Kilmer MS Newsletter - October 27, 2023

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane


This is a busy weekend at Kilmer. I hope to see everyone at our PTA Fall Festival tonight from 6:30-8:30 PM. Don’t forget cash for food truck purchases. Also, we’ll have Kilmer merchandise, concessions, and popcorn for sale.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Kilmer is hosting the final cross country meet of the year. Our runners have done a fantastic job this season and it’s been fun to watch their progress. Kilmer is running in the early slot, and the first heat will begin at 8:30 AM. Consider dropping by to support and cheer for our Kilmer Cougars.

Next week is the last week of the quarter. If you haven’t already, please sit down with your student and open up SIS together. This is a great way to check-in on their progress and ask questions. Also, next week is Spirit Week. I’ve posted the schedule below, and as a reminder, all spirit celebrations (especially Halloween) need to abide by the Student Rights and Responsibilities, including no masks, face paint or fake weapons. 

I hope you have a relaxing weekend, and as always, reach out if you have any questions.


Steven McFarlane


Kilmer at a Glance


Note: At Kilmer, we have “Green Days ” and “Blue Days.” On “Green Days” students attend periods 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and on “Blue Days” students attend periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 8. 

Upcoming Dates

  • November 3 - End of 1st Quarter; 2-hour Early Release
  • November 6 - School Planning Day
  • November 7 - Teacher Workday

Picture(s) of the Week


Sheryl Jones’ Learning Seminar class took on a project to clean up the area in front of Kilmer’s sign. They surveyed the area, created sketches for a design, and ultimately cleared out the weeds and planted flowers.


Students in Ms. Mattix’s science class considered different perspectives of stakeholders during their conversation about how apex predators (wolves) impact an ecosystem (Yellowstone National Park)

Important Information

PTA Fall Festival

The PTA Fall Festival from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Friday, October 27. The PTA will be showing The Addams Family. There will be food trucks, popcorn, and Kilmer merchandise for purchase. Chaperones aren't required for Kilmer students attending the festival. However, if you would like for your elementary student or high school student to attend this event, please chaperone your student(s) for the evening. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Spirit Week

Kilmer’s SCA, sponsored by Ms. Spracklin and Ms. Mattix, will have our first Spirit Week during the last week of the quarter. We look forward to seeing lots of spirit from our students and staff!


Applications Open for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

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 2028 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).

The application is available on the TJHSST Freshman Application Process webpage. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 17, at 4 p.m.

FCPS Honors - Nominations Open Soon

Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Awards open on November 1, 2023. To submit a nomination for a Kilmer Middle School Outstanding Employee, please complete the nomination through the KMS Outstanding Awards Nomination form. You may nominate one or multiple employees.

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 nomination form has more information regarding the criteria for each of the awards.

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 15, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Smith, Assistant Principal at

1st Quarter Grades

The end of 1st quarter is next Friday, November 3. SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable from Friday, November 3 at 4pm until Tuesday, November 14 at 6 am in order for teachers to finalize first quarter grades. After November 14, First Quarter report cards will be visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. A copy of your child’s report card will also be sent home on Friday, November 17.

Early Release Bell Schedule

We have our first early release on Friday, November 3, and have revised our bell schedule to include a grab ‘n go lunch at the end of the day. The last period has an extra 10 minutes to allow students buying lunch to be dismissed from class on a staggered basis to go to the cafeteria. They will then go directly to their buses or kiss-and-ride. 


Federal Impact Aid Surveys- Please complete through SIS ParentVue

Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid grant funds. Impact Aid is a federal formula grant program designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally-connected students. FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3,000,000 in unrestricted funds from the Impact Aid grant. These funds become part of the school system's general operating budget and are critical to maintaining high standards for educational excellence.

This year, FCPS is pleased to announce that the Federal Impact Aid Survey will be available electronically through your ParentVUE account. For families that do not have access to ParentVUE or prefer to complete a paper form, a printed form will be provided to your student on Wednesday, November 8. A visual step-by-step guide to complete the survey is available here. We need your assistance in identifying students with federal connections to ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of funds from this program. Information provided will be treated confidentially. 

Additional information about the Federal Impact Aid Survey can be found on the U.S. Dept. of Education's website at or on the FCPS website at For questions, contact Jessica Rosas-Diego,

Make-Up Photos

Make-up / Retake Photos will be taken on Friday, November 17 during Learning Seminar and lunch. More information will be provided prior to that date.

Auditions for Legally Blonde JR

Auditions for Legally Blonde JR are approaching next month!  In order to audition, students should pick up an audition packet in G103 as well as fill out the Google Form by using the QR Code on the flier.  More information, including how to be involved with the musical backstage, can be found at


Afterschool Activities News/Updates

After School Activities News/Updates

Each week Ms. Kardelis will post a detailed overview of our After School Program to our website. Please visit Kilmer’s website at to find the weekly After School newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our After School Program please reach out to Kim Kardelis (After School Specialist) at

References & Reminders

Lightspeed Parent Report