Katherine Johnson MS - November 18, 2022

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in this issue:

Important Dates

  • Saturday, November 18 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • No Afterschool Activities -  Monday & Tuesday, November 21-22
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, November 30 - KJMS Band Concert 
    • 7:00 PM in KJMS Auditorium
  • Thursday, December 1 - Orchestra Concert 
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax High School
  • Saturday, December 3 - KJMS Festival of Lights & Carols (FX City)
  • Thursday, December 8 - PTA Meeting 
  • Friday, December 9 - Drama Field Trip to Synetic Theater’s 
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break


  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)

Principal's Message


Happy Cool Friday,

Fall has flown in with frigid mornings and cold evenings! But this time of year also means great fun at KJMS. This past week, our Fairfax Pyramid Choral Program was a great success! Our singers raised a collaborative voice that entertained many families and friends as the cool winds blew outside. Tonight and tomorrow, you can stay warm and see the hard work our of theater arts program with the KJMS debut of “Stinky Cheeseman” each night at 7 PM. There are a few tickets available, so act quickly and be prepared to be amazed!


We are also sharing some pictures of a donation to our KJMS Food and Hygiene Pantry. Here is the information on this program, both how to access and donate. Angie Nickisch, club manager for the Fairfax City 4H Community Club, dropped off food donation for KJMS Food Pantry after the 4H kids completed a food drive. We thank them for their generosity, time, and effort. Our students will benefit greatly!


As we approach our short two-day week next week, we wanted to thank you for the wonderful Eagles that you send to KJMS each day. It is an honor that we are able to partner with you in educating Eagles during these two short years of middle school. Each day, our teachers and staff are so thankful that you entrust your most precious family members to our care so that we can play a small part in their education. We are inspired by the growth and accomplishments of our Eagles during this time together. Thank YOU for your partnership and enjoy this time of thanksgiving with your families and friends this season. 


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 for them. Here is the link to see the list of favorite gift cards for each of our staff members. To find a staff, press CTRL + F (Find) and type staff's name and it will go directly to the staff member's name. This is separate from what the PTA is doing.

Stay warm,

Tammy Silipigni

KJMS Talking Points

Katherine Johnson Middle School is now using @TalkingPointsEd to communicate with families directly via text message! This tool will allow all families to receive messages in their home language instantly.

Download the app and learn more about this program here - click below-

Learn More About Talking Points

Strategic Planning

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process

FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28.

Fall Play at KJMS

Tonight and Tomorrow, Saturday


Academic Matters

During the Academic Matters portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Reid discussed the innovative assessment practices happening in FCPS as part of our School Division of Innovation designation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). 

This recognition means that VDOE has approved a plan to improve student learning, educational performance, and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills. It positions FCPS as a state leader in innovative practices with the opportunity to impact statewide policy decisions. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation. 

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)


Credit card orders through Barksdale website only
No Service Fees:
To pay by credit card, visit www.barksdalephoto.com go to
“What are you looking for?”, click “Order Your Yearbook” and enter
0037625YB as the Access Code.

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. 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 Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

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 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:

    • Calendar Survey, Coming Soon!
    • Student Performance in Language Arts (Grades 1-6)
    • Family Engagement Resources
    • School Board Presentation: Academic Matters

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.