November 11 - Two Hr. Early Release #10


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. 


Amy Miller


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



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: Find passwords on Schoology or by sending a message to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian, at 

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  

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.