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From the Principal's Desk:
Greetings Cougar Community:
Now that October is upon us, you may wonder what PAWS is; this is our intervention / enrichment period. It is a daily 25-minute period for all our students. It is listed as 5th periods on students’ schedules. PAWS is used for five primary purposes:
- Intervention (teachers helping students who are struggling)
- Remediation (teachers going back to reteach students who did not meet learning standards)
- Organization (students organizing their binders, notebooks, etc.)
- Work Completion (students completing assignments, making up assessments, etc.)
- Enrichment (students extending their learning)
A good question to ask your student is, “How did you use PAWS today?” With 125 available minutes at our students’ disposal each full week, PAWS is the perfect opportunity for students to keep up with their academics, get extra support and/or move ahead in their learning.
Have a good weekend!
Attention 8th Grade Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. The survey will be given to middle school students during Social Studies class.
The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs. Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying and harassment, and questions about personal health, and for students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade only, sexual behavior, will be included in the survey. Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety.
Shortened surveys have been created for students with special education needs and/or limited English proficiency to ensure that their voices can also be heard. The shortened version asks students questions regarding their experience at school, their sense of safety, and their knowledge of where to turn for help, if needed. It also asks students questions about bullying, sexual harassment, and other forms of harassment or discrimination they may experience. The students do not put their names on the survey, and no individual information is reported.
You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the opt-out form if you wish to opt out your child.
The survey will be administered between November 6-15, 2019. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youthsurvey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 4, 2019. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the Opt-Out Form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 5, 2019. If you have questions about the survey, contact Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.
Mental Health Wellness Program Reminder
Seventh Grade ONLY
On Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16, Kilmer school counselors, along with our school social worker and psychologist, will be implementing the A.C.T. (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) Mental Health Wellness Program – a depression awareness and suicide prevention program to all seventh grade students. Depending on the period your child has Math, your child will participate in the A.C.T. program on Tuesday, October 15 (periods 1, 2, 3, and 4) or Wednesday, October 16 (periods 6 and 7). The goals of this program are to educate students on the signs and symptoms of depression, to let students know what to do if they have concerns about themselves or a friend, and to connect students who may need support with resources inside and outside of school. Over the last four years, KMS has implemented this program school-wide in seventh grade. The program includes a 25-minute video titled “Time to ACT”. The video highlights the stories of three middle school students and provides simple tips and instructions to help students identify signs of distress in themselves and others and the action steps to A.C.T. - Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. Following the video, all students will complete a brief screening form to assess if further support is needed. Our school counselors, psychologist, and social worker will review the screening forms on the same day, meet with students who identified symptoms of depression, and notify parents. Please keep in mind that this form is not a diagnostic tool. Rather, it is a way of gathering information that may suggest potential concerns. Parents and guardians will be contacted if there are immediate concerns.
For additional information about the program, please reference the parent letter that was emailed on September 23 to all seventh grade parents. To learn more about the Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Program - A.C.T., parents may click on this link to preview a short clip of the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRjAm3b-e_w
Last year, Mr. Hecht was a patient whose illness was being diagnosed by our students.
Kilmer Medical Center - Call for Volunteers
November 7, 8, & 11
Kilmer 8th Grade Health and Physical Education teachers need your help!
- Students will be working in small groups in order to try and diagnose different illnesses and diseases.
- Volunteer patients will be given a set of symptoms and students will need to ask probing questions about the patients to find the answers
- Parents may volunteer for as many different time slots as they can.
- We need approximately 7 volunteers per time slot.
We can’t do this without your help! Thank You!
Marshall HS All Night Grad Fundraiser
Friday, October 11, 7:30 PM
Have a fun family night at Marshall HS and help raise money for the all night grad party! Come watch Mr. Sapp and Mr. Kenney as they and other local teachers compete against the Harlem Wizards on Friday, October 11th at 7:30 PM at the Marshall HS Gym. This fun night will be filled with tricks, hoops, and Alley Oops!
Tickets are on sale now! Buy your tickets here. Order early, there are limited seats available.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the GCM Class of 2020 All Night Grad Celebration.
For every ticket sold to Kilmer students and parents, the Kilmer PTA will also receive a portion of the sales proceeds.
Visit www.harlemwizards.com for more information about this event. Questions? Contact John Windt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Photo Make up Day is November 18th
Absent for picture day? Maybe just had a bad hair day? Then mark your calendars - School Photo Make Up Day is Monday November 18th.
Reflections Submissions accepted until October 18
Entries are currently being accepted in the Main Office for this year's Reflections contest. The theme this year is "Look Within." Just look for the colorful box in the office! Entries are due on October 18th.
For questions or more info, contact Tara Holtaway at Tara.email@example.com.
You can find an Entry form and contest rules here.
Mark your Calendars for Dining for Dollars
Eat out with your Kilmer friends and family at the PTA's Fall 2019 Dining For Dollars Night! The money the PTA raises goes toward our Kilmer programs! Thursday, Oct 17, 2019: 5-8pm Silver Diner - Tyson's *Can’t stay for dinner? Use your Silver Diner app to order your CARRY OUT or DELIVERY order.
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Field Trip
The 7th grade science department will be going on the MWEE field trip to Burke Lake. This field trip will provide students a real-world, hands-on opportunity to investigate the Chesapeake Bay Watershed ecology and the impact humans have on ecosystems. We are looking for parent chaperones to escort groups of 10-12 students; if you are interested, please email your child's science 7 teacher.
Monday, October 21: Moore
Tuesday, October 22: Douthit, Ehsani
Wednesday, October 23: Blake
Thursday, October 24: Mattix, Zemaitis
High School Activities Fair - March 2020
On Friday, March 27th, students (8th grade only) slated to attend Madison or Marshall High Schools will attend Rising 9th Grade Activities Fairs to receive important information about extracurricular activities and learn more about their upcoming transition.
Students will be transported via FCPS bus departing from Kilmer between 9:15-9:45AM, and returning by 1:00PM. Students remaining at Kilmer will follow their regular schedules during this time. Any student that has applied for a curricular transfer must be approved/accepted in order to attend the fair at any school other than their base.
Students attending Marshall will need to either bring a lunch or $3.50 to purchase lunch at Marshall High School. LUNCH PIN NUMBERS WILL NOT WORK at Marshall High School for middle school students . Bagged lunches will be provided for those eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students attending Madison will return to Kilmer for lunch.
Students will not be permitted to participate without a signed Parent Authorization Form, please insure the student’s name is clearly printed on the form. Hard Copies were distributed to students during lunch on September 19th and 20th. Students may submit completed forms in the morning to the Main Office or the Cafeteria during lunch.
Greetings from After School:
After school activities are now underway. Transportation is available to students staying after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, departing at 4:45PM. All students must be picked up promptly and no later than 4:45PM. Late Bus routes are posted in the cafeteria. Please be aware that after school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child's normal school day bus routes.
There are two blocks after school, 2:15-3:30PM and 3:45-4:45PM. Students do not have to stay for the second block and may walk or be picked up at 3:30pm. Students may not leave and return for afterschool activities; they must stay. Students should bring a snack from home, they may also purchase snack from the vending machine after school or during lunch. Parents/Guardians must complete the required Afterschool Registration Form before their student stays after.
10/08 Drama Club (2:15-3:30PM)
10/09 Dungeons & Dragons @E101
10/10 Capitol Debate @G101
Best Buddies @D103
10/15 Talent Show Rehearsal (2:15-3:30PM)
10/16 Talent Show Rehearsal (2:15-3:30PM)
10/18 Theater Sports Competition @Poe MS
11/01 Heritage Night @6PM Students AND Families are invited to share their culture through food, dance, clothing (or Soccer Jersey) & displays
11/12 AMC8 Test (mandatory for Math Counts)
Questions? Please contact the After School Program Specialist Ms. Kardelis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.846.8820
Tuesday to Thursday, October 8 - 10 - 7th grade Vision / Hearing Tests
Thursday, October 10 - PTA meeting, 7pm
Friday, October 11 - Marshall High School Stars vs. Harlem Wizards
Monday, October 14 - Student Holiday
Tuesday / Wednesday, October 15 / 16 - ACT Program for 7th graders
Friday, October 18 - 8th grade Band Night at Madison HS
Monday to Thursday, October 21 - 24 - MWEE, 7th grade science field trips
Monday, November 18 - School Photo Make up Day
The 2019-20 FCPS School Calendar can be found HERE.
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