January holidays and early release #2


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. 


Amy Miller


January 22 - Two Hour Early Release

Below is the below schedule for Friday, January 22.


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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:

Kilmer 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). 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.