Happy and Safe Summer #22

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Students and Staff Mural signing to commemorate the efforts of all staff and students during this unique year.  

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families,

We enjoyed the final week of school with our students. Below are the messages sent to the 7th and 8th graders during their PAWS period. 

7th Grade 2021

8th Grade 2021

Eighth graders, we wish you the best of luck in high school and we look forward to hearing about all your accomplishments! Seventh graders, we can’t wait to reconnect with you after the summer and have a year full of successes in 2021-2022!

We wish everyone a happy and safe summer!

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

SAVE THE DATE

Kilmer’s 1st Summer Community Event is planned for Wednesday, July 21st from 4:30 to 6:30. We will have yearbook distribution, games, food trucks and lots of fun and laughter. We look forward to seeing you. 

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to our newest Kilmer National Junior Honor Society members! Kilmer celebrated 154 students at the Virtual NJHS Induction Ceremony on June 8.  Our inductees’ service learning projects are on display in a Service Learning Gallery Wall on Padlet. The NJHS Padlet and a recording of the live-streamed ceremony are available in the NJHS Schoology course. 

This exciting event brings our year-long process of service learning to an end. Kilmer is so proud of all the candidates and their resiliency throughout the changes that were necessitated by . Student groups worked diligently and with compassion to better their community. Cougars Make A Difference!

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Kilmer, Marshall, or Madison high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf, and return it to the Kilmer Student Services office or via email KMSStudentRegistration@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Kilmer or Marshall, or Madison High School
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • A school outside of the United States

Report Cards and Transcript Requests

Final Report Cards can be viewed in SIS ParentVue the week of June 15. SIS ParentVue will be unavailable from Friday, June 18 at 4 pm – Tuesday, June 22 for year end processing. A copy of your child’s final report card will be mailed home the week of June 21st. If your child is moving, and you would like to request a final transcript. Please submit your request to KMSStudentRegistration@fcps.edu. Year End Transcript Requests will be processed after the conclusion of the school year, beginning the week of June 21.

Academic and Career Plan - Eighth Grade Parents Only

This year, your child is continuing to develop an Academic and Career Plan (ACP) that supports their current work as well as helping your child plan for their future.  The development of the  ACP starts in middle school and is updated regularly throughout high school as each student’s  academic, personal, and career goals evolve. This plan connects to the Fairfax County Public Schools Strategic Plan, supports Portrait of a  Graduate attributes, and is also required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  VDOE requires that each student’s parent or guardian review this plan at the end of 8th grade  and again at the end of 10th grade.

Please have your child log into his or her ACP in Naviance Student and, with your child, review  the following information: Results of the strengths and career surveys and the draft course plans for high school

If you have a Blackboard Parent View account, log into your account and together you and your  child can view their plan. Once in your child’s account, click the “About Me” tab and scroll down  to “Portfolio.” Once you click on the Portfolio, you can view all of the work that has been  completed by your child. 

Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this link: https://forms.gle/Vw7oQtKzgSG7Ku2z9   to complete the verification form. The completion of this form will serve as  your signature. This must be completed by Wednesday, June 30, 2021

For more information about your child’s ACP, visit: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation requirements-and-course-planning/ . We encourage you to continue to use Naviance Student with your child as you both continue to explore college and career options. If you have questions, please contact your student’s school counselor

Free Meals Continuing Throughout the Summer, June 28-August 5

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to no-cost meals over the summer months at meal kit sites and on bus routes. Each site and bus route will offer meal kits containing seven days of breakfast and lunch. Please note that locations of the meal distribution sites and all bus routes have changed from the school year plan. 

Summer Meal Kits 

  • Summer meal kits will be offered on Mondays at 10 sites throughout the county beginning June 28 and ending August 2. 
  • Please note that meal kits will be distributed on Tuesday, July 6, due to the Monday, July 5 holiday. 
  • Meal kits contain 7 days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. 
  • The meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or until supplies are exhausted. 
  • All meals are available at no-cost to all FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. 
  • Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children and adults may purchase kits for $28. 

Meal Kit bus routes 

  • Meal kit bus routes will run June 28 through August 5. 
  • Buses will run weekly routes throughout the community distributing meal kits, containing seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. 
  • The buses will not distribute meals on a daily basis. The bus stops are weekly and run Monday-Thursday only. 
  • Please note that on Friday, July 2, Monday bus routes will operate to cover the Monday, July 5, holiday. 
  • Meal kits are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. 
  • Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children. 
  • Adult meals will not be available for purchase on the bus routes.

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Thank you Kilmer Community! #21

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A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families,

It is hard to believe we are headed into the final week of the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to the entire Kilmer community for your support and partnership throughout this entire school year. 

We want to take a moment to say goodbye and best of luck to our staff members who are retiring and to those who will be starting a new adventure. 

We thank the following teachers for their service to FCPS and Kilmer and wish them all the best in retirement: 

Ann Mackenzie - Physical Education

Carla Diamond - Resource Teacher

Denise Peitzman - Special Education

We wish the following teachers the best of luck in their new adventures and opportunities:

Mari Condley - Art

Princess Davis - English

Tayler Dodson - Special Education

Susanna Carey - Library

I also want to share that Michelle Lyttle, assistant principal, has accepted a position as the Director of Student Services at Franklin Middle School starting July 1. Ms. Lyttle has made a positive impact on the Kilmer Community and we will certainly miss her. We wish Ms. Lyttle the best of luck as she starts this new opportunity.  Congratulations Ms. Lyttle!

 

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

End of the Year

Next week, during PAWS advisory we will be bringing the year to a close by celebrating and reflecting on this most unique year. This will include a video of congratulations from me, reflecting on the year, and playing some games together. 

The students will also be creating a memory wall in which they will all sign their names to leave their “mark” on Kilmer and for us all to remember this year. Students who are virtual can stop by Kilmer to sign the wall on Wednesday, June 16 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM or Wednesday, July 21 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM or they can ask that a Kilmer staff member add their name to the wall. We will be posting the form for this request in Schoology. 

On June 11, to send our Eighth Graders off, our seventh grade students and all staff will line the halls and sidewalks of Kilmer and clap and cheer for our Eighth Grade students as they process down the halls and out the doors at the end of the day. The students will be making signs of congratulations during PAWS Advisory to wave during this goodbye. Our virtual students will join concurrently. We will be posting the link in Schoology.

We invite students and staff to wear their Kilmer Spirit Wear and Kilmer colors, blue and green, throughout the week to show their Kilmer spirit. 

8th Grade Paint Night

Last night, 8th grade students gathered online and in the cafeteria to create artwork to celebrate their years at Kilmer.  Mr. Raubacher created an incredible instructional video that led students step by step through the process of painting the silhouette of Kilmer Middle School.  If you would like to complete the painting at home with your own supplies, you can access the video here.   

SAVE THE DATE: Yearbook PALOOZA

Save the Date for Wednesday, July 21, 4:30-6:30 for our Yearbook Palooza! We will be having a special yearbook distribution and yearbook signing event. We will have music, laughter, games, and a fun food truck. We look forward to seeing you!

Yearbooks are still on sale! They are $40 per book. Please click on the link below to purchase your copy. https://tinyurl.com/kmsyearbook2021  Don’t delay!   We only have 200 books left!

Friday, June 11 - Two Hour Early Release

Friday, June 11 is the last day of school and is a two-hour early release day. Below is the bell schedule. 

SOL Score Reporting

We have been notified by the FCPS Office of Assessment and Reporting that this year SOL scores will be communicated to families through ParentVue.  As soon as we have details that scores have been made available, we will send information to families explaining how to access your student’s scores.  

Option to Expunge High School Credit Courses taken in Middle School

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school. High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf 

Any student receiving a C or below in a high school credit course (Algebra 1, Geometry, or a World Language) should consider expunging and retaking the course next school year. Even though students will automatically receive a Pass or No Mark Status in place of a D or F, a student should still expunge the course. Please submit the Request to Expunge High School Courses in Middle School form to your student’s school counselor before the end of the school year. 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Kilmer, Marshall, or Madison high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf, and return it to Sarah Groh in the Kilmer Student Services office or via email sfgroh@fcps.edu

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Kilmer or Marshall, or Madison High School
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • A school outside of the United States

Report Cards and Transcript Requests

Final Report Cards can be viewed in SIS ParentVue the week of June 15. SIS ParentVue will be unavailable from Friday, June 18 at 4 pm – Tuesday, June 22 for year end processing. A copy of your child’s final report card will be mailed home the week of June 21st. If your child is moving, and you would like to request a final transcript. Please submit your request to Sarah Groh at sfgroh@fcps.edu. Year End Transcript Requests will be processed after the conclusion of the school year, beginning the week of June 21.

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will host a virtual Service Learning Gallery and Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021, for parents, community members and students. This exciting evening will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects. The NJHS Induction Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded. 

Who is Invited to Join Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society?

We typically send out the NJHS application information around the start of the school year to students who met the Kilmer NJHS GPA requirement (3.7) for their 7th grade year.  In 2020-2021,  we were delayed in our application process, but we anticipate returning to our normal timelines in 2021-2022.  In addition to sending information out to those who qualify, we provide Kilmer News You Choose announcements so parents and students may look for the invitation.  

Kilmer’s NJHS: Incorporating Service Learning Into Education

Kilmer Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society focuses on Service Learning, using the model presented by FCPS Service Learning and The Complete Guide to Service Learning manual by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. 

In order to realize the five components of NJHS: Citizenship, Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service, Kilmer’s NJHS uses a guided research-based learning method to help students address an authentic community need. Student initiative and structured time for reflection on the service experience are key elements. Students finish the year able to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge in a Community Night at Kilmer, with a Service Learning Gallery and Induction into the National Junior Honor Society. 

More information is available on the Kilmer Middle School website.

Madison High School Dance Team

Madison High School Dance Team tryouts this summer.  Please visit the website for more information https://madisonhs.fcps.edu/

Any questions regarding the Dance team itself can be directed to: madisondanceteam@gmail.com

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Kilmer MS Spirit Week #20

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A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

It is hard to believe that we are heading into our last two weeks of the school year. During these weeks we will be engaging in celebrations to bring the year to a close. June 1-June 4 is Kilmer Spirit Week. Please see above for the theme of each day. On Thursday, June 3, we will be hosting a Paint Night for our 8th grade students. The painting will be a Kilmer logo for students to have as a memory of their middle school. On Wednesday, June 9 we will hold an end of the year celebration for 7th and 8th grade during the 4th period PAWS advisory period.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable long weekend!

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

8th grade End of Year Celebration

The SCA will be sponsoring a fantastic End of Year Event for our 8th graders. We will be hosting  a Paint Night for 8th graders on Thursday, June 3rd at 5pm.  Paint Night will be led by Mr. Raubacher! We will be painting a Kilmer specific design. Students can sign up to participate in a virtual or in-person setting. The event will be live-streamed for students participating virtually. This event is free but we do need you to sign up so we are sure to have enough materials for all. Please use this link to let us know if you plan to attend. All materials will be provided. We will have a process for students participating virtually to pick up materials; you only need to wear suitable clothing for painting. We can’t wait to paint with you 😊

Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks are still on sale! They are $40 per book. You can click on the link below to purchase your copy. https://tinyurl.com/kmsyearbook2021 Don’t delay, we only have a limited quantity of books left to purchase. Yearbooks will be available for pick up in July; the specific date will be communicated to all. 

Option to Expunge High School Credit Courses taken in Middle School

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school. High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf 

Any student receiving a C or below in a high school credit course (Algebra 1, Geometry, or a World Language) should consider expunging and retaking the course next school year. Even though students will automatically receive a Pass or No Mark Status in place of a D or F, a student should still expunge the course. Please submit the Request to Expunge High School Courses in Middle School form to your student’s school counselor before the end of the school year. 

National Junior Honor Society: End of Year Announcements

The NJHS e-product is due by June 2. Instructions, video tutorial and rubric are located within the NJHS Schoology course in the Stage 5: Demonstration folder. Information regarding June 8 is located in the Service Learning Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony folder, along with a Google form for candidates who would like to be considered for a speaking part during the Induction Ceremony.

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will host a virtual Service Learning Gallery and Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021, for parents, community members and students. This exciting evening will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects. The NJHS Induction Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded. Candidates and their parents/guardians will receive an email invitation to the June 8 event. We look forward to celebrating the dedication and perseverance of all our NJHS candidates this year.

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

On May 5, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form are available in ParentVue and were also mailed home to all families last week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 1, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

Schoology Parent Survey 

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. We would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help us make any necessary improvements as we prepare all FCPS schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 28.

Survey link: Spring Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

OAKTON HIGH SCHOOL DANCE TEAM KIDS CAMP

Oakton High School has a Dance Team Kids Camp this summer. Please visit the website for more information.

https://oaktonhighcamps.jumbula.com/

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Schoology Parent Survey #19

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A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

With the quick transition from cold to very warm days, we have also welcomed the cicadas to Kilmer MS! Many classes are taking outdoor breaks and going cicada hunting. It is fun to see and hear our in-person and virtual students share their cicada experiences with each other. 

We have successfully completed the Reading and Science SOLs. This upcoming week, we will be administering the Math SOLs. We will be following the modified SOL bell schedule on Wednesday, May 26 which is detailed below.

We were fortunate to participate in the Schoology Pilot this school year. Schoology will be implemented throughout FCPS next school year. The feedback from our families and students will support this implementation. Below is information for the parent survey and students will have an opportunity to complete a feedback survey during PAWS Advisory. 

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

On May 5, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form are available in ParentVue and were also mailed home to all families last week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 1, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

Option to Expunge High School Credit Courses taken in MIddle School

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school. High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf 

Any student receiving a C or below in a high school credit course (Algebra 1, Geometry, or a World Language) should consider expunging and retaking the course next school year. Even though students will automatically receive a Pass or No Mark Status in place of a D or F, a student should still expunge the course. Please submit the Request to Expunge High School Courses in Middle School form to your student’s school counselor before the end of the school year. 

SOL Testing

SOL Testing is drawing to a close.  Virtual students participating in testing will take their Math SOLs on Monday, May 24, and In person students participating in testing will take their Math SOLs on Wednesday, May 26.  On Wednesday, May 26th all students (virtual and in person) will follow the modified bell schedule.  

Make up testing will take place from June 1-4 for students who missed one or more of their SOLs.  Those families will be contacted directly with scheduling information.

We have been notified by the FCPS Office of Assessment and Reporting that this year SOL scores will be communicated to families through ParentVue.  As soon as we have details that scores have been made available, we will send information to families explaining how to access your student’s scores. 

Bell Schedule

Schoology Parent Survey 

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. We would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help us make any necessary improvements as we prepare all FCPS schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 28.

Survey link: Spring Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

Laptop Returns 

As we approach the end of this school year, we are finalizing plans to collect FCPS provided laptops to prepare them for next school year. 

All FCPS laptops and power chargers need to be returned to Kilmer Middle School at the end of the school year.  We are not collecting laptop sleeves.

 

For In-person students, we will collect laptops during the last day of school, June 11th. 

 

For Virtual student and in-person students who are not in school on June 11th, we will collect on these dates:

  •       June 11, 1pm - 4pm 
  •       June 14, 8am -12pm  

 

In preparation for the return of laptops, all personal stickers must be removed. 

 

If your student is participating in an FCPS summer program, your students will keep the laptop until the end of the program.

If the laptop charger is lost, you will need to purchase a replacement charger via MySchoolBucks.  The cost of a replacement laptop charger is $23. 

 

  1.         Go to MySchoolBucks
  2.         Click on the Store
  3.         Look for the Laptop Charger Replacement
  4.         Click on that icon and make sure that it has the correct student listed
  5.         Purchase the replacement

 

If this amount is a financial burden to your family, please contact your student’s counselor. 

Please contact Debra David at dsdavid@fcps.edu if you have any questions about laptop return.

Spirit Week

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Kilmer, Marshall, or Madison High School next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf, and return it to Daniela Cowsill in the Kilmer Student Services office or via email dacowsill@fcps.edu

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Fall 2021 planning website #18

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Congratulations to Kristen Mattix and Shannon Johnson who are the raffle winners on our Friday finale Teacher Appreciation Week!

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

We are excited to be running student focus groups over the next few weeks. The purpose of the focus groups is for students to share and provide feedback on their middle school experience. The opportunity to participate in a student focus group was discussed in PAWS and a follow up email was sent to students. If your student would like to participate and has not had the chance to sign-up, they can let their school counselor or Ms. Kardelis know. We are looking forward to hearing from our students. 

As we continue to focus on a strong end to the school year, we are also excited to be preparing for five days a week of in-person learning in the fall. The Fall 2021 planning website is a great resource to review the most current information about school this fall. The site is continually updated as new information becomes available and will serve as a great resource. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

On May 5, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form are available in ParentVue and were also mailed home to all families last week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 1, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

 

 8th grade End of Year Celebration

The SCA will be sponsoring a fantastic End of Year Event for our 8th graders. We will be hosting  a Paint Night for 8th graders on Thursday, June 3rd at 5pm.  Paint Night will be led by Mr. Raubacher! We will be painting a Kilmer specific design. Students can sign up to participate in a virtual or in-person setting. The event will be live-streamed for students participating virtually. This event is free but we do need you to sign up so we are sure to have enough materials for all. Please use this link to let us know if you plan to attend. All materials will be provided. We will have a process for students participating virtually to pick up materials; you only need to wear suitable clothing for painting. We can’t wait to paint with you 😊

Health and PE

On Thursday, May 27, and Friday, May 28th the Kilmer Health and Physical Education teachers will teach the Human Growth and Development Unit in a gender-separate classroom setting for those attending school in person and an assigned teacher’s office hours for virtual students. 

Click on the link to read an overview of the materials at your leisure.

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle

 

To view grade-specific lessons, log in to FCPS 24-7 Parent View: Click on E-Cart: Click Family life Curriculum. 

https://fcps.blackboard.com/   

The School Board has approved a revision to regulation 3204 to allow FLE opt-out forms to be distributed electronically for the school year 2020-2021. Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan or email a copy of the completed form to Sarah Groh at sfgroh@fcps.edu. Click the link and scroll to the bottom for opt-out, specifically for 7th and 8th grade. FLE Opt-Out Request Forms

 

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s Health & Physical Education Teacher.

Sean Kenney- 8th-grade boys     spkennney@fcps.edu

Kachiri Terry-8th grade girls      kmterry@fcps.edu

Marianne Simonton-8th grade girls  MRSimonton@fcps.edu

Tim Prosser-7th grade boys     TSprosser@fcps.edu

Josh Hecht-7th grade boys        MrHecht@fcps.edu

Ann Mackenzie-7th grade girls  ahmackenzie@fcps.edu

National Junior Honor Society: End of Year Announcements

The next mandatory all candidate meeting is after school on Tuesday, May 18, in the NJHS BBCU link from 2:45-3:45. This meeting will focus on Stage 4: Reflection and Stage 5: Demonstration. Come prepared with questions about the NJHS e-product that is due by June 2. Instructions and rubric are located within the NJHS Schoology course. Additionally, information for candidates who would like to participate in the Induction Ceremony is located in the NJHS Schoology course. 

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will host a virtual Service Learning Gallery and Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021, for parents, community members and students. This exciting evening will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects. The NJHS Induction Ceremony will be live streamed and recorded.

Who is Invited to Join Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society?

We typically send out the NJHS application information around the start of the school year to students who met the Kilmer NJHS GPA requirement (3.7) for their 7th grade year.  In 2020-2021,  we were delayed in our application process, but we anticipate returning to our normal timelines in 2021-2022.  In addition to sending information out to those who qualify, we provide Kilmer News You Choose announcements so parents and students may look for the invitation.  

Kilmer’s NJHS: Incorporating Service Learning Into Education

Kilmer Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society focuses on Service Learning, using the model presented by FCPS Service Learning and The Complete Guide to Service Learning manual by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. 

In order to realize the five components of NJHS: Citizenship, Scholarship, Character, Leadership, and Service, Kilmer’s NJHS uses a guided research-based learning method to help students address an authentic community need. Student initiative and structured time for reflection on the service experience are key elements. Students finish the year able to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge in a Community Night at Kilmer, with a Service Learning Gallery and Induction into the National Junior Honor Society. 

More information is available on the Kilmer Middle School website.

What’s on the Shelf: News from the Kilmer Library

As we head into the end of the school year, we want to remind families that all library books are due back to Kilmer no later than Friday, May 28. Over the next few weeks, students will regularly receive overdue notices reflecting the books they have out. Encourage your student to check their FCPSSchools.net e-mail account.

We know that students may still have books checked out from elementary school -- please feel free to return those books to Kilmer as well and we'll get them back to where they belong.

To return books: 

  • In-person students can easily drop books off in the BOOK RETURN basket on the library table in the main hallway outside the cafeteria at any point. 
  • Virtual students are encouraged to bring their books in when they visit the building to take SOLs. 
  • If your student is not coming into the building, weather permitting, we will have a library book return cart outside of Kilmer’s Door #1 from 8:30am - 1pm on Monday, May 17 and Monday, May 24. 
  • Alternatively books can be dropped off to the main office at any point during school hours

Questions? Reach out to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian: gehazlin@fcps.edu.

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Thank you!

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

Thank you so much to the PTA for making each day of Staff Appreciation Week special. We enjoyed the lunch, sweet treats, t-shirts, and so many kind words of support. The banner created by the students’ words of appreciation touched all of us. We are lucky to have a supportive partnership with our PTA and the community. Thank you for making this week special. 

We are looking forward to the 8th Grade Paint Night on Thursday, June 3rd at 5:00 PM. Please see below for details. 

Sincerely, Amy Miller, Principal

Kilmer SOL Schedule, May 2021

 

Specific SOL schedules for all students will be emailed to students’ fcpsschools.net email addresses by the end of day on May 7th.  Students should look for an email from Emily Pyatt-Openshaw.  The email will contain the dates, times, and locations of their SOLs.

All students must bring their fully charged, FCPSOn laptop and charger for use during testing.  Personal computers may not be used.  Between now and their first test, students should turn their laptops on, login, restart, login, and leave the laptop on overnight to receive updates.

SOLs for students attending school virtually:

All virtual students will take their SOLs in person on Mondays.  We will start testing each Monday at 9 am, and conclude testing by 2 pm. Students who are being dropped off in the morning can be dropped off between 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM. All students who are riding the bus and their parents were sent  an email with bus stop location and time information. 

Students who finish the SOL early are welcome to contact their parents to arrange for transportation earlier if possible.  Parents who come to pick up their students before 2 PM will stay in their cars and we will get students for you. 

Students will need permission to walk home before 2 PM.  Parents can provide permission by filling out the online attendance form HERE, or by calling 703-846-8888.  

Students who remain at school until 2 PM will be able to complete asynchronous work. 

Grab and go lunches will be provided to all students.  

 SOLs for students attending school in person:

All in person students will take their SOLs on Wednesdays.  We will start testing each Wednesday at 7:30 am and our testing block will conclude at 10:30, at which time students still testing will be moved to an alternate location.  Students who have concluded testing will transition to their 6th period classes at 10:45, and will follow a modified schedule for the remainder of the day which will include periods 2, 6 and 8.

Modified Bell Schedule for May 12, May 19, and May 26

All students will follow a modified schedule to allow for testing on May 12th, 19th, and 26th.  Please review the schedule below.  

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

On Wednesday, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form are available in ParentVue and were also mailed home to all families last week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 1, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks are still on sale! They are $40 per book. You can click on the link below to purchase your copy. https://tinyurl.com/kmsyearbook2021 Don’t delay, we only have a limited quantity of books left to purchase.

8th grade End of Year Celebration

The SCA will be sponsoring a fantastic End of Year Event for our 8th graders. We will be hosting  a Paint Night for 8th graders on Thursday, June 3rd at 5pm.  Paint Night will be led by Mr. Raubacher! We will be painting a Kilmer specific design. Students can sign up to participate in a virtual or in-person setting. The event will be live-streamed for students participating virtually. This event is free but we do need you to sign up so we are sure to have enough materials for all. Please use this link to let us know if you plan to attend. All materials will be provided. We will have a process for students participating virtually to pick up materials; you only need to wear suitable clothing for painting. We can’t wait to paint with you 😊

What’s on the Shelf: News from the Kilmer Library

We want to highlight the Fairfax County Public Library’s Virtual Comic Con happening NOW, with lots of fun activities for all ages taking place on Saturday, May 8. Try Star Wars Cosplay with the 501st, Play Fandom Food Trivia, and learn How to Make Comics with Wendy Xu.The culminating event is an outdoor showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone along with a library fair and food trucks at the Chantilly Regional Library on Saturday evening. A fun time for the whole family!

In other news, this is the time of year we ask students to begin to collect library books -- look under beds, in nightstands, on shelves, in the car...all library books are due back to Kilmer no later than Friday, May 28. Students are also welcome to return books to KIlmer they may still have out from elementary school -- we will get them back to the right library!

The VIP Summer Program will be held in-person at Glasgow Middle School this summer! 

2021 Summer VIP Registration Form  

June 28-July 29 

Mondays -Fridays 

(no camp Monday, July 5, and Friday, July 30)

9am - 3pm 

$50 (scholarships available)

Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders residing in boundaries for the following middle schools are invited to register: Glasgow, Holmes, Poe , Kilmer MS, Thoreau and Luther Jackson. There will be a range of activities  for students to select from including Art, Anime, Basketball, Volleyball, Coding, Soccer and more!

Email notification of acceptance  will be sent by Friday, June 4th.  Registration paperwork and payment will be due after receiving confirmation of acceptance. Applications with payment will be a first-come, first-serve acceptance process.  Applications/Registration Forms are  incomplete without payment after acceptance notification has been received.  

Due to Covid-19 protocols and capacity restrictions, we will accept 125 campers. We will be following social distancing protocols and masks are required. Prior to the start of camp, each participant must return the signed Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form.

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A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Community, 

It is hard to believe that this weekend brings the start of May! The first week of May is Staff Appreciation Week! We are looking forward to celebrating our Kilmer Staff and our appreciation for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the Kilmer Community. 

There are six weeks to go in the school year. May and June are always very busy times of the school year and we are looking forward to an exciting and memorable end to the year. We are excited that we were able to schedule our SOL testing over only six total days (three Mondays and three Wednesdays). In previous years, we have had to schedule SOLs over many more days. This opens up even more time for us to finish this year strong with strong instruction and many memorable moments for the students. 

On Monday, May 3 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, we will be offering “FCPSOn Laptop Health Check-Ups”  for virtual students to come by and complete some procedures to ensure computers are up to date and ready for testing.  We expect this process to last approximately 15 minutes if no issues are detected.  If updates are needed, it may take up extra time.  Completing these updates in advance of the SOL date will allow for testing to proceed more efficiently on the actual testing day. This laptop update process only applies to virtual students who have chosen to participate in SOL testing this year. Our in-person students have completed this process at school this week.

 

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. 

 

Sincerely,

Amy Miller, Principal

SOL Testing Information

On Monday, May 3 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, we will be inviting all virtual students to join us in the Kilmer Parking lot for a Technology Tailgate Party to ensure that your FCPS laptop has the required updates so it is ready for SOL testing.  Please refer to the emails sent out to virtual families earlier this week for more information.

Kilmer SOL Schedule, May 2021

 

SOLs for students attending school virtually:

All virtual students will take their SOLs in person on Mondays.  We will start testing each Monday at 9 am, and conclude testing by 2 pm.  Students who finish early are welcome to contact their parents to arrange for transportation earlier if possible.  Parents who come to pick up their students before 2 PM will be required to come to the main entrance of the building to sign the student out.  Students will need permission to walk home before 2 PM.  Parents can provide permission by filling out the online attendance form HERE, or by calling 703-846-8888.  Students who remain at school until 2 PM will be able to complete asynchronous work.  Grab and go lunches will be provided to all students.

 SOLs for students attending school in person:

All in person students will take their SOLs on Wednesdays.  We will start testing each Wednesday at 7:30 am and our testing block will conclude at 10:30, at which time students still testing will be moved to an alternate location.  Students who have concluded testing will transition to their 6th period classes at 10:45, and will follow a modified schedule for the remainder of the day which will include periods 2 and 8.

Specific SOL schedules for all students will be emailed to students’ fcpsschools.net email addresses the week of May 3rd.  Students should look for an email from Emily Pyatt-Openshaw.  The email will contain the dates, times, and locations of their SOLs.

All students must bring their fully charged, FCPSOn laptop and charger for use during testing.  Personal computers may not be used.

Modified Bell Schedule for May 12, May 19, and May 26

All students will follow a modified schedule to allow for testing on May 12th, 19th, and 26th.  Please review the schedule below.  PAWS teachers will review this schedule with students the week prior to testing.

 

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

A few, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form are available in ParentVue and were also mailed home to all families last week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine 

Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine is still looking for submissions of art and writing from students, to be published in the 2020-2021  yearbook. 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 “Yearbook” 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 writing. Students who have returned to the building can drop off their submissions to Ms. Walsleben, in room A110. May 2nd is the absolute last day to submit. 

Visual directions for submitting work for consideration. 

Got questions? Message Ms. Walsleben through Schoology or email at kewalsleben@fcps.edu

Bike to School or Bike in Your Neighborhood on May 5

Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county here

Wednesday, May 5 is the official Bike to School Day. You can register as a school, family, or neighborhood. Plan your ride whether you ride to school, to a park, or just within your neighborhood. Register for Bike to School Day.

ESOL Online Summer Program 2021 

We will be offering the summer ESOL Online Programming, ESOL Language and Literacy Connections, as an option for English Learners (ELP levels 1-4). 

We are glad that this free learning opportunity will continue this summer!  

Who can participate?

  • FCPS Middle School and High School English Learners, WIDA ELP levels 1-4

When will the program be held?

  • June 21 – July 9
  • 1 hour per day of synchronous online learning
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 1 hour per day of asynchronous online assignments

Where will the program be held?

  • Online
  • For more information, contact your child’s ESOL teacher and/or see attached flyers.

How do I register?

  • Email Susanne Ehsani, ESOL Department Chair at sehsani@fcps.edu
  • OR
  • Parent/guardian can register online :  https://bit.ly/RegistrationESOL
  • Registration is open until May 28, 2021

 What’s on the Shelf: News from the Kilmer Library

Does your child love audiobooks? SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Running April 29 - August 4 2021,  SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week.  Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season.  This year, SYNC is offering great titles -- take a look, find out more, and then register to be part of the program. The first two titles are available now through May 5:

    • Monday, May 3 @ 12pm: “Among Us” Lunch (join us in the Library Collaborate Ultra classroom to play “Among Us” with a group!)
    • Monday, May 3 @ 2pm: Cougar Bookies Book Club / Library Collaborate Ultra
    • Wednesday, May 5, 2:15pm - 4:00pm: Cougars @ the Curb curbside checkout.
    • Wednesday, May 5 @ 3pm: Social Justice Book Club / Google Meet
  • Friday, May 28: All library books due back to Kilmer

 

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Our Transportation supervisors and bus drivers are an important part of our Kilmer Strong family and community!  

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Community, 

We hope that you had a great week! We were excited to welcome all of our in-person students back to the building for four days a week. This past Tuesday, Dr. Brabrand presented a Return to School Update to the School Board. FCPS is planning for in-person instruction five days a week to be the primary mode of learning for all students during the 2021-22 school year. 

As we prepare for our many end of the year activities that rely on technology, we need to make sure that all of our FCPSOn student laptops are updated. All students will receive directions for completing the “Technology Health Check-Ups” during PAWS Advisory. We will be holding a Technology TailGate on Monday, May 3rd for  our virtual students to drive through the technology tailgate to ensure their laptops have the necessary updates. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

Arrival / Dismissal Procedures

We thank you all for your patience as we welcome back all our in-person students. Please see below for some arrival and dismissal reminders that will ensure the safety for all.

General Reminder:

Please do not drop off or pick up your students in the fire station lot or make a u-turn on Wolftrap Road during arrival and dismissal.

Morning Arrival:

  • Students can be dropped off starting at 7:10am. 
  • Kiss & Ride drop off is located outside doors 14, 15, and 16 at the side of the building each morning.  Kiss & Ride students will enter the building using the doors at entrance 14, 15 and 16.
  • In the morning, school bus riders will unload along the front of the school building and enter the building through door 1 (main entrance).
  • All students must use the sidewalks and crosswalks at all times. Bike riders MUST walk their bikes once they arrive on campus.
  • ONLY school buses will be allowed use of the bus loop in the front of the school from 7:00 to 7:30 am.

Afternoon Dismissal:

  • Buses will load for departure outside Doors 14 (F-hall), 15 (G-hall), 16 (H-hall) and along the fence near the trailers.
  • Kiss & Ride pick up is located outside of Door 1 (front of the building). Cars can wait in a double lined formation. 
  • Please do not wait on Wolftrap Road for your student. It is illegal to make a u-turn there and violators may be ticketed. 
  • Walkers and bike riders will leave via Door 1 (front of the building). Please use sidewalks and crosswalks at all times.

SOL Testing Information

We are scheduling SOL testing on the following days: 

Reading SOLs: May 10 and May 12

Science 8 SOLs: May 17 and May 19

Math SOLs: May 24 and May 26

If you have not already filled out the SOL Intent form, we need these responses to be able to plan appropriately.  You can find the form here.

The technology Tailgate, advertised in last week’s news you choose is now scheduled for Monday, May 3rd. On Monday, May 3, we will be inviting all virtual students to join us in the Kilmer Parking lot for a Technology Tailgate Party to ensure that your FCPS laptop has the required updates so it is ready for SOL testing.  Please look for specific information about this to come out next week.

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

Last week, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form are available in ParentVue and were also mailed home to all families last week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

Course Registration for 2021-2022 

Academic advising and course registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now over. Parents can view their child’s course selections for the 2021-2022 school year through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If you have questions about your child’s course requests, please contact their school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

If you or your child have additional questions about high school courses, please contact the Marshall or Madison High School Office of Student Services.

Online Course Requests

Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine 

Scribbles Literary and Art Magazine is still looking for submissions of art and writing from students, to be published in the 2020-2021  yearbook. 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 “Yearbook” 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 writing. Students who have returned to the building can drop off their submissions to Ms. Walsleben, in room A110. May 2nd is the absolute last day to submit. 

Visual directions for submitting work for consideration. 

Got questions? Message Ms. Walsleben through Schoology or email at kewalsleben@fcps.edu

Outside Lunch

We are excited to offer opportunities for our students to eat lunch outside. Students may sign up via “Outdoor Lunch Sign Up” in the All Students Course in Schoology.  Weather permitting, students will have lunch on the front lawn with the front parking lot blocked off to cars during this time as well.  Students may sign up for two outside lunch periods per week. We hope students take advantage of these opportunities to enjoy the spring weather. 

 Kilmer Pantry

Thank you to our community for your continued support of our food pantry. We continue to distribute food and household supplies to our families in need. We have several easy ways to donate, if you can help. 

Cash Donations:

If you would like to make a cash donation and let the PTA do the shopping for you, please  Donate at Pay4School.

Drop Off Locations: 

Several of our PTA members will have plastic collection bins at their homes and you can do a contactless drop off any day/time that works for you.  Bins are located at: 2311 Malraux Dr. and 9428 Delancey Dr.

 

If you would like to drop off items at Kilmer, we are collecting donations through a drive-thru collection on Mondays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Online Purchases: 

You are also invited to donate non-perishable food items by direct shipping from Amazon, Target, Walmart, or wherever you shop (send to the attention of Debra David at Kilmer). The Amazon WishList includes a list of suggested food items to donate. 

Food donation requests include: 

Rice, beans, canned tuna, shelf-stable milk, wheat flour, corn masa flour, sugar, cooking oil, juice, crackers, raisins, cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars, microwave popcorn, granola bars, instant individual macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, snacks, etc…

Household and personal donation requests include: 

Toothpaste, bar soap, dish soap, laundry soap, individually wrapped rolls of paper towels, and small packages of toilet paper.  

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community. 

If you wish your family to receive food, please contact your child’s counselor. 

Afterschool At a Glance

As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate. Updates, club descriptions and meeting details are located in  the Schoology  Afterschool Group (access code 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV). Individual club enrollment requests, descriptions and the  Afterschool Activities Calendar are located under Resources. Contact  After School Program Specialist, Kimberly Kardelis with questions.

 

Academic Tutoring & Mentoring Program (Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm)

High school members from the  FCPS Student Equity Ambassador Leadership program to offer academic tutoring and mentoring to middle schoolers through a student initiated program called PREP Leaders. This is a free program and tutors speak languages other than English.

 

FLYER & FLYER in SPANISH

Registration Form  

Google Classroom Code: WJOUWQ7 

 

 

Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment And Development 

Virtual Open House - Monday 04.26 @2:20pm in Schoology

AALEAD supports underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs. ALL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!

Youth Engagement and Leadership Program (YELP!) 

Our main program where youth engage in topics such as identity, community, solidarity, transformation, and hope throughout the semester. Community service hours are available depending on the weekly topic.

Meets: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:30 PM

Youth Allies Peer Mentoring 

Middle school youth are matched with a high school mentor for peer-to-peer mentoring. Together they work towards expanding their leadership and communication skills in this focused leadership program.

Meets: Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:30 PM

Homework Help 

Youth receive help on assignments, enjoy a focused study space, learn useful study or organizational skills, or help others with their homework.

Meets: Fridays 4:15 - 5:30 PM

 

AALEAD Registration Form

AALEAD FLYER

Google Classroom Code: DTZYFYC

 

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Thank you PTA! #14

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 A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Community, 

Thank you to the PTA for the surprise grab n’ go lunch provided to the Kilmer Staff today (Friday). Throughout the past thirteen months the Kilmer Community has been so supportive as we navigated the impact of COVID-19 on our schools and community. Thank you. 

At the end of this school year, FCPS will be transitioning from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to Zoom. Kilmer Middle School will be a pilot for Zoom starting the end of April. Approximately 20% of our teachers will be using Zoom for their synchronous teaching. Teachers who will be using Zoom will share that announcement with their individual classes. The Zoom link will be embedded into Schoology just like the BBCU link. Teachers and students will still have access to BBCU as well. We are excited about this opportunity.

As the end of the school year approaches, it is important to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and provide a sense of closure to the year. At Kilmer we are planning to do a reflections and recognition celebration during the PAWS Advisory block during the last week of school for all students, a fun activity for our eighth graders, and a National Junior Honor Society Ceremony. Due to health and safety protocols, these events will be held either in a hybrid model or all virtual. We will be sharing details, including dates and times, throughout the month of May. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

End of Year Grading Flexibility 

On Thursday, additional information was sent via a Kilmer enotify regarding the 2020-2021 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students. As shared in an email from the Superintendent’s Office, FCPS has adopted a series of secondary grading policy changes to help our students achieve a strong finish to the school year. Third quarter report cards and the Pass - No Mark Status Form will be available in ParentVue and mailed home to all families this week. Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021. Access the Pass-No Mark Status Form here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf

FCPS is adjusting the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought on by pandemic learning. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

Course Registration for 2021-2022 

Academic advising and course registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now over. Parents can view their child’s course selections for the 2021-2022 school year through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If you have questions about your child’s course requests, please contact their school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

If you or your child have additional questions about high school courses, please contact the Marshall or Madison High School Office of Student Services.

Online Course Requests

SOL Testing Information

Kilmer is in the process of finalizing specific testing dates for students. For initial planning with your family, be aware that we are scheduling testing on the following days: 

 

Reading SOLs: May 10 and May 12

Science 8 SOLs: May 17 and May 19

Math SOLs: May 24 and May 26

 

If you have not already filled out the SOL Intent form, we need these responses to be able to plan appropriately.  You can find the form here.

 

On Monday, April 26 we will be inviting all virtual students to join us in the Kilmer Parking lot for a Technology Tailgate Party to ensure that your FCPS laptop has the required updates so it is ready for SOL testing.  Please look for specific information about this to come

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and thank children from military families for their contributions and sacrifices. The nationwide commemoration was established in 1986 by former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. To show our support, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to "Purple Up!" on April 21 for military children. We extend our appreciation for the service of all children from military families and celebrate them by wearing purple in an effort to say “Thank You.” 

National Junior Honor Society 

The next mandatory all candidate meeting is after school on Tuesday, April 27, in the NJHS BBCU link from 2:45-3:45. This meeting is our final check-in with candidates about their progress in Stage 3: Action. All candidates should be actively involved with their service learning by recording process steps and reflections in their NJHS Digital Notebook and by volunteering their time, i.e., serving their chosen service organization. In addition to talking about Stage 3, we will present important components of the NJHS Service Learning Gallery Walk and the Induction Ceremony. The May NJHS meeting will be on May 18 and will focus on Stage 4: Reflection and Stage 5: Demonstration.

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will host a virtual Service Learning Gallery and Induction Ceremony on June 8, 2021, for parents, community members and students. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting evening which will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects.

Topic: Autism Awareness Month: "Being Au-some" Virtual Mini-Conference on April 20

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, families are invited to participate in the Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s free "Being Au-some" Virtual Mini-Conference. The conference will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 20, from 7-9 p.m. Participants will celebrate the autism journey together with short and engaging sessions. Featured speakers include self-advocates, family members, and educators. Register in advance for this virtual event.

Topic: Superintendent Brabrand to Host Spanish Language Virtual Town Hall on April 21

Join Superintendent Brabrand and two school officials for a virtual Spanish-Language Town Hall on Wednesday, April 21, 5-6 p.m. They will provide information on opportunities for four days of in-person instruction, summer learning plans, and vaccine updates. They will answer your questions, too. The Town Hall will be streamed live on FCPS Facebook en Español. Please email your questions in advance to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu. You may also send a message on our Facebook page or leave it in the “Comment” section during the Town Hall. We hope you will join us!

Asamblea Pública Virtual en Español

Acompañen al superintendente Brabrand y a dos autoridades escolares a una Asamblea Pública virtual en español el miércoles 21 de abril, de 5-6 p.m. Ellos hablarán sobre la oportunidad de que los alumnos asistan a cuatro días de instrucción presencial, los planes para el aprendizaje durante el verano, y proporcionarán información actualizada sobre las vacunas. Ellos también contestarán sus preguntas.

La Asamblea Pública será transmitida en vivo en la página de FCPS Facebook en Español https://www.facebook.com/FCPSES/. Envíen sus preguntas por correo electrónico a ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu. También pueden enviarnos un mensaje por nuestra página de Facebook o dejarlo en la sección de «Comentarios» durante la Asamblea Pública. ¡Esperamos que ustedes puedan acompañarnos!

What’s on the Shelf: News from the Kilmer Library

The Fairfax County Public Library continues to offer great opportunities and programs for students! Next Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm, come to a virtual Meet the Author even featuring YA mystery writer Kate Doughty. Her new book, The Follower, was released in March -- it is a “spine tingling YA thrilled based on a true story.” Find out more and register for this free event here: https://tinyurl.com/Kate-Doughty.

Dungeons & Dragons more your speed? Pop into a virtual online game-playing adventure, hosted by FCPS on April 21 from 4pm - 6pm.

Remember when we told you that April was National School Library Month? Check out this new video from our state association: “What is a School Librarian?” to find out more about what we do!

Upcoming Library Dates:

  • Monday, April 19 @ 1pm: Book Club  / KMS Library  Collaborate Ultra
  • Wednesday, April 21 @  2:15-4:00pm: Cougars @ the Curb curbside checkout / Kilmer Door #3 
  • Wednesday, April 21 @ 2:15pm: First Chapter Book Club / KMS Library Collaborate Ultra
  • Wednesday, April 21 @ 3:00pm: Social Justice Book Club / Google Meet

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8th Grade Finance Park

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Assistant Principal, Chris Musgnug, chats with students on bowtie Wednesdays!  

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

We hope everyone enjoyed the Spring Break! We are starting the fourth quarter strong with our eighth graders engaging in a virtual Finance Park experience in which they participate in career exploration and financial planning. Our theatre students were working on casting their own movies and creating trailers and in engineering students were using the Sketchup for Schools program to create three dimensional shapes. 

This past Wednesday, we held an SOL Information Session. This past Wednesday, we held an SOL Information Session. The session was recorded and can be found here. If you have any questions in regard to the SOL please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Emily Pyatt-Openshaw at egpyattopens@fcps.edu or your child’s school counselor. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal 

Ramadan Observance

Students who are observing Ramadan may go to the library during lunch period. 

Kilmer Modular

We are excited to share that Kilmer MS will be getting a modular to replace the quad structures we currently have behind our school. The modular will have ten classrooms and bathrooms. The projected completion date of this project is December 2021. Initial preparations are beginning which include placing quads on the tennis courts. These quads will be used from September 2021-December 2021 while the modular is being built. Once the modular is complete the quads from the tennis courts will be removed. 

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and thank children from military families for their contributions and sacrifices. The nationwide commemoration was established in 1986 by former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. To show our support, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to "Purple Up!" on April 21 for military children.We extend our appreciation for the service of all children from military families and celebrate them by wearing purple in an effort to say “Thank You.” 

Course Registration for 2021-2022 

Academic advising and course registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now over. Parents can view their child’s course selections for the 2021-2022 school year through their SIS ParentVUE account. Directions for viewing course requests online through ParentVUE are below. If you have questions about your child’s course requests, please contact their school counselor. Course requests are a firm commitment. Course request changes will not be accommodated after June 1.

If you or your child have additional questions about high school courses, please contact the Marshall or Madison High School Office of Student Services.

Online Course Requests

SOL Testing Information

Federal and State Education Departments have not canceled this year’s assessments. Given this, Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will take place this spring in FCPS for grades 3-8. Kilmer is in the process of finalizing specific testing dates for students. For initial planning with your family, be aware that we are scheduling testing during the following weeks: 

 

Week of May 10th: Reading tests 

Week of May 17th: Science 8 tests 

Week of May 24th: Math tests

More information is available about SOL assessments at each grade level. For students attending school 100% virtually, school staff will work with families to schedule an appointment for in-person SOL testing. 

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology 

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in April! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8.  

Join us Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. to hear from Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, MA at Oxford, and MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency in general surgery and a fellowship. She previously practiced medicine and taught at Duke University Medical School and Yale University Medical School. She is published in numerous medical journals and books. Dr. Sosa’s research interests include outcomes research, health care delivery, hyperparathyroidism, and thyroid cancer, with a focus on clinical trials. Join us to hear more about a career in medicine and her experience as a surgeon, professor, and now administrator in a large teaching hospital. 

- What sparked her interest in medicine?

- What does she enjoy most about practicing medicine?

- What would she recommend to students who want to pursue a medical career?

- What else would you like to know? 

Parents, register at this Zoom link*: *: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

  *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account! 

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage: https://tjptsa.com/committees/diversity/

What’s on the Shelf: News from the Kilmer Library

April is School Library Month! At Kilmer, we are so grateful to celebrate school library month this year with actual students in our physical library. This is exactly how a school library should be -- an open, welcoming, dynamic, physical and virtual space that works to support students and teachers. Watch YA author and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, talk about the importance of school libraries. To help us celebrate, encourage your own students to dive into all of our resources on Schoology, to sign-up to visit the library in-person, to participate in our clubs and activities, to put books on hold for pick-up, and to connect with the librarians.

Upcoming Library Dates: 

  • Monday, April 12 @ 12pm: Among Us Lunch Meetup / KMS Library Schoology Collaborate Ultra
  • Monday, April 12 @ 1pm: Book Club  / KMS Library Schoology Collaborate Ultra
  • Wednesday, April 21 @  2:15-4:00pm / Cougars @ the Curb curbside checkout / Kilmer Door #3 (Note: we are now doing Cougars @ the Curb every other week)
  • Wednesday, April 21 @ 3:00pm: Social Justice Book Club / Google Meet

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