Hope Gillaspy » Welcome to PE at Kenwood!

Welcome to PE at Kenwood!

Hello students and parents, my name is Hope Gillaspy and I am the PE teacher at Kenwood Elementary. I started teaching in 2012 in Alliance, Ne. While in Alliance, I was the K-2 PE teacher, head high school volleyball coach and head high school girls' track and field coach. Before teaching and coaching, I worked as a Site Direction of Children's Programs at Foothills Park and Recreation in Lakewood, Colorado. I went to college at UNK and grew up in Western Nebraska. Almost all of my work experience since the age of 15 has been working with children in recreational and physical education programs. When I am not working, I am spending time with my family at our home in Northeast Kearney. I have been married since 2012 to my husband, Chris and we have two sons, Brody and Luke. My husband is a youth probation officer for the YRTC in Kearney, Brody and Luke are students at Northeast Elementary. We have a dog named Sunne and cat named Timber. We are an extremely active family and, most of the time, can be found doing something outdoors.


I am truly passionate about teaching children and encouraging them to participate in physical activity and find something they love doing that will help them live a healthy lifestyle! I look forward to meeting every one of you and I hope we have the best year yet!




5th Bartee

3rd Mundorf

4th Anderson

Kdg Bauer

1st Szafrajda

2nd Birdwell



5th Howard

5th Luedke

3rd Chamberlain

3rd Hogeland

4th Lebsack

4th Buerer

Kdg Fiala

Kdg Liveringhouse

1st Lehmann

1st Thompson

2nd Buss

2nd Gilbreath



Alternate between the M/W and T/TH group.



K-2 Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTIzMjEwMTQyNDc3

3-5 Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTIzMjA0MzAyNTIy

PE ZOOM Link: https://kearneycats.zoom.us/j/8142789837


K-2 PE Pacing Guide:


3-5 PE Pacing Guide:





The focus of physical eduction in the kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade setting is to develop fundamental movement skills and concepts while learning how to move safely among others with and without equipment. Students will be developing their skills in listening and self-control  as they will be required to alternate between times of activity and directions. Basic motor skills and concepts are the focus at the kindergarten level as learning self-control and listening skills are still developing. Motor skills and concepts evolve and become more complex the end of kindergarten and into 1st grade with application of those skills and concepts into more complex or modified-game-play. At the 2nd grade level those skills and concepts are being reviewed and developed further during modified games and through the introduction of sports. Second grade is also the level at which we begin fitness testing in Kearney Public Schools. Fitness testing includes 6 tests: Pacer, shuttle run, 60-second sit ups, bent arm hang, sit and reach, and standing long jump. Fitness testing will occur twice in the school year. Once in the fall and once in the spring. Fitness test scores will be communicated with parents.



The primary focus of physical education in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade is expose students with a large variety of different physical activities not only to develop their skills and knowledge of those activities, but to help them find value in being physically active and living a healthy lifestyle. The students will participate in sports like football, volleyball, soccer, golf, badminton, just to name a few, as well as non competitive activities like dance and aerobics, and untraditional games that develop their movement skills and physical fitness. Students will also be required to participate in fitness testing twice a year. Though 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be participating in the same units, the learning is scaffolded across the grade levels. The prime focus in 3rd grade is to develop the skills required for the unit topic, in fourth grade it is to develop those skills and apply them in more controlled settings, and in fifth grade we develop those skills in drills and apply them in both modified and traditional game play. For instance, during basketball the primary focus in third grade will be on developing shooting, dribbling, and passing skills. In fourth grade those skills will be practiced and applied in modified game play and in fifth grade those skills will be practiced in drills, modified games, and traditional basketball game play.