Katherine Johnson MS - January 6, 2023

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in this issue:

Important Dates

  • January 10 - 11 -- Reading Inventory
  • January 12-  KJMS PTA Meeting
  • January 12 - VGA Reading
  • January 13 - VGA Math
  • January 14 - KMJS Band Boot Camp at KJMS (Saturday)
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Holiday)
  • January 17 & 18 -- Math Inventory
  • January 18 - KJMS Virtual Curriculum Night - 6PM - 8PM
    • More details to come in next newsletter
  • January 20 - 23 -- VGA Make-Ups
  • January 20 & 21 --- Junior District Orchestra Event at GMU
  • January 25 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release (12:15PM)
  • January 26 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - KJMS Orchestra Boot Camp for
    • Orchestra periods 3 and 8)
  • January 30 - February 3 - The Wizard of OZ Auditions
    • The Show will happen on:
      • May 4 (7PM), May 5 (7PM), & May 6 (2PM)

Principal's Message

Dear KJMS Families,

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2023 is upon us so quickly! We were so proud of our students upon their return on Tuesday. They were all smiles as they returned ready to take 2023 by storm! Our staff is excited to see what will unfold with our Eagles as 1st semester begins to draw to a close. 

This past Wednesday, our staff was greeted with warm Krispy Kreme Donuts courtesy of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp and their Teacher Appreciation Donut Pop Up. As a community partner, they provided the donuts with Phillis Fleming of Century 21 Redwood. It was a nice treat to start the day! See the collage below for the a peek at the fun. 



In closing, later this month, we will have our Virtual Curriculum Night on Jan. 18 for rising 7th and 8th graders. We are doing this virtually as our school parking lot cannot accommodate the parking for the families of our 1,000+ students. This way, parents can learn about programs, to include watching recordings later if there are two areas of interest being presented simultaneously. Look for other in-person events this spring to get you back into the halls of KJMS. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we enter 2023,

Tammy Silipigni

We Need Your Feedback

We would like to add our KJMS community feed back to add to the packet that will go to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by January 27. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

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

Thank you. 

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Information

Our winter assessment will take place on January 12-13, 2023. Students will be tested in Reading and Math. Only students in high school level math classes (i.e. Algebra and Geometry) are exempt from taking the math assessment. If you have any questions in regard to the assessment, please contact our school test coordinator, Ms. Griselda Mendoza, at gmendoza@fcps.edu.

VGA Reading – January 12

VGA Math – January 13

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited.  Read more...

Informational Event for Parents/Guardians


FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free 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. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at prc@fcps.edu or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing ombuds@fcps.edu. 

Strategic Planning

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.  

Survey of Climate and Working Conditions – February 15 and 17

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in the 2023 Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. KJMS will administer the survey on February 15th and 17th.

The purpose of the survey is to provide schools with information on school climate, safety, and working conditions in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning. The survey is a component of the annual school safety audit which school divisions are required to submit to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), according to the Code of Virginia.

The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate.

Please contact Griselda Mendoza at gmendoza@fcps.edu for any question you have regarding the survey.

Calendar Reminder

Calendar Reminder

Orthodox Christmas (Falls on a weekend this year)

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who they believe to be the son of God. Learn more facts about Christmas from National Geographic Kids.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Preparing For a Virtual Learning Day Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the cumulative learning loss of students during this pandemic and in order to maximize instructional time, FCPS will implement virtual learning for day 6 and beyond in which school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.

The first 5 inclement weather days will continue to be traditional inclement weather days. Following that, FCPS will utilize flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible. Virtual Learning on these days will be synchronous instruction following the Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Schedule which includes a 2-hour delay.

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)


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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:

    • FCPS Building and Renovation Plans
    • Upcoming Webinars for Parents/Caregivers
    • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
    • Academy Open Houses
    • Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

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

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Katherine Johnson MS. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

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.