National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month- learning about cultures, histories and contributions.

A message from Principal, Amy Miller:

Dear Kilmer Families,

It was exciting to join Eighth Grade Civics this week in the library. The students were learning to apply the OPVL structure to sources they were evaluating. OPVL stands for: Origin, Purpose,Value, and Limitations. The sources included print materials, social media, photographs, and websites. In Family and Consumer Science, the students are evaluating recipes and a variety of cooking scenarios as they learn about food safety. Science 7’s aquariums are up and running. Students are learning about food chains and food webs. We are anticipating the arrival of the fish soon. 

We would like to welcome three new staff members to the Kilmer Team: 

 Rasan Murtza : Student Monitor

 Doug Brammer  : Student Monitor

Jill McAfee : Long Term Substitute

Monday, October 11 is a Student Holiday. We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend. 


Amy Miller, Principal

Water Bottles 

Kilmer has three water filling stations around the building.  We encourage students to have a reusable water bottle to fill throughout the day. Water fountains are to be used as filling stations only throughout FCPS this year as part of the layered prevention strategy.

Parent Liaison contact information 

You can reach out to Ms. Espichan through email at or at 703-846-8843. Click here to learn more about the Family Liaison role. 

PTA Reflections Contest

"Calling all writers, artists, photographers, dancers, filmmakers and musicians! Come participate in the National PTA Reflections program which 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 will change the world by..." 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 10/22/21. For more information about the program, go to the Reflections section on the PTA webpage at ("

National Junior Honor Society

Kilmer’s National Junior Honor Society will begin in November.  Candidate Invitations/Forms and Parent Letters were emailed to student and parent accounts the week of October 4. 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 3.7, as of June, 2021. 
  4. Electronic receipt of the completed NJHS Introduction Pear Deck and Candidate Form, with signatures, by the deadline, October 28.


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 pillars 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 reflect FCPS Operational Metrics and guidelines.


Cougars are proud to continue our tradition of service learning at Kilmer MS. NJHS is ready to Make A Difference!