Kilmer MS News You Choose and Principal Message #28

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From the Principal's Desk:

March 12, 2020

Dear Kilmer Families,

As we all know, Coronavirus is an evolving situation. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and working closely with the Fairfax County Health Department and following the guidance of public health professionals on steps we must take to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and community. Please follow this link for Coronavirus Updates and communications sent out to the community.

Dr. Brabrand, Superintendent, is sending regular communications to the FCPS community. These communications include the most recent information. Please be sure to read these communications. All the communications can also be found at the Coronavirus Updates link.

At Kilmer, we are implementing the procedures and guidelines outlined in the COVID-19 Updates and Communications.

Monday, March 16 is a student holiday. Staff will be participating in training to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

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

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

Kilmer MS News You Choose and Digital Learning Night #27

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Getting ready for Crosstown Hoops!  

From the Principal's Desk:

March 6, 2020

Dear Kilmer Families,

There has been a lot of hands on learning happening at Kilmer. In geometry, students were creating rudimentary clinometers to measure angle of elevation and then the students used their clinometers and right triangle trigonometry to calculate the height of tall objects. In science, students were using slinkies to demonstrate the relationship between wavelength, frequency, and amplitude for transverse and longitudinal waves. Students also made ice cream to show how phase changes allow energy to flow from lower to higher temperature substances.

The Kilmer After-School Program was excited to host students from Oakton High School Rocketry Club. The students joined our STEM afterschool club. They shared their NASA Student Launch Initiative with the Kilmer students. This was an inspiring experience for all!

Our Eighth-Grade students are participating in the Writing SOL this week and next! We know all the students are putting forward their best efforts on these assessments!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the school events scheduled for later in the month. These events include the Principal Meet and Greet and Digital Citizenship Night on March 18, the PTA Meeting on March 19, and the Lion King performances on March 27 and 28.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

Announcements

Digital Learning and Community Event

We invite you to attend the Digital Learning and citizenship community education events we will hold in partnership with our feeder elementary schools and Marshall High School.

March 18th - 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm at Kilmer Middle School

Family Engagement Policy meetings

FCPS families, staff, students and community members are invited to
attend any of the Family Engagement Policy open meetings to
provide feedback on the draft Family Engagement Policy. Stakeholders can
also participate virtually in each of these meetings

Crosstown Hoops

Our annual Crosstown Hoops basketball event versus Thoreau MS will take place on Friday, April 17th, from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Madison HS. We look forward to seeing you all there. 

Congratulations to those students selected to represent Kilmer. Questions should be directed to Mr. Musgnug at ccmusgnug@fcps.edu.

Go Paperless" Report Card Option Now Available

Starting with 3rd quarter, middle school parents will now have the option to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless." This process is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option. 

Coronavirus Update from Dr. Brabrand

Superintendent Brabrand sent a message to parents/guardians about FCPS' response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The message is also posted on the FCPS website along with FAQs and other resources.

Additional Information About Flu Virus Prevention

The Fairfax County Health Department recommends the following flu prevention tips:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Reminders

Each eighth grader has received an email through their school gmail account with their SOL schedule for the upcoming Writing SOL.

8th grade Writing SOL Tests

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 2 and March 18, 2020. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify the school as soon as possible.

The writing test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

Each eighth grader has received an email through their school gmail account with their SOL schedule for the upcoming Writing SOL.

Please refer to the table to determine the specific dates that your child will be testing.

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the “item of personal belonging” (e.g., the cell phone or other device, including wearable technology) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Pyatt-Openshaw, School Test Coordinator (egpyattopens@fcps.edu).

Save the Date for Principal Meet and Greet

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Kilmer Middle School Library

The Lion King

Circle the date for the Circle of Life.  On March 27th and 28th, the whole African Pride is taking over Kilmer with this year’s musical production of The Lion King.  There will be a stampede on tickets when they go on sale so watch out for news on how to get yours before they sell out.  There is a 7pm show on both Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th and a 2pm show the 28th. 

Madison Girls' Basketball

Check out this video about Madison HS' girls basketball team featuring several former Kilmer students: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/three-sets-of-sisters-lead-undefeated-james-madison-basketball/2226767/

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee. 

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6

La encuesta de servicios de salud escolar

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS 

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.  

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

NO Independent Study/Computer Lab or Library March 2nd – March 19th  (Testing)

3/11 – Cricket 2:15-3:30pm (Tennis Courts)

3/12 – Capitol Debate (C104)

3/25 – NO Afterschool (Musical Performance - Only students IN or ATTENDING the show may stay after)

3/31 – Gym Closed/ No Intramurals through 4/01 (HPE Wellness Expo)

4/09 – Capitol Debate (C104)

4/20 – Gym Closed/ No Intramurals through 4/24 (iCan Bike – spotters needed/service hours available)

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Tuesday, March 17 - Orchestra Pre-assessment Concert, Marshall HS, 7pm

Wednesday, March 18 - Principal Meet and Greet 5:30-6:00

Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School, Kilmer MS, 6:15

Thursday, March 19 - PTA meeting, 9:30 am 

Wednesday, March 25 - The Lion King, Student Show, 2:30pm

Friday, March 27 - The Lion King, 7pm

Saturday, March 28 - The Lion King, 2pm and 7pm

Wednesday, April 1 - Wellness Expo

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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

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

Kilmer MS News You Choose and The Lion King #26

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Rehearsing for The Lion King means learning to jump high and mighty. 

From the Principal's Desk:

Dear Kilmer Families,

I have really enjoyed visiting classrooms over the past few weeks and seeing students so engaged in their learning. Just a few of the highlights include students working together to design and create stop-motion animation, students designing a plan to end World War I as well as participating in a World War I simulation, and students researching and creating a presentation on Cell Theory. I will continue to visit classrooms and connect with students around their learning.

On Thursday the Kilmer Band had their pre-assessment concert at Marshall High School. The concert was excellent. It was wonderful seeing the students perform!

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

Announcements

Each eighth grader has received an email through their school gmail account with their SOL schedule for the upcoming Writing SOL.

8th grade Writing SOL Tests

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 2 and March 18, 2020. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify the school as soon as possible.

In order to minimize the impact of the Writing SOL on classes, we will be running a modified schedule on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.  On these dates, periods 1 and 2 will be flipped with periods 7 and 8.  The order of the periods will be 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2. Lunch schedules will not change. You can find a copy of the modified bell schedule on the Kilmer website (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/resources/testing).

The writing test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

Each eighth grader has received an email through their school gmail account with their SOL schedule for the upcoming Writing SOL.

Please refer to the table to determine the specific dates that your child will be testing.

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the “item of personal belonging” (e.g., the cell phone or other device, including wearable technology) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Pyatt-Openshaw, School Test Coordinator (egpyattopens@fcps.edu).

Save the Date for Principal Meet and Greet

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Kilmer Middle School Library

The Lion King

Circle the date for the Circle of Life.  On March 27th and 28th, the whole African Pride is taking over Kilmer with this year’s musical production of The Lion King.  There will be a stampede on tickets when they go on sale so watch out for news on how to get yours before they sell out.  There is a 7pm show on both Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th and a 2pm show the 28th. 

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee. 

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6

La encuesta de servicios de salud escolar

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.  

Madison Girls' Basketball

Check out this video about Madison HS' girls basketball team featuring several former Kilmer students: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/three-sets-of-sisters-lead-undefeated-james-madison-basketball/2226767/

Reminders

Texting in school

We are asking for your support with texting during the school day. Students feel obliged to respond to parent communications and this can disrupt the learning environment. Please limit communications with your student during school hours. If it is an emergency, contact the main office and they will send a message to your student. We thank you for your assistance!  

Madison HS - News from the Football Program

All current eighth graders planning to attend Madison HS in the fall are invited to join Madison's after-school training/lifting program beginning on Monday, March 16th and an intro meeting next Wednesday.  This voluntary program is free and focuses on general athletic development and would be beneficial to any prospective athlete regardless of their sport.  Please see this letter from Madison varsity football coach Justin Counts and Director of Student Activities John Kenney with more details.

Parent Survey Re: AAP Level IV Full-Time Services

FCPS has engaged with external researchers to examine our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in grades 3-8, with a focus on Level IV services.  As one of several data collections, researchers are seeking input from all parents of students in grades 3-8 through an online survey.  Individual survey responses will be anonymous, will go directly to the researchers, and will not be viewed by FCPS staff.  

Responses will be used by the researchers to craft recommendations for program improvements that will be shared with the FCPS School Board in late March.  Parents are asked to complete the survey only one time, even if they have multiple children in grades 3-8.  The survey should go directly to parent emails by mid-February and will close on February 28, 2020 in order to give researchers time to analyze results for their final report in March of 2020.  There will be a School Board work session on March 24, 2020 with the final report.  Thanks for your participation.

Course registration timelines for the 2020-2021 school year

Seventh Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

Seventh grade students will participate in a course registration lesson on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11. At that time, students will enter their eighth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for eighth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact the school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

Online Course Requests

Eighth Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

We hope your child had the opportunity to attend the Marshall or Madison Rising Ninth Grade Orientations. The next steps in the course registration process for ninth grade includes the following: Eighth grade students participated in a course registration lesson on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. At that time, students entered ninth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for ninth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact their middle school counselor until March 30. After March 30, please contact Marshall or Madison High School if you have additional questions about ninth grade courses.

Online Course Requests

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

NO Independent Study/Computer Lab or Library March 2nd – March 19th  (Testing)

3/04 – Gym Closed (Drama Rehearsal)

        – Cricket 2:15-3:30pm (Tennis Courts)

3/12 – Capitol Debate  (C104)

4/09 – Capitol Debate  (C104)

4/20 – Gym Closed through 4/24 (iCan Bike Program – volunteers needed)

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Tuesday, March 3 -  Student holiday/teacher workday

Thursday, March 17 - Orchestra Pre-assessment Concert, Marshall HS, 7pm

Wednesday, March 18 - Principal Meet and Greet 5:30-6:00

Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School, Kilmer, 6:15

Thursday, March 19 - PTA meeting, 9:30 am 

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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

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

Kilmer MS News You Choose and 8th Grade Writing SOL #25

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Thank you, thank you to the fantastic PTA for the awesome Valentine's Day lunch for the faculty and staff last Friday. We really enjoy all you do for us.  

From the Principal's Desk:

Dear Kilmer Families,

Every month I will be holding opportunities to connect with the parent community.  The Kilmer PTA hosted the first Meet and Greet last Thursday. The March Meet and Greet will be on Wednesday, March 18 from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Following the March Meet and Greet, Kilmer will be hosting the Marshall Pyramid “Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School” event. I will also hold a Meet and Greet in April. During the Meet and Greets I will share a little bit about myself, my focus for the first few months at Kilmer, and my beliefs as a school leader.

In May and June, I will host Parent Roundtable opportunities which will be a more structured dialogue focused on parent input and feedback. I hope to connect with many of you at these monthly opportunities and please know I encourage you to connect with me at any time. You can reach me by email at ahmiller1@fcps.edu or by calling the main office at 703-846-8800.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

Announcements

Texting in school

We are asking for your support with texting during the school day. Students feel obliged to respond to parent communications and this can disrupt the learning environment. Please limit communications with your student during school hours. If it is an emergency, contact the main office and they will send a message to your student. We thank you for your assistance!  

Madison HS - News from the Football Program

All current eighth graders planning to attend Madison HS in the fall are invited to join Madison's after-school training/lifting program beginning on Monday, March 16th and an intro meeting next Wednesday.  This voluntary program is free and focuses on general athletic development and would be beneficial to any prospective athlete regardless of their sport.  Please see this letter from Madison varsity football coach Justin Counts and Director of Student Activities John Kenney with more details.

Parent Survey Re: AAP Level IV Full-Time Services

FCPS has engaged with external researchers to examine our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in grades 3-8, with a focus on Level IV services.  As one of several data collections, researchers are seeking input from all parents of students in grades 3-8 through an online survey.  Individual survey responses will be anonymous, will go directly to the researchers, and will not be viewed by FCPS staff.  

Responses will be used by the researchers to craft recommendations for program improvements that will be shared with the FCPS School Board in late March.  Parents are asked to complete the survey only one time, even if they have multiple children in grades 3-8.  The survey should go directly to parent emails by mid-February and will close on February 28, 2020 in order to give researchers time to analyze results for their final report in March of 2020.  There will be a School Board work session on March 24, 2020 with the final report.  Thanks for your participation.

Reminders

8th grade Writing SOL Tests

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 2 and March 18, 2020. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify the school as soon as possible.

In order to minimize the impact of the Writing SOL on classes, we will be running a modified schedule on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.  On these dates, periods 1 and 2 will be flipped with periods 7 and 8.  The order of the periods will be 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2. Lunch schedules will not change. You can find a copy of the modified bell schedule on the Kilmer website (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/resources/testing).

The writing test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

Please refer to the table to determine the specific dates that your child will be testing.

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the “item of personal belonging” (e.g., the cell phone or other device, including wearable technology) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Pyatt-Openshaw, School Test Coordinator (egpyattopens@fcps.edu).

Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School

Join us on March 18 from 6:15PM - 8:15 PM, at Kilmer Middle School for Marshall Pyramid's Supporting Our Students in a Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School. The night will begin with a keynote speaker, two learning sessions, and a student panel.  Presentations will cover a variety of topics for all school age ranges, from:

- Cyber security 

- Social media

- How students access technology in schools

- How families can support good digital balance at home. 

We encourage all families to attend and learn how we can work together to support our students in a growing digital world.  Child care will be provided for  children ages 5 - 10.

Stay tuned for more information!

Yearbooks

Kilmer 2019-2020 yearbooks are $40 each. There are a limited number of books left so don’t delay; purchase your yearbook today!

Link: https://yearbookforever.com/schools/kilmer_middle_school_buy_yearbook_5675/PSNZ82yEt9FHA3k2g4bQqG0V

Course registration timelines for the 2020-2021 school year

Seventh Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

Seventh grade students participated in a course registration lesson on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11. At that time, students will enter their eighth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for eighth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact the school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

Online Course Requests

Eighth Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

We hope your child had the opportunity to attend the Marshall or Madison Rising Ninth Grade Orientations. The next steps in the course registration process for ninth grade includes the following: Eighth grade students participated in a course registration lesson on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. At that time, students entered ninth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for ninth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact their middle school counselor until March 30. After March 30, please contact Marshall or Madison High School if you have additional questions about ninth grade courses.

Online Course Requests

On behalf of the PTA

If you are going out to dinner, we encourage you to frequent our fundraising partner, Social Burger. When you go to dinner some of the proceeds will go to Kilmer. 

Social Burger (Maple Ave / Vienna location)

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

4:00-9:00pm 

*INCLUDES in-store and online purchases but NOT delivery orders (UbersEats and DoorDash)

Thank you for your support!

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

NO Independent Study/Computer Lab beginning March 2nd (Testing)

2/26 – Cricket 2:15-3:30pm (Aux Gym)

2/27 -  Futsal 3:30-4:45pm (Gym)

3/04 – Gym Closed (Drama Rehearsal)

3/12 – Capitol Debate  (C104)

4/09 – Capitol Debate  (C104)

4/20 – Gym Closed through 4/24 (iCan Bike Program – volunteers needed)

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Thursday, February 27 - Band Pre-assessment concert, Marshall HS, 7pm

Tuesday, March 3 -  Student holiday/teacher workday

Wednesday, March 18 - Principal Meet and Greet 5:30-6:00

Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School, Kilmer, 6:15

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Writing SOL #24

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Students directing percussion players in band. They are very talented. 

From the Principal's Desk:

Dear Kilmer Families,

This was a wonderful first week at Kilmer! I enjoyed meeting the staff, students, and parents. Everyone has been very welcoming.

I appreciated meeting parents at the Meet and Greet on Thursday. Thank you to the PTA for hosting this event. During the Meet and Greet, I shared my beliefs that strong trusting relationships are the foundation of the work we do, collaboration is essential to foster a positive school culture, and developing the Portrait of a Graduate Attributes prepares students for the future.

There will be another Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 18 from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Following the Meet and Greet we will be hosting the Marshall Pyramid “Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School” event.

As I continue to learn more and more about Kilmer, I look forward to hearing from you about what makes Kilmer such a special school and what vision you have for its future. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or thoughts to share. I can be reached by email (ahmiller1@fcps.edu) or by calling the main office at 703-846-8800.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

Announcements

8th grade Writing SOL Tests

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 2 and March 18, 2020. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify the school as soon as possible.

In order to minimize the impact of the Writing SOL on classes, we will be running a modified schedule on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.  On these dates, periods 1 and 2 will be flipped with periods 7 and 8.  The order of the periods will be 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2. Lunch schedules will not change. You can find a copy of the modified bell schedule on the Kilmer website (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/resources/testing).

The writing test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

Please refer to the table to determine the specific dates that your child will be testing.

 

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the “item of personal belonging” (e.g., the cell phone or other device, including wearable technology) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Pyatt-Openshaw, School Test Coordinator (egpyattopens@fcps.edu).

Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School

Join us on March 18 from 6:15PM - 8:15 PM, at Kilmer Middle School for Marshal Pyramid's Supporting Our Students in a Digital World: Bridging Technology from Home to School. The night will begin with a keynote speaker, two learning sessions, and a student panel.  Presentations will cover a variety of topics for all school age ranges, from:

- Cyber security 

- Social media

- How students access technology in schools

- How families can support good digital balance at home. 

We encourage all families to attend and learn how we can work together to support our students in a growing digital world.  Child care will be provided for toilet-trained children ages 5 - 10.

Stay tuned for more information!

Yearbooks

Kilmer 2019-2020 yearbooks are $40 each. There are a limited number of books left so don’t delay; purchase your yearbook today!

Link: https://yearbookforever.com/schools/kilmer_middle_school_buy_yearbook_5675/PSNZ82yEt9FHA3k2g4bQqG0V

Reminders

Course registration timelines for the 2020-2021 school year

Seventh Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

Seventh grade students participated in a course registration lesson on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11. At that time, students will enter their eighth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for eighth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact the school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

Online Course Requests

Eighth Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

We hope your child had the opportunity to attend the Marshall or Madison Rising Ninth Grade Orientations. The next steps in the course registration process for ninth grade includes the following: Eighth grade students participated in a course registration lesson on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. At that time, students entered ninth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for ninth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact their middle school counselor until March 30. After March 30, please contact Marshall or Madison High School if you have additional questions about ninth grade courses.

Online Course Requests

Student Absences

Please make sure to notify us of student absences by using the link at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/attendance, leaving a message at 703 846 8888, or sending in a note if your child will be absent.  If your child is ill, please provide details of the illness. Thank you so much for your support.

On behalf of the PTA

If you are going out to dinner, we encourage you to frequent our fundraising partner, Social Burger. When you go to dinner some of the proceeds will go to Kilmer. 

Social Burger (Maple Ave / Vienna location)

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

4:00-9:00pm 

*INCLUDES in-store and online purchases but NOT delivery orders (UbersEats and DoorDash)

Thank you for your support!

Tips to Stay Healthy

From the school clinic, here are some steps on staying healthy:

  1. Get an annual flu vaccine.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  4. Stay home when sick.

Please let us know when your child is sick.  It is very beneficial when you give us details about your child’s illness so we can track any trends / patterns.  There may be students, faculty and staff in our community with immunosuppressed or immunocompromised systems.

Eating Disorder Parent Letter

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems. These behaviors can begin as a child and affect both girls and boys. Eating disorders are treatable when discovered early. In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring that every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders. This information is given to parents of students in grades five through twelve.  Please see this link for the eating disorder parent letter that is full of information about what eating disorders are and tips for recognizing them

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

NO Independent Study/Computer Lab through 2/19 (Testing)

2/19 – Cricket 2:15-3:30pm (Aux Gym)

2/20 -  Futsal 3:30-4:45pm (Gym)

3/12 – Capitol Debate  (C104)

4/09 – Capitol Debate  (C104)

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Monday, February 17 - Presidents Day, No School

Thursday, February 27 - Band Pre-assessment concert, Marshall HS, 7pm

Tuesday, March 3 -  Student holiday/teacher workday

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Welcome from Amy Miller #23

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KC the Cougar meets Kilmer's new principal, Amy Miller, at the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night.

From the Principal's Desk:

Dear Kilmer Families,

It is a true honor to join the Kilmer Middle School community as your new principal. I am so excited to be part of this amazing school.

As a school leader, I am deeply committed to fostering a collaborative school culture in which all students achieve academic excellence and continue their development as Global and Ethical Citizens. The two years of middle school build a foundation of success for the future and nurturing a strong sense of community, engaging students in authentic, innovative learning experiences, and building strong supportive relationships is key for student growth and success. I look forward to working in partnership with you and the Kilmer staff to foster a caring, positive learning environment that develops students who are intellectually curious, creative innovators, and active risk takers.

I will be scheduling opportunities for Principal Meet and Greets. The first one is Thursday, February 13 at 9:30 AM in Kilmer’s Group Instruction Room. Thank you to the Kilmer Parent Teacher Association for hosting this first meet and greet. I will be sending communications about other opportunities soon. I look forward to meeting you and working with your students.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Announcements

Course registration timelines for the 2020-2021 school year

Seventh Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

Seventh grade students will participate in a course registration lesson on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11. At that time, students will enter their eighth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for eighth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact the school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

Online Course Requests

Eighth Grade Academic Advising

February 10 – March 6

We hope your child had the opportunity to attend the Marshall or Madison Rising Ninth Grade Orientations. The next steps in the course registration process for ninth grade includes the following: Eighth grade students participated in a course registration lesson on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7. At that time, students entered ninth grade courses into StudentVue. Over the next month, school counselors will meet one on one with students to finalize their course selections for ninth grade. During this time, honors recommendations will be shared with each student. Students are encouraged to select courses that reflect their academic strengths and interests. After a student meets with their counselor, parents will be able to view their child’s course selections through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If a parent has questions about their child’s course requests, please contact their middle school counselor until March 30. After March 30, please contact Marshall or Madison High School if you have additional questions about ninth grade courses.

Online Course Requests

National School Counseling Week

This week is National School Counseling week and we would like to update you on some of the work our dedicated student services team has undertaken this school year to support our students.  Our Kilmer student services team is led by our Director of Student Services and includes four school counselors, a school social worker, a school psychologist, our student services assistant, office assistant, and parent liaison.  The mission of the Kilmer Middle School Counseling Program is to provide proactive and developmentally appropriate programming that empowers all students to reach their full potential. School counselors advocate for students’ needs and collaborate with stakeholders to create a safe environment that supports students’ academic, career, and personal/social goals. Not only do they promote a culture of learning within a safe and nurturing environment, school counselors implement school counseling programs targeting mental health wellness, preparation for high school and beyond, and academic skill building to support student learning within the classroom. In addition, school counselors provide academic support services, individual and group counseling, and referrals to FCPS and community resources. We believe we have a strong, caring school counseling team that strives toward ensuring that our students feel emotionally and academically supported at Kilmer Middle School.  Thank you to our School Services team who play a critical role in supporting the well-being of our Kilmer students.

Student Absences

Please make sure to notify us of student absences by using the link at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/attendance, leaving a message at 703 846 8888, or sending in a note if your child will be absent.  If your child is ill, please provide details of the illness. Thank you so much for your support.

On behalf of the PTA

If you are going out to dinner, we encourage you to frequent our fundraising partner, Social Burger. When you go to dinner some of the proceeds will go to Kilmer. 

Social Burger (Maple Ave / Vienna location)

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

4:00-9:00pm 

*INCLUDES in-store and online purchases but NOT delivery orders (UbersEats and DoorDash)

Thank you for your support!

Tips to Stay Healthy

From the school clinic, here are some steps on staying healthy:

  1. Get an annual flu vaccine.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  4. Stay home when sick.

Please let us know when your child is sick.  It is very beneficial when you give us details about your child’s illness so we can track any trends / patterns.  There may be students, faculty and staff in our community with immunosuppressed or immunocompromised systems.

Eating Disorder Parent Letter

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems. These behaviors can begin as a child and affect both girls and boys. Eating disorders are treatable when discovered early. In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring that every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders. This information is given to parents of students in grades five through twelve.  Please see this link for the eating disorder parent letter that is full of information about what eating disorders are and tips for recognizing them

Reminders

Summer Program - IFTA

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

Save The Date!

April 1st: VIP Summer Camp Registration Opens

Students deserve a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) partner in offering a 5 week, full-day camp for students entering 7th and 8th grade next school year (rising 6th graders for Glasgow, Poe and Holmes).

Field Trips: Amusement Parks and Water Parks

Electives: Art, Technology, Cooking, Gaming, Sports (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball), Group Games and World Languages *Electives are subject to change based on enrollment and staffing*

Camp Dates

Monday June 29th—Friday July 31st

No Camp on Friday July 3rd

Location: Thoreau Middle School

Time:  8am—4pm, Monday—Friday

Registration Fee: $50 (includes camp t-shirt)

Transportation: Provided by FCPS from participating middle schools and select elementary and high schools.

Questions?

Contact Kimberly Kardelis, your Middle School After School Program Specialist

Kiss and Ride Procedures

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 1) Students must be dropped off at the sidewalk, not in the parking lot. We have had several instances where students have almost been hit while crossing through the parking lot. 2) Do not pass other cars in the Kiss and Ride line. Be courteous of other drivers. 3) Do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 3) Take your time; safety is everyone's concern.

8th Grade High School Activities Days

On Friday, March 27th, students (8th grade only) slated to attend Madison or Marshall High Schools will attend Rising 9th Grade Activities Fairs to receive important information about extracurricular activities and learn more about their upcoming transition.

Students will be transported via FCPS bus departing from Kilmer between 9:15-9:45AM, and returning by 1:00PM. Students remaining at Kilmer will follow their regular schedules during this time. Any student who has applied for a curricular transfer must be approved/accepted in order to attend the fair at any school other than their base school.

Students attending Marshall will need to either bring a lunch or $3.50 to purchase lunch at Marshall High School. LUNCH PIN NUMBERS WILL NOT WORK at Marshall High School for middle school students. Bagged lunches will be provided for those eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students attending Madison will return to Kilmer for lunch.

Students will not be permitted to participate without a signed Parent Authorization Form, please ensure the student’s name is clearly printed on the form. Hard Copies were distributed to students during lunch on September 19th and 20th. Students may submit completed forms during lunch in the Cafeteria.

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

1/31 – NO Independent Study/Computer Lab until 2/18 (Testing)

2/12 – Capitol Debate    

3/12 – Capitol Debate  

4/09 – Capitol Debate

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Thursday, February 13 - Meet and Greet Amy Miller, the new principal, at the PTA meeting, 9:30am

Monday, February 17 - Presidents Day, No School

Tuesday, March 3 -  Student holiday/teacher workday

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Meet and Greet New Principal #22

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.Mr. Sapp leads his Bella Voce class in the National Anthem for the School Board. A fantastic performance - thank you! 

From the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Kilmer Cougar Families!

We encourage you all to come to our next PTA meeting on Thursday, February 13th at 9:30 am in the Kilmer Group Instruction Room. Our new principal, Amy Miller, will introduce herself to the community and be available to meet parents. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Kilmer Leadership Team 

Announcements

2nd Quarter Grades

This Friday, all students received a paper copy of their second quarter report card at the end of the school day. Report cards will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue on Saturday, February 1.

Summer Program - IFTA

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

Save The Date!

April 1st: VIP Summer Camp Registration Opens

Students deserve a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment. FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) partner in offering a 5 week, full-day camp for students entering 7th and 8th grade next school year (rising 6th graders for Glasgow, Poe and Holmes).

Field Trips: Amusement Parks and Water Parks

Electives: Art, Technology, Cooking, Gaming, Sports (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball), Group Games and World Languages *Electives are subject to change based on enrollment and staffing*

Camp Dates

Monday June 29th—Friday July 31st

No Camp on Friday July 3rd

Location: Thoreau Middle School

Time:  8am—4pm, Monday—Friday

Registration Fee: $50 (includes camp t-shirt)

Transportation: Provided by FCPS from participating middle schools and select elementary and high schools.

Questions?

Contact Kimberly Kardelis, your Middle School After School Program Specialist

Kiss and Ride Procedures

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 1) Students must be dropped off at the sidewalk, not in the parking lot. We have had several instances where students have almost been hit while crossing through the parking lot. 2) Do not pass other cars in the Kiss and Ride line. Be courteous of other drivers. 3) Do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 3) Take your time; safety is everyone's concern.

Reminders

8th Grade High School Activities Days

On Friday, March 27th, students (8th grade only) slated to attend Madison or Marshall High Schools will attend Rising 9th Grade Activities Fairs to receive important information about extracurricular activities and learn more about their upcoming transition.

Students will be transported via FCPS bus departing from Kilmer between 9:15-9:45AM, and returning by 1:00PM. Students remaining at Kilmer will follow their regular schedules during this time. Any student who has applied for a curricular transfer must be approved/accepted in order to attend the fair at any school other than their base school.

Students attending Marshall will need to either bring a lunch or $3.50 to purchase lunch at Marshall High School. LUNCH PIN NUMBERS WILL NOT WORK at Marshall High School for middle school students. Bagged lunches will be provided for those eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students attending Madison will return to Kilmer for lunch.

Students will not be permitted to participate without a signed Parent Authorization Form, please ensure the student’s name is clearly printed on the form. Hard Copies were distributed to students during lunch on September 19th and 20th. Students may submit completed forms during lunch in the Cafeteria.

New Building Supervisor

We welcome Mr. Giau Ngo as our new building supervisor. Mr. Giau joins us from Woodlawn Elementary School and is excited to join us here at Kilmer. 

Dinner at Marshall Curriculum Night

Rising Freshman Curriculum Night at Marshall HS Feb 5th - We have dinner covered for you!  Pre-order to guarantee a meal!  Go to pay4schoolstuff.com to pre order. Meal includes one chick Fil-A sandwich, chips, water and a baked good. Pick up your meal in the Marshall High School main lobby between 5:00-7:00 pm on February 5th. Didn't pre-order? Stop by anyway, we will have food available for sale from 5-7 while supplies last!  Proceeds from food sales will benefit the class of 2020 All Night Grad Celebration.

Crosstown Hoops

Kilmer Middle School will be playing basketball against our crosstown rival, Thoreau Middle School, on Friday April 17th at 6:00 PM at Madison High School.  Four games will be played that evening, a 7th grade girls, 8th grade girls, 7th grade boys, and 8th grade boys.  Please see below for tryout dates. Students who are interested in playing on the team must come to the first round of tryouts.  If your student has any questions please see Mr. Musgnug.

Boys Tryouts Second round Tuesday 2/4

Girls Tryouts: Thursday, 2/6. *Second round Thursday, 2/11* if necessary

Final Rosters Friday, February 7th

In order to be on the team students must:

  • Be able to attend all practices (once a week TDB)
  • Attend the game Friday, 4/17/20  6:00 PM

Teachers must sign weekly check-ins stating grades are passing

2020-2021 Course Registration Timeline

 

Please follow the link for info on Marshall High School Rising 9th grade Orientation 

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

1/31 – NO Independent Study/Computer Lab until 2/18 (Testing)

2/12 – Capitol Debate    

3/12 – Capitol Debate  

4/09 – Capitol Debate

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Thursday, February 13 - Meet and Greet the new principal at the PTA meeting, 9:30am

Monday, February 17 - Presidents Day, No School

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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Practice, practice, practice makes better for Ms. Fogel's orchestra classes. 

From the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Kilmer Cougar Families!

Thank you all so much for your hospitality over the past several months.  I have enjoyed myself tremendously and know that Kilmer will continue to excel as one of the best middle schools in Fairfax County. I will miss you all.

Please welcome Kilmer's new principal, Amy Miller. Her first day will be Monday, February 10th. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Fred Amico

Announcements

8th Grade High School Activities Days

On Friday, March 27th, students (8th grade only) slated to attend Madison or Marshall High Schools will attend Rising 9th Grade Activities Fairs to receive important information about extracurricular activities and learn more about their upcoming transition.

Students will be transported via FCPS bus departing from Kilmer between 9:15-9:45AM, and returning by 1:00PM. Students remaining at Kilmer will follow their regular schedules during this time. Any student who has applied for a curricular transfer must be approved/accepted in order to attend the fair at any school other than their base school.

Students attending Marshall will need to either bring a lunch or $3.50 to purchase lunch at Marshall High School. LUNCH PIN NUMBERS WILL NOT WORK at Marshall High School for middle school students. Bagged lunches will be provided for those eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students attending Madison will return to Kilmer for lunch.

Students will not be permitted to participate without a signed Parent Authorization Form, please ensure the student’s name is clearly printed on the form. Hard Copies were distributed to students during lunch on September 19th and 20th. Students may submit completed forms during lunch in the Cafeteria.

New Building Supervisor

We welcome Mr. Giau Ngo as our new building supervisor. Mr. Giau joins us from Woodlawn Elementary School and is excited to join us here at Kilmer. 

Dinner at Marshall Curriculum Night

Rising Freshman Curriculum Night at Marshall HS Feb 5th - We have dinner covered for you!  Pre-order to guarantee a meal!  Go to pay4schoolstuff.com to pre order. Meal includes one chick Fil-A sandwich, chips, water and a baked good. Pick up your meal in the Marshall High School main lobby between 5:00-7:00 pm on February 5th. Didn't pre-order? Stop by anyway, we will have food available for sale from 5-7 while supplies last!  Proceeds from food sales will benefit the class of 2020 All Night Grad Celebration.

Reminders

Crosstown Hoops

Kilmer Middle School will be playing basketball against our crosstown rival, Thoreau Middle School, on Friday April 17th at 6:00 PM at Madison High School.  Four games will be played that evening, a 7th grade girls, 8th grade girls, 7th grade boys, and 8th grade boys.  Please see below for tryout dates. Students who are interested in playing on the team must come to the first round of tryouts.  If your student has any questions please see Mr. Musgnug.

Boys Tryouts Second round Tuesday 2/4

Girls Tryouts: Thursday, 2/6. *Second round Thursday, 2/11* if necessary

Final Rosters Friday, February 7th

In order to be on the team students must:

  • Be able to attend all practices (once a week TDB)
  • Attend the game Friday, 4/17/20  6:00 PM

Teachers must sign weekly check-ins stating grades are passing

National Geographic Bee

Kilmer’s school Nat Geo Bee took place on January 9th after school. The winners are:

Karthik T (8th grade)  was 1st and will move on to take the State Qualifying Test.

Hayden C (8th grade) was 2nd

Rohan D (7th grade) was 3rd

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. The annual GeoBee questions cover geography, civilizations and cultures. The school champion takes a proctored online test and the top-100-ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the State competition. State champions are then invited to the national championship.

TJ Admission Recommendations

All students who have qualified for the next level of TJ admissions need to print this form, complete it and and ask your teacher in person for a recommendation.

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society Committee will host a Service Learning Gallery and Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, for parents, community members and students. Mark your calendar for this exciting evening which will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects. More details will be announced in the months ahead.

ParentVue/StudentVue – 2nd Quarter Grades and Second Semester Schedules

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable Thursday, January 23 at 4pm until Saturday, February 1 at 6am in order for teachers to finalize second quarter grades. Second quarter report cards are no longer mailed home. Students will receive a paper copy of their second quarter report card on Friday, January 31 at the end of the school day. Report cards will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Saturday, February 1.

Second semester schedules will be distributed to students next Friday, January 24. Students can also view their second semester schedule in StudentVue on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 am.

2020-2021 Course Registration Timeline

 

Please follow the link for info on Marshall High School Rising 9th grade Orientation 

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.  

1/29 – NO Afterschool Activities (Clubs, Sports, Computer Lab) or Late Bus Transportation (Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night Setup) All students are to depart at 2:15PM.

1/30- NO Intramural Sports (Gym Closed) 2:15-3:30PM

1/31 – NO Independent Study/Computer Lab until 2/18 (Testing)

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820.

Upcoming Dates 

Friday, January 24 - End of 2nd Quarter

Monday/ Tuesday, January 27 and 28 - No school for students, Teacher Workdays

Wednesday, January 29 - Rising 7th grade Curriculum Night

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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Get ready for some Basketball at this year's Crosstown Hoops! 

A Special Announcement

Crosstown Hoops Boys Tryout Date Change!

Kilmer Middle School will be playing basketball against our crosstown rival, Thoreau Middle School, on Friday April 17th at 6:00 PM at Madison High School.  Four games will be played that evening, a 7th grade girls, 8th grade girls, 7th grade boys, and 8th grade boys.  Please see below for tryout dates. Students who are interested in playing on the team must come to the first round of tryouts.  If your student has any questions, they should see Mr. Musgnug.

Boys Tryouts This Thursday, 1/23 Second round Tuesday 2/4

Girls Tryouts: Thursday, 2/6. *Second round Thursday, 2/11* if necessary

Final Rosters Friday, February 7th

In order to be on the team students must:

  • Be able to attend all practices (once a week TDB)
  • Attend the game Friday, 4/17/20  6:00 PM

Teachers must sign weekly check-ins stating grades are passing

 

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Jack, a police department service dog, paid us a visit to give us a smile and some cheer. 

From the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Kilmer Cougar Families!

It's January and that means we start thinking about next year. As you see below, spring registration events for next year's classes are on the schedule. Please note them on your calendars as well.

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Announcements

Crosstown Hoops

Kilmer Middle School will be playing basketball against our crosstown rival, Thoreau Middle School, on Friday April 17th at 6:00 PM at Madison High School.  Four games will be played that evening, a 7th grade girls, 8th grade girls, 7th grade boys, and 8th grade boys.  Please see below for tryout dates. Students who are interested in playing on the team must come to the first round of tryouts.  If your student has any questions please see Mr. Musgnug.

Girls Tryouts: Tuesday, 2/4. *Second round Tuesday, 2/11* If necessary

Boys Tryouts Wednesday, 2/5 Second round Thursday 2/6

Final Rosters Friday, February 7th

In order to be on the team students must:

  • Be able to attend all practices (once a week TDB)
  • Attend the game Friday, 4/17/19  6:00 PM

Teachers must sign weekly check-ins stating grades are passing.

National Geographic Bee

Kilmer’s school Nat Geo Bee took place on January 9th after school. The winners are:

Karthik T (8th grade)  was 1st and will move on to take the State Qualifying Test.

Hayden C (8th grade) was 2nd

Rohan D (7th grade) was 3rd

Developed by the National Geographic Society in 1988 to promote geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. The annual GeoBee questions cover geography, civilizations and cultures. The school champion takes a proctored online test and the top-100-ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the State competition. State champions are then invited to the national championship.

ESOL WIDA TESTING INFORMATION MEETING

All parents/guardians of English Learners are cordially invited to attend our annual WIDA Testing Information Meeting on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 7:45-8:30am. Location: G-100

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is the assessment that is administered to all English Language Learners (ELLs) during the first week of February 2020. For more information please email our ESOL department chair Susanne Ehsani at sehsani@fcps.edu or refer to the flyers and translations.

TJ Admission Recommendations

All students who have qualified for the next level of TJ admissions need to print this form, complete it and and ask your teacher in person for a recommendation.

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society Committee will host a Service Learning Gallery and Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, for parents, community members and students. Mark your calendar for this exciting evening which will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects. More details will be announced in the months ahead.

National Junior Honor Society

The next mandatory Google Classroom assignment, Stage 2: Planning and Preparation, is due on January 17. There is a mandatory NJHS Candidate Meeting on January 30 during First Block after school. The NJHS Google Classroom (code nofwrmi) supports candidates with assignments, announcements, and parent/student resources.

Kilmer’s NJHS expects a high level of commitment from candidates. Developing a service learning proposal relevant to candidate interests, connecting with Community Partners, establishing relationships with service organizations, providing direct service, and logging hours into the NJHS x2Vol site are just a few of their responsibilities. With well-thought out plans, candidates will see their actions having verifiable, positive outcomes. 

Thank you to our NJHS candidates - you are already making a difference!

ParentVue/StudentVue – 2nd Quarter Grades and Second Semester Schedules

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable Thursday, January 23 at 4pm until Saturday, February 1 at 6am in order for teachers to finalize second quarter grades. Second quarter report cards are no longer mailed home. Students will receive a paper copy of their second quarter report card on Friday, January 31 at the end of the school day. Report cards will be visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Saturday, February 1.

Second semester schedules will be distributed to students next Friday, January 24. Students can also view their second semester schedule in StudentVue on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 am.

Reminders

2020-2021 Course Registration Timeline

 

Please follow the link for info on Marshall High School Rising 9th grade Orientation 

Family Life Education 

Family Life Education (FLE) will be held from January 29th- February 4th.  The curriculum and opt out forms are in this link provided. If you decide to opt out your child, please turn in your form to student services by Friday, January 24th. If you have any questions e-mail Ann Mackenzie at ahmackenzie@fcps.edu.

Kiss and Ride Procedures

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 1) Students must be dropped off at the sidewalk, not in the parking lot. We have had several instances where students have almost been hit while crossing through the parking lot. 2) Do not pass other cars in the Kiss and Ride line. Be courteous of other drivers. 3) Do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 3) Take your time; safety is everyone's concern..

School Psychologists

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

1/29 – NO Afterschool Activities (Clubs, Sports, Computer Lab) or Late Bus Transportation (Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night Setup) All students are to depart at 2:15PM.

1/30- NO Intramural Sports (Gym Closed) during 1st block (2:15-3:30PM)

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820

Upcoming Dates 

Monday, January 20 - MLK Jr Day, No School 

Tuesday, January 21 - Finance Park

Thursday, January 23 - Kilmer Choir sings the National Anthem at the School Board meeting, 7pm, Jackson Middle School

Monday/ Tuesday, January 27 and 28 - No school for students, Teacher Workdays

Wednesday, January 29 - Rising 7th grade Curriculum Night

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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So excited to read in Spanish, students asked for more time to read. Thank you to Senora Nicholas! 

From the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Kilmer Cougar Families!

Welcome back!  We have experienced our first snow and continue to be in the "Is it snow?" phase.  We want you to be informed of closures and late openings. Please take a moment to review the weather cancellation procedures. Information on inclement weather or other emergency situations is communicated via many channels, including Twitter, Facebook, local news stations, emails and the FCPS website among other places.  

Superintendent Brabrand just released the proposed FCPS budget for Fiscal Year 2021. He continues to prioritize market competitive compensation for our teachers and staff. For more information and details, please click on the link for budget highlights.

Announcements

2020-2021 Course Registration Timeline

 

Please follow the link for info on Marshall High School Rising 9th grade Orientation 

Family Life Education 

Family Life Education (FLE) will be held from January 29th- February 4th.  The curriculum and opt out forms are in this link provided. If you decide to opt out your child, please turn in your form to student services by Friday, January 24th. If you have any questions e-mail Ann Mackenzie at ahmackenzie@fcps.edu.

Kiss and Ride Procedures

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 1) Students must be dropped off at the sidewalk, not in the parking lot. We have had several instances where students have almost been hit while crossing through the parking lot. 2) Do not pass other cars in the Kiss and Ride line. Be courteous of other drivers. 3) Do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 3) Take your time; safety is everyone's concern..

School Psychologists

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Reminders

Thank you to our wonderful parents and PTA!!

We greatly appreciate the lovely gift cards and bags from our parent community.  Your generosity and thoughtfulness made our day!

Finance Park

Dear Parents - after a brief course on financial literacy jointly taught in Math and Civics classes in December and January, all students will embark on a field trip to Finance Park in mid-January to put what they've learned to good use. A field trip information packet with a permission form have been posted to your child’s Civics teachers’ Blackboard or Google Classroom site. Please print, sign, and return the attached permission form as soon as possible.

In addition, we are in critical need of parent and guardian support to make this trip a success, and we would really appreciate 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 (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/FP%20KMS%20Volunteer%20Flyer%202-Side%202019-20%20FINAL.pdf) for more details. Thanks in advance for your help!

PTA School Store

The Kilmer School Store is open weekly on Tuesdays/Fridays and on special holiday occasions. Please stop by during cafeteria hours to see our newly student-painted Kilmer School Store, and to shop for your school items (pencils/pens/binders/folders/etc.) and additional spirit wear and candy! 

The Kilmer School Store is a parent-volunteer store with all proceeds going back to the school. The store is open weekly on Tuesdays/Fridays, from 10:03-12:37 pm lunch slots.

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

1/29 – NO Afterschool Activities (Clubs, Sports, Computer Lab) or Late Bus Transportation (Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night Setup) All students are to depart at 2:15PM.

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820

Upcoming Dates 

Tuesday, January 14 - Choir Pyramid Concert

Wednesday, January 15 - 17 - Finance Park

Thursday, January 16 - PTA meeting, 7pm

Monday, January 20 - MLK Jr Day, No School 

Tuesday, January 21 - Finance Park

Thursday, January 23 - Kilmer Choir sings the National Anthem at the School Board meeting, 7pm, Jackson Middle School

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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

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Examples of some of our twins for Spirit Week! Great spirit. 

From the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Kilmer Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a relaxing and restful break. We had a fabulous week before winter break with our band concert and Spirit Week - see above photos. 

Please review the announcements below with our urgent need for parent volunteers for Finance Park and our after school activities this week. 

We are so glad to see our students and faculty back with us.

Announcements

Thank you to our wonderful parents and PTA!!

We greatly appreciate the lovely gift cards and bags from our parent community.  Your generosity and thoughtfulness made our day!

Reminders

Finance Park

Dear Parents - after a brief course on financial literacy jointly taught in Math and Civics classes in December and January, all students will embark on a field trip to Finance Park in mid-January to put what they've learned to good use. A field trip information packet with a permission form have been posted to your child’s Civics teachers’ Blackboard or Google Classroom site. Please print, sign, and return the attached permission form as soon as possible.

In addition, we are in critical need of parent and guardian support to make this trip a success, and we would really appreciate 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 (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/FP%20KMS%20Volunteer%20Flyer%202-Side%202019-20%20FINAL.pdf) for more details. Thanks in advance for your help!

PTA School Store

The Kilmer School Store is open weekly on Tuesdays/Fridays and on special holiday occasions. Please stop by during cafeteria hours to see our newly student-painted Kilmer School Store, and to shop for your school items (pencils/pens/binders/folders/etc.) and additional spirit wear and candy! 

The Kilmer School Store is a parent-volunteer store with all proceeds going back to the school. The store is open weekly on Tuesdays/Fridays, from 10:03-12:37 pm lunch slots.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season approaching, please make sure you are aware of delays, closings, and early releases. FCPS provides information about closing and delays in many ways including:

  • posted to FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages
  • posted to www.fcps.edu
  • email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school)
  • email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings
  • posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 
  • area radio and television stations

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

1/08-  Math Counts Test (Competition Qualifier)

1/09- Nat Geo Bee (See Mrs. Tichoc if you have questions)

1/29 - NO Afterschool Activities or Late Bus Transportation (Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night Setup)

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820. 

Upcoming Dates 

Monday, January 6, 2020 - School resumes

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Madison HS 9th grade orientation

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Spirit Week #17

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A huge thank you to our 8th grade student volunteers for beautifying our PTA school store with their artwork! The following 8th grade students volunteered 6-8 hours of their after-school time to paint our school store: Csepke, Jillian, Keira, and Anna Pearl.

From the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Kilmer Cougar Families!

We have had lots going on this week: the fantastic Choral Concert on Monday, the amazing Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, the Marshall Singers caroling through the halls today, the awesome in-school winter assembly featuring our top musical groups plus showcasing some winners from Kilmer's Got Talent also on Friday plus the Haha Holiday Show this evening. 

If you missed any of that, you still have an opportunity to hear the Band Concert on Monday and the Pyramid Snow Show with orchestras from our elementary schools through high school. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Announcements

Spirit Week

Next week is Spirit Week sponsored by the Student Council Association. We encourage students to dress in the below themes:

Monday 12/16- Neon Day

Tuesday 12/17- Teacher Student Swap (teachers dress like students, students dress like teachers)

Wednesday 12/18- Twin Day

Thursday 12/19- Kilmer Spirit

Friday 12/20- Pajama Day

We look forward to seeing lots of spirit!

Finance Park

Dear Parents - after a brief course on financial literacy jointly taught in Math and Civics classes in December and January, all students will embark on a field trip to Finance Park in mid-January to put what they've learned to good use. A field trip information packet with a permission form have been posted to your child’s Civics teachers’ Blackboard or Google Classroom site. Please print, sign, and return the attached permission form no later than Wednesday, December 18.

In addition, we are in critical need of parent and guardian support to make this trip a success, and we would really appreciate 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 (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/FP%20KMS%20Volunteer%20Flyer%202-Side%202019-20%20FINAL.pdf) for more details. Thanks in advance for your help!

PTA School Store

The Kilmer School Store is open weekly on Tuesdays/Fridays and on special holiday occasions. Please stop by during cafeteria hours to see our newly student-painted Kilmer School Store, and to shop for your school items (pencils/pens/binders/folders/etc.) and additional spirit wear and candy! 

The Kilmer School Store is a parent-volunteer store with all proceeds going back to the school. The store is open weekly on Tuesdays/Fridays, from 10:03-12:37 pm lunch slots.

Student Absences Next Week

Please notify us of student absences or early departures for the winter holidays by using the link at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/attendance, by leaving a message at 703-846-8888 or by sending in a note with your child. 

Thank you so much for your support during this busy time. 

Reminders

Kilmer in the News

Did you see Kilmer is in the News? We are so proud of Ms. Jones and her PAWS class. They decided to do a service project throughout the month of November (remember the request for plastic bags?) and weaved plastic mats for homeless veterans in Washington, DC. They presented the mats to Tucker Jones of the organization, Homeless Hope, who provides warm clothes and other supplies to homeless individuals. Read the Spotlight article posted on the FCPS website here.

A Note from Ms. Jones' PAWS class

Dear Kilmer Community, Thank you for your incredible support for our service project!  Your efforts allowed us to collect and repurpose thousands of plastic bags.  We used the bags to create waterproof, insulating sleep mats for the homeless in DC.  This week we finished the mats and presented them to our community partner, Tucker Jones of Homeless Hope, who will distribute them this weekend.  Our class learned so much from this project.  We learned to work together to solve problems, to persist through challenges, and to think outside of ourselves to serve our community.  We couldn’t have done it without you! Sincerely, Mrs. Jones’ PAWS Class

Absences Add Up!  Schedule Family Travel During School Breaks

Fairfax County Public Schools is required to keep track of student participation in school, through attendance reporting to the state of Virginia.

It is vital that parents access the school attendance phone line or attendance e-mail when they know that their students will miss school. Knowing the reason why students are absent helps school personnel understand if a specific reason (such as illness or family hardship) is keeping them out of school. 

When parents know that their students must be out for a specific period (four or more days in a row), students should come to the front office to pick up a prearranged absence form. This must be done at least three to five days in advance of the absence. This gives administrators and teachers time to consider the work, tests, and projects the student may need to turn in upon their return to school. Parents should avoid end-of-semester or end-of-course exam periods, state testing periods, etc., when making plans. Please make every effort to arrange travel during school breaks.

Absences add up, and research indicates that missing 10 percent of the school year, for any reason, can have a negative impact on student success. Learn more about FCPS’ attendance expectations.

Inclement Weather

With the winter season approaching, please make sure you are aware of delays, closings, and early releases. FCPS provides information about closing and delays in many ways including:

  • posted to FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages
  • posted to www.fcps.edu
  • email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school)
  • email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings
  • posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 
  • area radio and television stations

Winter Break: Office Closed

The main office will be closed during the winter break from Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd.

Kilmer Weekend Food Program

The Kilmer Pantry is being established to send students home with a weekend pack to help them have enough food over the weekend. Many children depend on the meals they receive while in school, then on the weekend, they may not have enough to get by. 

The Pantry will provide weekend bags with non-perishable food to students every week starting in December. Distribution will be done in a discreet manner.

To meet our goal of providing weekend meals to children in need, we are currently collecting donations.

  1. Donate non-perishable foods and bring them to the main office of Kilmer Middle School (see link for suggestions of what could be donated).
  2. Shop a sample pack on this Amazon Wishlist (updated link) and have the food delivered directly to Kilmer c/o Charlene Horne. 
  3. Donate funds directly to the PTA and we’ll do the shopping for you!

If you want your student to receive a weekend food bag, please contact your child’s counselor.

Thank you for your support

Greetings from After School:

Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.

There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM.  Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay.  Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.

12/17 - NO Intramural Sports/Gym Closed (Concert Setup)

Survey for shuttle to Vienna Teen Center/Phoenix Club for registered (Phoenix Club) participants @3:30PM

Kilmer's After-School Program is looking to partner with the  Vienna Teen Center’s Club Phoenix.  One service that we are looking at potentially offering is a shuttle bus that would transport students from our KMS Afterschool Program to Club Phoenix. Only students with a completed  Kilmer MS Afterschool Registration Form and  Club Phoenix Registration Form will be able to use this service.  Students may participate in Club Phoenix activities until the center closes at 6:30PM Monday-Thursday and 10PM on Fridays. Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation home from Vienna Teen Center. Please complete the  KMS Afterschool to Vienna Teen Center Shuttle Survey  so we can gauge Parent/Student interest. Survey results will be used to coordinate a schedule.  Vienna Teen Center Questions? Email Natalie Duncan Natalie.Duncan@ViennaVA.gov

Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu or 703.846.8820

Upcoming Dates 

Monday, December 16 - Band Concert, Marshall HS, 7pm

Tuesday, December 17 - Pyramid Orchestra Snow Show, Kilmer MS

Monday, December 23 - January 3 - Winter Break

Monday, January 6, 2020 - School resumes

 

The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.  

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

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

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