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News briefs from Killington Elementary School

Vermont School Guidance Counselor of the Year Mary Hoag
To a standing ovation, our guidance counselor, Mary Hoag, accepted an esteemed award as Vermont School Guidance Counselor of the Year! We feel tremendous gratitude to Mary as she helps our students combat life's many stressors, both internal and external, allowing them to remain open to learning opportunities at school. As one student put it, "I'm like a steel trap, but somehow Mrs. Hoag is able to untie me like a knot."

We thank Mary for giving our students tools and strategies to cope, not just on the days she is with us, but tools and strategies they take with them as they move on in life's journey. Please join me in extending a warm and well-deserved "Congratulations" to Mary Hoag!

Student assessments approaching
Killington Elementary School (KES) students in grades three through six will soon participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Reading and mathematics are the main areas of focus in this assessment. Written language is an additional focus for students in grades five and eight. Please encourage your child to put forth good effort during these assessments.

Parents can help. Make sure your child has adequate rest and a good breakfast every day, and especially on test administration days. Please mark your calendars for October 9-18, with two additional days for 5th graders: October 8 and 15. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pepe or your child's teacher.

KES kids at the Spartan Race
Sixty-three KES students participated in the kids' Spartan Race at Snowshed in Killington on Saturday, Sept. 22. Many of our students emerged from the race with dirt and dust from head to toe and great big smiles on their faces. The feeling of success and newly formed confidence in themselves filled the air! Great job, KES Kids!

Meanwhile, throughout the day, KES parents worked the lemonade stand fundraiser, doling out water and lemonade to the adult Spartan racers. Funds earned are earmarked for the following school initiatives: Trailblazer Ski and Ride Program, KES Technology Fund, and the Principal's Sunny Day Fund (to help students in need). Thank you to everyone who made this fundraiser a success, especially Joe and Courtney Desena, the KEEPERS (our KES Parent Group), and all of the parent and school volunteers able to join us on this day!

Parent group extends warm welcome to all
We are hoping to welcome some new faces at the next meeting of the KES Parent Group, the KEEPERS, on Friday, October 5 at 8:15 a.m. An agenda will soon be emailed to all, and everyone is encouraged to join us. Agendas and meeting minutes are also available at the KES front desk. The KEEPERS carefully scheduled meetings last year in both the morning and evening hours to determine what worked best for our parent community. It became clear at mid-year that we had greater participation from our parent community with the morning meeting schedule. Therefore, the KEEPERS planned this year's meetings to be held on the first Friday of each month at 8:15 a.m. in the KES Dining Hall. We ordinarily host these meetings with coffee and muffins available to all.

Program presentation night
Thank you to those parents in attendance at Program Presentation Night on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Children know when their parents and teachers work closely together. This teamwork serves as a motivating force for children at KES to reach their potential.

Environmental learning continues at KES
The magic and mystery of life cycles will unfold as students study cycles in nature throughout the upcoming year in their Four Winds Environmental Learning lessons with parent volunteers. The following titles will establish focus for each monthly lesson presented to students: Insect Life Cycles, Traveling Seeds, Birds on the Wing, Animals' Winter Ways, Maple Sugaring, Trees in Winter, Galls Galore, Songbird Songs, Flower to Fruit, and Dandelion Cycles.

Thank you to Beth and Peter Hike for coordinating all efforts and thank you to the following individuals for preparing and delivering new and exciting lessons to our students: Jennifer Iannantuoni, Jennifer Page, Mary Hogstrom, Courtney Desena, Laura McKenna, Mona Colwell, Shari Borzekowski, Annie Masillo, Susan Clarke, Wilbur Abrams, Mary Sell, Jane Aiken, and Michelle Coates-Girard.

Here's to your health: A series of five seminars
The first of five seminars sponsored by the Ottauquechee Health Foundation will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Norman Williams Library, Woodstock, Vt. Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids-From Defiance to Cooperation, presented by Bonnie Harris, MS Ed. and the director of Connective Parenting, is free and open to all. This talk is appropriate for parents of any aged children as well as any professional who works with families and children. Light refreshments will be served.

Future seminar dates are: Nov. 3, March 12, Apr. 9, and May 14. For more information contact the sponsor at 802-457-4188 or email

Mini Mud Variety Show auditions
Calling all students between the ages of 7 and 18! Come audition your talent-singing, dancing, a skit, magic tricks, a story (well rehearsed and up to three minutes in length). Auditions will be held on Thursday, October 4 at Chandler Music Hall. The performance will be Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. Please contact Janet Watton at or 728-9402 to sign up for an audition time.