Katherine Johnson MS - October 14, 2022

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in this issue:

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 19 - SEL Screener
  • Monday, October 17 - Superintendent Community Conversation
    • Fairfax Pyramid - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Friday, October 21 - SEL Screener Make-Ups
  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali Holiday/Student Holiday
  • Friday, October 28 - 2 hour Release Day (12:15pm dismissal)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
  • Monday, April 3-7 - Spring Break- No School for Students

Principal's Message

Happy Fall Friday, Eagle Families,

We have had a wonderful week at KJMS, and all students should have come home this week with their free annual KJMS t-shirt. This year, our theme is a quote by Katherine Johnson, our beloved namesake: “I like to learn. That’s an art and a science.” There will be plenty of Spirit Days in the future for students to showcase their KJMS pride.

Our PTA had a very successful online meeting last night with over 30 attendees! The enthusiasm and ideas from the parents was very encouraging to our new PTA Board. Please look for ways to get involved, such as buying new KJMS Spirit Wear , which is a fundraiser for the PTA.


Also, if you would like to drop off a donation of sealed, small packages of snacks (like nuts, chips, cookies, popcorn, and crackers) that you can get from BJ’s, Costco, or grocery stores, they would be much appreciated. We have weekly staff meetings to review school initiatives and data. The snacks make the meeting much easier on hungry stomachs! Donations can come to the front office. 

The fall season also means it is time to nominate staff members for annual recognitions. See the section below for more information (and links) on how to nominate teachers and staff for this prestigious award. We are proud of the staff at KJMS, and know that parents and students often nominate staff members each year. 

From FCPS, be on the lookout for information soon on the update of the FCPS Strategic Plan. Also, Impact Aid forms will be coming home soon, and your swift return of them is appreciated. FCPS receives much federal funding, and these forms help capture needed data.

In closing, on this Monday, Dr. Reid will continue her Community Conversations with a stop at Fairfax High School at 6:30-7:30 PM. We hope to see you there! Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. Please register to attend at: Registration Link

Enjoy the changing of the leaves,

Tammy Silipigni


Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Reid

Don’t forget -- Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on Monday, October 17,2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. Please register to attend at: Registration Link

We hope to see you there!

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid


Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Katherine Johnson MS (KJMS) Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form links below.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Leader 

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is

Friday, November 4, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Gardiner at eegardiner@fcps.edu  

Fairfax County Youth Survey- 8th Graders Only

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. This survey is only for 8th grade students.

The survey will be administered between November 7 and November 22, 2022, during a time of day determined by your child's school administration. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians on line at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 7, 2022. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, click on the FCPS webpage to access the opt out form.  

Please turn in the opt out form to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2022.

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS students, teachers, and staff at five locations across the county on October 17, 18, and 19. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information


Calendar Reminder

Looking Ahead: Monday, October 24 (Student holiday/Staff Development Day)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Learn more about Diwali.

TJHSST Admissions Information Session

8th grade students interested in applying for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ):

October 17 during TA  – There will be a student interest meeting for any 8th grade students interested in learning about the TJ application process.

There is a video presentation for families available on the TJ admissions website at https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions.

There is also detailed information to read on the TJ Freshman admissions page, including the eligibility requirements to apply to TJ, here: TJ Freshman admissions page

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 4, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at ajmaxey@fcps.edu  or Jennie Choi at jchoi4@fcps.edu

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.