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News briefs from Killington Elementary

Trailblazers succeed
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 KES.

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 school.

Here are some of the sites KES teachers have found to be useful and fun.

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 lessons.

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 more information.

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 math games.

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!

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