Day 1

Virtual Learning - Day 1

Mr. Lindgren's Successful Day 1 of Virtual Learning 

A message from principal, Amy Miller: 

Dear Kilmer Families, 

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

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

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


Amy Miller


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

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

Ask your child:

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

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

Questions about the library? Reach out to Kilmer’s librarians: Gretchen Hazlin ( and Susanna Carey (



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



Monday Bell Schedule 2020

Back-to-School Night

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

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


BTSN bell schedule

Digital Permission Form

Thank you to everyone who has completed the digital tools permission form. We are at a 70% response rate. Our goal is a 100% response rate. If you have not yet completed the online form please do so by following this link: 



FCPS Technology Supports

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

FCPS also has an online portal to support technology needs. The online portal can be accessed here:


tech support 2020

1.  Trouble shooting videos:

Troubleshooting for sound issues on your FCPS laptop

English   Espanol   Arabic   Korean

 Troubleshooting for mic issues on your FCPS laptop

English   Espanol   Arabic   Korean

Troubleshooting for camera issues on your FCPS laptop

English   Espanol   Arabic   Korean


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

3.  Frequently Asked Questions regarding Student Passwords

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

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

  • Will student passwords expire during distance learning?

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

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

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


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Application Process

The TJHSST application window for current eighth-grade students has changed. Information about the updated application window will be shared as soon as possible. Please check for the most up to date information regarding the application and testing process.

Credit Exam for World Languages

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

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE

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

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

Click on this link:

If you do not remember the password:

Click on this link and select “Forgot Password”:   

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


A message from the PTA

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

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

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

If you are in a position to do so, Click Here to join through your P4SS account! If you are more comfortable supporting via a check, the forms along with the details are available on the PTA website.  (

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

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

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

Michelle Boback - President

Jean Lee - Vice-President

Poorani Jeyasekar - Secretary

Jennifer Bishop - Treasurer