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We are KES Spartans!
Come rock your Spartan for another fun-filled KES family day! On Saturday Sept. 21st, thousands of people will head to Killington to participate in the Spartan Race, and KES will be there too!

In between all the Spartan activity, the students at KES have been invited to participate for FREE in the Jr. Spartan half mile race. Each child will receive a t-shirt, medal and opportunity to run this fun-filled junior sized obstacle course. Check-in with KES representative at 11:15 a.m., the junior event starts at 12-noon.

The KEEPERS (KES parent group) will be hosting a fundraiser all morning with our very own lemonade stand! We are expecting a huge turnout and need parents to sign up for shifts.

We hope for excellent participation from our energetic local kids and hope to see parents there competing in the big event, tending the lemonade stand or cheering on their junior Spartan!  Waivers will be sent home the week of Sept. 16.  Please sign and return by Thursday, Sept. 19. Free T-shirts will be distributed to students upon receipt of waiver.
Free parking is available for all KES families behind the Mountain Green Resort. Check-in for KES students and parents will be outside the Snowshed Lodge.

Common Core Standards  
By Loren M. Pepe, Principal

New standards, called Common Core State Standards, are underway for all students in Vermont and throughout most of the country. These rigorous standards establish clear goals and set high expectations for all students.

They are research and evidence-based, aligned with expectations for college and career readiness, and they build upon our current educational foundation. The aim of this multi-state initiative is to ensure that all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career.

If you are interested in learning more, you may wish to view this three-minute video, from the Council of Great City Schools, which explains how the new state standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond:

For an overview of the Common Core State Standards that is specific to your child's grade level, please refer to

How can I help my child be successful
By Allison Naugle

While surfing the internet for teaching tips and classroom ideas, I came across a short list of tips on how parents can help their child or children be successful at school. This list is credited to a fellow teacher, Olivia Spence.

Read everyday! You can read to your child or have your child read to you. Either way, read!
Create a consistent after school routine. Help your child study and complete his or her homework.
Be positive! Always speak positively about school, learning, and your child's teacher.
Encourage! Give your child the opportunity to excel in all areas of his or her academics.
Be sure that your child is getting plenty of rest each night and is ready for school each day.
Teach your child to be responsible for their actions and take pride in all he or she does.
Stay involved! Make it a point to ask your child about his or her school day.
Communicate! Please know that you can contact the classroom teacher with your questions and concerns.

Thank you for working as a team with teachers to make sure your child's year is a successful one here at KES.