Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 27, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through the school year! When students return to school on Monday it’s the official start of the 3rd quarter. Whereas, most schedules do not change, some students have semester electives that may change at this point of the year. We reminded all students on Wednesday that their schedules are already available to view  in SIS Student Vue. 

The past two days Kilmer staff has been participating in professional development with colleagues throughout the county, as well as here at Kilmer. We had to laugh because when students were dismissed on Wednesday they kept telling the adults, “Have a great long weekend.” Professional development days and teacher workdays play an important part in ensuring we are growing and learning as educators, and ultimately putting high quality tasks in front of students. 

Lastly, as I’ve been previewing the past few weeks, we are starting the academic advising season for students. I will continue to include all the details in this newsletter, and if you or your student ever have any questions related to academic advising please reach to counselors.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and as always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Pictures of the Week

Students in Ms. Jones’ Science 8 class tested the difference an atom makes, specifically checking the effect on an ember between H2O (water) and H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide).

Second Semester Schedules, 3rd Quarter begins Monday, Jan. 30

The first day of the 3rd Quarter is Monday, January 30. At that time, students will begin their second semester electives or continue with their year long electives. Schedules are visible in SIS StudentVUE and SIS ParentVue. If a student has a new second semester elective during sixth or seventh period, their lunch time may have changed. The lunch schedule by teacher is posted on Schoology for students to identify their new lunch time for second semester.

Second Quarter Report Cards

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable from Wednesday, January 25 at 4 pm until Monday, February 6 at 6 am in order for teachers to finalize first quarter grades. After Feb 6, 2nd Quarter Report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. A copy of your child’s report card will also be mailed home in mid February.

Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine

Please consider submitting art or written work to the yearbook’s Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine. Students can submit a variety of literary and visual pieces of work including, but not limited to: poems, short stories, lyrics, drawings, paintings, comics, digital art, photography, and more. All written work must be limited to 300 words or less. To submit work log into Schoology, click on the “All Students Course”, click on the “Student Activities” folder, open the “Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine” folder. Inside the folder you will find a link to a form where you can upload and submit your art and/or writing. Students can also drop off their submissions to Ms. Walsleben, in room A110 after Winter Break. Got questions? Message Ms. Walsleben through Schoology or email at [email protected].

Course Registration Timeline for the 2023-2024 school year

Eighth Grade Students: 

During the months of February and March, all students will participate in an academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize their course selections for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Students attending Marshall High School

The Marshall High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Snow Date: Feb. 9) from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Marshall School Counselors will speak to all students attending Marshall on February 6 and 7. Each student will be assigned to one session during 4th or 5th period. More information will be shared leading up to these dates. 

Marshall HS IB Information Night Presentation 

Marshall HS Course Registration Resources

 

  • Students attending Madison High School

Madison High School Course Registration Resources

 

Seventh Grade Students:

Seventh grade students will participate in a course registration lesson during Science class during the week of Feb 13 - 17. During the months of February and March, all students will participate in an academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize their course selections for the 2023-2024 school year. For more information please visit our course registration timelines and curriculum resources page on Kilmer website.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter.

A few highlights:

  • NO Intramural Sports:
    • Tuesdays *Crosstown Hoops Practice
  • NO AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES or LATE BUS TRANSPORTATION: 1/31
References & Reminders

Fairfax County Institute for the Arts

Each summer, Fairfax County Institute for the Arts (IFTA) provides classes and enrichment for students in middle through high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School. There is transportation available from select high schools outside of the Lake Braddock Pyramid - transportation details will be released as the dates for IFTA approach.

Courses being offered this summer range from cake decorating, to music classes such as "Movie themes for band and strings," to stone carving, to ceramics, to digital art and graphic design, and more! 

IFTA is also offering 9th grade Health and PE this summer! If you are wondering how you can fit in extra electives next year when you enter high school, this is a GREAT option to take care of your Health and PE requirement over the summer, while also participating in some awesome, fun classes of your choice! (Note: Health and PE 9 is also offered through online summer school - there is a fee involved.) 

February 1st is the start of IFTA enrollment. Here is the IFTA website for more information: Fairfax County Institute for the Arts

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Staffing Update - Special Education Department Chair

Shannon Johnson, our current Special Education Department Chair, was promoted to a multi-agency specialist at Central Office. This is bittersweet because we will miss Ms. Johnson’s expertise, and this is an exciting promotion for her and her career. 

Moving forward, Renee Cartwright and Maura McWilliams will be serving as co-department chairs for the remainder of the school year. Both Ms. Cartwright and Ms. McWilliams are current special education teachers at Kilmer. Specifically, Ms. Cartwright will be fulfilling the role on green/odd days and Ms. McWilliams on blue/even days. Ms. Cartwright will primarily support 7th grade and Ms. McWilliams will primarily support 8th grade student meetings. 

Although Ms. Johnson’s last full day at Kilmer was last Friday, January 13, she will work a hybrid schedule between Kilmer and her new position for the remainder of the 2nd quarter. Ms. Cartwright and Ms. McWilliams have been working closely with Ms. Johnson and Mr. Musgnug (assistant principal), and will continue to do so. 

Yearbooks!

The year will be over in the blink of an eye, so buy your yearbook now before it's too late. A yearbook is one of the most important books that you will ever have, buy yours now since they are running out.

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 20, 2023

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

My favorite part of being at Kilmer is when I get into classrooms to watch our students in action, and this week I was able to visit many classrooms. It’s clear to me, regardless of the content, our students are doing the “heavy academic lifting.” I took a few pictures to highlight this work (see below). In Ms. Marcey and Ms. Drumheller’s Pre-Algebra class, students were using “white board tables” to practice combining like terms with variables. Mr. Cissel had his Engineering 1 students designing and making mini-sonic propeller-powered cars. Students in Ms. Steiner’s Creative Writing class watched a short video titled, The Red Ballon, and were rewriting the story from another point of view. We believe that students learn by doing, and at Kilmer we’re intentional in planning units and lessons that allow for this.

I want to note an addition to my weekly newsletter. In order to streamline communication, I’ve added an extra section featuring updates for our After School Program. Ms. Kardelis provides a robust After School newsletter each week, and we’re adding those newsletters to our website (https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter). Each week I’ll provide a few highlights in my newsletter (see below), and include the link to our website with more detailed information from Ms. Kardelis. Please reach out to Ms. Kardelis for any questions related to our After School Program.

Lastly, Mr. Paine (civics teacher) is looking for parent volunteers for our Finance Park field trip in March. Please consider signing up (see the blurb below for more information).

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and as always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Pictures of the Week

Engineering 1 Students have designed their mini-sonic propeller-powered cars. Now they are cutting out their car designs out of balsa wood blanks on scroll saws and sanding them to perfection. Their last step is to put the car together to see if their designs are stream-lined and balanced, as they race them for time and distance on the tracks of Kilmer hallways.

This week students in Ms. Marcey and Ms. Drumheller’s Pre-Algebra class were working on combining like terms with variables.

End of 2nd Quarter - January 25, 2023

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable from Wednesday, January 25 at 4 pm until Monday, February 6 at 6 am in order for teachers to finalize first quarter grades. After Feb 6, 2nd Quarter Report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. A copy of your child’s report card will also be mailed home in mid February.

The first day of the 3rd Quarter is Monday, January 30. At that time, students will begin their second semester electives or continue with their year long electives.

Course Registration Timeline for the 2023-2024 school year

Eighth Grade Students: 

During the months of February and March, all students will participate in an academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize their course selections for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Students attending Marshall High School

The Marshall High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Snow Date: Feb. 9) from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Marshall School Counselors will speak to all students attending Marshall on February 6 and 7. Each student will be assigned to one session during 4th or 5th period. More information will be shared leading up to these dates. 

Marshall HS IB Information Night Presentation 

Marshall HS Course Registration Resources

 

  • Students attending Madison High School

Madison High School Course Registration Resources

 

Seventh Grade Students:

Seventh grade students will participate in a course registration lesson during Science class during the week of Feb 13 - 17. During the months of February and March, all students will participate in an academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize their course selections for the 2023-2024 school year. For more information please visit our course registration timelines and curriculum resources page on Kilmer website.

Fairfax County Institute for the Arts

Each summer, Fairfax County Institute for the Arts (IFTA) provides classes and enrichment for students in middle through high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School. There is transportation available from select high schools outside of the Lake Braddock Pyramid - transportation details will be released as the dates for IFTA approach.

Courses being offered this summer range from cake decorating, to music classes such as "Movie themes for band and strings," to stone carving, to ceramics, to digital art and graphic design, and more! 

IFTA is also offering 9th grade Health and PE this summer! If you are wondering how you can fit in extra electives next year when you enter high school, this is a GREAT option to take care of your Health and PE requirement over the summer, while also participating in some awesome, fun classes of your choice! (Note: Health and PE 9 is also offered through online summer school - there is a fee involved.) 

February 1st is the start of IFTA enrollment. Here is the IFTA website for more information: Fairfax County Institute for the Arts

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Finance Park - Parent Volunteers Needed

In March our 8th grade students will be going on a field trip for Finance Park through their civics class. We need parent volunteers. Please see more information below, and consider signing up to volunteer at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax.

Afterschool Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/afterschool_newsletter to find the weekly After School newsletter.

A few highlights:

  • NO Intramural Sports:
    • Tuesdays *Crosstown Hoops Practice
  • NO AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES or LATE BUS TRANSPORTATION: 1/31
References & Reminders

Staffing Update - Special Education Department Chair

Shannon Johnson, our current Special Education Department Chair, was promoted to a multi-agency specialist at Central Office. This is bittersweet because we will miss Shannon’s expertise, and this is an exciting promotion for her and her career. 

Moving forward, Renee Cartwright and Maura McWilliams will be serving as co-department chairs for the remainder of the school year. Both Ms. Cartwright and Ms. McWilliams are current special education teachers at Kilmer. Specifically, Ms. Cartwright will be fulfilling the role on green/odd days and Ms. McWilliams on blue/even days. Ms. Cartwright will primarily support 7th grade and Ms. McWilliams will primarily support 8th grade student meetings. 

Although Ms. Johnson’s last full day at Kilmer is this Friday, January 13, she will work a hybrid schedule between Kilmer and her new position for the remainder of the 2nd quarter. Ms. Cartwright and Ms. McWilliams have been working closely with Ms. Johnson and Mr. Musgnug (assistant principal), and will continue to do so.

Yearbooks!

The year will be over in the blink of an eye, so buy your yearbook now before it's too late. A yearbook is one of the most important books that you will ever have, buy yours now since they are running out.

Prayer

If your student would like a dedicated space to pray, please have them contact their counselor. Counselors will provide a pass for your student to access the Group Instruction Room during recess (12:30-12:45 PM) to pray. According to Fairfax County Public Schools’ guidelines, students can pray during non-instructional times and not during class time unless “not excusing the student would result in a substantial burden on the student’s religious exercise”. Students participating in prayer will be supervised during this time.

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 13, 2023

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Kilmer Community, 

This month in Advisory classes, students reflected on 2022 and spent time thinking ahead about goals for the new year. As we head toward the end of the semester in two weeks, I encourage you to ask your child about their goals—big or small—and what they think worked well in the first semester and what could be going better.

In the PTA meeting this past week, I shared how we are entering an exciting time supporting students with course registration for next year. I want to reiterate to all families how important the partnership with parents and caregivers is as we guide students in planning for next school year. Please be sure to check out our course registration timelines and curriculum resources and the calendar below for upcoming events. 

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Pictures of the Week

This week, Ms. Boate’s 8th grade science classes visited a “crime scene” where they documented observations and identified possible evidence left at the scene.  Next, the students performed lab work using physical and chemical properties to identify three different unknown substances left at the scene.  Finally, they will make connections between the evidence and the three suspects, and make a claim as to “who dunnit”!

 

Student’s in Ms. Fox’s coding class took an assessment where they needed to add a background, add sprites (objects), animate the sprites, add text, and have them do a counter pattern. The counter pattern has them move on the screen (although unfortunately I couldn’t capture this in a screenshot). Below, you can see what the final product looked like (left) next to the JavaScript code (right). This one was created by Mathew Hughes.

Yearbooks!

The year will be over in the blink of an eye, so buy your yearbook now before it's too late. A yearbook is one of the most important books that you will ever have, buy yours now since they are running out.

Marshall HS IB Information Night

A Marshall High School IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Presentations will include an overview of the IB program and the prerequisite courses required for an IB diploma. Seventh and eighth grade families are encouraged to attend. For additional questions, contact the IB coordinators at [email protected].

Course Registration Timeline for the 2023-2024 school year:

Eighth Grade Students: 

During the months of February and March, all students will participate in an academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize their course selections for the 2023-2024 school year.

Students attending Marshall High School

The Marshall High School Rising 9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Snow Date: Feb. 9) from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Marshall School Counselors will speak to all students attending Marshall on February 6 and 7. Each student will be assigned to one session during 4th or 5th period. More information will be shared leading up to these dates. 

Students attending Madison High School

On Tuesday, January 17 during 5th period Learning Seminar, Madison High School counselors will be speaking with all students attending Madison for ninth grade. An announcement will be made at the end of third period to remind students to go directly to the Group Instruction Room for 5th period. If you have questions, please email your child’s school counselor. Madison High School Course Registration Resources

Seventh Grade Students

Seventh grade students will participate in a course registration lesson during Science class during the week of Feb 13 - 17. During the months of February and March, all students will participate in an academic advising session with their school counselor to finalize their course selections for the 2023-2024 school year. For more information please visit our course registration timelines and curriculum resources page on Kilmer website.

End of 2nd Quarter - January 25, 2023

Students are encouraged to access SIS Studentvue to monitor their quarter progress and to work with their teachers if they have outstanding assignments or assessments to complete. The first day of the 3rd Quarter is Monday, January 30. At that time, students will begin their second semester electives or continue with their year long electives.

Congratulations All-District Band Members!

This past Saturday, students from our band program took the District XII All-District Band Audition. Their hard work and dedication certainly paid off! Please congratulate the following students:

Students who earned membership into the District 12 All-District Band:

  • Nived Anoop Krishnan
  • Anoosh Balakrishnan
  • Mason Choi
  • Josh Fields
  • Anderson Jones
  • Loanne Kim
  • Aiden Otte
  • Kai Perley
  • Evan Roehl
  • Nicolai Taranov
  • Ashley Thompson
  • Lee Vanstory
  • Natalie Viskupic
  • Lucas Wang
  • Savannah Weise
  • Matty Yeh
  • Samuel Zhang

Alternates:

  • James Fisher
  • Luke Kang
  • Milo Moore
  • Arushi Pathak
  • Cordelia Quinlan
  • Lindsay Walker

The All-District Band Event will take place from February 2-4 PM at Oakton High School.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Staffing Update - Special Education Department Chair

Shannon Johnson, our current Special Education Department Chair, was promoted to a multi-agency specialist at Central Office. This is bittersweet because we will miss Shannon’s expertise, and this is an exciting promotion for her and her career. 

Moving forward, Renee Cartwright and Maura McWilliams will be serving as co-department chairs for the remainder of the school year. Both Ms. Cartwright and Ms. McWilliams are current special education teachers at Kilmer. Specifically, Ms. Cartwright will be fulfilling the role on green/odd days and Ms. McWilliams on blue/even days. Ms. Cartwright will primarily support 7th grade and Ms. McWilliams will primarily support 8th grade student meetings. 

Although Ms. Johnson’s last full day at Kilmer is this Friday, January 13, she will work a hybrid schedule between Kilmer and her new position for the remainder of the 2nd quarter. Ms. Cartwright and Ms. McWilliams have been working closely with Ms. Johnson and Mr. Musgnug (assistant principal), and will continue to do so.

Finance Park - Parent Volunteers Needed

In March our 8th grade students will be going on a field trip for Finance Park through their civics class. We need parent volunteers. Please see more information below, and consider signing up to volunteer at: https://www.myja.org/parents/fairfax.

Health and Physical Education FLE 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place from January 30th through February 2nd during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

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

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

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

FCPS CARES

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Kilmer Middle School.

Marshall Pyramid Parent Night

References & Reminders

SEL Screener Results

SEL screener results from the fall window were mailed to families this week. Information to help you understand the report and a resource for conversations with your student are available in eight languages here: SEL Screener Report and Guide. Kilmer and all FCPS schools have school-based mental health staff who can support your child. Please contact your child’s school counselor, our school social worker, or school psychologist if you have questions about the screener.  For more information about Social Emotional Learning check out the SEL in FCPS Website

If at any time you have concerns about your student's safety and/or believe that they are in crisis, immediate support is available. Please use the emergency resources below.

Mental Health and Emergency Services Information

  • Call 911 in case of a life threatening emergency; TTY dial 711
  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one.
  • Crisis Text: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Prayer

If your student would like a dedicated space to pray, please have them contact their counselor. Counselors will provide a pass for your student to access the Group Instruction Room during recess (12:30-12:45 PM) to pray. According to Fairfax County Public Schools’ guidelines, students can pray during non-instructional times and not during class time unless “not excusing the student would result in a substantial burden on the student’s religious exercise”. Students participating in prayer will be supervised during this time.

Student Bus Pass Program

Did you know that all FCPS Middle and High School students can sign-up for a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE bus for free? Students will need to have a parent’s/guardian’s approval for signing up and can pick up a permission form in Kilmer’s Student Services office (translations available). More information about the program, including the permission form, can be found here.

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - January 6, 2023

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Kilmer Community, 

It was fun watching students come back to school after the break. Because of our early start time, it’s not uncommon for students to shuffle into the building and take a few minutes to fully wake up. However, on Tuesday the energy was palpable. It was a great reminder of how important the Kilmer community is to our students, staff, and families. It’s clear to me that students have deep connections with the people in this building, and they were excited to see their friends and teachers…and as much as they “complain” about it, return to their classes :). 

As I mentioned last week, we have a lot happening this month. Be sure to check the calendar below. Also, with the end of the quarter approaching, continue to check in with your student to ensure they are caught up in all their classes, and if they need extra support they can see specific teachers during Learning Seminar, or after school. Please reach out to your student’s teacher if you have any questions.

Lastly, the PTA meeting will be next week on Tuesday, 1/10 via Zoom. Please note the time has changed to 6 PM because Marshall is hosting an IB Night on the same day at 7:30 PM. The PTA will send the link out early next week.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Pictures of the Week

Tech Theatre has been studying costuming!  After learning about what clothing says about the people who wear them and doing research on a specific time era, students brought in recycled materials to create their own costumes for the play “The Big Break”.  Students have been using cardboard, newspaper, and any other “recycled” materials that they brought from home.

End of 2nd Quarter - January 25, 2023

Students are encouraged to access SIS StudentVue to monitor their quarter progress and to work with their teachers if they have outstanding assignments or assessments to complete. The first day of the 3rd Quarter is Monday, January 30. At that time, students will begin their second semester electives or continue with their year long electives.

Marshall HS IB Information Nights

Marshall High School will host two IB information nights in January. The first one will be held at Marshall on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. The second IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Presentations will include an overview of the IB program and the prerequisite courses required for an IB diploma. Seventh and eighth grade families are encouraged to attend. For additional questions, contact the IB coordinators at [email protected].

Rising 9th Grade Students - SAVE THE DATE

  • Marshall High School Curriculum Night; Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Snow Date: Feb. 9); 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Madison High School Freshman Curriculum Night; Thursday, January 12, 2023; 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Madison Auditorium

SEL Screener Results

SEL screener results from the fall window were mailed to families this week. Information to help you understand the report and a resource for conversations with your student are available in eight languages here: SEL Screener Report and Guide. Kilmer and all FCPS schools have school-based mental health staff who can support your child. Please contact your child’s school counselor, our school social worker, or school psychologist if you have questions about the screener.  For more information about Social Emotional Learning check out the SEL in FCPS Website

If at any time you have concerns about your student's safety and/or believe that they are in crisis, immediate support is available. Please use the emergency resources below.

Mental Health and Emergency Services Information

  • Call 911 in case of a life threatening emergency; TTY dial 711
  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one.
  • Crisis Text: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Health and Physical Education FLE 

Instruction of the Human Growth and Development unit (gender separate) will take place on January 30th and 31st during HPE class.  Instruction of the Emotional and Social Health unit will take place during regular health class during the 3rd quarter.

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

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

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

FCPS CARES

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Kilmer Middle School.

References & Reminders

Cross Town Hoops Tryouts

Cross Town Hoops is back, and Kilmer PTA is hosting the event on Wednesday, March 15 at Marshall High School at 6PM! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event. Please note that if your child would like to try out for the Cross-Town Hoops basketball team, tryouts will be held after school:

  • 7th Grade Girls: Monday January 9 (1st block)
  • 8th Grade Girls: Monday January 9 (2nd block)
  • 7th Grade Boys: Tuesday January 10 (both blocks)
  • 8th Grade Boys: Wednesday January 11 (both blocks)

Students must sign up through the “All Student” Schoology Page. Questions about Cross Town Hoops? Email [email protected].

 

Prayer

If your student would like a dedicated space to pray, please have them contact their counselor. Counselors will provide a pass for your student to access the Group Instruction Room during recess (12:30-12:45 PM) to pray. According to Fairfax County Public Schools’ guidelines, students can pray during non-instructional times and not during class time unless “not excusing the student would result in a substantial burden on the student’s religious exercise”. Students participating in prayer will be supervised during this time.

 

Student Bus Pass Program

Did you know that all FCPS Middle and High School students can sign-up for a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE bus for free? Students will need to have a parent’s/guardian’s approval for signing up and can pick up a permission form in Kilmer’s Student Services office (translations available). More information about the program, including the permission form, can be found here.

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Kilmer MS Newsletter - December 30, 2022

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Kilmer Community, 

I hope everyone has been enjoying the holiday season with friends and family. I was able to fly back to Central California for Christmas to see my family, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed watching our kids play with their cousins and grandparents. 

As students return to school in January there’s a lot happening. Although the 2nd quarter is coming to a close, we’re also beginning to plan for next year. Below is more information on Marshall’s IB program, rising 9th grade curriculum nights (both Marshall and Madison), and Crosstown Hoops tryouts. We’ll continue to communicate the dates and times of these events/activities/etc.throughout the month to ensure students and families have all the information needed.

Have a great New Year! We’ll see students back at school on Tuesday, January 3. As always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Cross Town Hoops Tryouts

Cross Town Hoops is back, and Kilmer PTA is hosting the event on Wednesday, March 15 at Marshall High School at 6PM! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event. Please note that if your child would like to try out for the Cross Town Hoops basketball team, tryouts will be held after school:

  • 7th Grade Girls: Monday January 9 (1st block)
  • 8th Grade Girls: Monday January 9 (2nd block)
  • 7th Grade Boys: Tuesday January 10 (both blocks)
  • 8th Grade Boys: Wednesday January 11 (both blocks)

Students must sign up through the “All Student” Schoology Page. Questions about Cross Town Hoops? Email [email protected].

Marshall HS IB Information Nights

Marshall HS will host two IB information nights in January. The first one will be held at Marshall High School on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. The second IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Presentations will include an overview of the IB program and the prerequisite courses required for an IB diploma. Seventh and eighth grade families are encouraged to attend. For additional questions, contact the IB coordinators at [email protected].

Rising 9th Grade Students - SAVE THE DATE

  • Marshall High School Curriculum Night, Tuesday, February 7, 2023,  (Snow Date: Feb. 9), 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Madison High School Freshman Curriculum Night, Thursday, January 12, 2023, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Madison Auditorium

End of 2nd Quarter - January 25, 2023

When students return from break they will have three weeks until the end of the 2nd quarter, the first semester of the school year. Students are encouraged to access SIS Studentvue to monitor their quarter progress and to work with their teachers if they have outstanding assignments or assessments to complete. The first day of the 3rd Quarter is Monday, January 30. At that time, students will begin their second semester electives or continue with their year long electives.

Prayer

If your student would like a dedicated space to pray please have them contact their counselor. Counselors will provide a pass for your student to access the Group Instruction Room during recess (12:30-12:45 PM) to pray. According to Fairfax County Public Schools’ guidelines, students can pray during non-instructional times and not during class time unless “not excusing the student would result in a substantial burden on the student’s religious exercise”. Students participating in prayer will be supervised during this time.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Student Bus Pass Program

Did you know that all FCPS Middle and High School students can sign-up for a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE bus for free? Students will need to have a parent’s/guardian’s approval for signing up and can pick up a permission form in Kilmer’s Student Services office (translations available). More information about the program, including the permission form, can be found here.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Kiss and Ride Reminders

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 

  1. Students must get out on the sidewalk, not in the parking lot, this is to ensure their safety. 
  2. Be courteous of others and use all available doors to keep the line moving. 
  3. If you drop your student on Wolftrap road do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 
  4. Take your time; safety is everyone's concern.

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Happy Holidays and New Year

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Kilmer Community, 

We had a fun end to 2022 at Kilmer with Spirit Week. I’ve included pictures for every “theme” from everyday this week, and I hope you enjoy seeing the way our staff and students dressed up. 

We began this week honoring Kilmer’s Outstanding Employees. Staff members were nominated for various categories by other staff members, students, and parents. Our Instructional Leadership Team used a rubric to score each nominee based on the criteria for each category, and our winners were honored at a faculty meeting. The faculty and staff at Kilmer do amazing work to support kids every single day. At the faculty meeting I asked the entire staff to submit a response to this question, “Who’s one person at Kilmer that should be celebrated and recognized, and why?” It was inspiring to read all the responses, and I was able to distribute these responses to the appropriate recipient. 

In that spirit, I’d like to ask the Kilmer community to take a few minutes and send a quick email to a teacher or staff member who has made an impact on your child and/or family. As we wrap up 2022 this is a great way to recognize the outstanding people at Kilmer.

Lastly, after 16 years at Kilmer Mercedes Rasmussen, administrative assistant, is retiring. She has been such a positive force to so many people through the years. We wish her the best on her next adventure!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2023!

As always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Winter break is Dec 17th through January 2, 2023. School resumes January 3, 2023. 

This week we honored Kilmer’s Outstanding Employees: Giau Ngo - Outstanding Operational; Chris Musgnug - Outstanding Leader; Erin Kestler - Outstanding Professional; Danielle Sweet - Outstanding New Teacher; Carrie Marcey - Outstanding Teacher

We also had Spirit Week this week. Monday was “Twin Day” and the Student Services Department decided to dress as one of our counselors, Brian Sirdofsky. 

Tuesday was “Tropical Tuesday.”

Wednesday was “Wacky Wednesday.”

Thursday was “Team Jersey Thursday.” I saw a few Lakers jerseys so I couldn’t resist including multiple pictures. :)

Friday was “Festive Friday.”

Marshall HS IB Information Nights

Marshall HS will host two IB information nights in January. The first one will be held at Marshall High School on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. The second IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Presentations will include an overview of the IB program and the prerequisite courses required for an IB diploma. Seventh and eighth grade families are encouraged to attend. For additional questions, contact the IB coordinators at [email protected].

Rising 9th Grade Students - SAVE THE DATE

Marshall High School Curriculum Night

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Snow Date: Feb. 9)

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Madison High School Freshman Curriculum Night

Thursday, January 12, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Madison Auditorium

Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine

 If you get a little bored over Winter Break or are looking for a creative outlet, please consider submitting art or written work to the yearbook’s Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine. Students can submit a variety of literary and visual pieces of work including, but not limited to: poems, short stories, lyrics, drawings, paintings, comics, digital art, photography, and more. All written work must be limited to 300 words or less. To submit work log into Schoology, click on the “All Students Course”, click on the “Student Activities” folder, open the “Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine” folder. Inside the folder you will find a link to a form where you can upload and submit your art and/or writing. Students can also drop off their submissions to Ms. Walsleben, in room A110 after Winter Break. Got questions? Message Ms. Walsleben through Schoology or email at [email protected] 

Student Bus Pass Program

Did you know that all FCPS Middle and High School students can sign-up for a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE bus for free? Students will need to have a parent’s/guardian’s approval for signing up and can pick up a permission form in Kilmer’s Student Services office (translations available). More information about the program, including the permission form, can be found here.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in JanuaryMark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Kiss and Ride Reminders:

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 

  1. Students must get out on the sidewalk, not in the parking lot, this is to ensure their safety. 
  2. Be courteous of others and use all available doors to keep the line moving. 
  3. If you drop your student on Wolftrap road do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 
  4. Take your time; safety is everyone's concern.

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Marshall IB Information Night

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

It has been great attending the various concerts and performances this month. Our orchestras were fantastic on Tuesday evening, and all Kilmer students were able to see (hear) our music department in action today during an assembly. 

We are excited that Melissa Smith, our new assistant principal, joined us this week! I’ve included the admin team’s roles & responsibilities, including interdisciplinary team supervision, below. If you have any questions please reach out to your child’s administrator or counselor. 

Also, we have partnered with Marshall High School this year to host an International Baccalaureate (IB) night. Whereas, most IB requirements are fulfilled at the high school level, there are a few prerequisite courses that must occur in middle school (e.g. Algebra I and world language). Marshall’s IB coordinators will give an overview of the program, as well as answer any questions. The second IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Please see the blurb below for more information.

Lastly, next week is Spirit Week. I’ve included the days/themes below. I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend, and as always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Winter break is Dec 17th through January 2, 2023. School resumes January 3, 2023.

Picture of the Week

Ms. Sweet’s eighth grade English students engaged in a Socratic Seminar related to the novel, Animal Farm, by George Orwell.  Students had the chance to practice skills related to the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate communicator attribute by generating questions about the book, sharing their ideas through structured discussion, and listening to one another. Ms. Sweet used an inner circle and outer circle format (allowing all students the chance to participate in the activity) and provided sentence frames to help students formulate their responses. 

Today all students were able to see our orchestra, band, and chorus students perform pieces from their winter concert programs. 

Admin Roles & Responsibilities

We’re excited Melissa Smith, assistant principal, joined us this week. The admin team will shift back to our original roles & responsibilities. Thank you for your flexibility during the transition.

Kilmer Spirit Week

Our fantastic Student Council Association has come up with some really fun Spirit Day ideas for our last week prior to winter break. We look forward to lots of spirit!

Marshall HS IB Information Nights

Marshall HS will host two IB information nights in January. The first one will be held at Marshall High School on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. The second IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Presentations will include an overview of the IB program and the prerequisite courses required for an IB diploma. Seventh and eighth grade families are encouraged to attend. For additional questions, contact the IB coordinators at [email protected].

Rising 9th Grade Students - SAVE THE DATE

Marshall High School Curriculum Night

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Snow Date: Feb. 9)

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Madison High School Freshmen Curriculum Night

Thursday, January 12, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Madison Auditorium

Congratulations to Kilmer Orchestra Students

Please join me in congratulating the following amazing students who auditioned successfully for the Junior District Honors Orchestra, an ensemble composed of middle school orchestra students from schools in northern Fairfax and Arlington counties. 

Auditions were VERY competitive this year, so we are delighted to have Kilmer represented in the results. Students will participate in the District Honors Orchestra event at Langley HS on January 13-14th. The event includes rehearsals all day Friday and most of the day Saturday, then a performance at 3 pm on the 14th with a guest conductor. 

Highlights of the Kilmer results include: 

  • Ethan Chichka, 8th grade, 2nd chair viola overall
  • Bryan Hsu, 8th grade, violin, 2nd chair violin overall
  • Elliot Oh, 8th grade, 1st chair cello overall for the 2nd year in a row AND he had the highest overall score of any student at the auditions!!!

The complete list is as follows:

Bryan Hsu, Violin (8); Johnathan Peed, Violin (8); Ameya Rao-Mallela, Violin (8); Kate Kim, Violin (7); Claire Goaslind, Violin (7); Ethan Chichka, Viola (8); Natalie Tran, Viola (8); Abigail Park, Viola (8); Arthur Wu, Viola (8); Daniel Cho, Viola (8); Kidlat Gant, Viola (8); Justin Nguyen, Viola (8); Aria Braynard, ALT Viola (8); Elliot Oh, Cello (8); Zacchaeus Zinner (7) ; Jason Kim, ALT Cello (8); Libby Schoepf, Bass (8)

Marshall HS Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Outdoor Recess 

We will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent our students from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. Please note, all students have an indoor option for recess everyday. 

Kiss and Ride Reminders:

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 

  1. Students must get out on the sidewalk, not in the parking lot, this is to ensure their safety. 
  2. Be courteous of others and use all available doors to keep the line moving. 
  3. If you drop your student on Wolftrap road do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made. FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information. 

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Service Project

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

Happy December! This month is a busy, but fun time of year. I had the pleasure of attending the band concert last night, and I look forward to attending other performances and concerts in the coming weeks.

Our students have so many opportunities to get involved at Kilmer, and this week was a perfect example of that. On Monday, our 7th graders presented their biomes research project for science, the Pegasus team spearheaded a community service project to support Homeless Hope, the aforementioned fine arts performances, and after school clubs (just to name a few). I’ve mentioned this before, but middle school is short, but vital. We work hard to ensure all students can explore various interests, and most importantly feel connected to Kilmer. 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend, and as always, reach out if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Kilmer at a Glance

Winter break is Dec 17th through January 2, 2023. School resumes January 3, 2023. 

Pictures of the Week

 

Pegasus Team Community Service Project

Mrs. Jones’ Learning Seminar class spearheaded a Pegasus Team Community Service Project this Fall. They repurposed used t-shirts to make reusable bags and then filled the bags with essential toiletry items donated by the Kilmer Community. The bags were collected by the Homeless Hope organization to be distributed to homeless individuals living in Washington, D.C.  Homeless Hope founder, Tucker Jones, came to Mrs. Jones’ Learning Seminar and spoke to the students about homelessness and how they can and already have made an impact in fighting its effects.

Making the reusable bags from donated t-shirts.

Filling the bags in an assembly line.

Mrs. Jones’ students with some completed toiletry bags ready to be given to Homeless Hope.

Science 7’s Zoo Project

Working in teams of 3-4 students, our seventh grade scientists researched the climate, characteristics, plants and animals of their assigned biome and designed a zoo enclosure that could be built in Virginia to meet the needs of an animal from their biome.  On Monday and Tuesday, students presented their projects to their peers, teaching them about the biome and the adaptations of the animals and plants in their zoo exhibits and sharing their creative solutions to make zoo enclosures better for both the animals that live there and the people who visit. 

Kiss and Ride Reminders:

If you drive your student to school, please take a few minutes to note the following: 

1) Students must get out on the sidewalk, not in the parking lot,this is to ensure their safety. 

2) Be courteous of others and use all available doors to keep the line moving. 

3) If you drop your student on Wolftrap road do not make u-turns across the double lines; you may be ticketed. 

4) Take your time; safety is everyone's concern.

Marshall HS IB Information Nights

Marshall HS will host two IB information nights in January. The first one will be held at Marshall High School on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. The second IB information Night will be held at Kilmer Middle School on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Presentations will include an overview of the IB program and the prerequisite courses required for an IB diploma. Seventh and eighth grade families are encouraged to attend. For additional questions, contact the IB coordinators at [email protected].

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made. FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Outdoor Recess 

We will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent our students from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. Please note, all students have an indoor option for recess everyday. 

Kilmer Spirit Week

Our fantastic Student Council Association has come up with some really fun Spirit Day ideas for our last week prior to winter break. We look forward to lots of spirit!

The Giving Tree

The PTA is grateful for the ongoing support of donations of food and money provided by our generous Kilmer community for our food pantry AND we are endlessly thankful for the generous donations that have come in for our "Giving Tree" 

Our goal is to raise $3,500 in grocery gift cards.We are still about $3000 away from our goal and we request our KMS community to help us achieve this goal.

These donations support about 70 Kilmer students and their families continually throughout the year.

The PTA would like to extend its support of these students and their families this holiday season by sponsoring a "Giving Tree" and we're asking you to open your hearts to help.

Please consider supporting our Giving Tree by dropping off your gift cards ($50, $20, $5, or any amount you can donate) at the school office in an envelope marked "PTA Giving Tree" or by giving a cash donation on MemberHub under 'Giving Tree Donations'

and we will purchase the gift cards for you. 

Please send in your donations by Friday, December 9th. Thank you for supporting our Giving Tree!

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Afterschool Program

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AFTERSCHOOL NEWS & UPDATES

NO AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES or LATE BUS TRANSPORTATION:

11/21 - 11/22

 

There are two sessions, 2:30 – 3:30PM and 3:35 – 4:45PM following the 2:15-2:30PM Afterschool Transition in the Cafeteria. Students may stay for first or both sessions. Late Bus transportation is only available after second block at approx. 4:45PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students may bring a snack from home or money to purchase snacks from the vending machines or school store.

STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS & RETURN FOR LATE BUS or PICKUP.

STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE FIELD or ANY SPACE WITOUT PERMISSION/SUPERVISION.

 

HOW DO STUDENTS SIGN UP?

A completed General Afterschool Registration Form (Student FCPS Google Account) is required prior to participation.  Afterschool Updates & Descriptions can be found below as well as in Schoology > Courses > All School > Materials:

 

AFTERSCHOOL ATTENDANCE Anytime a student stays after school for any reason they must sign in using our Afterschool Attendance form. This is not optional and helps us respond to parent inquiries and locate students quickly and accurately. Afterschool plans and expectations should be made at home (before school) for when students stay after. The after-school program being operated at this site is exempt from licensure as per §22.1-289.030 of the Code of Virginia and has no direct oversight by the Virginia Department of Education

  

So - We Have This…

 Into the Woods Musical Auditions take place November 28th-30th and December 1st!

 Voices of Now is an acting, writing, devising program for young artists provided by Arena Stage, D.C.’s oldest, largest producing theater. Voices of Now artists learn the tools of theater performance, such as movement, vocal expression and collaboration, by taking a series of workshops in the fall.  Students must participate in 1 of 2 Workshop Series in order to audition for the Ensemble, which meets from January through May at Kilmer. To participate complete the: VoN Workshop Sign-Up

 Code Remix Use creative expression to bring beat-making and coding to life. Bring Laptop & Charger & Headphones to Workshop! May participate 1st, 2nd or Both Blocks after school. Spaces are limited!

Code Remix Interest/Sign-Up  

November Workshop Series Dates: 11/28 Instruction/Lesson & Coding/Beats Lab

December Workshop Series:

12/05 - Instruction/Lesson

12/12 - Coding/Beats Lab

1/09 - Listening Party/Showcase

January Workshop Series:

1/23 - Instruction/Lesson

1/30 - Coding/Beats Lab

2/06 - Listening Party/Showcase

February Workshop Series:

1/23 - Instruction/Lesson

1/30 - Coding/Beats Lab

2/06 - Listening Party/Showcase

March Workshop Series:

3/13 - Instruction/Lesson

3/20 - Coding/Beats Lab

3/27 - Listening Party/Showcase

April Workshop Series:

4/10 - Instruction/Lesson

4/17 - Coding/Beats Lab

4/24 - Listening Party/Showcase

May Workshop Series:

5/01 - Instruction/Lesson

5/08 - Coding/Beats Lab

5/15 - Listening Party/Showcase

 

To Bee or Not to Bee?!?  Kilmer Spelling Bee Interest Meeting in the Library on Thursday, December 8th (1st Block). The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational competition. The Bee’s purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

Study Lists available in Schoology > Materials Tab

The 2023 Fairfax County Spelling Bee will be held on MARCH 19, 2023, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA. The competition will be in-person, local health regulations permitting. The speller who wins the title of Fairfax County Spelling Bee Champion earns the right to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held late May 2023.

 

And Then There’s

 

Best Buddies - Kilmer MS Chapter Kilmer will be starting a Best Buddies chapter available to all interested students.  Students interested in Best Buddies will have the opportunity to foster friendships with other students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program aims to ensure all students are embraced and included in our Kilmer community.  Joining Best Buddies means doing fun things with someone who needs a friend. Being a Best Buddy makes a huge difference for people with disabilities.  It can also make a big, positive impact on you, too! Stop by B113 or email [email protected]  or [email protected] with questions. To apply go to: https://forms.bestbuddies.org/4895599

  • Select "Virginia" as to where you will be joining
  • Select "Middle School" for which program
  • Search "Kilmer Middle School" for chapter
  • Select you are registering yourself to join for this school year

 

But Also This

Tuesday, December 6th (1st Block)

Cookie Crumbs Cafe (B112)

HaHa Holiday Improv Rehearsal (Café)

Student Council Association/SCA (E104)

Thursday, December 8th (1st Block)

HaHa Holiday Improv Rehearsal (Café)

Monday, December 12th (1st Block)

National Junior Honor Society/NJHS

Tuesday, December 13th (1st Block)

Yearbook (E100)

Wednesday, December 14th (1st Block)

Battle of the Books (Library)

 

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Thanksgiving Break

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer Community, 

This week I was able to join my first PTA meeting, and I’m incredibly grateful for the partnership we have with Kilmer families! Related, the Parent Coffees have been one of my favorite things in my first few weeks of being principal of Kilmer. I truly value the conversations and perspectives. This week our conversation centered around how important middle school is for students in helping them to build their skills, while ensuring they are in a safe and supportive environment.  Part of that growth is having students learn how to advocate for themselves. It’s not uncommon for students in middle school to encounter a subject, assignment, or concept that is challenging, and it may be the first time that school isn’t “easy.” When we teach students to seek out support for themselves it’s helpful to have information about what support is available. Here is a link to a document that has some of the academic supports available at Kilmer which may be helpful when speaking with your child.

Also, I’m pleased to announce Melissa Smith as our new assistant principal. Ms. Smith is currently a dean of students at Annandale High School, and her official start date at Kilmer is Monday, December 5 (see her biography below). Welcome to Kilmer, Ms. Smith!

Lastly, as a reminder, next week we have school on Monday and Tuesday, and then we’re off for the remainder of the week for Thanksgiving break. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

 

Welcome, Melissa Smith - Assistant Principal

Melissa Smith is a graduate of Fairfax County Public Schools. She attended Old Dominion University for undergrad and earned her masters from The College of William & Mary. Ms. Smith began her career in education as a middle school math and science teacher. During her time as a teacher, Ms. Smith served as the math department chair, a mentor teacher and curriculum writer. Following her time in the classroom, Ms. Smith was an instructional coach where she provided curriculum, classroom and planning support to teachers. Ms. Smith comes to Kilmer from Annandale High School where she was the Dean of Students. In this role, Ms. Smith supported collaborative teams with instructional planning and delivery and also supported Annandale’s attendance initiatives.  In her free time, Ms. Smith enjoys traveling and learning DIY tips from YouTube videos. Ms. Smith is excited to become a part of the Kilmer Middle School community. 

Students in 8th grade science are finishing a unit on the “Laws of Motion.”

Students in Ms. DeSimone’s FACS class enjoying the final product of their soft pretzel lab.

Principal Meet & Greet

Come meet the new principal at a Principal Meet & Greet. Our last one will be November 29th. In order to help with planning please fill out the Google Form if you’re planning to attend.

Second NJHS Mandatory Candidate Meeting --  December 12 , 2022

Congratulations to our new NJHS candidates!

Kilmer NJHS Candidates participated in their first meeting on November 9 to learn about Stage 1: Investigation. There are five stages of service learning in Kilmer’s NJHS program: Investigation, Planning and Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration.

All candidate materials and activities are located in the  NJHS Schoology Course. The NJHS Committee communicates with candidates in Schoology and school email accounts. Parents are encouraged to view the Schoology Course with their students.

The second  NJHS Mandatory Candidate Meeting  is after school, first block, on December 12 in the Kilmer Cafeteria.

NJHS is preparing to Make a Difference!

Food Pantry

We are grateful for the ongoing support of donations of food and money provided by our generous Kilmer community for our food pantry.  These donations support about 70 Kilmer students and their families continually throughout the year.

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. FCPS’ framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process 

FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

  • Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

  • Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28.

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Veterans Day recognition

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Kilmer Community, 

Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf. On behalf of the Kilmer community I want to thank all the veterans for their service.

We had a great morning today. Our staff came together for professional development, and it’s so inspiring to hear staff talk about the great work they are doing. One of the grounding questions we asked was, “Take a minute to think about your most impactful instructional moment for students so far this year.” The responses were great. One that stood out to me was from Ms. Drumheller. She talked about a time this week where a group of students were struggling with a math concept. She pulled those students into a small group, retaught it, and within minutes the students were off and running. One of the students looked at her and said, “Math is fun!” This story encapsulates what happens daily here at Kilmer. Teachers work hard to push and support every student, and our students respond by doing hard things and seeing that they are capable of great work. 

On that note, I continue to visit classrooms throughout the building and it’s easily the highlight of my week! Routinely our students are asked to think at high levels, collaborate with their peers, and figure out how to use their resources when they get stuck. 

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend, and we look forward to seeing students on Monday morning. 

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

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Principal Meet & Greet

Come meet the new principal at a Principal Meet & Greet. There are a few options over the coming weeks. In order to help with planning please fill out the Google Form if you’re planning to attend.

  • November 14, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
  • November 29, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Reminder: 7th Grade Mental Health Screening Program - Modified Bell Schedule

Seventh grade students will participate in the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program and mental health screening during their history classes on either Tuesday, November 15 or Wednesday, November 16. A modified bell schedule is planned around the history class schedule and allows time for the student services staff to follow up with individual students before the end of the school day. Parents will be notified if a counselor follows up with their student. Please contact Erin Kestler [email protected] if you have questions about opting out.

Strategic Plan Student Survey

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. This plan will work like a roadmap, clearly defining the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students will be the first to lend their voices to this process by participating in an optional online survey. With students at the very heart of our work, we believe they should have an opportunity to be heard and provide feedback on what they feel is important.  

The optional survey will be offered to all students in Grades 3 to 12. It is designed to protect students’ privacy and is anonymous. Kilmer Middle School will be administering the survey on Monday, November 14 during 4th period Advisory. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

To learn more, visit the FCPS Strategic Plan webpage

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. FCPS’ framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

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End of Quarter SIS Updates

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 A message from Principal, Steven McFarlane:

Kilmer Community, 

I began the week meeting with a few families for a “Principal Meet & Greet” and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. As a reminder, I have three more dates scheduled and I hope to see you there. Please see the blurb below for more information.

I truly love getting to work with middle schoolers because this is an important time for kids to develop as students, and as people. As adults we play such a vital role in supporting that growth. Kilmer is a place where students learn how to navigate relationships with peers and adults, learn how to advocate for themselves, and learn that they can do really hard things…even if they think they can’t. I had a chance to get into a lot of classrooms this week, and as you can see below, our students are doing great things in class. Although middle schoolers may give one word answers to questions such as, “How was your day,” continue to ask your child about their classes, or better yet have them pull out some of the work they’ve been doing and have them explain it to you. As we begin the 2nd quarter, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Lastly, Tuesday, 11/8  is a holiday, and there is no school for students on Friday, 11/11 because of a school planning day. I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend. As always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Pegasus Service Project

Please support the 8th Grade Pegasus Team Community Service Project.  We will be re-purposing used t-shirts to make re-usable bags.  We will then fill the bags with essential toiletry items to distribute to homeless individuals living in Washington, D.C.  The bags will be distributed through the non-profit organization, Homeless Hope, in early December.  Please consider supporting this effort by making a donation of a t-shirt or toiletry item by November 10.  See the Sign Up Genius for details: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BA9A72BA2FEC25-pegasus1

  Thanks for your support,

Sheryl Jones

Physical Science Teacher

Kilmer Middle School

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Principal Meet & Greet

Come meet the new principal at a Principal Meet & Greet. There are a few options over the coming weeks.

In order to help with planning please fill out the Google Form if you’re planning to attend.

  • November 7, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • November 14, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
  • November 29, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Strategic Plan Student Survey

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. This plan will work like a roadmap, clearly defining the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students will be the first to lend their voices to this process by participating in an optional online survey. With students at the very heart of our work, we believe they should have an opportunity to be heard and provide feedback on what they feel is important.  

The optional survey will be offered to all students in Grades 3 to 12. It is designed to protect students’ privacy and is anonymous. Kilmer Middle School will be administering the survey on Monday, November 14 during 4th period Advisory. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

To learn more, visit the FCPS Strategic Plan webpage

Attendance

It is important that your child attends school every day FCPS is in session unless he or she is sick or needs to be excused for a specific reason. If parent contact is not made, a note should be sent to the school with the student upon return. When parent contact is made, absences will be recorded as excused. If parent contact is not made within 48 hours, the absences will be recorded as unexcused. To report a student absent, please complete our online attendance form or call 703.846.8888 by 7:30 am to notify the Front Office if your student will be absent or arriving late to school. This form is designed for unplanned absences, late arrivals, and short-term prearranged absences only. 

Reminder: 7th Grade Mental Health Screening Program

Seventh grade students will participate in the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program and mental health screening during their history classes on either Tuesday, November 15 or Wednesday, November 16. Seventh Grade families received notification about the program and an opportunity to opt out in an e-notify letter sent on Tuesday, October 25. Please note this is a separate opt out from the SEL screener. Please contact Erin Kestler [email protected] if you have questions about opting out.

Congratulations to Our New NJHS Candidates!

On November 1,  Kilmer NJHS Candidate Notifications were emailed to candidates’  school email accounts  [@fcpsschools.net] and the parent/guardian email on file in SIS.  We look forward to starting our year of Service Learning together, with the NJHS emphasis on Scholarship, Citizenship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

All candidate materials and activities will be located in the  NJHS Schoology Course. The NJHS Committee communicates with candidates in Schoology and school email accounts. In NJHS, we encourage and expect the students to manage their learning independently and with the guidance of the NJHS sponsors.

The first NJHS Mandatory Candidate Meeting is after school, first block, on November 9 in the Kilmer Cafeteria.  More information will be available soon in the NJHS Schoology Course.

NJHS is ready to Make a Difference!

End of Quarter SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created. Also, the Gradebook and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9, at 6 a.m. A copy of your students report card will be posted in SIS ParentVue and mailed home in mid november

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Principal Meet & Greet

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A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

What a great week! From the day I stepped foot at Kilmer it has felt like home, and the Kilmer community could not have been more welcoming. Before I started, I had a 7th grader email me and say, “Kilmer is a very welcoming school and hopefully all the students are kind to you. Kilmer will give you lots of support and I would like to thank you for being our principal.” This email encapsulates everything that I’ve experienced in my first week. I look forward to continuing to meet students, families, and staff.

Throughout the coming weeks I will be hosting a few parent/guardian meet & greets. This is a chance for me to get to meet and talk with families. There will be some structure to the meet & greets, but there’s not a set program. Feel free to come for all, or part, of the time. In order to help with planning please fill out the Google Form if you’re planning to attend. Dates include:

  • November 1, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
  • November 7, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • November 14, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
  • November 29, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

A reminder that Monday, 10/31 there will be no school for students because of a teacher work day, and on Tuesday we begin the 2nd quarter. I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend. As always, reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Steven McFarlane

Principal

Impact Aid Survey Reminder - Please Return

All Impact Aid Student-Parent Surveys were due on Friday, October 21. If your students has not returned their signed survey, please have your student return the form to the office of student services on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Additional copies of the survey can also be requested in student services. More information about the survey and its purpose is available here. All results are confidential.If you have any questions or concerns please contact [email protected] .

SIS ParentVue and StudentVue 

Today is the end of the 1st quarter. SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable from Friday, October 28 at 4pm until Tuesday, November 9 at 6 am in order for teachers to finalize first quarter grades. After Nov 9, 1st Quarter Report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. A copy of your child’s report card will also be mailed home in mid November.

Thomas Jefferson High School Application Opens Monday, October 24th at 4pm:

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage. Students must initiate the process before parents can create their own account. Applications must be started by 4 pm. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 pm. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

What to Avoid

  • Overgeneralizations/horror stories

Ex: “People who use drugs go to jail and end up homeless.” -That’s not true for most people.

  • Sharing about how you used to do drugs

Ex: “I smoked in high school, so I understand wanting to experiment.” -THC content is much higher than when you may have used marijuana. 

  • Having loose boundaries

Ex: “It’s okay if you do it at home, but not anywhere else.” -Too much room for grey area. 

What to Do

  • Have a united front

Both parents need to communicate the same message. No good cop, bad cop.

  • Recognize addiction in your family

Speak the unspoken. Share information that could help your teen make an informed decision about “playing with fire” since they’re genetically predisposed. 

  • Set a desired outcome for the conversation

What do you want your teen to understand before you get into the heavy convo?

  • Focus on health, not behavior

Avoid finger pointing, literally and figuratively.

  • Set firm expectations & boundaries

Clearly explain what is and isn’t acceptable for your household and the associated consequences. 

  • Keep a “cool head”
  • Withhold judgment
  • Be direct
  • Be prepared for your teen’s reaction.

 Resources:

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/free-e-cigarette-quit-program

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: https://dl.ebmcdn.net/fcps/courses/ATODParentPresentationRequired103119b/story_html5.html 

Knowing the signs of Substance Abuse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWGxTZrpCU  

 For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Ally Jacobi, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Strategic Plan Student Survey Coming Soon!

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information.

Disponible Próximamente: Encuesta Sobre el Plan Estratégico para los Estudiantes

Pronto se les mostrará a los estudiantes este breve video informativo en la escuela y se les pedirá que completen una encuesta con sus comentarios sobre su experiencia en la escuela. Estos comentarios se utilizarán para ayudar a informar a los líderes de FCPS mientras trabajan en la planificación del futuro del sistema escolar. Los padres están invitados a que vean las preguntas de la encuesta en línea.

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New Principal at Kilmer MS

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Mr. McFarlane, Kilmer’s New Principal, and Kilmer Students

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

Steven McFarlane, Kilmer’s new principal, will be at Kilmer full time starting Monday, October 24. Mr. McFarlane and I will have the full week together to transition. My last day at Kilmer will be Friday, October 28. 

I want to thank the Kilmer Community for a wonderful partnership throughout my time at Kilmer. Kilmer is a wonderful school and community. I value the relationships I have built and Kilmer will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything. 

Most Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

Thomas Jefferson High School Application Opens Monday, October 24th at 4pm:

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage. Students must initiate the process before parents can create their own account. Applications must be started by 4 pm. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 pm. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

Impact Aid Survey Reminder - Please Return

On Wednesday, all students received the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3,000,000 in Impact Aid funds. 

More information about the survey and its purpose is available here.

All forms must be signed and returned to Kilmer no later than Wednesday, October 26. Students have been directed to return the form to their 4th period advisory teacher. All results are confidential.If you have any questions or concerns please contact [email protected]

1st Quarter ends Friday, October 28

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable   Friday, October 28 at 4pm until Tuesday, November 9 at 6 am in order for teachers to finalize first quarter grades. After Nov 9, 1st Quarter Report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. A copy of your child’s report card will also be mailed home in mid November.

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

Oportunidad para que los estudiantes ayuden a informar el futuro de FCPS

Usted puede haber oído que FCPS está desarrollando un Plan Estratégico que servirá como la hoja de ruta de la división escolar para el futuro. Animamos a cada padre/cuidador, estudiante, empleado y miembro de la comunidad a participar en este importante trabajo. 

La primera oportunidad de participación será una encuesta opcional, que estará abierta a los estudiantes de los grados 3 a 12. Saber lo que es importante para los estudiantes será muy útil para la Dra. Reid, mientras dirige la planificación del futuro de FCPS. Todas las escuelas, incluyendo la nuestra, programarán una fecha y hora durante el día escolar para administrar la encuesta entre el 2 y el 18 de noviembre. Si usted prefiere que su hijo no participe, puede optar por que su hijo no tome la encuesta. Por favor visite el sitio web de FCPS para más información

Spirit Week

Our awesome Student Council Association, led by Ms. Aulestia and Ms. Mattix, have created a Spirit Week to showcase student and staff enthusiasm and joy. We look forward to seeing you inspired

We will have retakes on Wednesday, November 30 for the following reasons: 

  • Student was absent on the day of the initial photos (including new students)
  • Students who purchased packages and want to get them redone. They must return the original package to the photographer. 

National Junior Honor Society

NJHS Candidate Invitations and Candidate Application Forms were emailed the week of October 10 to all eighth grade students who earned a cumulative 3.7 GPA in the 2021-2022 academic year. Invitations and application forms  were emailed to the students’ @fcpsschools.net account. Parent/Guardian information letters were emailed to the email(s) on record in SIS. 

Requirements to become an NJHS candidate are as follows:

  1. The candidate must be a member of the 8th grade class.
  2. The candidate must have been in attendance at Kilmer Middle School since at least September, 2022.
  3. The candidate must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.7, as of June, 2022. 
  4. Electronic receipt of the completed NJHS Introduction Pear Deck and Candidate Application Form, with signatures, by the deadline, October 28. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will begin in November, with candidate notification the week of November 1.  For more information about Kilmer’s NJHS service learning process, visit our page on the Kilmer MS website/ Activities/ National Junior Honor Society. Cougars are proud to continue our tradition of service learning at Kilmer MS. Cougars make a difference!

Upcoming Dates 

Friday, October 28: Mr. Sapp’s Choir will be singing at the start of the Marshall HS Football game. Feel free to come support our singers. 

Wednesday, November 30: Photo Makeup Day for Students and Staff

Friday, December 9: We will have a winter assembly to showcase our music program.  An assembly schedule will be shared closer to the date. 

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Spirit Week

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A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

This week I was able to join English 7 in the library. The students were rotating through a variety of stations in which they were working on developing strong vocabulary and using a variety of strategies including context clues to determine the meaning of many challenging words. 

Kilmer students visit the library to engage in a variety of lessons across the content areas. The Kilmer library is truly a place of exploration and inquiry in which students are constructing their understanding in a variety of areas. We appreciate our librarians and their close collaboration with the Kilmer staff to develop these engaging experiences. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

Reminder: Charge Laptops

Please remind your student to charge their laptop every evening. It is very helpful for students to come to start the day with fully charged laptops.

Reminder: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener 10/21 

All students will take the SEL Screener through their 4th period Advisory classes on Friday, October 21. Families who have opted their student out of the screener have received a confirmation email. Please email Erin Kestler [email protected] if you have questions about the screener or opt-out. 

More information about the SEL Screener in FCPS can be found here.

Q&A with Dr. Reid

On October 19th at 6:00 PM at the McLean Community Center (MCC) 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA, Dr. Reid will be answering the questions and concerns from STUDENTS.  We encourage all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.  The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.  

 The agenda 

  •         Dr. Reid Introduction
  •         Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
  •         Open forum for questions from students

Student Photos

Our photographer, Victor O’Neill Studios has told us that student images are now online. Be on the lookout for an email from Victor O'Neill Studios. If you do not see it in your inbox, check the spam/junk folder.  Any family / student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc - use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Spirit Week

Our awesome Student Council Association, led by Ms. Aulestia and Ms. Mattix, have created a Spirit Week to showcase student and staff enthusiasm and joy. We look forward to seeing you inspired.

Get to Know FCPS’ Ombuds Office

Did you know that FCPS has an Office of the Ombuds that is available to support you? An ombuds is someone who helps resolve conflict by facilitating communications and sharing available resources. The Office of the Ombuds works as an independent confidential resource to help students, families, community members, and employees get questions answered, resolve concerns, and voice complaints regarding FCPS matters.  The ombuds is available to: 

  • Share strategies for parents to improve communication with, and between, school and home.
  • Help to resolve disagreements between parents and schools or disagreements involving employees in the workplace.
  • Provide ideas to foster parent participation in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan meetings.

They do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides, or provide legal advice.

If you have concerns, questions, or complaints to share with the Office of the Ombuds, please call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], or visit their webpage, You may also submit a question

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 19, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. The Student-Parent Survey will be distributed to all students during their fourth period Advisory class on October 19. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned to your child’s advisory teacher by October 21, and no later than November 4, the FCPS deadline. All results are confidential. More information will be shared next week. 

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS students, teachers, and staff at five locations across the county on October 17, 18, and 19. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be administered during Health classes to all 8th graders on Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10th. Families received an email communication last Friday which describes the survey and its purpose. If you would like more information on the survey, please follow this link.

Kilmer at A Glance

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