Katherine Johnson MS - October 21, 2022

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in this issue:

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali Holiday/Student Holiday
  • Thursday, October 27 - Fairfax Pyramid Honors Choir, 4PM-7PM
    • in the KJMS Auditorium
  • Friday, October 28 - 2 hour Release Day (12:15pm dismissal)
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break


  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)

Principal's Message

Good afternoon, Eagle Community,

Happy Diwali to those families who will be celebrating on Monday, October 24, 2022. We hope you are able to connect with family and friends during this time. May your Diwali be full of fun, lights, and sweet treats!

Thank you to all of the amazing parent volunteers who made our 7th grade Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience field trip a huge success! The students had many chilly days on the water at Cub Run and learned lots about our local watershed. Our science teachers did a wonderful job organizing this huge event that lasted all week. Be sure to ask your 7th grader what their favorite part of the day was! 

For parents who bring students to school in the mornings, either by choice or if a student misses the bus, we need to bring a few reminders to you. First, this time of year is very dark in the mornings. Remember, our staff does NOT begin to unload until 7:10 AM to allow staff time to park and enter the building safely without cars moving in the front lanes. Do not allow your child out earlier to sit in front of the school, as they are not supervised, and it is very cold this time of year. Walkers and bike riders should not plan to arrive until after 7:10 AM when doors are open. Parents should pull all the way up in the line as they wait for staff to direct them to unload. Thank you for keeping all staff and students safe.

Our after school programming and tutoring is very successful! We have been in the top 5 of all middle schools each week for attendance with 250-300 kids on late bus days. We are hopeful to be in first place after this week’s totals are calculated. This year, we do have Friday late buses for the first time! Be sure to check your child’s teacher’s stay-late day to get free help. 

As a reminder, please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures were due by September 30. Please complete this form today as we currently still need half of our families to complete this task. Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-934-2400 if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

In closing, get out there this weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall! I recently went to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliance of the leaves is breathtaking.


Tammy Silipigni,


Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid


On October 20, the Student-Parent Survey for Impact Aid form was given to your child during their 9th period class.  Please ask them for the form.  It may be down at the bottom of their back packs.

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. 

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.

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!


We need your help in letting us know about your child's favorite teacher/staff member. 

Please consider nominating them.

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  

Make-Up/Retake Picture Day

Barksdale Photo website


News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAP)

Red Ribbon Week

Not only is Halloween approaching, but October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and Red Ribbon Week is October 23- October 31. Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the DEA, is when young people pledge to live drug-free lives and show their commitment by wearing a red ribbon.  Please click here to continue reading about Red Ribbon Week. 

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.

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

Free Student Bus Pass Program for the Connector and Cue Buses


Did you know that you can now sign-up for a Free Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card at all Fairfax County High Schools and Middle Schools and ride the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE bus for free?  For more information, please contact Julio Dejo at JADejo@fcps.edu.  A parent’s/guardian’s approval signature on Bus Pass form is required for signing up for this program.  Visit Student Bus Pass SmarTrip website.

Schools Adopt Text and Translation Platform

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage.

The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, please contact Andrea Holmes, our registrar at aholmes@fcps.edu.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Applications Opening October 24

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2027 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 24, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST registration website for more information. 

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

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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.