Thank you PTA! #7


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 


Amy Miller


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: 

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 (

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

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!  Email Nikisha Kozik at with any questions!