Parley's Park Elementary School
Parley's Park Elementary School

Jennifer Wheelwright

Physical Education


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Pictures of Mrs. Wheelwright and her Family

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About Mrs. Wheelwright

I was born in Rhode Island, lived in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and then went to school in Maine. I grew up playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis. My family traveled and skied at Killington in Vermont every weekend. I was a mogul skier/competitor for 10 years and finally moved out to Utah to be on the Snowbird Freestyle team. I eventually decided to give my body a rest and pursue my career as a PE teacher. Right after graduating from the University of Utah, I got my first teaching job at Parley’s Park in 2003 and I’ve been here ever since. How lucky I was to get my first job at a great school with awesome teachers, kids and parents who support me and PE.

When I’m not working, I like to spend time with Cody, Ellie and Shane (my husband). My other interests involve hiking, mountain biking, skiing (of course) and a good book every now and then when I find time.

PE Expectations


Sneakers must be worn for P.E. or students may be asked to sit out. When snow boots are worn to school, put sneakers in the backpack or leave a pair at school.

Parley’s Park PE Schedule and Yearly Curriculum


There will are Physical Education grades for 4th and 5th graders in Powerschool. These grades are temporary and will be finalized by the end of each trimester. Each student starts with a perfect grade. Depending on his or her behavior, these grades can change. I update these grades every two weeks or so after I observe any consistent change in behavior. If you have any concerns, please talk to your son or daughter before contacting me. Most students are well aware of their behavior in PE. The students also know that they can talk to me about their grade. A lot of the time we come to an agreement and the grade can go up before the end of the trimester. If there are still concerns, you can email me if needed. Please keep in mind that I am giving grades to about 200 students. Below is a break down of what they are graded on.

1. Cooperation and sportsmanship-Does the student work well with the teacher and classmates in a physical environment?

2. Participation-Is the student willing to participate with any classmate and in every activity?

3. Preparedness-Does the student always remember to wear snug sneakers on PE days?

4. Safety-Does the student always move in a safe manner?

5. Assignment-TBA (usually a simple worksheet reviewing something we learned in PE).

All 5 parts are 20 points each in order to equal 100.

What is Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart?

This is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The students learn about people who have had heart problems, and they learn about the research and technology that help these people. Students then raise money for the American Heart Association. The kids look forward to jumping and shooting hoops in memory of or in honor of those around us that have been affected by heart disease or stroke.
During the Jump-A-Thon and Hoop-A-Thon we find out how much money we raised, and we jump rope or play basketball. There is no skill requirement in order to participate. Everyone participates no matter what.

Good luck to Parley’s Park students for working so hard to help save lives! The money raised also helps support Parley’s P.E. Parley’s receives gift certificates for P.E. equipment depending on how much money is raised. Please help support your kids in helping the American Heart Association and in understanding the importance of diet and exercise.

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart 2017

Kick off Assembly will be the afternoon of January 23rd.

Parley’s Park has raised an over $23,000.00 last year. Our top year was over $43,000.00. We have been the top school in Utah for the last 8 years in a row. We credit our success towards more kids registering online and being able to send emails to ask for donations. Over 150 kids registered this year and raised over $20,000 online alone. While the kids raised money online and at home, we had lots of fun in PE jump roping with the younger grades and playing basketball with the older kids. We are so proud of our students. They really take this yearly fundraiser to heart and they help to make a huge difference in saving lives.

Way to Go Parley’s Park. I look forward to seeing you do this again this year.

Upcoming Exciting PE Events for the Year

4th Grade Square Dance Rendezvous: November 20th

5th Grade Track Meet at Dozier Field: May 23rd
4th Grade: May 24th