Katherine Johnson MS - January 20, 2023

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in this issue:

Important Dates

  • January 20 - 23 -- VGA Make-Ups
  • January 21 --- Junior District Orchestra Event at Harris Theater at GMU
    • at 3:15 PM - Open to the public & general admission
  • 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 - Third Quarter Begins (EVEN Day- pd. 2,4,6,8)
  • January 30 - Fairfax Pyramid Night for Parents
  • January 30 - February 3 - The Wizard of OZ Auditions
    • The Show will happen on:
      • May 4 (7PM), May 5 (7PM), & May 6 (2PM)
  • February 2- 4 - District Band at Woodson High School 

  • February 8 - 9 - KJMS PTA will be selling Candy Grams

Elective Courses

Hello Eagles! Today was an exciting week for Rising 9th Grade students! This past week, 8th graders learned about Fairfax High School elective courses. On January 18th, students met their Fairfax High School counselors, who presented to students about high school elective options. On January 20th, students attended the Fairfax High School Elective’s Fair in the KJMS Gym, where high school students provided information on different elective courses. With all this information, hopefully students have a better understanding of what elective courses they want to take next year. 


On January 24th, all Eagles will have a lesson about next year. Rising 8th grade students (current 7th graders) will learn about elective and course options for 8th grade, and 8th grade students will be entering their 9th grade courses in Student SIS. 8th graders received a course selection form. Please work with your student to pick 7 courses and 3 alternate courses. On the back of the course selection form, please review the student expectations and parent requirements and sign the form. Students will begin meeting with their middle school counselors the week of January 30th. Course selection forms should be signed and filled out at this time.

All Eagles should think about their interests, strengths, and time commitments as they select classes for next year. There are resources on our website to help you select classes, see the links below. Current teachers can offer suggestions about Honors classes. Once entered in SIS, classes can be adjusted by logging into Student SIS and looking for Course Request. If families have questions about courses or the process, KJMS Counselors will meet with all students individually during January and February. Once locked in February, students can contact their counselor at KJMS or FHS if they want to make updates. Requesting a change in classes must be done before the end of this school year.

KJMS Course Selection

FHS Academic Advising – Current 8th graders Course Selection Timeline

Thank you,

The KJMS Counselor and Administration Team

One More Week - 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. 

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

How to Talk With Your Child About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been
charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for
family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one
another.  The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social
media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on
your child. Read more

Strategic Planning

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count!

Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact strategicplan@fcps.edu.  

IFTA 2023 New Catalog


JULY 5 - JULY 28, 2023 


8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Institute For The Arts (IFTA) Fine Arts Course Catalog and Master Schedule for this coming summer is now available to view.  There are 27 new classes being offered.

Registration begins on February 1.  Limited Tuition waivers are available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Students MUST have paperwork on file with their base school completed.

IFTA Website

IFTA 2023 Master Schedule

For Rising 9th Graders

FCPS Academy Open House Information


Open House Schedule and more information

CTE Summer Academy Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

CTE Summer Academy flier for more information.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with DisabilitiesFairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

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.

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)


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Calendar Reminder


The Lunar New Year (Sunday, January 22) is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids


As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. until Monday, February 6, at 6 a.m.

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.

PTA Spirit Wear - SALE



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:

    • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
    • Draft School Year Calendar Options
    • FAFSA Help

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

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