January holidays and early release #2

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Kilmer Strong No Matter the Distance

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

I hope this message finds you well. This week a cross-curricular Book Title Selection Committee met to begin the work of enhancing the book selection available in the Kilmer bookroom. The purpose of the committee is to select a diverse range of books to enhance instruction and student engagement. This committee will be meeting over the next several weeks to analyze what is currently available in our school and to recommend additional titles. Our goal is to add approximately three titles per student to our bookroom. We are excited for this work and are looking forward to getting our students engaged with the literature we will be adding to our current selection.

The Kilmer Administrative Team enjoyed visiting classes the past two weeks. As we joined some of the small breakout groups it was exciting to see students with cameras on as they worked together. In science, we saw teacher demonstrations focused on density and interesting connections to how density supports the sorting of materials to be recycled. Eighth Grade English students are working on paragraphs with assertions, commentary, and evidence and  it was fun to join Creative Writing class where students were developing “exploding sentences” to add action to their writing.

Next week. we have two student holidays (January 18 and January 20) and an early release day (January 22). On Friday, January 22nd the students will attend periods 2, 6, and 8. They will not attend 4th periods PAWS advisory. Please see below for the bell schedule. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

January 22 - Two Hour Early Release

Below is the below schedule for Friday, January 22.

 

Course Registration Timeline for 2021-2022

 

Yearbook Portraits

We have rescheduled our Picture Day that was cancelled on December 17th to Wednesday, February 3rd from 3-6pm. Lifetouch will send appointment emails to all families as well.  If you did not receive an email, the link to sign up is https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/ct9csxex/.  A make-up day will be held in mid-March. Photos will take place in the gym and hallway with required health and safety guidelines.  All students must wear a mask except when their photo is taken.  Upon arriving at the Kilmer campus, parents should park around the bus loop and remain in their car until their student is finished (~5 minutes). Students will begin the photo process with the Health Screening Station at the school entrance by the trailers at the back of the parking lot. We will have people out directing traffic and showing students where to go. Photo packets can be ordered online on mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID EVTMG9K3D.

Kilmer SPIRIT Days

Let’s start the second semester off right by having some fun and showing our Kilmer spirit with our first official virtual spirit week. We can’t wait to see your school spirit!

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

One site we love is Wonderopolis -- every day, they post an intriguing question and explore it in different ways -- there are thousands of questions available to explore! Everything from “What is Pig Latin?” to “Why Can’t we See Ultraviolet Light?” to “What is Pascal’s Triangle?” and more. Get lost in wonder and inquiry!

Upcoming Library Dates:

  • Thursday, January 21, 5pm - 7pm: Cougars @ the Curb (curbside checkout)
  • Friday, January 25, 1pm - 3:30pm: Cougars @ the Curb (curbside checkout)

Learn more about our curbside checkout service.

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.

 

 

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology offers an exciting way for rising 9th and 10th grade students to spend three days of summer! 

BLAST Summer Program for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Application Deadline: Monday, February 8th

Participating students get to stay in a college dorm and see what campus life is like on-site at one of our three partner universities: Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, or the University of Virginia. Each day of BLAST is jam-packed with science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) activities and demonstrations led by faculty of the university. Students come away from BLAST with a greater sense of curiosity, deeper insight about the variety of careers that exist in STEM, and enhanced readiness for advanced STEM programs.

Use the link above to watch videos from past BLAST sessions. You will find more information about the program, as well as the online application, through the tabs above.

 The BLAST program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

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Update on Return to School plan #1

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A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

I hope you all had a restful winter break. We are excited to see our students back in our classes and to be starting 2021 together. 

This past Wednesday (January 6) Dr. Brabrand sent an update to the community based on the outcomes from the January 5th School Board Meeting. Below are some important points from the communication: 

  • Current community transmission of COVID-19 in Fairfax County remains high. After discussing the plan with the School Board and hearing from many parents and staff, we are going to continue to pause the plan to bring students and staff back into school buildings.  Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2.
  • We will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule until we have a revised Return to School schedule. We will communicate any future changes to the bell schedule in advance. 
  •  Monday, January 11 will remain an independent (asynchronous) learning day for students and a teacher preparation day.  
    • Students will  login into their PAWS Advisory Schoology Site and complete the Google attendance  form that will be posted in the banner. We ask that students do this by 9:30 AM.

During PAWS Advisory this month teachers will engage students in one on one check-in conferences. We are looking forward to hearing from each one of our students. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

Schoology 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, January 15th.

Survey link: Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

Thomas Jefferson High School Application Window

The TJHSST application will open for 8th grade students to apply from February 1 at 8:00 am through February 26 at 4:00 pm. Please visit www.tjadmissions.org   for information regarding the application process and eligibility requirements. Questions can be directed to your child’s school counselor. 

TJ Diversity Talk

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is launching a series of Diversity Talks webinars in January!  This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us to hear from people working in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. What sparked their interest in STEM? What did they study in school? What kinds of jobs do they do? What else would you like to know? 

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m. to hear the first speakers of our Diversity Talk series: Suresh Shenoy, Neena Shenoy and Nikhil Shenoy. Suresh Shenoy, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, is a business leader and philanthropist who has contributed deeply to many aspects of the northern Virginia community. He was executive vice president at Alyx Technologies Inc., a Virginia-based consulting and technology services company. Mr. Shenoy was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. Neena Shenoy is a Mechanical Engineer (Tufts University 1981 and MIT 1985) and founder of Technology & Engineering providing engineering services. She was involved in designing aircraft engines for GE and worked on the Space Shuttle program for NASA designing and installing Special Payloads. She has also provided program management in start up businesses here and in India. Nikhil Shenoy graduated from TJHSST in 2002, MIT in 2006 and the University of Chicago in 2014. After working at Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble, and Kastle Systems, he is now CEO of Colvin Run Networks, a company that he started in northern Virginia to offer artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions to governments.  

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

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

 

Yearbook Portraits

We have rescheduled our Picture Day that was cancelled on December 17th to Wednesday, February 3rd from 3-6pm. Lifetouch will send appointment emails to all families as well. A make-up day will be held in mid-March. Photos will take place in the gym and hallway with required health and safety guidelines.  All students must wear a mask except when their photo is taken.  Upon arriving at the Kilmer campus, parents should park around the bus loop and remain in their car until their student is finished (~5 minutes). Students will begin the photo process with the Health Screening Station at the school entrance by the trailers at the back of the parking lot. We will have people out directing traffic and showing students where to go. Photo packets can be ordered online on mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID EVTMG9K3D

National Junior Honor Society  

Kilmer’s NJHS expects a strong commitment to service from our candidates. Developing a service learning project relevant to candidate interests, collaborating with other NJHS candidates, reflecting on and responding to real community needs are all part of the Kilmer service learning process. By January 20, candidates are asked to complete  the two Stage 1: Investigation Schoology activities and participate in the December 10, 2020, all candidate meeting (or alternate activity in Schoology) in order to maintain candidacy. We are set to move forward into Stage 2: Plan. 

The next all candidate meeting is after school on January 28 in the NJHS BBCU link. Kilmer’s NJHS is ready to Make a Difference!

  

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 in May 2021 for parents, community members and students. Stay tuned for this exciting evening which will showcase NJHS candidates and their service learning projects. More details will be announced in the months ahead.

Kilmer Pantry

Thank you to our community for your continued support of our food pantry. Through your generosity, we were able to provide several bags of food to more than 35 families. 

We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. 

In addition, families are 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). This Amazon WishList includes a list of potential items to donate. 

Donation requests include: pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese. In addition, household items including paper towels, toothpaste, washing machine pods, dish soap and bar soap are also needed. 

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community. 

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

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

Thoughtful, well-developed search skills are so important in this era where information is everywhere. Encourage your student to sharpen their critical thinking and web searching abilities by playing A Google A Day -- an online game in which the player solves a lateral thinking game by searching Google.

Key Upcoming Library Dates:

  • Monday, January 11, 1:00pm - 3:30pm: Cougars @ the Curb (curbside checkout hours)
  • Thursday, January 21, 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Cougars @ the Curb (curbside checkout hours)
  • Monday, January 25, 1:00pm - 3:30pm: Cougars @ the Curb (curbside checkout hours)

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.

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Bell Schedule Update #16

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Wishing you a wonderful and healthy holiday season! 

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Community, 

 

Thank you so much to the PTA and the entire Kilmer community for showing your appreciation of the Kilmer Staff with the December gift card appreciation. Despite the cold rain on Monday, the PTA participated in our drive thru appreciation so our staff could receive their gift cards. Thank you for your generosity and support. It means a lot to us!

 

During the Thursday, December 10th  School Board Meeting, Dr. Brabrand presented the “Return to School Update,” which included updates to when staff and students will return to the building. The proposed dates are January 26th for seventh grade students and February 2nd for eighth grade students. Please note these dates are tentative and subject to change. In addition, the presentation included a proposed change in bell schedule. Since the presentation on December 10th, FCPS worked to improve the proposed bell schedule times. As shared in an enotify sent earlier today, the middle school start and end times will be 7:30-2:00 starting Tuesday, January 12th. We will be adjusting the transition times so that no class instructional time is lost with this change. We will send out the updated full day schedule soon. The School Board is meeting again on January 5, 2021.We will share with the Kilmer Community any decisions that are made following this meeting. 

 

I hope the winter break brings everyone a chance to rest, relax, and recharge. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Be safe!

 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

Mental Health Safety and Wellness tips to share with your child:

Make sure you know what to do if you or a friend needs support over winter break. Not sure if it’s a crisis? Click this link to determine if it is a crisis or concern.

 

If you are concerned about your safety or someone else’s during winter break:

If it’s a life-threatening emergency, always call 911

Get help from a parent/caregiver or trusted adult IMMEDIATELY

DO NOT email or message school staff or wait to tell someone at school

The following crisis numbers are also available to assist you at any time:

 

Asynchronous Mondays start January 4

As we prepare to return students to the building we will be transitioning Mondays to full independent learning days starting Monday, January 4. On Mondays, students will engage in asynchronous work assigned by their teachers. Starting January 4, students will no longer attend the PAWS Advisory class on Mondays. However, we are mandated to take attendance on Mondays so every student will need to login into his/her PAWS Advisory Schoology Site and complete the Google form that will be posted in the banner. We ask that students do this by 9:30 AM.

Winter Break Is December 21 to January 1, 2021

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 21 and ends on January 1, 2021. Synchronous classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Monday, January 4, 2021, is an asynchronous independent work day for students. 

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

 

Kilmer Middle School offices will be closed during the Winter break.  

Grab and Go Meals for Winter Break

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing all students access to meals during the FCPS Winter Break. The following plan will be in place from Friday, December 18 through Wednesday, January 6, 2021. 

Return to School Resources

A Family Guide for 2020-21 Return to School

The information in this guide will help families know what to expect as children return to school. The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school. Please take time to review the information. 

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.

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

If your family needs books over winter break, don’t forget about the Fairfax County Public Library! All FCPS students have LEAP accounts at the public library, making it easy to check out up to three print items at a time for 6 weeks each. A student only needs their name, not a physical library card, to check out materials and LEAP accounts NEVER charge fines or fees. More about LEAP, including information in Arabaic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

And if you’re looking for fun family activities over break, check out Escape Room Kilmer! We’ve pulled together a bunch of free digital escape rooms from around the web -- choose one, work together, solve clues and escape!

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Return to School #15

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Kilmer team prepares and plans for return to school.  

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

Every year, FCPS facilitates an Outstanding Employee Recognition Program. Below are the Kilmer Staff members who have been nominated by their colleagues as outstanding employees. 

Sheryl Jones, Outstanding Teacher

Michelle Lyttle, Outstanding Leader

Charlene Horne, Outstanding Professional Employee

It is an honor to be recognized as an outstanding employee and the work of these employees reflects the hardwork and dedication of our entire Kilmer Staff. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the November Crosstown Cup. We are excited that we had over 400 entries and are proud to have won the cup for the month of November. The competition continues in December so keep logging those exercises. You can find the form here

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller, Principal

Winter Break Is December 21 to January 1, 2021

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 21 and ends on January 1, 2021. Synchronous classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Monday, January 4, 2021, is an asynchronous independent work day for students. 

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

 

Asynchronous Mondays start January 4

As we prepare to return students to the building we will be transitioning Mondays to full independent learning days starting Monday, January 4. On Mondays, students will engage in asynchronous work assigned by their teachers. Starting January 4, students will no longer attend the PAWS Advisory class on Mondays. However, we are mandated to take attendance on Mondays so every student will need to login into his/her PAWS Advisory Schoology Site and complete the Google form that will be posted in the banner. We ask that students do this by 9:30 AM.

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

Winter break is a wonderful time to step back from the screen a bit and pick up a book! We have a few more opportunities for curbside checkout over the next week. Cougars @ the Curb will be open on Monday, December 14 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm and on Thursday, December 17 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. If your child is signed up for student pictures on Thursday evening, why not put a few books on hold and combine it with curbside library checkout? More info on our Cougars @ the Curb program: http://tinyurl.com/courgarscurb

In other news, School Library Journal has released its Best Books 2020 list! Explore a great selection of titles for readers who love everything from picture books to young adult books, graphic novels to non-fiction.

Yearbook Portraits

Please sign up to get your portrait taken. Students have two options to include a portrait in our yearbook.

  1. As noted in last week’s News You Choose, all families received a communication from Lifetouch last week for an appointment on Photo Day - Thursday, December 17 from 3-7pm.  If you did not receive an email, the link to sign up is https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/ckhqrh94. A make-up day will be held in February. Photos will take place in the gym and hallway with required health and safety guidelines.  All students must wear a mask except when their photo is taken.  Upon arriving at the Kilmer campus, parents should park around the bus loop and remain in their car until their student is finished (~5 minutes). Students will begin the photo process with the Health Screening Station at the school entrance by the trailers at the back of the parking lot. We will have people out directing traffic and showing students where to go. 

Order by December 17th on mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID EVTFQNSJC

     2.  We are also working with our yearbook publisher, Walsworth, to use a   downloadable app in order to take portraits with plain backgrounds. This app will also be used to send in photos directly from families. More information to come within the next few weeks. 

Kilmer Pantry

We continue to replenish our food pantry with non-perishable food items for our families in need.  We will have our first distribution to more than 35 families next week.

We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you next Monday, December 14th. 

In addition families are 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). This Amazon WishList includes a list of potential items to donate. 

Donation requests include: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese.

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community and are hopeful to see you at one of our Monday drive thru donation times. 

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

Photos to include in Kilmer’s Yearbook

Did you take pictures of the first day of “virtual” school? Did you have photos of playing with your local sports team? Did you dress up for Halloween?

Kilmer’s yearbook committee has begun collecting photos to include in this year's very unique yearbook. Right now, we are looking for photos of:

  •         First Day of School
  •         Halloween
  •         Playing on a team (soccer, basketball, etc.)
  •         Doing school work
  •         At home projects or experiments for class.

Go to the All Students Course in Schoology and

Yearbook Purchase

Yearbooks are on sale now! Cost is $35 per book.  Follow the link https://tinyurl.com/kmsyearbook2021 to purchase your copy today. Supplies are very limited.

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.

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Kilmer Community gives to Food Pantry at KMS #14

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Thank you to our generous Kilmer community for the donations to our 

food pantry for those less fortunate during the holiday season!

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Community, 

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. It is hard to believe we are just two weeks away from winter break. Thank you so much to the Kilmer Community for the food donations that support our food pantry program. We are grateful to the PTA for partnering with us on the Food Pantry and for all the generosity from our community. 

The county has asked that all middle and high schools identify two work completion days (one odd day and one even day). This is in response to student feedback on the workload. The expectation for the work completion days is that students follow their regular schedule and attend their classes. During class the teacher will work with the students on completing assignments and will not be assigning new work. Kilmer’s work completion days for the second quarter are Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18.  

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

New Attendance Code – UNT

Teachers will begin using a new attendance code, UNT to document students arriving late to class (10 mins or more), leaving class early (10 minutes or more), or not responding or engaging during class. In a virtual environment it is hard for teachers to tell whether a student is present, actively listening, and paying attention in class. Our hope is by using the UNT attendance code, students will increase their communication and engagement with their teachers and peers, and be prompt to class. If your student is having a technology issue that impacts class participation, please have your child email their teacher. We acknowledge that at times students need to step away from the computer or take a break. A teacher will only use the UNT code if a student is unresponsive more than 2 times in one period.

 

UNT is visible in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue under the attendance tab. UNT does not count against your child’s attendance record, but will provide a record for both teachers and parents to accurately see the impact the lack of engagement and participation in the classroom has on student’s ability to show success on their assignments and assessments. Students will learn about this new attendance code on Monday, Dec 7 during their PAWS advisory check in at 8:30.

 

Return to In-Person Learning – Survey Reminder

On Monday, Nov 30 an email was sent to all parents who have selected in person instruction for their student. The current return to school date for in person instruction is Tuesday, January 26 for middle school students. Please see additional information from Monday’s return to school email.

All four days (Tues.-Fri.) of instruction will be led by your child’s teachers. On Mondays, all students will do  asynchronous/independent work while teachers use the day to plan lessons for the week.

  • Students with the first letter of their last name starting with A - K will attend school in-person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and learn from home (concurrently) on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Students with the first letter of their last name starting with L - Z will attend school in-person on Thursdays and Fridays and learn from home (concurrently) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

All parents must fill out this RETURN TO SCHOOL google form to indicate your student’s transportation and food services preferences by December 11, 2020. If you are the parent or guardian of multiple Kilmer students, please fill out one form for each child. We are looking forward to seeing your child soon! We are following recommended health guidance that focuses on student health, safety, and emotional well-being as we bring students back to our school. More information about returning to school for in-person instruction is available in the Family Guide for Return to School.

Please contact Sarah Groh, Director of Student Services at sfgroh@fcps.edu if you have questions about your child’s in person schedule. 

 

Wireless Updates

“To improve connectivity, we recommend that you update the wireless driver on the FCPSON laptop.  Below is a link to instructions on how to do this.  Please note that this update will require a reboot of the laptop, so please plan accordingly.  As always if you run into issues, you can place a ticket on the Parent and Student IT Support Portal found here: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

 

Please remember to restart the FCPSON laptop weekly.”

 

https://kilmerms.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/Instructions%20to%20update%20Dell%203310%20Wireless%20driver.pdf

 

 

Health and Physical Education 

The seventh graders will be starting their Emotional and Social Health Unit on December 10.  The eighth-graders will be starting their Emotional and Social Health Unit on January 5. 

The lessons are online for your viewing by following the directions below. If you decide to opt your child out of a specific lesson, your child will complete an alternative asynchronous assignment during their class time. 

 

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.

Yearbook Portraits

Please sign up to get your portrait taken. Students have three options to include a portrait in our yearbook.

  1. As noted in last week’s News You Choose, all families received a communication from Lifetouch last week for an appointment on Photo Day - Thursday, December 10, Friday, December 11 and Thursday, December 17 from 3-7pm.  If you did not receive an email, the link to sign up is https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/ckhqrh94. A make-up day will be held in February. Photos will take place in the gym and hallway with required health and safety guidelines.  All students must wear a mask except when their photo is taken.  Upon arriving at the Kilmer campus, parents should park around the bus loop and remain in their car until their student is finished (~20 minutes). Students will begin the photo process with the Health Screening Station at the school entrance by the trailers at the back of the parking lot. We will have people out directing traffic and showing students where to go. 
  2. We are also working with our yearbook publisher, Walsworth, to use a downloadable app in order to take portraits with plain backgrounds. This app will also be used to send in photos directly from families. More information to come within the next few weeks. 
  3. “Order by December 17th on mylifetouch.com using the Picture Day ID EVTFQNSJC.”

     

Photos to include in Kilmer’s Yearbook

Did you take pictures of the first day of “virtual” school? Did you have photos of playing with your local sports team? Did you dress up for Halloween?

Kilmer’s yearbook committee has begun collecting photos to include in this year's very unique yearbook. Right now, we are looking for photos of:

  •         First Day of School
  •         Halloween
  •         Playing on a team (soccer, basketball, etc.)
  •         Doing school work
  •         At home projects or experiments for class.

Go to the All Students Course in Schoology and open the purple Yearbook Folder for instructions on how to upload your photos!

Yearbook Purchase

Yearbooks are on sale now! Cost is $35 per book.  Follow the link https://tinyurl.com/kmsyearbook2021 to purchase your copy today. Supplies are very limited.

Kilmer Pantry

The Kilmer Pantry is being replenished to provide non-perishable food items to our families in need.  We plan to begin food distribution in mid-December.

We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you next Monday, December 7th. We will also have bins for donations during our photo days on December 10th and 11th. . 

In addition families are 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). This Amazon WishList includes a list of potential items to donate. 

Donation requests include: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese.

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community and are hopeful to see you at one of our Monday drive thru donation times. 

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

Kilmer’s NJHS: All Candidate Virtual Meeting on December 10

 

Kilmer NJHS Candidates are off to a great start through the five stages of the NJHS Service Learning Continuum with Stage 1: Investigation. All activities and information are located in the NJHS Schoology Course. NJHS office hours are every Wednesday in the NJHS BBCU from 3:00 - 3:30. The first all candidate meeting is in the NJHS Schoology BBCU  on December 10 from  2:30 - 3:30 pm. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join their student in this virtual meeting through the student’s course link.

NJHS is ready to Make a Difference!

Cougars Connect - Student Engagement

We realize how challenging it is to feel connected in the virtual environment and want to have some fun recognizing students making progress to engage and connect in their classes.

What does student engagement look like in a virtual learning environment?

It can look like…

  • using the mic or camera in class discussions and breakouts
  • being responsive in chat discussions
  • consistently participating in interactive class activities (e.g., polls, Padlets and Jamboard)
  • going to office hours to connect with a teacher
  • sending messages to teachers to ask questions

…really any way a student is an active participant in virtual learning! 

Teachers will encourage students to interact and engage on a variety of levels as it fits their classes. Please keep in mind that although we encourage camera use, using the camera is never required. If you or your student have concerns about any barriers to engaging in class, please connect with his/her counselor who can help.

Every month, teachers will nominate one (or more) students for student engagement from each of their classes. There will be a monthly drawing from the pool of nominated students. Monthly winners from each grade will be recognized through KTV and students recognized will be able to choose a reward from a variety of options. 

We hope this is a fun way to encourage student engagement in the virtual environment. 

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

We encourage all students to use our curbside checkout service -- all books checked out from this point forward are not due until after winter break! It’s the perfect time to request a big stack of books! This month our evening “Third Thursday” checkout time is on December 17, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. For more information on Cougars @ the Curb, check out our flyer: http://tinyurl.com/cougarscurb

Upcoming Cougars @ the Curb Dates:

Monday, December 7, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Monday, December 14, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Thursday, December 17, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

On another note, if you happen to be shopping for books as gifts this season, one of our  favorite resources for book ideas for all ages is NPR’s Book Concierge. Need specific recommendations for the Kilmer student in your life? Reach out to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian, at gehazlin@fcps.edu.

Afterschool At a Glance:

 

My Science Olympiad is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students, whether or not they are on a school team. Kilmer is not sponsoring a school team this year. 

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.

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Giving Thanks #13

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Wishing you and your family a joyous Thanksgiving

Kilmer’s NJHS Stage 1 Activities Due December 1

 

Congratulations again, to our new NJHS candidates!

On November 13,  Kilmer NJHS Candidates began their year of service learning with two Stage 1: Investigation activities in the NJHS Schoology Course. These asynchronous activities are due on December 1. Office hours were held  to accommodate questions on 11/17 and 11/19. The first all-candidate meeting is in the NJHS Schoology BBCU link on December 10 from  2:30 - 3:30 pm. 

The NJHS Committee communicates with candidates in the NJHS Schoology Course and students’  school email accounts. NJHS is ready to Make A Difference!

 

Yearbook Portraits

Students have three options to include a yearbook portrait in our yearbook.

  1. As noted in last week’s News You Choose, families will receive a communication from Lifetouch this week for an appointment on Photo Day - Thursday, December 10, Friday, December 11 and Thursday, December 17 from 3-7pm.  If you did not receive an email, the link to sign up is https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/ckhqrh94. A make-up day will be held in February. Photos will take place in the gym and hallway with required health and safety guidelines.  All students must wear a mask except when their photo is taken.  Upon arriving at the Kilmer campus, parents should park around the bus loop and remain in their car until their student is finished (~20 minutes). Students will begin the photo process with the Health Screening Station at the school entrance by the trailers at the back of the parking lot. We will have people out directing traffic and showing students where to go. 
  2. We are also working with our yearbook publisher, Walsworth, to use a downloadable app in order to take portraits with plain backgrounds. More information to come within the next few weeks.
  3. Parents can also send in portraits of their students to include in the yearbook. More information to come within the next few weeks.

Cougars Connect - Student Engagement

We realize how challenging it is to feel connected in the virtual environment and want to have some fun recognizing students making progress to engage and connect in their classes.

What does student engagement look like in a virtual learning environment?

It can look like…

  • using the mic or camera in class discussions and breakouts
  • being responsive in chat discussions
  • consistently participating in interactive class activities (e.g., polls, Padlets and Jamboard)
  • going to office hours to connect with a teacher
  • sending messages to teachers to ask questions

…really any way a student is an active participant in virtual learning! 

Teachers will encourage students to interact and engage on a variety of levels as it fits their classes. Please keep in mind that although we encourage camera use, using the camera is never required. If you or your student have concerns about any barriers to engaging in class, please connect with his/her counselor who can help.

Every month, teachers will nominate one (or more) students for student engagement from each of their classes. There will be a monthly drawing from the pool of nominated students. Monthly winners from each grade will be recognized through KTV and students recognized will be able to choose a reward from a variety of options. 

We hope this is a fun way to encourage student engagement in the virtual environment. 

Afterschool

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. Contact  After School Program Specialist,  Kimberly Kardelis with questions.

My Science Olympiad is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged – at home or at school. This is  open to students whether or not they are a part of a school team. Kilmer will not offer the Science Olympiad this year. 

Kilmer Pantry

The Kilmer Pantry is being replenished to provide non-perishable food items to our families in need.  We plan to begin food distribution in mid-December.

We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you next Monday, Nov, 30th. 

In addition families are 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). This Amazon WishList includes a list of potential items to donate. 

Donation requests include: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese.

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community and are hopeful to see you at one of our Monday drive thru donation times. 

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

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Concurrent Teaching #12

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Ms. Ehsani demonstrating concurrent teaching model. 

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

As we head into the Thanksgiving Holidays, I want to take a moment to let you all know how thankful I am for the Kilmer Community. Although this Thanksgiving will look different for many of us, I am hopeful that we all can find some joy in the season with the people who we love the most.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy Miller

Principal

Attendance

If your student will not be attending classes Monday (11/23) and/or Tuesday (11/24), please call the attendance line at 703 846 8888.  

We will follow the regular bell schedule on Tuesday, November 24..

Afterschool

NO Afterschool Activities Nov. 23rd-27th. *HaHaHoliday Practice will take place on Tuesday at its regular time. 

My Science Olympiad is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged – at home or at school. This is  open to students whether or not they are a part of a school team. Kilmer will not offer Science Olympiad this year. 

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. Contact  After School Program Specialist,  Kimberly Kardelis with questions.

Kilmer Pantry

The Kilmer Pantry is being replenished to provide non-perishable food items to our families in need.  We plan to begin food distribution in mid-December.

We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you next Monday, Nov, 23. . 

In addition families are 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). We will have an Amazon WishList starting next week. 

Donation requests include: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese.

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community and are hopeful to see you at one of our Monday drive thru donation times. 

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

Picture Day

Save the Date - we will have our annual picture day on Thursday, December 10, Friday, December 11 and Thursday, December 17 from 3-7pm.  Please check your email - you should receive a communication from our photographer, Lifetouch, within the next few days with a link to sign up for a picture appointment time. Photos will take place in the gym with required health and safety guidelines.  All students must wear a mask except when their photo is taken.  Upon arriving at the Kilmer campus, parents should park around the bus loop and remain in their car until their student is finished (~20 minutes). Students will begin the photo process with the Health Screening Station at the school entrance by the trailers at the back of the parking lot. We will have people out directing traffic and showing students where to go. 

Parent Schoology Meeting Recording

Thank you to all our parents who attended our Schoology meeting earlier this week. Topics covered included parent access to Schoology, clarity around gradebooks, tracking and reviewing assignments, the Schoology calendar and contacting teachers.   The recording and slide deck are both available on our website

Important Update on Grab and Go Meals: Delivery Times and Some Bus Stop Locations Have Changed

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

As of November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations have changed. The updated bus schedule is now available online. Bus delivery times were changed to accommodate the need for more buses to transport students returning to school buildings for in-person learning.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

Information on scoliosis and methods for early detection.

The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at: 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services 

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

As we approach a time of year when families are accustomed to traveling, many may find they need to reschedule or cancel plans due to the pandemic. While it’s not quite the same as visiting loved ones or exploring new spots, we want to encourage our community to use the Kilmer Library as your travel agent! 

We share a range of different #VirtualVacations that will take you around the world through sightseeing, activities and recommended reading -- all without the cost of airline tickets or a hotel! Climb aboard and travel with us! Check out all of our destinations at http://kilmerlibrary.org/virtual-vacation. And, if there’s somewhere else you’d like to visit, reach out to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian (gehazlin@fcps.edu) and we’ll plan another trip!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)! 

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.             

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

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First Quarter Report Cards #11

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We were excited to see our teachers who came for the drive by to receive a goodie bag and treat!  Pictured: Ms. Miller greeting Ms. Terry and and her puppy BB.

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families,

It was a joy to visit several classes this week. It was exciting to see students engaging in learning about biomes and ecosystems in Science, plot and perspective in English, and learning about Growth Mindset and engaging in discussion about the top ten inventions in Engineering. 

We are looking forward to our Schoology Parent Meeting on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 PM. During this meeting we will share helpful tips about navigating Schoology and how to support your student. We will send the BBCU link for this meeting on Monday morning. 

We are excited about the Crosstown Cup. A friendly competition between Thoreau Middle School and Kilmer Middle School. The goal for each school is to complete the most exercise in a month. Please see below for more information and enter your daily exercise into this form

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

1st Quarter Grading Report Cards

The gradebook module in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue is now open. First quarter report cards can now be viewed in SIS Student Vue and Parent VUE. In addition, Kilmer Middle School will be mailing a paper copy of your student’s 1st quarter report card. If you have opted to “Go Paperless” in ParentVue, you will receive only online report cards beginning 2nd quarter. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary 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. PDF report cards will be visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Any student whose parents/guardians did not select to “Go Paperless” will receive a printed copy in the mail. 

Kilmer Middle School will be mailing a paper copy of your student’s 1st quarter report card towards the end of next week.

Schoology Parent Information Session

We will be holding a parent information session specifically on how to navigate Schoology on Monday, November 16 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. We will send the link out the morning of November 16 via enotify.

 

Family Life Education (FLE): Virtual Parent Preview Of The FLE Curriculum

Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00-8:00. Link will be sent Tuesday morning.

The KMS Health & Physical Education teachers will be available on Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00-8:00 in the BBCU link to review and answer any questions about the FCPS FLE Health Units, which include Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development.

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 <sfgroh@fcps.edu>

If you do not have access to the actual opt-out form, please send an email.

 

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 on Family life Curriculum. You will be able to view the content in more detail.

https://fcps.blackboard.com/   

 

We look forward to joining us in the  BBCU Parents Link on Tuesday, November 17th, from 7:00-8:00 for our first Virtual Parent Preview Night of the FCPS FLE curriculum.

Any questions, please email Ann Mackenzie at ahmackenzie@fcps.edu.

FLE Gatehouse Letter to Parents 

Kilmer’s NJHS Candidate Notifications Emailed on November 10

Congratulations to our new NJHS candidates!

On November 10,  Kilmer NJHS Candidate Notifications were emailed to candidates’ school email accounts  [@fcpsschools.net].  We look forward to starting our year of Service Learning together, with the NJHS emphasis on Scholarship, Citizenship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

Candidates are members of the NJHS Schoology Course. The NJHS Committee will communicate with candidates in Schoology and their school email accounts. 

The first NJHS Schoology assignment is due on December 1. The first all-candidate meeting is in the Schoology BBCU link on December 10 at 2:30 pm. More information will be available soon in the NJHS Schoology Course.

NJHS is ready to Make a Difference!

Fine Arts Department News

Even though we're virtual, we've still got talent!!  Kilmer's Got Talent, our annual talent show will be live streamed on November 13th at 7:30pm, accessed by a link sent to you when you purchase your tickets through a donation.  Come see our talented students sing, dance, and play instruments as they compete for the title of Kilmer’s Most Talented!  Sean Kenny and Nikisha Kozik will be back again with their hilarious jokes and unbearable puns as this year’s hosts!

 

Tickets can be purchased in any dollar amount of your choosing.  This is considered a donation to the Drama department for future events. Tickets are available at kmsdrama.org!

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2543819/kilmers-got-talent-virtual-performance-vienna-kilmer-middle-school-theatre

PTA Reflections Program

Congratulations to Sophia Tzvetanov whose poem and song titled "Share a Song" have won both the Literature and Music Middle School divisions of the 2020 Kilmer Reflections art contest. We are very proud to have her poem and song represent Kilmer Middle School in the Fairfax County level Reflections contest.  Thank you to all of the students who also submitted entries.    

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

Starting this month, we will begin offering THIRD THURSDAYS for Cougars @ the Curb, our curbside book checkout service. What does this mean? We are expanding curbside pick-up once each month to evening hours with the goal towards making this service more accessible to students and families. On the Third Thursday of each month -- this month that’s Thursday, November 19 -- we’ll be open from 5:00pm-7:00pm. 

We also continue to be open each and every Monday from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Watch our promo video to learn more about Cougars @ the Curb! And find all of the details on our flyer

Upcoming Cougars @ the Curb hours:

  • Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday, November 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm

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

Greetings from Afterschool

Activities continue rolling out and more students are joining each day. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment requests, descriptions and the  Afterschool Activities Calendar are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one. Next Week At  A Glance:

 

Kilmer will not host/sponsor a school Science Olympiad Team(s) this year. MY SO (My Science Olympiad) is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged – at home or at school.  We realize students may be eager to begin SO STEM sessions/lessons  and to make families aware of the MY SO  platform opportunities. This is  open to students whether or not they are a part of a school team. This is not a requirement, students in no way have to participate in MY SO.

NO Afterschool 11/23-11/27 (HaHaHoliday practice will take place)

The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate. 

The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis, After School Program Specialist at kckardelis@fcps.edu.  

 

Crosstown Cup

 

Kilmer Cougars, we are getting psyched about the Crosstown Cup! So far, we've had 47 responses from 20 students and staff logging their exercise!! But just imagine what we could do if EVERYONE participated!! 

The Crosstown Cup is taking the place of Crosstown Hoops this year! Instead of a single basketball game, it's a year-long competition! Students and staff are logging their miles and the monthly exercises (November is Squatsvember). We will be comparing our numbers with Thoreau at the end of each month. 

The more often you log your exercise, the more likely your name will be pulled to win a raffle prize at the end of the month. And hey -- we want to bring the Crosstown Cup to the Kilmer office at the end of November! So get out there -- walk, run, crawl -- and do some squats!! Let's claim the Crosstown Cup!!!

Enter your daily exercise into this form

Kilmer Pantry

The Kilmer Pantry is being replenished to provide non-perishable food items to our families in need.  We plan to begin food distribution in mid-December.

We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, beginning next Monday, November 16th. 

In addition families are 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). We will have an Amazon WishList starting next week. 

Donation requests include: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese.

We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community and are hopeful to see you at one of our Monday drive thru donation times. 

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

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)! 

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.             

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

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November 11 - Two Hr. Early Release #10

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Maria Yeager, our attendance office assistant, does an amazing job communicating with our community and families.   Thank you for your diligence and hard work!   

 

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

As we begin the second quarter, I want to take a moment to thank our entire Kilmer Community (teachers, parents, and students) for partnering together during this year. This is a challenging year but what is clear is the commitment of the Kilmer Community. Thank you. 

To kick-off this quarter, the PAWS Advisory lesson will focus on encouraging students to engage in class by using their microphones and cameras on BBCU. We will not require students to turn on their cameras but we do want to encourage it and work to make students feel comfortable with it. 

A reminder that, Wednesday, November 11 is a two hour early release day. The bell schedule for the day is below. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

Wednesday, November 11-Two Hour Early Release

Wednesday, November 11 is a two-hour early release day for students.Students will attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 but for a shorter amount of time. Below is the bell schedule for Wednesday, November 11.

For Fourth Period PAWS, students will check-in with the PAWS Advisory teacher and at 8:45 AM students and teachers will transition to office hours for the remainder of the period. 

Drama Department News

Even though we're virtual, we've still got talent!!  Kilmer's Got Talent, our annual talent show will be live streamed on November 13th at 7:30pm, accessed by a link sent to you when you purchase your tickets through a donation.  Come see our talented students sing, dance, and play instruments as they compete for the title of Kilmer’s Most Talented!  Sean Kenny and Nikisha Kozik will be back again with their hilarious jokes and unbearable puns as this year’s hosts!

Tickets can be purchased in any dollar amount of your choosing.  This is considered a donation to the Drama department for future events. Tickets are available at https://www.kmsdrama.org/

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2543819/kilmers-got-talent-virtual-performance-vienna-kilmer-middle-school-theatre

 

 

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

Did you know that the Kilmer Library offers access to a whole range of great and fun-to-read magazines? From Science World to Girls’ Life to Sports Illustrated to Car and Driver to Do It Yourself and more, we have so many different options! 

Your students can get to our magazine collection through the library’s Schoology page or go to our web page: https://www.kilmerlibrary.org/magazines. Find passwords on Schoology or by sending a message to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian, at gehazlin@fcps.edu. 

Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

National Junior Honor Society

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. 

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 Service Learning Gallery, and subsequent Induction into the National Junior Honor Society. 

NJHS has made accommodations to the service learning process to respond to the current virtual environment.

On October 22, Kilmer's National Junior Honor Society sent eligible 8th graders an email invitation to apply for candidacy, with an electronic deadline of November 3, 2020. 

Students selected as NJHS candidates for the 2020-2021 year will be notified through their school email by November 10, 2020.

To learn more about the application process, requirements and activities of Kilmer’s NJHS chapter, view the NJHS page on the KMS website.  NJHS is ready to Make A Difference!

Schoology Parent Information Session

We will be holding a parent information session specifically on how to navigate Schoology on Monday, November 16 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. We will send the link out the morning of November 16 via enotify.

Greetings from After School

Activities continue rolling out and more students are joining each day. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment requests, descriptions and the  Afterschool Activities Calendar are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one. 

Next Week At  A Glance:

 

Kilmer is not able to host/sponsor a school Science Olympiad Team(s) this year. MY SO (My Science Olympiad) is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged – at home or at school.  We realize students may be eager to begin SO STEM sessions/lessons  and to make families aware of the MY SO  platform opportunities. This is  open to students whether or not they are a part of a school team. This is not a requirement, students in no way have to participate in MY SO.

**Updates for Debate will be posted once confirmed. 

**NO Afterschool 11/23-11/27 

The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate. The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis, After School Program Specilist at kckardelis@fcps.edu.  

Kilmer Virtual Orchestra Video

Kilmer’s Orchestra program presents their 1st Virtual Orchestra video, a spooky rendition of The Abandoned Funhouse by Brian Balamages here. It’s fantastic, give it a listen. It will give you chills. Thank you to Ms. Fogel and all the students who participated. 

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Return to School Parent Sessions #9

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We were excited to welcome our first small cohort of students back to the building on October 26, 2020 

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

This past Monday we welcomed our first small cohort of students back to Kilmer. It was exciting to see the students and have them back in the building!

Thank you to the families who joined us for our Return to School Parent Information Sessions this past week. We have posted the recordings and the presentation to our Kilmer website. 

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

Return to School

Student Health and Safety Document

Return to School Family Guide

We will be holding a parent information session specifically on how to navigate Schoology on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 PM. We will send the link out the morning of November 16 via eNotify. 

Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 are student holidays. There will be no synchronous classes. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller 

Principal

1st Quarter Grading and Report Cards

The end of the 1st quarter is November 2nd.  The gradebook module in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue will be closed from Monday, November 2 at 4pm until FrSat, Nov 7, 2020 at 6am in order for teachers to have the time to complete 1st quarter grades.

 

“Go Paperless” Report Card Option Reminder 

Parents and/or guardians 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. 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. PDF report cards will be visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Any student whose parents/guardians did not select to “Go Paperless” will receive a printed copy in the mail. 

Student All Course in Schoology

The Student All page in Schoology is a great place to keep track of student activities, events and information throughout the school year. Here, students and parents can quickly find teacher office hours (look in Start Here folder), bell schedules, student tech tips, important school wide messages, and the morning announcements. The morning announcements include information on opportunities like NJHS, yearbook, and afterschool activities. Click the video linked below to learn more about navigating Student All and how to find the announcements! 

Video: Parent Navigation for Student All Course 

Schoology Parent Information Session

We will be holding a parent information session specifically on how to navigate Schoology on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 PM. We will send the link out the morning of November 16 via eNotify.

NJHS Candidate Forms Due by November 3 

On October 22, Kilmer's National Junior Honor Society sent eligible 8th graders an email invitation to apply for candidacy.

The Candidate Form must be received electronically by November 3, 2020, in order for the student to be considered for candidacy.

Students selected as NJHS candidates for the 2020-2021 year will be notified through their school email by November 10, 2020. 

To learn more about the application process, requirements and activities of Kilmer’s NJHS chapter, view the NJHS page on the KMS website. 

Kilmer is proud to continue iTs tradition of service learning with NJHS. Cougars make a difference!     

American Math Competition (AMC) 8 Test

There are still a few slots open for the AMC 8 Test.  The Kilmer Math Department will be offering the American Math Competition (AMC 8) to a limited number of students. Interested students should complete the following interest form by using their school google account.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScV_wDp-jt2kYssCBmK-GdukSbrww3i9JEgNiswRN8Go6pELg/viewform?usp=sf_link We are opting for the online version of the test.  The AMC 8 will be open to take between November 10 – 16, 2020. 

For more information you can read it at https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/2020-2021-amc-online-policies. Due to the nature of the test being provided online, students will need to provide a parent email address that is willing and able to proctor/monitor the test.    

For questions on accessing the form, please email Karen Bradford at KBradford2@fcps.edu. 

  

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

It’s a long weekend for your students -- so it’s the perfect time to pick up a few books to read for fun! Even though your kids won’t be in school on Monday, Cougars @ the Curb, our Kilmer Library curbside checkout program is still happening. 

We hope to see you on Monday, November 2!

Greetings from After School

Activities continue rolling out and more students are joining each day. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment requests, descriptions and the  Afterschool Activities Calendar are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one. 

Next Week At  A Glance:

 

 

 

 MY SO (My Science Olympiad) is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged – at home or at school.  We realize students may be eager to begin SO STEM sessions/lessons  and to make families aware of the MY SO  platform opportunities. This is  open to students whether or not they are a part of a school team. This is not a requirement, students in no way have to participate in MY SO.

 

**Updates for Debate and Science Olympiad will be posted once confirmed.

**NO Afterschool 11/23-11/27

 

The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate. The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis, After School Program Specialist at kckardelis@fcps.edu.  

Family Life Education (FLE): Virtual Parent Preview Of The FLE Curriculum

Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00-8:00. The meeting link will be sent out the morning of the meeting.  

The KMS Health & Physical Education teachers will be available on Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00-8:00 in the BBCU link to review and answer any questions about the FCPS FLE Health Units, which include Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development.

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 <sfgroh@fcps.edu>

If you do not have access to the actual opt-out form, please send an email.

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 on Family life Curriculum. You will be able to view the content in more detail.

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We look forward to joining us in the  BBCU Parents Link on Tuesday, November 17th, from 7:00-8:00 for our first Virtual Parent Preview Night of the FCPS FLE curriculum.

Any questions, please email Ann Mackenzie at ahmackenzie@fcps.edu.

FLE Gatehouse Letter to Parents 

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October National Principals Month #8

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                             October Is National Principals Month 

                                     Thank you, Ms. Miller!

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

We are excited to welcome our first small cohort of students back to the building starting on Monday, October 26. The students will start with attending on Monday mornings only. For more information about the Phased In Plan for Return to School, please follow this link to the School Board presentation made on Thursday, October 15. Here is the link to the recording of Dr. Brabrand’s Town Hall held on Monday, October 19 with a focus on the Return to School. As information evolves, I will be sure to share the updates with the Kilmer community. 

As we finish out the final week of the quarter please remember:

  •  refer to SIS ParentVue to see your student’s grades
  • October 30 is a two-hour early release for students (bell schedule is below)
  • November  2 and November 3 are student holidays.

We will be holding a Parent Information Session on Schoology in November. Please help us with the planning of this session by responding to the questions in this form. 

Sincerely,

Amy Miller

Principal

Friday, October 30-Two Hour Early Release

Friday, October 30 is a two-hour early release day for students.Students will attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 but for a shorter amount of time. Below is the bell schedule for Friday, October 30 next week.

For Fourth Period PAWS, students will check-in with the PAWS Advisory teacher and at 8:45 AM students and teachers will transition to office hours for the remainder of the period. 

Middle School 2-Hour Early Release Schedule 2020-21

Friday, October 30

 

 

Start Time

End Time

Minutes

 

2nd Period

7:30 AM

8:20 AM

50 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Period

8:35 AM

9:25 AM

50 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th  Period

9:40 AM

10:30 AM

50 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Period

10:45 AM

11:35 AM

50 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch

11:45 AM

12:15 PM

30 minutes

 

Schoology Parent Information Session

We will be holding a Parent Information Session on Schoology in November. Please help us with the planning of this session by responding to the questions in this form.     We will announce the date and time of the session in an upcoming News You Choose.  

1st Quarter Grading and Report Cards

The end of the 1st quarter is Friday, October 30th. The gradebook module in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue will be closed from Friday, October 30, 2020, at 4pm until Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 6am in order for teachers to have the time to complete 1st quarter grades.

“Go Paperless” Report Card Option Reminder 

Parents and/or guardians 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.

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. PDF report cards will be visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Any student whose parents/guardians did not select to “Go Paperless” will receive a printed copy in the mail. 

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

Earlier this week, we sent out overdue notices to your students’ fcpsschools.net email addresses for books still out from last year. If you have the book(s) and are able to return them, we would LOVE to have them back. We'll even take books back that you may still have out from elementary school -- it's easy for us to get those books returned for you. 

A great time to drop books off at Kilmer is during our Cougars @ the Curb curbside checkout hours on Mondays between 1:00pm and 3:30pm. We have a cart for BOOK RETURNS right near Door #3. And, if you’re returning books, encourage your child to put some books on hold for a fun pick-up at the same time! Learn more about Cougars @ the Curb in our promo video!

However, please know that we absolutely understand that we are in unprecedented times. If you cannot get these books returned to the Kilmer Library, do not worry about them at this point in time. 

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

Drama Theatre News

Did you miss the first round of auditions for Kilmer’s Theatre Sports team?  Good News!! You can still audition!!  Auditions will take place in the After School Schoology Group on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 2:30 – 3:30.  Auditions will be in the form of playing improv games with Mr. Bergen, so come and play with us!  Email Mrs. Kozik at nkozik@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns!”

Greetings from After School

Activities continue rolling out and more students are joining each day. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment requests, descriptions and the  Afterschool Activities Calendar are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one. 

Next Week At  A Glance:

 

The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate.

The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. **Updates for Debate and Science Olympiad will be posted once confirmed. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis, After School Program Specilist at kckardelis@fcps.edu.  

 

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Thank you PTA! #7

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Thank you to our amazing PTA!  They provided teachers with a Kilmer coffee mug and an assortment of candy.     

Pictured: Jo Neuber, Andrew Shatokhin, Michelle Boback and Jen Bishop.   

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

We so appreciate the PTA’s support and show of appreciation for our teachers! Thank you so much!

The Kilmer Afterschool Program is entering its third week and is going well! More and more students are becoming active each day. In our first 2 weeks we had over 200 students log in and participate in our Afterschool Program. Below are a few highlights from our teachers: 

The students that participate in basketball afterschool really want to keep working hard even though we are virtual. One student said, " practice makes perfect anywhere". -Ms. Harris  

The highlight of my after school session, Cookie Crumbs, was the enthusiasm shown by the student participants.  They eagerly arrived and told me they were excited to begin baking.  They suggested types of cookies to make in future sessions, asked for recipes, and added a festive spirit while simultaneously creating cookies. -Mrs. Drumheller

Last week my group of students were so sad we were only meeting for 45 minutes & this week we have a former Kilmer student, currently at TJ, coming to help me out. It was his idea to revive a KMS QuizBowl team. -Mrs. Flanery de Tichoc 

If you have any questions about the Kilmer Afterschool Program, please reach out to Kim Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

SIS GradeBook

The SIS grade book module is now available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue. To view student grades for each course, please view the grade book module.  The students can see grades in Schoology but they are not necessarily accurate because the Schoology and SIS are not synched.  

 

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

Did you know that even though we are still virtual and cannot open our physical makerspace, we still have maker activities for our Kilmer students online? Ask your student to show you the “Explore the Makerspace” section of our Kilmer Library Schoology Course! Help build a collaborative digital mosaic, find resources on coding, 3D design, computer game creating, duct tape projects, origami, and other paper crafts. Or venture into the Kilmer virtual escape room to focus on creative problem solving skills.

Two-Hour Early Release - Friday, October 30

Friday, October 30 is the last day of the first quarter and is a two-hour early release day for students.Students will attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 but for a shorter amount of time. We will send out a bell schedule for Friday, October 30 next week. 

Schoology Parent Information Session

We will be holding a Parent Information Session on Schoology in November. Please help us with the planning of this session by responding to the questions in this form.     We will announce the date and time of the session in an upcoming News You Choose. 

National Junior Honor Society

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will begin again soon, with Candidate Invitations/Forms and Parent Letters emailed to student and parent accounts the week of October 19. Requirements to become an NJHS candidate are as follows:

  1. The candidate must be a member of the 8th grade class.
  2. The candidate must have been in attendance at Kilmer Middle School since at least September.
  3. The candidate must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.70, as of June, 2020.
  4. Electronic receipt of the completed Candidate Form, with signatures, by the deadline, November 3.

 

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. 

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 Service Learning Gallery, and subsequent Induction into the National Junior Honor Society. 

NJHS has made accommodations to our service learning process to respond to the current virtual environment.

Cougars are proud to continue our tradition of service learning at Kilmer MS.

NJHS is ready to Make A Difference!

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

To meet the state requirement for the provision of parent educational information on scoliosis, all Fairfax County Public Schools must provide a scoliosis fact sheet to parents or guardians of students in grades 5-12 within 60 business days of the school start date. 

The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at: 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services 

PTA Reflections Program

The National PTA Reflections program is a competition that encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by providing positive recognition for their artistic efforts. This year's theme is "I matter because..." Categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. There is also a Special Artists division for those who may need special accommodations. The submission deadline is 10/23/20. For more information about the program, go to the Reflections section on the PTA webpage at (kilmerpta.org).

Greetings from AfterSchool

Thank you all for a successful 2nd week of clubs! Activities will continue to roll out over the next few weeks. We are excited to get started and look forward to connecting with students. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment forms are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one. 

The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate.

**Start Dates for Debate and Science Olympiad will be posted once confirmed.

The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu.

Kilmer’s Got Talent

Even though we're virtual, we've still got talent!!  Kilmer's Got Talent, our annual talent show will be live streamed on November 6th at 7pm, accessed by a link sent to you when you purchase your tickets through a donation.  Come see our talented students sing, dance, play instruments, and solve rubrics cubes in under two minutes !  

Tickets can be purchased in any dollar amount of your choosing.  This is considered a donation to the Drama department for future events. These will be available starting November 4th at kmsdrama.org!  Email Nikisha Kozik at nkozik@fcps.edu with any questions!

 

 

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Book Club opportunities #6

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Thank you Mr. Openshaw, our technology specialist, for supporting our students, staff, and community with technology assistance and troubleshooting!

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

This week I began my student roundtables. I met with two groups of seventh grade students to learn about how the year is going, get to know our students, and get student feedback. I will be meeting with two groups of eighth graders next week. I will be holding student roundtables every month. On the morning announcements, I shared with students that they should let their school counselor know if they are interested in participating. This is definitely one of the highlights of my week!

Monday, October 12 is a student holiday in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We hope everyone has an enjoyable long weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

Updating your Settings in Schoology

Did you know that you can set your Schoology account to receive a Weekly Summary of your child(ren)’s Schoology activity?  The summary includes grades for any assignments/assessments in Schoology, lists of overdue and upcoming work, and recent activity.  You can also set an alert so that you automatically get an email if your child(ren) haven’t turned in an assignment by the due date.

To adjust your settings login to Schoology (lms.fcps.edu) using the username and password that you use for ParentVue.  Click on the drop-down menu next to your name in the top right corner of the screen and  click on your child’s name.  Then click on the drop-down menu again, and click Settings.  Click on the tab at the top that says Notifications and adjust the settings to your preferences.  Click Save Changes.

 

SIS Grade Book

The SIS grade book module is now available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue. To view student grades for each course, please view the grade book module. 

The students can see grades in Schoology but they are not necessarily accurate because the Schoology and SIS are not synched.  

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. 

PTA Reflections Program

The National PTA Reflections program is a competition that encourages students to explore the arts and express themselves by providing positive recognition for their artistic efforts. This year's theme is "I matter because..." Categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. There is also a Special Artists division for those who may need special accommodations. The submission deadline is 10/23/20. For more information about the program, go to the Reflections section on the PTA webpage at kilmerpta.org.

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

We are excited to offer two book club opportunities for students hosted by the library! 

Book Chat & Games: We invite students to join us every Monday at 1pm to chat about books and to play book-themed games together! The first meeting of this club will be on Monday, October 19 in the Library Schoology Course / Collaborate Ultra. Reach out to Ms. Carey, librarian, with questions at socarey@fcps.edu.

Social Justice Book Club: Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities. If your child wants to explore these issues further, we hope they will participate in our Social Justice Book Club. Together we will read and discuss topics that we all care about. Help make the world a better place! Our interest meeting is on Wednesday, October 14 at 2:30pm. Questions? Connect with Mrs. Hazlin, librarian, at gehazlin@fcps.edu.

And, even though October 12 is a student holiday, we are still open for Cougars @ the Curb, our curbside library checkout service, 1:00pm-3:30pm that day. We hope that perhaps the holiday makes it easier for some families to be able to come by for a pickup!

Greetings from Afterschool

Thank you all for a successful 1st week of clubs! Activities will continue to roll out over the next few weeks. We are excited to get started and look forward to connecting with students. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment forms are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one.

 

Tuesday

TSA

Animal Crossing

Cookie Crumbs

Dance Fusion

Sports Talk

Creative Writing

SCA

7th Grade Girls’ Friendship Circle

 

Wednesday

Math Counts

Sis

Fitness Dance

Social Justice Book Club

 

Thursday

Science Olympiad

Art

Knitting

Dance Fusion

Quiz Bowl

Latin Youth Leadership en Espanol

 

Friday

Art

 

Students may receive a unique individual link from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to their FCPS Gmail accounts to access club meetings outside of Schoology. We also have partnerships with other middle schools for joint programming. For these clubs, students will use our Schoology Collaborate Ultra to access the Google Classroom Google Meets. Attendance is taken after school  through BBCU.

The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu. The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate. 

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

To meet the state requirement for the provision of parent educational information on scoliosis, all Fairfax County Public Schools must provide a scoliosis fact sheet to parents or guardians of students in grades 5-12 within 60 business days of the school start date. 

The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at: 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services 

FCPSOn

 

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Walk the Block #4

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Starting October 7th parents, students, neighbors are encouraged to walk the block before school starts. This will give students a chance to wake up their brains and fit in a little exercise before sitting down to a day of virtual school. Walks will be held weekly. Schools, neighborhoods or families can register to participate.  More information can be found here https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/transportation-services/safe-routes-school-srts.

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families, 

It is hard to believe that October is already here! As we conclude this fourth week of school, I want to take a moment to thank you for your support as we have started this school year and as we are adjusting to virtual learning. 

As we visited classes this week, it was exciting to see how much small group work was happening. There were multiple opportunities for students to choose the group that best fit their learning style. There were also many examples of students exploring a variety of multi-media resources to engage in inquiry, drawing conclusions, and forming opinions. 

I also want to take a moment to thank the PTA for all of their support of the Kilmer Community. Spirit Wear is always a popular item and we so appreciate the PTA's partnership in organizing the Kilmer Spirit Wear for our students and staff. If you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTA. Please visit the Kilmer PTA website to learn more about the PTA and for membership information. 

Sincerely, 

Amy Miller

Principal

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is acknowledged annually from September 15-October 15. The celebration was created to honor the rich history, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month.

SIS Weekly Progress Reports begin Monday, October 5, 2020

Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020. If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab.  

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. 

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.

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

The Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP)

As of October 1, 2020, all students (PreK-12) in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will have LEAP accounts at FCPL. These public library virtual accounts will allow students to check out up to three print items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals).

Why is LEAP Awesome?

  • A student only needs their name, not a physical library card, to check out materials.
  • LEAP accounts never charge fines or fees.
  • A student can have both a LEAP account AND a standard library account (application online and in library branches). Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources such as eBooks and databases.

More about LEAP, including information in Arabaic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate.

The Afterschool Activities Open House

Students have an opportunity to meet club sponsors on Monday, October 5th from 2:30-4:45PM. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology.  The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kim Kardelis at kckardelis@fcps.edu .

Clubs begin Tuesday, October 6th. Students may receive a unique individual link from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to their FCPS Gmail accounts to access club meetings outside of Schoology. We are excited to get started and look forward to connecting with students.

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