Community Book Talk #4

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Join us for Kilmer's Community Book Talk - September 30

A message from Principal, Amy Miller

Dear Kilmer families,

Thank you for attending the Kilmer Virtual Back-to-School Night this past week. You can view the recordings or power points of the Back-to-School Night presentations by going to the “Start Here” folder for each course in Schoology. 

Next week, the students will engage in a lesson on the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities during fourth period PAWS Advisory. Every year we ask that parents and guardians complete the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form. Please see below for additional information and to complete the form. 

We are looking forward to our next Community Book Talk this Wednesday, September 30, at 3:30 pm.  We will be discussing STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.  

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal 

Attendance

If your child is going to miss all day or part of the instructional day, please call the attendance line at 703 846 88888 or go online at  https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/ and submit the online form.  

Submit a Student Absence Online

Action Needed: SR&R Updates and SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr .  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeU08rMqhUiHZxFMqFtJ1rfWhxZQGhouyqYVn9E92JwG0jGZA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

(All links should be opened in Google Chrome.) The form must be filled out one time per student. Please use this link only for Kilmer students. 

 

Community Book Talk

We will be having our second Community Book Talk on STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi on Wednesday, September 30th at 3:30 PM. If you would like to participate in this conversation, please sign up here.   

 As a reminder, our librarians have developed a website that has many resources. Please know that you are welcome to join the book talk even if you have not completed the reading of the book. We encourage you to explore our library website for antiracism resources. The website can be accessed here

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“Go Paperless” Report Card Option Reminder

Parents can opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless"  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

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

Giving our students access to books is incredibly important to us in the library! Students can easily find eBooks and audiobooks through our online collections with just a few clicks. Check out this video to see how our Kilmer Cougars have a whole library of books at their fingertips.

Also, we know that eBooks aren’t for everyone and that reading a print book is a great way to pull back from the screen a bit. Cougars @ the Curb, our Kilmer Library curbside checkout service is now open for business on Mondays from 1:00pm to 3:30pm! Watch our promo video to learn more! And find all of the details on how to participate in Cougars @ the Curb on our flyer. Questions? Please reach out to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian, at gehazlin@fcps.edu.

News form Afterschool

Afterschool has gone virtual!  All students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file.

 

From 3:30-5:15PM students are invited to meet club sponsors, hear details and ask questions during our Afterschool Activities Open House on Monday, September 28th. Clubs will meet beginning this Tuesday, the 29th at 2:30PM. Activities will continue to roll out in the coming weeks. Students should check their FCPS emails for the Afterschool Group Schoology Code on Monday morning – the session links and times for the Open House will be provided there. They will also be able to access descriptions and /access details.

 

What if you miss Open House? Don’t Panic! Contact kckardelis@fcps.edu  or the club sponsor.  

 

Mondays

All students must log in at 8:30 AM on Monday mornings with their fourth period PAWS Advisory teacher. Attendance will be taken. 

 

Reflections Program 

Submission Due Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

 

Contact: Virginia Lee

 

Review official rules here.  

 

Instructions for Submission: 

  • Click on the link below for the DIVISION (Middle School or Special Artists) and CATEGORY for your entry.
  • Fill out the fields on the 1st page of the form.
  • Submit your entry file via dropbox on the 2nd page of the form.

Middle School Division - Categories:

Special Artists Division - Categories: 

 

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Back-to-School Night #3

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Meet your child's teachers at BTSN!

A message from the Principal:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

We are looking forward to Virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 23, from 5:00PM - 7:00 PM. To join the Virtual Back-to-School Night, parents/guardians will login to their parent Schoology account and access the BTSN link in the banner at the top of each course. Please view this video: https://bit.ly/KMSbstn to see how to access the BTSN links in Schoology.

This week the administrative team enjoyed visiting classes. We had the chance to join elective classes including Band, Orchestra, Chorus and World Languages.  In Art, students were working with zentangles and designs. In English, students were working on friendly letters. Across the classes we visited, we saw many examples of students collaborating together to develop their virtual class norms and expectations of each other and the use of technology.

We look forward to seeing all of our students at 8:30 AM on Monday morning. Students should log into their Fourth Period PAWS Advisory class. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

Action Needed: SR&R Updates and SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the following link:

https://forms.gle/kT6Di29weBYbUJ2K7

 

(All links should be opened in Google Chrome.) The form must be filled out one time per student.

Back-To-School-Night

Virtual Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, September 23, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Families will be visiting their student’s classes to meet the teacher and learn about the course. The schedule for the evening is below. Please note that the schedule does not include 4th Period (PAWS Advisory).

To join the Virtual Back-to-School Night, parents/guardians will login into their parent Schoology account and access the BTSN link in the banner at the top of each course. Please view this video: https://bit.ly/KMSbstn to see how to access the BTSN links in Schoology.

We highly recommend that you try to login to your Schoology parent account before Wednesday, September 23. You can access the Schoology login page by going to http://lms.fcps.edu/ and login with your ParentVue account information. Please note that you will not see the BTSN link until September 23 but we want to make sure you can get into your account before Back-to-School Night. 

 Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. It is important for families to have this information. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website:https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food/bus

Did you pick up your grab and go meal today? FCPS is providing grab and go breakfast and lunch to ALL students Monday through Friday. And you don’t have to pay for it! https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Please share this information with a safe adult who is in charge in your home.

FCPS buses are traveling to different neighborhoods and delivering meals at bus stops. Check the website for the bus stop locations.

Community Book Talk

We will be having our second Community Book Talk on STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi on Wednesday, September 30th at 3:30 PM. If you would like to participate in this conversation please sign up here.  

As a reminder our librarians have developed a website that has many resources. Please know that you are welcome to join the book talk even if you have not completed the reading of the book. We encourage you to explore our library website for antiracism resources. The website can be accessed here.

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

We are super excited to begin our Kilmer Library curbside checkout program! Cougars @ the Curb will be open on Monday afternoons from 1:00-3:30pm and will allow us to get books into the hands of our students. Students can put books on hold through our library catalog or request a genre grab bag of books. Once the books are available, students will receive an email (emails will go out on Fridays to fcpsschools.net accounts) to come to Cougars @ the Curb the following Monday. Find all of the details about this program on our flyer!

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

Email and Text Messaging for Parent Communication

Stay connected with your student’s school.  Email and text messaging is the easiest and fastest way for FCPS to reach you in case of an emergency or to send important information about school. 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) communicates all emergency and essential information to parents via email. The information is also translated into eight languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Information communicated via email includes:

  • School closings and delays
  • Attendance
  • Emergencies at school
  • Low lunch balance
  • Power, phone, or internet outages at school
  • Bus delays
  • Testing dates

When providing an e-mail address to FCPS, please avoid using an educational (.edu-including fcps.edu), military (.mil) or government (.gov) email address. The security settings on government servers often block messages from FCPS. It is a best practice to not use work related email addresses; therefore, it is important to use an email address from another internet service provider such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

Please make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the “cell telephone” fields in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using the weCare@school feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning. Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on their cell phone service plan.

Please view this link with more information.  

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/fcps-text-messaging-parents-and-students

Strategies to Help Students

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Day 1

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Mr. Lindgren's Successful Day 1 of Virtual Learning 

A message from principal, Amy Miller: 

Dear Kilmer Families, 

Thank you for your partnership as we kicked off this school year. The Kilmer staff was very excited to connect with our students. The administrative team enjoyed joining classes and participating in the community builders that were happening in the classes. 

I want to take a moment to thank the Kilmer PTA for purchasing Kilmer t-shirts for all of our seventh grade students. We were able to distribute them during laptop distribution. Thank you to our PTA for your continued support of Kilmer. 

We are looking forward to Virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 23,  from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Families will have a chance to visit their student’s classes and meet the teachers. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

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

Today, all Kilmer students went through library orientation during our PAWS Advisory period. Students worked through a digital escape room as an introduction to our program – they explored the library’s Schoology page and learned how to find electronic books and audiobooks using MackinVIA.

Ask your child:

  1. What’s the best resource in the Kilmer Library?
  2. Where on the Kilmer Library’s Schoology page can you find hands-on activities like coding and crafting?
  3. What are some ways to find books in the Kilmer Library?

We are beginning a Kilmer Library curbside checkout service in the next few weeks – stay tuned for more information!

Questions about the library? Reach out to Kilmer’s librarians: Gretchen Hazlin (gehazlin@fcps.edu) and Susanna Carey (socarey@fcps.edu).

 

Mondays

At 8:30 am, all students are required to check-in with their PAWS Advisory teacher. Attendance will be taken.  During this time, the students will set their goals and schedule for the day. From 9:00-11:30, students can visit teacher and counselor office hours, select students will be in intervention through synchronous instruction, and there will be some enrichment opportunities. Students will have asynchronous assignments to complete on Mondays. 

 

 

Back-to-School Night

Virtual Back-to-School Night will be on Wednesday, September 23, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Families will be visiting their student’s classes to meet the teacher and learn about the course. The schedule for the evening is below. 

To join the Virtual Back-to-School Night, parents/guardians will login into their parent Schoology account and access the BTSN link in the banner at the top of each course. We will send video and print directions closer to September 23.

 

Digital Permission Form

Thank you to everyone who has completed the digital tools permission form. We are at a 70% response rate. Our goal is a 100% response rate. If you have not yet completed the online form please do so by following this link: https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure= 

 

 

FCPS Technology Supports

FCPS has a Technology Help Desk that is open seven days a week from 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM. You can reach the Technology Help desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). Interpreters are available. 

FCPS also has an online portal to support technology needs. The online portal can be accessed here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

 

1.  Trouble shooting videos:

Troubleshooting for sound issues on your FCPS laptop

English   Espanol   Arabic   Korean

 Troubleshooting for mic issues on your FCPS laptop

English   Espanol   Arabic   Korean

Troubleshooting for camera issues on your FCPS laptop

English   Espanol   Arabic   Korean

 

2.  To do a hard Restart of the laptop: Go to Start , select the Power button, and then select Restart.

3.  Frequently Asked Questions regarding Student Passwords

  • Are students going to have to change their FCPS network passwords?

No, students should NOT change their password unless it was forgotten. FCPS will extend passwords, so students who remember their passwords will continue to use their current password throughout distance learning.

  • Will student passwords expire during distance learning?

No, the IT Service Desk will continue to extend student password expiration dates through distance learning.  Students should NOT change their password unless it was forgotten. The only exception is if the student is on-site and directed to change their password by an FCPS staff member.

  • Do students have to go to an FCPS building and connect to the FCPS Wi-Fi in order for the password change to “stick”?

If a student has forgotten a password and makes a change to it, then yes, they will need to connect to FCPS Wi-Fi to sync their new network password with their FCPSOn computer. This can be done simply by driving through the bus lane or walking near the front door of an FCPS building with the laptop and connecting to the network.  However, please note that a student can reset their password and use a personal device to continue with distance learning without connecting to FCPS Wi-Fi.

 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Application Process

The TJHSST application window for current eighth-grade students has changed. Information about the updated application window will be shared as soon as possible. Please check https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions for the most up to date information regarding the application and testing process.

Credit Exam for World Languages

The 2020 Credit Exam for World Languages has been postponed until the spring of 2021.

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE

Student grades are available online through SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE. The gradebook will open on Thursday, Sept 17th for parents and students. Parent accounts from the last school year are still active. 

If you need a SIS ParentVUE account or cannot remember your username:

Click on this link:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/ParentView/index.cfm

If you do not remember the password:

Click on this link and select “Forgot Password”: https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/login_parent_pxp_ovr2.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True   

If you have requested a SIS ParentVUE account, we continue to process the large number of requests we have received and appreciate your patience. 

 

A message from the PTA

With this unprecedented school year underway, we are going to need your help more than ever.

Kilmer parents have been incredibly generous in the past supporting our various PTA initiatives and we are hoping that generosity continues this year.

We are going to begin the school year focusing on how we can support the students and the staff in the virtual environment. We will also be focusing on ways to show our teachers how much we appreciate everything that they are doing. Please consider becoming a PTA member and also donating to the specific categories that we will be focusing on. We will need your support to be able to make all of this happen!

If you are in a position to do so, Click Here to join through your P4SS account! If you are more comfortable supporting via a check, the forms along with the details are available on the PTA website.  (http://kilmer.my-pta.org/)

Please join us for our 1st virtual meeting on Monday, September 21st at 9:30 AM. Details for how to join the meeting will be sent out closer to the date. In order to vote on any agenda items, you will need to be a member of the PTA. All parents are welcome to join the meeting.

If you are currently not receiving the PTA Newsletter and would like to be added to the distribution list please send an email to kilmerpta@gmail.com

Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the PTA board members with any questions or suggestions on how to make this year successful. 

Michelle Boback - President

Jean Lee - Vice-President

Poorani Jeyasekar - Secretary

Jennifer Bishop - Treasurer

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First Day of School - September 8, 2020 #1

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KMS School(ogy) House Rocks 2020-2021

A message from principal, Amy Miller: 

Dear Kilmer Families, 

It was exciting to have so many of our students participate in our Virtual Open House this past Thursday. Although starting in a very different way than some of us wanted or expected, we are excited to kick-off the school year with the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8. 

Included in this News You Choose is bell schedule information,attendance information, resources to support with technology and more. 

Please take a moment to complete the digital resources permission form found here: https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure=

Have a great weekend and we will see your students on Tuesday!

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8. Here is the bell schedule:

Attendance

We are looking forward to having all of our students in class on Day 1. Attendance is mandatory during virtual learning. Attendance will be taken on Mondays at 8:30 am during PAWS Advisory check in and Tuesday - Thursday every period.  If your student is not able to attend virtual classes, please call 703 846 8888 to report your student’s absence or complete the attendance form on the Kilmer Website. https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/

As a reminder, if your student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to watch the recording in Schoology for each class period they missed. Students are also responsible for completing asynchronous assignments. Flexibility with due dates will be granted if a student is sick. 

If your student misses a class period due to an unforeseen circumstance, for example, connectivity issues, please have your student email the teacher to explain why he or she missed the class. Every class session is recorded and posted in Schoology.

Locker Items

We still have locker and PE items that were not picked up this summer.  Please come by on Monday, September 14, between 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm to pick up your belongings.  If you cannot make this time, please email Mercedes Rasmussen (mgrasmussen@fcps.edu).  If we do not hear from you or you do not pick up your items by Monday, September 14, all items will be donated.  

Digital Permission Form

Many of the digital tools your student may access this year require parental consent. FCPS has developed an electronic permission form for the tools that we will be using. Please take a moment to complete this digital permission form which includes an updated list of tools.We ask that you complete this electronic version even if you completed a paper version. Here is the link to the digital permission form:https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure=

FCPS Technology Supports

FCPS has a Technology Help Desk that is open seven days a week from 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM. You can reach the Technology Help desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). Interpreters are available. 

FCPS also has an online portal to support technology needs. The online portal can be accessed here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Laptop Distribution

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We are getting new laptops ready to go for all Kilmer students 

Hello Kilmer Families!

To the families of our 7th and 8th graders: Welcome!  We have so much to share with you. Our staff has been planning and preparing for learning and are looking forward to seeing your students in a few short weeks.

Laptop Distribution

We are excited to let you know about FCPSon, the FCPS digital transformation initiative. Each Kilmer student will get a new laptop, charger and carrying case. FCPSOn provides equitable access to technology and to instructional practices that support students' development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes. In addition, this initiative will support FCPS’ virtual start.

As part of the initiative, all middle school students will be issued a laptop, charger, and carrying case for learning at school and at home. An annual technology support fee of $50 will be charged to middle and high school students. This fee will help ensure students have access to the technology they need by defraying the cost to repair and replace equipment, ensuring all students have the necessary laptops for testing, and providing back-up laptops as a substitute as needed. All students will need access to the same software, which might not be compatible with self-provided laptops. (See link to website below for FAQs.) The technology support fee is included in the superintendent’s FY 2021 Approved Budget and be charged through MySchoolBucks in the 1st quarter. Students who have Free and Reduced status and have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged a reduced rate.

Mark Your Calendar! Our technology team is working hard to prepare student laptops for distribution starting the week of August 17, 2020.  A sign-up genius will be sent out the week of August 10th for you to sign up for a time slot. Health Department Guidelines and social distancing requirements must be adhered to for laptops to be distributed to students. More details and links to required documents will be sent out prior to the distribution.  Please note that any devices borrowed from elementary schools must be returned to that school prior to receiving a device from Kilmer.

Please visit the FCPSOn webpage for more about FCPSOn.

Cougars Connect: A Virtual Orientation

We are developing a website for students and parents that will support the transition back to school. The Cougars Connect Website will go live on Monday, August 10. We will send the link out to the Kilmer community on Monday morning. We will also be hosting a virtual (live) orientation August 24-August 28. The orientation week will include synchronous and asynchronous transition activities. We will send out a detailed schedule of the week soon.

School Supplies

School supply list will be available on the Kilmer MS website by Friday of this week. Please note that some elective teachers may request additional supplies once the school year begins.

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Yearbook Distribution Reminder

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What a fantastic cover created by Ai-Lan - wow! 

Kilmer materials

Did you find any Kilmer materials over the summer around the house (textbooks, library books, calculators, dictionaries, etc.)? Please bring them by on Thursday, July 30th when you come for your yearbook.  

2019/2020 Kilmer Yearbook Distribution

If you already purchased a yearbook:

It’s that time of year. The yearbooks have arrived!

On July 30th, we will be having a drive-through to pass out the yearbooks. Since we have a lot of yearbooks, we are breaking down the distribution based on last name, as noted below:

You should have received an email by Monday, July 27th containing important information, including your yearbook order details and more specific procedure on the drive-by pick-up.

Unable to pick up on July 30th?

If you are unable to pick up your order and would like to have another student/parent pick up your book, there will be a google form in your individual email that you can fill out to let us know.

Still need to purchase a book?

Yearbooks can not be purchased during distribution. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, please email Mr. Prevost at pmprevost@fcps.edu

Any questions, please email Mr. Prevost (pmprevost@fcps.edu)

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Yearbook Distribution

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Yearbooks just arrived! Distribution details to come. 

2019/2020 Kilmer Yearbook Distribution

If you already purchased a yearbook:

It’s finally that time of year. The yearbooks arrived this afternoon!

On July 30th, we will be having a drive-through to pass out the yearbooks. Since we have a lot of yearbooks, we are breaking down the distribution based on last name, as noted below:

You will receive an email by Monday, July 27th containing important information, including your yearbook order details and more specific procedure on the drive-by pick-up.

Unable to pick up on July 30th?

If you are unable to pick up your order and would like to have another student/parent pick up your book, there will be a google form in your individual email that you can fill out to let us know.

Still need to purchase a book?

You have until July 24th to purchase your yearbook online in order to have it included in the distribution on July 30th. Yearbooks can not be purchased during distribution.

Follow the link below to purchase a yearbook.

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

If you miss the July 24th deadline, there will be an option to purchase a yearbook at a later time (TBD) but to ensure you get a copy, make sure to order by July 24th.

Questions, please email Mr. Prevost (pmprevost@fcps.edu)

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and Lost and Found Items #38

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Come on out to retrieve any items that were lost and now found in the building! They are waiting for you.  

Kilmer materials

Did you find a Kilmer textbook in your house? A library book? A calculator? No worries; bins will be out in front of the Kilmer building for drop-offs throughout the summer. Thank you!

Kilmer Lost and Found, Happening Now! 

Items that have been lost during the course of the school year will be placed outside of Kilmer Middle School today from 9-3 for a curbside pick-up.  These items include student clothes or other belongings that may have been lost during the school year.  Items will be placed on tables outside the school building.  If you are retrieving an item or looking for an item we ask

  • You practice social distancing
  • Wear a mask
  • Wear gloves
  • Only touch items you believe belong to you 

Upcoming Dates

 

Tuesday, August 25 - First day of school 2020-2021. 

See full FCPS 2020-2021 calendar here

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Kilmer MS News You Choose and End of Year Goodbye #37

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A special thank you to our faculty and staff going to their next adventures. We will miss you. 

Dear Kilmer Students and Families,

As we bring this year to a close, we wanted to send you a special message from the Kilmer Staff. We miss you! We wish we could have said good-bye in person! Take a moment to watch this video from the Kilmer Staff to you.

https://youtu.be/a9l39vKrtRU

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 2020-2021!

We want to take a moment to say goodbye to our retiring teachers and to thank them for all that they have done for the Kilmer Community.

Rich Erler – Math

Jim McElveen - English

Jan Packnett – Family and Consumer Sciences

Kent Schweitzer – Technology Education

Ingrid Tucker – Student Services

We wish everyone a happy and safe summer. We will send updates throughout the summer as we hear more about what the upcoming school year will look like. Take care of yourselves, your families and each other.

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

Announcements

National Junior Honor Society Gallery Walk and Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to our newest Kilmer National Junior Honor Society members! Kilmer celebrated 124 students at the Virtual NJHS Induction Ceremony on June 11 (pre-recorded).  Our Inductees’ service learning projects are on display in a Service Learning Gallery Wall on Padlet. 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 school and community closures. Student teams worked diligently and with compassion to better their community. Cougars Make A Difference!

Virtual Music and Drama Productions

Though hard work and resiliency, the drama department was able to put together two awesome productions despite the school building closure. One is a virtual Broadway Desserts, a gala of student performances of Broadway songs and the other is a special online performance of The Show Must Go ONLINE. Kudos to Ms. Kozik for her tireless dedication to supporting our students. 

Yearbooks!

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to talk about yearbooks. Due to the closing of school, the yearbooks will not arrive until late July, so distribution will occur at the end of the July with more details to be provided closer to the date.

Distribution will be a drive-by process.  More specific details about distribution will be sent out as we get closer to the date.

There are still yearbooks to purchase. All yearbooks must be purchased online. If there is some reason why you are unable to purchase a yearbook online, please reach out to Mr. Prevost (pmprevost@fcps.edu), and he can provide you with further information on how to purchase a book. Each yearbook cost $40.

You can purchase a copy by following the link below.

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

Yearbooks cannot be purchased during distribution, so please make sure to reserve your copy online today.

Virtual VIP Camp

FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 6th(Glasgow, Holmes, & Poe only), 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Our camp will be a combination of students from the following middle schools: Glasgow, Holmes, Jackson, Kilmer, Poe, and Thoreau. 

Camp Days and Hours

VIP Camps will be offering virtual activities Mondays through Thursdays beginning Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 30.

Program offerings will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous activities will be scheduled throughout the day during the 9:00 am – 3:00PM time frame.

Synchronous – staff and students are online working together at the same time

Asynchronous – activities that students can work on at any time

Registration Form Instructions

Staffing for VIP Summer Teen Programs: VIP camps are staffed by the FCPS After-School Program Specialists (ASPS) and staff, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) staff, and other county agencies.

Kilmer materials

Did you find a Kilmer textbook in your house? A library book? A calculator? No worries; bins will be out in front of the Kilmer building for drop-offs throughout the summer. Thank you!

Kilmer Lost and Found, June 16, 9-3

Items that have been lost during the course of the school year will be placed outside of Kilmer Middle School on Tuesday, June 16 from 9-3 for a curbside pick-up.  These items include student clothes or other belongings that may have been lost during the school year.  Items will be placed on tables outside the school building.  If you are retrieving an item or looking for an item we ask

  • You practice social distancing
  • Wear a mask
  • Wear gloves
  • Only touch items you believe belong to you

Additionally if you have items that belong to Kilmer Middle school, text books, library books, graphing calculators, English department books please place in bins outside of school. 

Final Grades & Report Cards

As a reminder, all fourth quarter grades will be No Mark (NM). In addition, there will be no final exams and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year. Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (for example: B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of fourth quarter learning.

A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:

Average of Quarters 1, 2, & 3

Average of Quarters 1, 2, & 3 plus 1 grade distribution increase for final mark (see example above)*

1st Semester Grade

1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase for final mark (see example above)*

Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Final grades will be available in ParentVUE on June 13, 2020; and report cards will be centrally mailed to all families, except those who have opted for paperless report cards.

FCPS Academic and Career Plan 2019-20

Your student has been working on his/her Academic and Career Plan (ACP) through Naviance Student, throughout the school year. During this period of distance learning, we encourage you to use Naviance Student with your child to explore college and career options.   Students and parents/guardians can view the ACP by logging onto Naviance Student together to explore the resources and exploratory activities.  You can do this by logging onto Blackboard (Parent or Student account) and then clicking on Naviance Student. Once in Naviance Student, click on the About Me tab, scroll down, and click Portfolio.

Please review your student’s Academic and Career Plan progress in Naviance Student and complete this Google form as verification by Wednesday, July 10, 2020.

If you have any questions about your student’s ACP please email his/her counselor.  For more information about the FCPS Academic and Career Plan program, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website

Option to Expunge High School Courses

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.

In 7th or 8th grade, parents may request that a student's high school mathematics, or world language course be expunged after the completion of the school year. Once the course is expunged from a high school transcript, the final grade will not be calculated into a student’s high school GPA.

The “Request to Expunge High School Courses taken in Middle School” form must be submitted to the student's middle school (7th graders) or high school (8th graders) counselor before the beginning of the second quarter of the next school year. Below is the link to the Request to Expunge High School Courses taken in Middle School form. Further information is on page 2.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf  

If your child plans to expunge a high school credit course, please complete the form and attach by email to Sarah Groh (sfgroh@fcps.edu), Director of Student Services at Kilmer Middle School and Cindy Blakeley (CABlakeley@fcps.edu), Director of Student Services at Marshall High School (8th grade students only).  If you have further questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.

Marshall High School Fall Sports

Marshall HS would like to invite all rising 9th graders interested in participating in a Fall Sport to join our Fall Sports Google Classroom.  It can be joined using the code: s3qlp42 in the FCPS Google Classroom app. More information is here

Staff and Faculty Recognition

Is there a staff member at Kilmer who has gone above and beyond? FCPS Cares is an opportunity to recognize these people and show others they care. You can submit your story here and read other stories of FCPS people who care.

Upcoming Dates

 

Tuesday, August 25 - First day of school 2020-2021. 

See full FCPS 2020-2021 calendar here

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