helps members feel comfortable joining us in our advocacy efforts at the local level, which is a huge piece of our grassroots work. The 150 minutes per week program is another area where we bring grassroots support to our members. SHAPE Montana is working for you, our members, every day. We would love your feedback and always, feel free to reach out any time for ideas, resources, and to share your stories. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.
P.E. 150 Program
What is the “150 Program”?
The SHAPE Montana 150 program is designed to highlight the importance of movement as a tool to promote greater academic success for students. The data we gather from this program is one of the resources we will be able to use when we attempt to convince the Board of Public Education to mandate 150 minutes (or daily) physical education for our elementary students. The 150 Program is in its 4th year.
150 SUCCESS STORY - 2017 - Frenchtown Elementary, Frenchtown, Montana
Principal Aaron Griffin of Frenchtown Elementary is enthusiastic about having the 150 Program in his school during the 2016-17 school year. Originally used with the entire 2nd Grade, Griffin and his staff added the program to the 5thGrade classes for the 4th Quarter of the year.
End of the year data is in the process of being collected at this time, but Principal Griffin has seen noticeable behavior changes in his 2nd Graders compared to their more “challenging” first grade year. These changes have been for the positive and Griffin couldn't be more convinced of the worthiness of the program. SHAPE Montana thanks Principal Griffin and his staff for enthusiastically embracing the 150 Program and committing to it for another year.
If you think your school would be interested or you know of a school that would benefit from the 150 program, please contact us and let us know. The people to contact are: