Katherine Johnson MS - November 4, 2022

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in this issue:

Important Dates

  • November 6 - 2:00 AM - Daylight Savings Time
    • Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour
  • November 7-12 - National School Psychology Week
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Thursday, November 10  - November PTA Meeting; 7:00PM 
  • Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Fairfax Choral Pyramid Concert
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax HS. 
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Friday, November 17 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • Saturday, November 18 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • 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 evening, Eagles,

What a great Anti-”BOO”lying Spirit Week we had this week at KJMS! Next week, we have fun in store with our Career Day Spirit Week. Be sure your child represents future career aspirations well by dressing for success for our Career Day on Wednesday when we will host over 70 speakers on various career clusters. 

We would like to ask for your partnership in helping us take care of our Eagles who may not be feeling well while at school. Here are some pointers to keep everyone safe.

  • Students should not text or call home to let you know they are not feeling well. They should ask an adult to go to the clinic so our staff can reach out to you. We want to ensure that students who are not well are in a supervised environment. 
  • We will call home first from our KJMS phone lines. If we are unable to reach you, we may then ask students to contact you with their personal device as that is a number you will recognize.
  • Students should not return to school until 24 hours of being symptom free and medication free after an illness to minimize the spread of communicable illness.  Let’s keep us all safe by taking care of ourselves. 

With holidays approaching, we know you may want to thank your student’s teachers.  What better way to do it than gifting them one of their favorite gift cards or any you would like to purchase. Next week will add a list of favorite gifts cards for each of our staff member. 

Enjoy the cool weather,

Tammy Silipigni,


Career Spirit Week...


Fall Play at KJMS


National School Psychology Week

The theme of this year's National School Psychology Week from November 7-11, 2022 is “Together We Shine.” The theme’s concepts provide a framework for our schools to highlight both the importance of students’ and staff members’ individual strengths and attributes and the power of bringing together our ideas and actions as a school community. To continued reading click here.

Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night

FLE and Emotional & Social Health will be included in the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum this school year.  There will be a VIRTUAL preview night for both programs on November 14, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend by clicking on this link.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting date. 

Thank you

End of the Quarter SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created. Also, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9, at 6 a.m.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website

Want to Work for FCPS? Subs, Monitors, and Others needed!

FCPS will hold a virtual job fair on November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. FCPS is seeking those interested in positions as substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, student monitors, instructional assistants, public health attendants (PHAs), and public health training assistants (PHTAs) positions. Learn more and register to attend or view current job openings. 

$3,000 Signing Bonus for Bus Drivers

Job fairs will be held for those interested in becoming bus drivers for FCPS on Wednesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lorton Center. Click on the links to learn more, call 571-423-3000, or email driveforfcps@fcps.edu

KJMS Looking for AVID Tutors


Attention families - looking for a flexible and part-time position at Johnson MS? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2022-2023 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at LBShields@fcps.edu. Thank you.

Make-Up/Retake Picture Day- November 10

Barksdale Photo website

Strategic Planning

Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

Fairfax High School Java Coding Lessons

Robotics club at Fairfax High School. Our students will be offering a virtual workshop to middle school students in Basic Java and Advanced Java coding. They are doing this as their fundraiser for buying supplies to build their Robot and pay competition fees. We could use your help to advertise the workshop.  


KJMS Library News...


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Amazon Wish List

Bookings Calendar.

Battle of the Books

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

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Purple Star Schools Support Military-Connected Families
    • $2 Million Grant Supports STEAM
    • FCPS Calendar 
    • Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?
    • Virtual Job Fair

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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.