Kilmer MS Newsletter - March 1, 2024

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer at a Glance

Kilmer Community,

There is always a lot going on in the Spring, especially in schools. At Kilmer, we work hard to walk a line between focusing on the here and now, while also previewing (and getting kids excited about) next year. An example of this is our current focus on motivating students to finish the last three weeks of the 3rd quarter strong, while also preparing for Kilmer’s Spring Musical - Legally Blonde, Cross Town Hoops, and our upcoming Spirit Week. We are simultaneously providing academic advising for next year, planning to take our 8th graders to Marshall and Madison for Activities Day, and sharing information about freshman sports for next year. With this in mind, each week I’ll highlight various programs, events, and information in this newsletter to ensure all the information is in one place.

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. 

  • Monday, March 4 - Students will participate in the SEL Screener during Learning Seminar.  Additional details are listed under important information.
  • Kilmer’s Spring Musical - Legally Blonde
    • March 13 - Student performance, 2:30 pm in the cafeteria
    • March 15 - 7 pm in the cafeteria
    • March 16 - 2 pm & 7 pm in the cafeteria
Picture(s) of the Week

Science 7 launched March Mammal Madness. Students will research an animal to learn about classification of mammals. They will compete in a bracket through the next month.

Thank you so much for the PTA provided lunch for all staff! 

Important Information

Middle School Track & Field

Kilmer is hosting its first Track & Field season this Spring as a part of the FCPS Middle School Athletics Program! Practices will be held after school beginning March 12th and held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week (with a possible additional practice on Monday’s for field event(s) as the season progresses). 

There will be an interest meeting Thursday, March 7th from 4:30-5:00 pm in-person at Kilmer for families. Open to all - No experience required!

Track Events

  • 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m

Field Events

  • Long Jump and Shot Put

Track Meet Dates 

  • April 13, 20, May 4, 11

Math Spirit Week

March 14 - Bell Schedule Change

I wanted to bring to your attention a schedule change to Thursday, March 14th. With our current calendar 8th graders will be missing two Green Days in the upcoming weeks. First, when March 5th was flipped to a Virtual School Planning Day, FCPS stated that March 5th should be treated like a “snow day” and the A/B calendar was not updated. Additionally, March 15th is 8th Grade Activities Day at Marshall and Madison, and our 8th graders will be gone for a majority of the day. Both March 5th and March 15th are Green Days, and with an already shorter 3rd quarter (compared to other quarters) this eliminates a substantial amount of instructional time for Green Day classes. To help with the imbalance created by March 5 and March 15th, we are changing Thursday, March 14th to a straight day schedule (meaning all classes will meet that day). The exact schedule will be shared with students next week

Rising 9th Grade Activities Fair Field Trips

8th Grade Students attending Marshall or Madison HS will receive a permission form in SCIENCE in the coming weeks to attend an Activities Fair on Friday, March 15th. Participants will receive information about athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular opportunities available to them next year. Completed forms with Student and Guardian/Parent signatures should be turned in through SCIENCE or to Main Office no later than March 7th. Students on the Marshall trip will have Lunch at Marshall - $3.50 Cash, those on the Madison trip will eat when they return to Kilmer. 

2024-2025 Course Registration

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students: All students will participate in one-on-one academic advising sessions with their Kilmer school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year. Academic Advising sessions will take place February-March. Students and parents can view course requests through SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If a student or parent has questions about course requests, please contact the school counselor. Access directions for viewing course requests here: Online Course Requests.

For more information about course information, timelines, and curriculum resources for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website. High school resources for Marshall and Madison High School are included on this page as well. 

Spring SEL Screener 

FCPS is committed to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning. FCPS approved a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener that students use to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. All students in grades 3-12 have the opportunity to participate in the screener twice a year during the fall and spring.  

Students will participate in the Spring SEL Screener during fourth period Learning Seminar on Monday, March 4. Students who have opted out, will not have access to the screener. Opt-outs are submitted one time each year. Therefore, the Opt-outs submitted prior to the fall screener will remain in place for the spring screener.

For more information about the SEL Screener and access to its content, please click on the following link:  Social Emotional Learning Screener (SEL).

Volunteer Opportunity for Lemon Road Elementary School 

Lemon Road’s annual basketball game is coming up on March 15th at Marshall High School and the Lemon Road PTA is hoping some Kilmer students might be interested in volunteering and earning service hours. Please use the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4CA4AE2FA5FD0-47599128-basketball?useFullSite=true#/

Freshman Football at Madison High School

Driving on Wolftrap

We’ve received concerns from the surrounding community about Kilmer drivers exiting onto Wolftrap Rd without checking for oncoming traffic. There have been several near accidents. Please be sure to look both ways when exiting Kilmer’s parking lot and please do not assume that cars traveling on Wolftrap are turning into the Kilmer Parking Lot. Let’s keep our students, families and community members safe.

TJHSST Math Tutors

Beginning March 4th,  Kilmer students will have another opportunity to receive additional support in math. Each Monday from 7:00am to 7:25am, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students will be available for math tutoring in the math modular. All Kilmer students are welcome to attend.

Family Engagement Survey: March 3-22

Fairfax County Public Schools will administer our third Family Engagement Survey from Sunday, March 3 - Friday, March 22. The survey is designed to gather data to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey will also be used to measure our current success with family engagement and allow us to deepen that engagement and continue building trust while empowering families to support their students’ success.

Families will receive an email from K12 Insight to complete the survey. It will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Paper surveys, translated into these nine languages, will be available at each school. There will also be a public link on the FCPS website for families to access the survey.

All responses will be confidential. No personally identifiable information will be shared with school or district staff. Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division to support student success

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - February 23, 2024

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer at a Glance

Kilmer Community,

It was another busy week at Kilmer as we made it to the halfway point of the Third Quarter. This academic quarter is only eight weeks long and is passing by very quickly.  With four weeks left, this weekend is a great time to sit down with your child to check SIS together to see how they are doing academically and how they might improve. As a reminder, teachers stay after school one day a week and students may also visit teachers during Fourth Period Learning Seminar for extra help.

On a different note, (thanks to an anonymous donor) we recently added a basketball hoop to our outdoor recess space. It’s been a big hit with many of our students and more basketball hoops are on the way. Between soccer, frisbee, and basketball, Kilmer kids have plenty of ways to burn off energy with friends, ensuring that they are ready to get back to learning when recess and lunch end.

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for some fun, upcoming events. The Kilmer Drama Department’s Legally Blonde Junior, is March 15 at 7pm, and March 16 at 2pm and 7pm in the cafeteria. Also, Kilmer will take on Thoreau at our annual Crosstown Hoops matchup on March 13th. We hope to have you join us to cheer on our talented students at both of these fantastic events.

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. 

  • Monday, March 4 - Students will participate in the SEL Screener during Learning Seminar.  Additional details are listed under important information.
  • Kilmer’s Spring Musical - Legally Blonde
    • March 13 - Student performance, 2:30 pm in the cafeteria
    • March 15 - 7 pm in the cafeteria
    • March 16 - 2 pm & 7 pm in the cafeteria
Picture(s) of the Week

Students in Ms. Kouril’s History 7 class spent time researching in the library before participating in mock Treaty of Versailles negotiations at the conclusion of World War I. Students negotiated a peace agreement from the perspective of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

A very special thank you to an anonymous donor who bought basketball hoops (more are on the way) for our students to play on during recess and lunch!

Important Information

2024-2025 Course Registration

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students: All students will participate in one-on-one academic advising sessions with their Kilmer school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year. Academic Advising sessions will take place February-March. Students and parents can view course requests through SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If a student or parent has questions about course requests, please contact the school counselor. Access directions for viewing course requests here: Online Course Requests.

For more information about course information, timelines, and curriculum resources for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website. High school resources for Marshall and Madison High School are included on this page as well.

Spring SEL Screener 

FCPS is committed to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning. FCPS approved a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener that students use to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. All students in grades 3-12 have the opportunity to participate in the screener twice a year during the fall and spring.  Students will participate in the Spring SEL Screener during fourth period Learning Seminar on Monday, March 4. Students who have opted out, will not have access to the screener. Opt-outs are submitted one time each year. Therefore, the Opt-outs submitted prior to the fall screener will remain in place for the spring screener.

For more information about the SEL Screener and access to its content, please click on the following link:  Social Emotional Learning Screener (SEL).

Kilmer’s Track & Field Team

Kilmer is hosting its first Track & Field season this Spring as a part of the FCPS Middle School Athletics Program! Practices will be held after school beginning in March before Spring Break (schedule/details coming soon). Open to all students - No experience required!

  • Track Events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m
  • Field Events: Long Jump and Shot Put
  • Track Meets begin in April and each team will have four (rain date is first week in May)

What Is Required to Participate?

Students and parents will need to complete several steps prior to participating in middle school sports, including:

Forms must be submitted to Ms. Kardelis, After-School Program Specialist. You can email forms to [email protected] or drop them off in the main office.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Welcome, Emily Castro - Assistant Principal

Emily Castro is excited to be joining the Kilmer community as the new Assistant Principal on Tuesday, February 20th. Emily joined FCPS in 2016 as a high school math teacher. Emily taught math, served as the math department chair, and was the Student Government Association sponsor at Justice High School and Lake Braddock High School. Over the past three years, Emily served as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for Lake Braddock Middle and High Schools. This Fall, Emily served as an Assistant Principal at Laurel Ridge Elementary School, overseeing their special education services site. Emily earned her B.S. in Mathematics and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech. Emily lives in D.C. and enjoys traveling with her husband, cheering on her favorite football teams, and spending time with friends.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website. In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll-free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

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8100 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22182 | Phone: 703-846-8800

Attendance: 703-846-8888 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Kilmer MS Newsletter - February 16, 2024

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community,

Yesterday was SRO Appreciation Day. We are so lucky to have Officer Jason Edminster at Kilmer. Officer Edminster is great at connecting with our kids, families, and staff. He has a positive impact on this building each and every day. If you see him around the building or at kiss-and-ride be sure to thank him.

The assistant principals began hosting Grade Level Behavior Forums this week during Learning Seminar. These forums will continue in the coming weeks, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to participate in a session. This is one way that we can proactively reinforce school-wide expectations. At the same time, these forums invite students into the conversation about how they feel, what they see, and what they say are the biggest school-wide issues we can collectively address. I say this often: we explicitly teach academic content AND behavior/expectations, and the more students are part of this process the better. Please consider talking with your students about their experience at the Grade Level Behavior Forums. Parents play a vital role in this work and we are thankful for your support. 

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.

  • Monday, March 4 - Students will participate in the SEL Screener during Learning Seminar.  Additional details are listed under important information.
Picture(s) of the Week

Yesterday, we celebrated SRO Appreciation Day. Kilmer is so lucky to have Officer Jason Edminster as part of our school community.

Congratulations to Kilmer’s District Honor Choir singers!

Students in Ms. Jones’ 8th grade science class were neutralizing acids and bases as part of their science lab this week. 

It was awesome to see so many students and families in attendance at the Marshall IB Night at Kilmer this past week!

Students in the 7th grade Young Scholar Cohort visited the TJHSST Planetarium yesterday, where they learned about our solar system. They also toured the Oceanography and Engineering labs. 

Important Information

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students: All students will participate in one-on-one academic advising sessions with their Kilmer school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year. Academic Advising sessions will take place February-March. Students and parents can view course requests through SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If a student or parent has questions about course requests, please contact the school counselor. Access directions for viewing course requests here: Online Course Requests.

For more information about course information, timelines, and curriculum resources for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website. High school resources for Marshall and Madison High School are included on this page as well. Slides from yesterday’s IB Information Night will be on our website by Monday. 

Spring SEL Screener 

FCPS is committed to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning. FCPS approved a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener that students use to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. All students in grades 3-12 have the opportunity to participate in the screener twice a year during the fall and spring.  Students will participate in the Spring SEL Screener during fourth period Learning Seminar on Monday, March 4. Students who have opted out, will not have access to the screener. Opt-outs are submitted one time each year. Therefore, the Opt-outs submitted prior to the fall screener will remain in place for the spring screener.

For more information about the SEL Screener and access to its content, please click on the following link:  Social Emotional Learning Screener (SEL)

Kilmer’s Track & Field Team

Kilmer is hosting its first Track & Field season this Spring as a part of the FCPS Middle School Athletics Program! Practices will be held after school beginning in March before Spring Break (schedule/details coming soon). Open to all students - No experience required!

  • Track Events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m
  • Field Events: Long Jump and Shot Put
  • Track Meets begin in April and each team will have four (rain date is first week in May)

What Is Required to Participate?

Students and parents will need to complete several steps prior to participating in middle school sports, including:

Forms must be submitted to Ms. Kardelis, After-School Program Specialist. You can email forms to [email protected] or drop them off in the main office.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website. In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll-free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Welcome, Emily Castro - Assistant Principal

Emily Castro is excited to be joining the Kilmer community as the new Assistant Principal on Tuesday, February 20th. Emily joined FCPS in 2016 as a high school math teacher. Emily taught math, served as the math department chair, and was the Student Government Association sponsor at Justice High School and Lake Braddock High School. Over the past three years, Emily served as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for Lake Braddock Middle and High Schools. This Fall, Emily served as an Assistant Principal at Laurel Ridge Elementary School, overseeing their special education services site. Emily earned her B.S. in Mathematics and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech. Emily lives in D.C. and enjoys traveling with her husband, cheering on her favorite football teams, and spending time with friends.

Lexia Update

As part of an FCPS initiative, students complete 15 minutes of Lexia Power Up or Lexia Core5 in their English Language Arts (ELA) block. Lexia is an evidence-based, computer-based program that adapts instruction to meet the needs of learners in the categories of grammar, word study, and comprehension. With the start of 3rd Quarter, grading categories have been adjusted for 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA): Assessment 50 percent, Evidence 30 percent, Practice 10 percent, and Lexia 10 Percent.

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Lightspeed Parent Report

8100 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22182 | Phone: 703-846-8800

Attendance: 703-846-8888 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Kilmer MS Newsletter - February 9, 2024

GovDelivery3 weeks 3 days ago

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community,

This past week was National School Counselor Week. I’m grateful for the work our Student Services team does on a daily basis. They help create a culture of success for all of our students through counseling, assisting students with academic strategies, collaborating with our teachers and families, and so much more.  Please consider sending our counselors a thank you for all that they do.

I’m pleased to announce our new assistant principal, Emily Castro. Ms. Castro will be joining us on Tuesday, February 20th. Emily joined FCPS in 2016 as a high school math teacher. In addition to teaching math, Emily served as the Math Department Chair and the Student Government Association sponsor at Justice High School and Lake Braddock High School. Over the past three years, Emily served as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for Lake Braddock Middle and High Schools. This Fall, Emily served as an Assistant Principal at Laurel Ridge Elementary School, overseeing their special education services site. Emily earned her B.S. in Mathematics and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech. Emily lives in D.C. and enjoys traveling with her husband, cheering on her favorite football teams, and spending time with friends.

A reminder, we’ve rescheduled the Marshall IB Night at Kilmer for this upcoming Thursday, February 15 from 5-6 PM. Also, students will receive their printed report cards on Monday afternoon so be on the lookout. 

Lastly, now’s the time to sign up for our inaugural Track & Field season. More information can be found below under “Important Information.”

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.

  • February 15 - IB Information Night at Kilmer Middle school, 5-6 pm (Rescheduled from January 16). For more information, see course registration curriculum events under important information.
Picture(s) of the Week

Congratulations to Kilmer students who made the District XII All-District Middle School Band!

  • Front Row (left to right): Emily Ackerman, Henry Wang, Savannah Weise, Lily Davison, Jessica Malcov, Arushi Pathak, Jordan Douglas, Jasper Diffell
  • Back Row: Kevin Kosumi, Samuel Zhang, Josh Fields, Haakon Anderson, Miriam Willis, Jayden Naughton
Important Information

Welcome, Emily Castro - Assistant Principal

Emily Castro is excited to be joining the Kilmer community as the new Assistant Principal on Tuesday, February 20th. Emily joined FCPS in 2016 as a high school math teacher. Emily taught math, served as the math department chair, and was the Student Government Association sponsor at Justice High School and Lake Braddock High School. Over the past three years, Emily served as the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for Lake Braddock Middle and High Schools. This Fall, Emily served as an Assistant Principal at Laurel Ridge Elementary School, overseeing their special education services site. Emily earned her B.S. in Mathematics and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech. Emily lives in D.C. and enjoys traveling with her husband, cheering on her favorite football teams, and spending time with friends.

Kilmer’s Track & Field Team

Kilmer is hosting its first Track & Field season this Spring as a part of the FCPS Middle School Athletics Program! Practices will be held after school beginning in March before Spring Break (schedule/details coming soon). Open to all students - No experience required!

  • Track Events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m
  • Field Events: Long Jump and Shot Put
  • Track Meets begin in April and each team will have four (rain date is first week in May)

What Is Required to Participate?

Students and parents will need to complete several steps prior to participating in middle school sports, including:

2nd Quarter Report Cards

Second quarter report cards are now available in SIS ParentVUE. A copy of your child’s report card will be sent home on Monday, February 12.

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

8th Grade Students attending Marshall High School for 9th Grade:

  • February 15  - Marshall High School IB Information Night, 5:00 pm at Kilmer Cafeteria. 

Kilmer Middle School has rescheduled the Marshall High School IB Information Night for Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.

8th Grade Students attending Madison High School for 9th Grade

  • Students and parents can visit the Madison High School Academic Advising Google site to learn more about course options for ninth grade and view slides from the Rising 9th grade curriculum Night. Initial course selection took place in January. Kilmer school counselors will continue to meet one on one with students to finalize courses.

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students:

All students will participate in one-on-one academic advising sessions with their Kilmer school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year. Academic Advising sessions will take place February-March. Students and parents can view course requests through SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If a student or parent has questions about course requests, please contact the school counselor. Access directions for viewing course requests here: Online Course Requests.

For more information about course registration timelines for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website.

Lexia Update

As part of an FCPS initiative, students complete 15 minutes of Lexia Power Up or Lexia Core5 in their English Language Arts (ELA) block. Lexia is an evidence-based, computer-based program that adapts instruction to meet the needs of learners in the categories of grammar, word study, and comprehension. With the start of 3rd Quarter, grading categories have been adjusted for 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA): Assessment 50 percent, Evidence 30 percent, Practice 10 percent, and Lexia 10 Percent.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Lightspeed Parent Report

8100 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22182 | Phone: 703-846-8800

Attendance: 703-846-8888 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Kilmer MS Newsletter - February 2, 2024

GovDelivery1 month ago

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community,

On Wednesday, we hosted our Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night. It is one of my favorite events of the year because the energy is palpable from our rising 7th graders and their families. Also, we had many current 7th and 8th graders working as part of our new Student Ambassador program and it’s a testament to what middle schoolers can do when given the opportunity. The Student Ambassadors were answering questions, talking with rising 7th graders, and helped to guide families around the building. I was stopped by countless parents who complimented our current Kilmer students and the work they were doing as Student Ambassadors. 

It’s hard to believe that in February (and with half of the school year left) we start planning for next year. Just as we hosted rising 7th graders this past week, Marshall Counselors will be coming to Kilmer on Thursday to preview course options for our 8th graders going to high school. Kilmer’s counselors work closely with Marshall (and Madison) counselors to ensure our 8th graders have all the information they need when selecting their courses for next year. Please reach out to our counselors if you have any questions.

Lastly, we’ve rescheduled the Marshall IB Night at Kilmer for Thursday, February 15 from 5-6 PM. 

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.

  • February 15 - IB Information Night at Kilmer Middle school, 5-6 pm (Rescheduled from January 16). For more information, see course registration curriculum events under important information.
Picture(s) of the Week

Thank you to everyone who attended our Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night this past week! The building was packed with Rising 7th graders and their families.

Important Information

Kilmer’s Track & Field Team

Kilmer is hosting its first Track & Field season this Spring as a part of the FCPS Middle School Athletics Program! Practices will be held after school beginning in March before Spring Break (schedule/details coming soon). Open to all students - No experience required!

  • Track Events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m
  • Field Events: Long Jump and Shot Put
  • Track Meets begin in April and each team will have four (rain date is first week in May)

What Is Required to Participate?

Students and parents will need to complete several steps prior to participating in middle school sports, including:

Forms must be submitted to Ms. Kardelis, After-School Program Specialist. You can email forms to [email protected] or drop them off in the main office.

End of Quarter SIS StudentVue and ParentVue Availability

The SIS StudentVUE and ParentVue Gradebook module will be unavailable from Thursday, January 25 at 4 pm to Monday, February 5 at 6 am to allow for teachers to complete their second quarter grades. Second quarter report cards will be available in SIS ParentVUE on February 5 at 6 am. A copy of your child’s report card will be sent home on Friday, February 9.

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

8th Grade Students attending Marshall High School for 9th Grade:

  • February 8 - Marshall High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Marshall for ninth grade. Students will be assigned to a session either 3rd or 4th period to meet with their ninth grade school counselor to learn more about course options and the transition to high school. Assigned sessions will be shared with students next week. 
  • February 9 - After meeting with Marshall school counselors and attending the Rising 9th Grade Orientation at Marshall High School, eighth grade students will select their initial courses for ninth grade in SIS StudentVUE on Friday, February 9.
  • February 15  - Marshall High School IB Information Night, 5:00 pm at Kilmer Cafeteria 
    • Kilmer Middle School has rescheduled the Marshall High School IB Information Night for Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.

8th Grade Students attending Madison High School for 9th Grade

  • Students and parents can visit the Madison High School Academic Advising Google site to learn more about course options for ninth grade and view slides from the Rising 9th grade curriculum Night. Initial course selection took place in January. Kilmer school counselors will continue to meet one on one with students to finalize courses.

7th Grade Students - Course Options for 8th Grade

  • A school-wide course kick off for the 2024-2025 school year took place on Wednesday and Thursday this past week. During this time teachers in all classes shared course options connected to their content for the next grade level. Following the course kick-off, seventh grade students selected their initial courses in SIS StudentVUE. 
  • To learn more about course options for eighth grade students view the online Eighth Grade Course Catalog and view Course Videos created by Kilmer teachers.

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students:

All students will participate in one-on-one academic advising sessions with their Kilmer school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year. Academic Advising sessions will take place February-March. 

For more information about course registration timelines for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website.

Lexia Update

As part of an FCPS initiative, students complete 15 minutes of Lexia Power Up or Lexia Core5 in their English Language Arts (ELA) block. Lexia is an evidence-based, computer-based program that adapts instruction to meet the needs of learners in the categories of grammar, word study, and comprehension. With the start of 3rd Quarter, grading categories have been adjusted for 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA): Assessment 50 percent, Evidence 30 percent, Practice 10 percent, and Lexia 10 Percent. 

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Health and Physical Education FLE Announcement 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place from January 29th through February 1st during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

If you choose to opt your student out of any or all of these lessons, please fill out the opt out form for your student’s grade level and have your student return the form to Ms. Wood in student services: FLE opt out forms.

To view the lessons in both FLE units please login to Schoology and click on the All Parents/Guardians course.  On that page there is a folder called Parent Preview - FLE Instruction with the FLE lessons.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s HPE teacher.

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Lightspeed Parent Report

8100 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22182 | Phone: 703-846-8800

Attendance: 703-846-8888 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 26, 2024

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community,

This week I was reminded of how middle school students meet expectations when we clearly define the standard, support them along the way, and hold them accountable. A few weeks ago, we began implementing Tardy Sweeps (unannounced) to ensure our students get to class on time and ready to learn. I’m happy to report that most of our Tardy Sweeps (again, these are unannounced) result in ZERO students being tardy. In a school of 1,200 students, this is a great accomplishment. I’m proud of our students and their commitment to doing the right thing, and being ready to learn!

This past Tuesday, members of FCPS’s Senior Leadership Team came to Kilmer to conduct Instructional Rounds. Senior Leadership is visiting schools throughout the county this year to align themselves around instructional practices. We were excited to be selected as one of the host schools. The Leadership Team was excited to see Kilmer teachers and students in action as they visited a total of sixteen classrooms across both grade levels. 

Although students are off today, our staff is hard at work wrapping up the end of the 2nd quarter (1st Semester). Monday is the first day of the second semester, and many students will be starting a new semester elective course. In addition, many students will have a new Learning Seminar class. We have been communicating with students to check their schedules in SIS, and on Monday, we’ll assist students with their new schedules (if applicable) by making announcements throughout the day. 

Lastly, there will be NO Afterschool Activities or Late Bus Transportation on Wednesday, January 31st – students must depart at 2:15 PM (regular dismissal) so we can prepare for the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night.

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.

  • February 15 - IB Information Night at Kilmer Middle school, 5-6 pm (Rescheduled from January 16). For more information, see course registration curriculum events under important information.
Important Information

Second Semester Schedules

Students can view their second semester schedules on Friday, January 26 at 4 pm in SIS StudentVUE. Students with new semester electives will begin these courses on Monday, January 29. The new elective on your child’s schedule is one of the electives your child selected last spring. We cannot accommodate course changes at this point in the school year. A request to change an elective would impact other classes and most elective classes are at capacity. 

Learning Seminar Changes

At the start of each quarter, students may be assigned to a new Learning Seminar for various reasons, including opportunities for additional remediation in math or English. Any student who has a change to their Learning Seminar will remain with one of their teachers. On Monday, January 29, students can view their schedule in SIS Studentvue to see if their 4th period Learning Seminar has changed. Students with a schedule change will receive a new schedule prior to 4th period.

End of Quarter SIS StudentVue and ParentVue Availability

The SIS StudentVUE and ParentVue Gradebook module will be unavailable from Thursday, January 25 at 4 pm to Monday, February 5 at 6 am to allow for teachers to complete their second quarter grades. Second quarter report cards will be available in SIS ParentVUE on February 5 at 6 am. 

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

Eighth Grade Students attending Marshall High School for Ninth Grade:

  • February 8 - Marshall High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Marshall for ninth grade.
  • February 15  - Marshall High School IB Information Night, 5:00 pm at Kilmer Cafeteria 
    • Kilmer Middle School has rescheduled the Marshall High School IB Information Night for Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.

Eighth Grade Students attending Madison High School for Ninth Grade:

  • Students and parents can visit the Madison High School Academic Advising Google site to learn more about course options for ninth grade and view slides from the Rising 9th grade curriculum Night. 

Seventh Grade Course Registration Event:

  • Rising 8th Grade Algebra Night – Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 5pm – 6pm 
    • Please note: this session is not for 7th grade students who are currently enrolled in Algebra.

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students:

To assist with course selection, a school-wide course kick-off for the 2024-2025 school year will take place on January 31 and February 1. During this time teachers in all classes will present course options connected to their content for the next grade level. Following the course kick-off students will select their initial courses in SIS StudentVUE and participate in a one-on-one academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year.

For more information about course registration timelines for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Health and Physical Education FLE Announcement 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place from January 29th through February 1st during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

If you choose to opt your student out of any or all of these lessons, please fill out the opt out form for your student’s grade level and have your student return the form to Ms. Wood in student services: FLE opt out forms.

To view the lessons in both FLE units please login to Schoology and click on the All Parents/Guardians course.  On that page there is a folder called Parent Preview - FLE Instruction with the FLE lessons.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s HPE teacher.

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Lightspeed Parent Report

8100 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22182 | Phone: 703-846-8800

Attendance: 703-846-8888 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 21, 2023

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

January’s school schedule is always a bit choppy with the holidays and end of the quarter, and the Snow Days and two-hour late start last week complicated it even further. Although, I’m sure most students weren’t complaining.🙂 A reminder that our Green/Blue schedule does not change when we have Snow Days. The Green or Blue day is skipped and we stick to our original Green/Blue schedule. Also, when we have a two-hour delay due to weather, our modified schedule is always available on the website, as well as a few other schedule variations. If you’re interested, our schedules can be found HERE.

On that note, we have our second early release day this week on Thursday, January 25. Students will be released at 12:15 pm, and we have revised our bell schedule to include a grab ‘n go lunch at the end of the day. The last period has an extra 10 minutes to allow students buying lunch to be dismissed from class on a staggered basis to go to the cafeteria. They will then go directly to their buses or kiss-and-ride. 

Lastly, at the start of each quarter, students may be assigned to a new Learning Seminar for various reasons including opportunities for additional remediation in math or English. Any student who has a change to their learning seminar will remain with one of their teachers. On Monday, January 29, students can view their schedule in SIS Studentvue to see if their 4th period Learning Seminar has changed. Students with a schedule change will receive a new schedule prior to 4th period. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and we look forward to seeing students tomorrow. As always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance
  • February 15 - IB Information Night at Kilmer Middle school, 5-6 pm (Rescheduled from January 16). For more information, see course registration curriculum events under important information.
Picture(s) of the Week

A huge thank you to Kilmer’s custodial crew. Although staff and students enjoyed a Snow Day on Tuesday and Friday, our custodians were here clearing the walkways, sidewalks, and driveways.

Students applied the volleyball skills they have been learning in actual games this past week. 

Important Information

Congratulations - District 12 All-District Band

The District 12 All-District Band Auditions took place on Saturday, 1/13 and the results are in! Congratulations to the following Symphonic Band students who earned membership into the District 12 All-District Band, which will be held at Oakton High School on February 1-3:

  • Arushi P. – flute
  • Jessica M. – bassoon
  • Josh F. – clarinet
  • Sam Z. – clarinet
  • Lily D.  – clarinet
  • Henry W. – clarinet
  • Emily A. – clarinet
  • Jordan D. – bass clarinet
  • Haakon A. – alto sax
  • Savannah W. – French horn
  • Kevin K. – tuba
  • Jayden N. – percussion

The following students are alternates and will be “called up” to play if needed:

  • Simon T. – flute
  • Kavya T. – flute
  • Mariana D. C. – bass clarinet
  • Sophia L. – alto sax
  • Ashley S. – tenor sax
  • Roark G. – baritone sax
  • Miriam W. – trumpet
  • Praveer S. – trombone
  • Beakal A. – euphonium
  • Sasha R. - percussion

Congratulations to Junior District Honors Orchestra

We had 7 Kilmer Students who participated in the Junior District Honors Orchestra last weekend at Langley High School. Pictured from left to right we have: Kai Zinner, Ben Woerdehoff, Claire Goaslind, Kate Kim, Sarah Wang, Jeremiah Yeh, and Jakob Donovan

Learning Seminar Changes

At the start of each quarter, students may be assigned to a new Learning Seminar for various reasons including opportunities for additional remediation in math or English. Any student who has a change to their learning seminar will remain with one of their teachers. On Monday, January 29, students can view their schedule in SIS Studentvue to see if their 4th period Learning Seminar has changed. Students with a schedule change will receive a new schedule prior to 4th period.

Health and Physical Education FLE Announcement 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place from January 29th through February 1st during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

If you choose to opt your student out of any or all of these lessons, please fill out the opt out form for your student’s grade level and have your student return the form to Ms. Wood in student services: FLE opt out forms.

To view the lessons in both FLE units please login to Schoology and click on the All Parents/Guardians course.  On that page there is a folder called Parent Preview - FLE Instruction with the FLE lessons. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s HPE teacher.

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

Eighth Grade Students attending Marshall High School for Ninth Grade:

  • February 8 - Marshall High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Marshall for ninth grade.
  • February 8 - Marshall High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    • February 15  - Marshall High School IB Information Night, 5:00 pm at Kilmer Cafeteria 
  • Kilmer Middle School has rescheduled the Marshall High School IB Information Night for Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.

Eighth Grade Students attending Madison High School for Ninth Grade:

  • Students and parents can visit the Madison High School Academic Advising google site to learn more about course options for ninth grade and view slides from the Rising 9th grade curriculum Night. 

Seventh Grade Course Registration Events:

  • Rising 8th Grade Algebra Night – Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 5pm – 6pm
  • Kilmer Middle School’s math department is holding an informational session to discuss the pathways available for students to take Algebra or Algebra Honors next school year. Families and students who are currently enrolled in Math 7 or Math 7 Honors are encouraged to attend. The event will include information about the Algebra courses, summer opportunities and the ability to ask questions/speak directly with Kilmer’s math teachers. Please note: this session is not for 7th grade students who are currently enrolled in Algebra.  

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th Grade Students:

To assist with course selection, a school-wide course kick-off for the 2024-2025 school year will take place on January 31 and February 1. During this time teachers in all classes will present course options connected to their content for the next grade level. Following the course kick-off students will participate in a one on one academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize course selections for the 2024-2025 school year.

For more information about course registration timelines for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website. 

End of Quarter SIS StudentVue and ParentVue Availability

The SIS StudentVUE and ParentVue Gradebook module will be unavailable from Thursday, January 25 at 4 pm to Monday February 5 at 6 am to allow for teachers to complete their second quarter grades.

Second Semester Schedules

Students can view their second semester schedules on Friday, January 26 at 4 pm in SIS StudentVUE. Students with new semester electives will begin these courses on Monday, January 29. The new elective on your child’s schedule is one of the electives your child selected last spring. We cannot accommodate course changes at this point in the school year. A request to change an elective would impact other classes and most elective classes are at capacity.

Early Release Bell Schedule

We have our second early release day on Thursday, January 25, and have revised our bell schedule to include a grab ‘n go lunch at the end of the day. The last period has an extra 10 minutes to allow students buying lunch to be dismissed from class on a staggered basis to go to the cafeteria. They will then go directly to their buses or kiss-and-ride.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

 

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Yearbook

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 12, 2023

GovDelivery1 month 3 weeks ago

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

Debra David, Assistant Principal, is retiring at the end of January after 11 years at Kilmer Middle School. We will miss Ms. David and wish her the best. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the Region to develop a transition plan. Christine Sciabica, retired AP from Rocky Run MS and Stone MS, will be supporting Kilmer while we go through the hiring process. Ms. Sciabica recently retired this past June and is well-versed in FCPS policies and procedures. She will assume all of Ms. David’s supervisory roles, as well as caseload.

A reminder that Kilmer Middle School will be hosting a Marshall High School IB Information Night next week on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.

Lastly, next week our 8th graders will be taking a field trip to Finance Park through their civics classes. Please connect directly with your child’s civics teacher if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.

Important Information

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

School Laptops

This is a reminder that a student’s FCPSOn device must be used responsibly at school and at home, in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities. The FCPS student device is valuable and should be treated appropriately. It should not be thrown or dropped. It should never be placed on the roof or hood of a car, on the sidewalk or street, or treated in any way that may cause it to be crushed, dropped, or damaged.  Laptop keys and screens and iPad screens are all delicate equipment and should be treated gently. Do not push too hard or bang on any device. The student device and charger are for the assigned student’s use only. Friends, other students, siblings, cousins, or other people should not use it.  If a student decides to lend their laptop or charger to a fellow student, it is still their responsibility if it is damaged or goes missing. Additional device guidelines may be found here.

If it is found that a laptop was damaged on purpose, or because a student was being careless, there will be a charge to fix the device. Please remind your student about the importance of being responsible with these devices.

School staff should be informed of a lost/stolen device as soon as possible.  The sooner it is reported, the more likely it can be found.

On Time to Class 

Starting this week, we have been conducting random tardy sweeps to ensure students are on time to class. A tardy sweep means if your child arrives to class after the bell, the teacher’s door will be locked, and a staff member will record the tardy and assign the consequence.  It is important for students to be in all classes on time every day, and we will work with you and your child should there be issues that prevent them from getting to classes on time. Students who are unexcused tardy to class will be assigned an after-school detention later that week. Parents will be notified via email.

Health and Physical Education FLE Announcement 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place from January 29th through February 1st during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

If you choose to opt your student out of any or all of these lessons, please fill out the opt out form for your student’s grade level and have your student return the form to Ms. Wood in student services: FLE opt out forms.

To view the lessons in both FLE units please login to Schoology and click on the All Parents/Guardians course.  On that page there is a folder called Parent Preview - FLE Instruction with the FLE lessons.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s HPE teacher.

VGA Testing

Students completed the Winter Reading VGA on Thursday, January 4th (Green Day) and the Math Winter VGA on Tuesday, January 9th (Blue Day).

Makeup testing will occur on January 16th, 17th and 18th. To accommodate testing, the bell schedule will be adjusted on testing days. Changes will be communicated with students and posted in Schoology. Students will receive their testing locations to their fcpsschools.net email account the day before their test. More information can be found on the FCPS VGA Website. Please contact Marileigh Blake, our School Test Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

Eighth Grade Students attending Marshall High School for Ninth Grade:

  • January 16 - Marshall High School IB Information Night, 5:00 pm at Kilmer Cafeteria
    • Kilmer Middle School will be hosting a Marshall High School IB Information Night on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.
  • February 8 - Marshall High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Marshall for ninth grade.
  • February 8 - Marshall High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation.
    • More information will be shared soon.

Eighth Grade Students attending Madison High School for Ninth Grade:

  • January 10 - Madison High School’s Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-8:00 PM (snow date: January 18)
    • This program is for all Rising 9th grade families and students. The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-7:00 pm followed by an elective showcase in the small gym and town hall from 7:00-8:00 pm.
  • January 12 - Madison High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Madison for ninth grade.

To assist with course selection, a school-wide course kick-off will take place on January 31 and February 1. During this time teachers in all classes will present course options connected to their content for the next grade level. 

For more information about course registration timelines for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website

End of Quarter SIS StudentVue and ParentVue Availability

The SIS StudentVUE and ParentVue Gradebook module will be unavailable from Thursday, January 25 at 4 pm to Monday February 5 at 6 am to allow for teachers to complete their second quarter grades. Second semester elective courses will be visible on student's schedules on Friday, January 25 at 4 pm. The new semester elective on your child’s schedule is one of the electives your child selected last spring. We cannot accommodate course changes at this point in the school year. A request to change an elective would impact other classes and most elective classes are at capacity. 

Early Release Bell Schedule

We have our second early release day on Thursday, January 25, and have revised our bell schedule to include a grab ‘n go lunch at the end of the day. The last period has an extra 10 minutes to allow students buying lunch to be dismissed from class on a staggered basis to go to the cafeteria. They will then go directly to their buses or kiss-and-ride.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Recess

During the winter months, we continue to offer indoor and outdoor recess, as well as indoor and outdoor lunch. Parents, as the temperatures drop, please make sure your student brings a coat to school if they plan to take advantage of these outdoor options.

Yearbook

Did you purchase your 2023-2024 yearbook yet? Yearbooks are currently on sale!  Once we get the final count of pre-sale books, we may not have any extra to sell at the end of the year, so guarantee yours today before it’s too late.  Click here to Purchase a yearbook

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 5, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

Happy New Year! I trust everyone had a great winter break, and we’ve hit the ground running at Kilmer this week. I often speak about our approach with middle school students, and that’s to focus on academics, as well as teaching (and reteaching!) expectations. So much of what we do in middle school is to set up clear guardrails for students and support them along the way.

With that context, I’d like to share a few ways that this is playing out at Kilmer as we approach the school year’s halfway point. To maximize learning time, students need to be in their classes on time every day. Starting next week, we will conduct random tardy sweeps to ensure students arrive to class on time. If your child arrives to class after the bell during a tardy sweep, the teacher’s door will be locked, and an administrator will record the tardy. Students who are caught in the tardy sweeps will be assigned an after-school detention later that week and parents will be notified via email. 

Next, as part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool: Lightspeed Software. Lightspeed is designed to empower both teachers and students in the digital learning landscape. One of its key features is the ability for teachers to actively monitor student activity on school laptops from their computer screens, fostering an environment that encourages focus and on-task behavior.

Lastly, we’ve noticed an uptick in students bringing in broken/damaged school computers. A reminder, if it is found that a laptop was damaged on purpose, or because a student was being careless, there will be a charge to fix the device. Please take time to remind your student about the importance of being responsible with these devices.

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8.

Picture(s) of the Week

7th grade students worked on a carbon stabilization plan in Ms. Mattix and Ms. Zemaitis’ 3rd period Science class.

Important Information

Lightspeed on Student Computers 

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers will utilize: Lightspeed Software.

Here are some key benefits of Lightspeed Software:

  • Enhanced Focus: With real-time monitoring capabilities, teachers can closely monitor students' laptop activities during class. This helps ensure students stay engaged with the lesson material and minimize distractions.
  • Support for Individualized Learning: Lightspeed Software allows teachers to tailor their approach to individual student needs. Educators can provide personalized support by understanding how each student interacts with digital resources, ensuring that every student receives the attention and guidance they require. They can create groups and push out websites and tasks targeted to students’ needs, whether researching for a project or reviewing for a test.
  • Silent Assistance Signals and Check-Ins: One of the unique features of Lightspeed Software is the ability for students to signal when they need assistance silently. This ensures that students feel comfortable seeking help without disrupting the class flow. Teachers can also send out polls, reminders, and check-ins for students as a class or individually.
  • Restricting Access to the Web: Teachers can turn off or pause internet access and restrict students to specific sites during school hours. This, again, ensures students are focused on learning and minimizes distractions.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

Student laptops will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

School Laptops

This is a reminder that a student’s FCPSOn device must be used responsibly at school and at home, in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities. The FCPS student device is valuable and should be treated appropriately. It should not be thrown or dropped. It should never be placed on the roof or hood of a car, on the sidewalk or street, or treated in any way that may cause it to be crushed, dropped, or damaged.  Laptop keys and screens and iPad screens are all delicate equipment and should be treated gently. Do not push too hard or bang on any device. The student device and charger is for the assigned student’s use only. Friends, other students, siblings, cousins, or other people should not use it.  If a student decides to lend their laptop or charger to a fellow student, it is still their responsibility if it is damaged or goes missing. Additional device guidelines may be found here.

If it is found that a laptop was damaged on purpose, or because a student was being careless, there will be a charge to fix the device. Please take time to remind your student about the importance of being responsible with these devices.

School staff should be informed of a lost/stolen device as soon as possible.  The sooner it is reported, the more likely it can be found.

On time to Class 

Starting next week, we will be conducting random tardy sweeps to ensure students are on time to class. A tardy sweep means if your child arrives to class after the bell, the teacher’s door will be locked, and a staff member will record the tardy and assign the consequence.  It is important for students to be in all classes on time every day, and we will work with you and your child should there be issues that prevent them from getting to classes on time. Students who are unexcused tardy to class will be assigned an after-school detention later that week. Parents will be notified via email. 

Health and Physical Education FLE Announcement 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place from January 29th through February 1st during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

If you choose to opt your student out of any or all of these lessons, please fill out the opt out form for your student’s grade level and have your student return the form to Ms. Wood in student services: FLE opt out forms.

To view the lessons in both FLE units please login to Schoology and click on the All Parents/Guardians course.  On that page there is a folder called Parent Preview - FLE Instruction with the FLE lessons.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s HPE teacher.

VGA Testing

Students completed the Winter Reading VGA on Thursday, January 4th (Green Day). The Math Winter VGA will be given on Tuesday, January 9th (Blue Day).

Makeup testing will occur on January 16th, 17th and 18th. To accommodate testing, the bell schedule will be adjusted on testing days. Changes will be communicated with students and posted in Schoology. Students will receive their testing locations to their fcpsschools.net email account the day before their test. More information can be found on the FCPS VGA Website. Please contact Marileigh Blake, our School Test Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Registration Curriculum Events

Eighth Grade Students attending Marshall High School for Ninth Grade:

  • January 16 - Marshall High School IB Information Night, 5:00 pm at Kilmer
    • Kilmer Middle School will be hosting a Marshall High School IB Information Night on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 pm in the Kilmer Middle School Cafeteria. IB Coordinators are excited to visit and meet Kilmer’s community to give an overview of the IB Program at Marshall and its prerequisites. There will also be student speakers sharing their experiences about different aspects of the IB program. IB coordinators and Marshall students look forward to answering questions the Kilmer community may have about the program.
  • February 8 - Marshall High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Marshall for ninth grade.
  • February 8 - Marshall High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation.
    • More information will be shared soon.

Eighth Grade Students attending Madison High School for Ninth Grade:

  • January 10 - Madison High School’s Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night, 6:00-8:00 PM (snow date: January 18)
    • This program is for all Rising 9th grade families and students. The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-7:00 pm followed by an elective showcase in the small gym and town hall from 7:00-8:00 pm.
  • January 12 - Madison High School counselors visit Kilmer to speak with eighth grade students attending Madison for ninth grade.

For more information about course registration timelines for seventh and eighth grade students, please visit our Course Registration and Curriculum Resource page on the Kilmer Website.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

PARENTS – WE NEED YOUR HELP AT FINANCE PARK! 

After a brief course on financial literacy taught in Civics classes in January, all students will embark on a field trip to Finance Park in mid-January to put what they've learned to good use.

We need a great deal of parent and guardian support to make this trip a success, and we would really appreciate it if you could join us! Parents who have accompanied us in the past have given very high reviews to the experience and some have even come back in subsequent years to join us again. Please visit http://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax for more details. Thanks in advance for your help.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates:

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Now Available

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. Individual student SEL Screener results are now available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. For more information about the screener please visit the  Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the  Family Guide.

Recess

During the winter months,we continue to offer indoor and outdoor recess, as well as indoor and outdoor lunch. Parents, as the temperatures drop, please make sure your student brings a coat to school if they plan to take advantage of these outdoor options.

Yearbook

Did you purchase your 2023-2024 yearbook yet? Yearbooks are currently on sale!  Once we get the final count of pre-sale books, we may not have any extra to sell at the end of the year, so guarantee yours today before it’s too late.  Click here to Purchase a yearbook

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - December 15, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

The next parent newsletter will arrive in your inbox on Tuesday, January 2. Until then, we’ve included a few photos of the happenings at Kilmer this week.

A reminder that our offices will be closed December 18-January 1. We hope you and your families have a safe and relaxing Winter Break and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing everyone back at Kilmer on January 2, 2024!

 

 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Picture(s) of the Week

This week we honored Kilmer’s Outstanding Employees. Pictured left to right: Debra David, Outstanding Leader; Ruth Baxley, Outstanding Teacher, Luis Barahona Gonzalez, Outstanding New Teacher, Corey Thornblad, Outstanding Professional, Giau Ngo, Outstanding Operational Employee.

Our talented orchestra students welcomed staff and students every morning this week during arrival before the first bell.

Students from Ms. Tempesta and Ms. Hazlin’s Young Scholars 7th grade Learning Seminar got the opportunity to collaborate on coding, and create an electronic rock, paper, scissors game. They also headed to the MakerSpace to create slime as part of a team-building activity after the Holiday Concert.

On Wednesday, Kilmer’s chorus, band, and orchestra students performed during an assembly for the entire student body. It was a fun way to celebrate the hard work and talents of our student musicians. 

Kilmer’s staff got into the holiday spirit!

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - December 8, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

A big shout out to our awesome Kilmer PTA for the fantastic Holiday Goodie Bags delivered on Thursday. Your kindness brought lots of smiles to our staff. Thank you for always stepping up and making our school experience top-notch. The PTA’s support means the world, and we're grateful for the positive impact you bring to our school community.

As always, this week's newsletter features photos showcasing happenings at Kilmer over the past week. Whether it's the high-energy performances at the band and orchestra concerts or the festive spirit wear worn by Kilmer’s staff, these photos capture the heart of what makes our school such a special place.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. 

Picture(s) of the Week

Congratulations to Kilmer’s band and orchestra students on their outstanding performances this week! 

7th grade science classes visited the library to work on developing scientific investigation skills and academic vocabulary. Students rotated through four stations:

  • Crime Stories (cause and effect)
  • Examine the Evidence (compare and contrast)
  • View of the Lab (explain and describe)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (analyze and infer)

Kilmer staff is getting into the holiday spirit!

A huge thank you to the PTA for the Holiday Goodie Bags delivered to all Kilmer staff on Thursday!

Important Information

Crosstown Hoops Tryouts

All tryouts will be held during our After School Program. Please reach out to Debra David with any questions.

  • 7th Grade Boys - Tuesday, January 9th, both blocks
  • 7th Grade Girls - Wednesday, January 10th, 1st block
  • 8th Grade Girls - Wednesday, January 10th, 2nd block
  • 8th Grade Boys - Thursday, January 11th, both blocks 

VGA Testing

Winter reading and mathematics VGAs will be given on the following dates:

  • Reading VGA: Thursday, January 4th (Green day)
  • Math VGA: Tuesday, January 9th (Blue day)

Makeup testing will occur on January 16th,17th and 18th. To accommodate testing, the bell schedule will be adjusted on both dates. Changes will be communicated with students and posted in Schoology. Students will receive their testing locations to their fcpsschools.net email account the day before their test. More information can be found on the FCPS VGA Website. Please contact Marileigh Blake, our School Test Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

Kilmer Spirit Week

Retake Photos are Ready

Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online. Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc and use your student ID when prompted for the online code. For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Recess

During the winter months we continue to offer indoor and outdoor recess, as well as indoor and outdoor lunch. Parents, as the temperatures drop please make sure your student is bringing a coat to school if they plan to take advantage of these outdoor options.

PARENTS – WE NEED YOUR HELP AT FINANCE PARK! 

After a brief course on financial literacy taught in Civics classes in January, all students will embark on a field trip to Finance Park in mid-January to put what they've learned to good use.

We need a great deal of parent and guardian support to make this trip a success, and we would really appreciate it if you could join us! Parents who have accompanied us in the past have given very high reviews to the experience and some have even come back in subsequent years to join us again. Please visit http://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax for more details. Thanks in advance for your help!

Keeping Students Safe during Winter Break

Parents are encouraged to speak with their child about what to do in a crisis when concerned about someone’s safety or their own. Outside of school hours, students should not email Kilmer staff or wait to tell someone at school. Below are action steps students and parents can take outside of school hours. 

  • Get help from a parent or trusted adult outside of school immediately.
  • Call the Crisis Link Hotline at 703-527-4077 or text NEEDHELP to 85511
  • Chat online with a specialist using the Lifeline Chat
  • Call Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2) - 571-364-7390
  • Go to the nearest emergency room at your local hospital
  • Call or go to Fairfax County CSB Community Emergency/Crisis Services (703) 573-5679
  • For outpatient Walk-in assessments, please call ahead (703) 383-8500
  • Call 911

As part of Fairfax County Public Schools' continuing efforts to maintain safe schools, a confidential and anonymous safety tip line that you can access online, by texting “TIP FCPS” to 888-777, or by calling 571-423-2020.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Yearbook

Did you purchase your 2023-2024 yearbook yet? Yearbooks are currently on sale!  The regular price of the yearbooks is $45 but if you order by December 1, 2023, you can get your book at the discounted price of $40. Act fast! Once we get the final count of pre-sale books, we may not have any extra to sell at the end of the year, so guarantee yours today before it’s too late.  Click here to Purchase a yearbook

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - December 1, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

It was nice to get back into our school routines after Thanksgiving Break. Our students and teachers have certainly been busy.

Classrooms and hallways were buzzing with activity. 8th students conducted labs on speed and velocity, while 7th grade science classes visited the library to work on developing scientific investigation skills and academic vocabulary. Meanwhile, smells of delicious meals and treats wafted down the hallway from our Family and Consumer Science classes – apparently, we have a lot of future chefs in training! We could also hear music from G Hall as  students rehearsed for their upcoming Winter concerts. Congratulations to our Choir students who performed last night at Marshall High School on a job well done! These are just a few of the many activities that our students are engaging in as they collaborate and learn together.

We are well into the second quarter. Now is a great time to sit down with your child to check SIS together to see how they are doing academically and how they might improve. Teachers stay after school one day a week and students may also visit teachers during Learning Seminar for extra help.

As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

Steven McFarlane

Kilmer at a Glance

Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • December 5 - Band Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 6 - Orchestra Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 8 - All 8th graders will take the Fairfax County Youth Survey during Learning Seminar
Picture(s) of the Week

Kilmer had many students audition for the Junior District Honors Orchestra. Ben Woerdehoff (8th grade) was the top audition out of the entire district and won first chair for the Junior District Honors Orchestra. Five other Kilmer students were selected for the orchestra and will participate in the event in January! Congratulations to Ben Woerdehoff (8th grade), Sarah Wang (7th grade), Kate Kim (8th grade), Jeremiah Yeh (7th grade), Kai Zinner (8th grade), and Jakob Donovan (8th grade).

Students in Ms. Lal’s and Mr. Collymore’s classes cooked a Thanksgiving meal and were able to enjoy it with families, friends, and staff. 

Science 8 students measured speed and velocity on their student created marble run roller coaster.

Congratulations to Mr. Sapp and all our students in chorus for their amazing performance on Thursday evening.

Important Information

Congratulations - Junior District Honors Orchestra!

A few weeks ago Kilmer had many students audition for the Junior District Honors Orchestra. Six of our students were selected to participate in the event in January! Congratulations to:

  • Ben Woerdehoff, 8th grade - Out of the entire district, Ben was the top audition, and won 1st chair for the Junior District Orchestra.
  • Sarah Wang, 7th grade
  • Kate Kim, 8th grade
  • Jeremiah Yeh, 7th grade
  • Kai Zinner, 8th grade
  • Jakob Donovan, 8th grade

Recess

During the winter months we continue to offer indoor and outdoor recess, as well as indoor and outdoor lunch. Parents, as the temperatures drop please make sure your student is bringing a coat to school if they plan to take advantage of these outdoor options.

PARENTS – WE NEED YOUR HELP AT FINANCE PARK! 

After a brief course on financial literacy taught in Civics classes in January, all students will embark on a field trip to Finance Park in mid-January to put what they've learned to good use.

We need a great deal of parent and guardian support to make this trip a success, and we would really appreciate it if you could join us! Parents who have accompanied us in the past have given very high reviews to the experience and some have even come back in subsequent years to join us again. Please visit http://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax for more details. Thanks in advance for your help!

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

Yearbook

Did you purchase your 2023-2024 yearbook yet? Yearbooks are currently on sale!  The regular price of the yearbooks is $45 but if you order by December 1, 2023, you can get your book at the discounted price of $40. Act fast! Once we get the final count of pre-sale books, we may not have any extra to sell at the end of the year, so guarantee yours today before it’s too late.  Click here to Purchase a yearbook

Federal Impact Aid Survey

If you have not submitted your child’s Impact Aid form, please complete, sign, and have your child return the form to student services as soon as possible. Parents can also still complete the form electronically through their ParentVue account.  A visual step-by-step guide to complete the survey is available here. A completed form is required for all students. 

Additional information about the Federal Impact Aid Survey can be found on the U.S. Dept. of Education's website at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formulagrants/impact-aid-program/ or on the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/impact. If you have questions contact Jessica Rosas-Diego, [email protected].

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - November 17, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

Thanksgiving arrived at Kilmer yesterday with the delivery of almost 4,300 pies as part of our KMS Music Department’s annual fundraiser. The cafeteria was a hub of activity after school as students gathered pies in order to make their deliveries just in time for Thanksgiving. A special thanks to Sharon Bonneau, Kevin Sapp, Robert Katz, and all of the parent volunteers who made possible this important fundraiser to support our incredible music programs.

All students received a copy of their first quarter report card today during 7th period and should bring it home to share with their parents and guardians. Additionally, report cards are now visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. 

The next month is packed with events, and it reminds me of why Kilmer is such a great community. Whether it’s a concert from our bands, orchestras, or choirs, a school assembly, or Spirit Week, there are many opportunities for our community to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate the hard work of our students and staff. On behalf of the Kilmer staff, I hope that everyone has a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Our next newsletter will arrive in your inbox in two weeks on Friday, December 1. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 30 - Choir Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 5 - Band Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 6 - Orchestra Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 8 - All 8th graders will take the Fairfax County Youth Survey during Learning Seminar
Picture(s) of the Week

Students hard at work in Ms. Arteaga’s Family & Consumer Science class.

Students in Ms. Kouril’s History 7 class participated in a “Mock Trial,” taking on the role of Captains of Industry in the process.

It was a busy afternoon on Thursday after school as students and families picked up their pies from the Music Department’s fundraiser.

Important Information

Federal Impact Aid Survey

If you have not submitted your child’s Impact Aid form, please complete, sign, and have your child return the form to student services as soon as possible. Parents can also still complete the form electronically through their ParentVue account.  A visual step-by-step guide to complete the survey is available here. A completed form is required for all students. 

Additional information about the Federal Impact Aid Survey can be found on the U.S. Dept. of Education's website at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formulagrants/impact-aid-program/ or on the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/impact. If you have questions contact Jessica Rosas-Diego, [email protected].

Yearbook

Did you purchase your 2023-2024 yearbook yet? Yearbooks are currently on sale!  The regular price of the yearbooks is $45 but if you order by December 1, 2023, you can get your book at the discounted price of $40. Act fast! Once we get the final count of pre-sale books, we may not have any extra to sell at the end of the year, so guarantee yours today before it’s too late.  Click here to Purchase a yearbook

Lexia Update

As part of an FCPS initiative, students will complete 15 minutes of Lexia Power Up or Lexia Core5 in their English Language Arts (ELA) block. Lexia is an evidence-based, computer-based program that adapts instruction to meet the needs of learners in the categories of grammar, word study, and comprehension. With the start of 2nd Quarter, eighth-grade English teachers will begin grading students’ Lexia progress. Grading categories have been adjusted accordingly: Assessment 35 percent, Evidence 45 percent, Practice 10 percent, and Lexia 10 Percent. Additionally, seventh-grade teachers will continue to grade students’ Lexia progress as part of the Practice category.

Thomas Jefferson High School Application Window: October 23rd - November 17

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The application is currently available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage. Students must initiate the process before parents can create their own accounts. Applications must be started by 4 pm, Wednesday, November 15th, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 17th at 4 pm. The application is available on the TJHSST Freshman Application Process webpage. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at [email protected].

References & Reminders

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