By Loren M Pepe, Principal
KES thanks the incredible parent volunteers for allowing the
Killington Elementary School Trailblazers to experience another
successful ski and snowboard season. The Trailblazer Program exists
today because of the active involvement of the KES parent
community, who are ski coaches, inside chaperones, a volunteer
coordinator, and equipment runners. A very special thank you goes
to Greg LaBella, Kim Gaines, Sheila Pilsmaker, Joan Wise, and
Killington Resort for giving our students this opportunity to
continue the ski/snowboarding tradition loved by students at
Marking period ends
By Loren M Pepe, Principal
March 27 marked the end of the third marking period. Parent
conferences are scheduled for April 11 and allow parents and
teachers time to meet to discuss student progress and goals. Please
try to attend the conference time for your child. Research clearly
shows a link between student performance and active participation
and communication between parents and teachers. Information
regarding conference scheduling will be sent home.
Practicing Math Using the Internet
By Maria Garland, fourth grade teacher
It is often difficult to get a child to practice math skills and
concepts learned in school. One way to make this practice more
attractive to your child is to use the internet. There are an
overwhelming number of websites and apps, free and paid, and
it is sometimes hard to determine which sites will appeal to your
child while reinforcing skills and concepts learned in
Here are some of the sites KES teachers have found to be useful
Most of these sites have a free and a paid version. The
difference between a
free site and a "premium" site is usually fewer games and/or
reports. However, we have found that with most of these sites,
the free version is fine. These sites do contain ads.
1. www.abcya.com - This site has a variety of math games
appropriate for students K-6. Grade level lessons incorporate areas
such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer
skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are
equipped with sound to enhance understanding.
2. www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm - This site has hundreds of
math games from early math (prek-2) to geometry.
3. www.multiplication.com/games - Games to help students learn
their multiplication facts.
4. www.khanacademy.com - This is the king of math websites. It
contains lessons and practices for mathematics from kindergarten
through college level. There are videos to watch along with
The next three websites are sites that are presently being used
in KES classrooms. Most students have usernames and passwords that
they can use at home as well as at school. These sites provide
classroom teachers with reports about students'
accomplishments. Please contact your child's teacher for
1. www.sumdog.com - Students get to play a wide variety of
games. In order to advance in these games they must solve math
problems on their level of proficiency. The math problems follow
the Common Core Standards. If a student has difficulty with a set
of problems, the site adjusts the problems so that the student is
successful. The best part of this site is that students can play
against other students from KES.
2. www.tenmarks.com - Ten Marks is a more structured math
program, also based on the Common Core Standards. Students work on
specific mathematical concepts assigned by their classroom teacher.
Once they have successfully completed six tracks, they can play
3. www.ixl.com - This site is similar to Ten Marks. It provides
practice organized according to Vermont State and Common Core
Standards. Lessons are leveled according to ability.
Band Showcase success!
By Christine Morton, music teacher
A 2013 WCSU Band Showcase was held on March 6 at
the Woodstock Union High School, an event that brought
together band students from the middle and high school, as well as
Barnard Academy, Bridgewater Village School, Woodstock Elementary,
Reading Elementary, Stockbridge School, and Killington Elementary.
The goals were to build camaraderie, reinforce excitement about the
overall band experience for students, parents and teachers, and to
make beautiful music. This event gave our KES School Band the
thrill of being part of a 100-piece Concert Band! Kudos
to Theresa Steward, Hannah Coates, Alyana Hunt, Maeve Haff, T.J.
Borzekowski, and Owen Coates for a job well done!
You are invited!
By the KES 5th Grade
The KES community is invited to attend a fundraising event for the
fifth graders' upcoming overnight trip to Boston. Ms. Naugle's
fifth grade class is hosting and serving a sit-down dinner at the
Swiss Farm Inn in Pittsfield on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. The
dinner menu will include soup of the day, garden salad, choice of
entrée, and finally your choice of dessert. The cost is $20 per
adult and $10 per child. Please contact Ms. Naugle if you are
interested in making a reservation. This annual event sells out
quickly! First come, first serve!