Kilmer MS Newsletter - November 10, 2023

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer at a Glance


Kilmer Community, 

Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day and I’d like to honor Kilmer’s veterans: Sharon Bonneau – 9 years in the US Air Force with the rank of Technical Sergeant, Kevin Sapp - 8 years in the US Air Force with the rank of Master Sergeant, and Mark Wease – 4 years in the US Marine Corps with the rank of Captain. A heartfelt thank you to them and all veterans for their service to our nation.

Thank you to the PTA’s hospitality committee, Vicky Feinberg and Neha Desai for setting up breakfast for the staff on Monday during our Staff Development Day. Also, thank you to all the families who contributed and made the breakfast possible. We appreciate your time, help, and contributions.

Finally, please consider taking a few minutes to recognize the talented staff members we have at Kilmer by submitting a nomination for Kilmer Middle School Outstanding Employees. You can complete your nominations through the KMS Outstanding Awards Nomination form. Nominations close next week on November 15. 

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 15 - FCPS Honors nominations close
  • November 17 -  Make-Up Photos. Retake photos will be taken during Learning Seminar and lunch. More information below. 
  • November 30 - Choir Winter Concert, 7pm, Marshall HS

Picture(s) of the Week


Students in Ms. Baxley’s Algebra class had to “solve” a problem by making a mistake. The groups then rotated, and the next group had to identify the mistake and solve the problem correctly. Lastly, the next group had to present to the class what the original problem was, where the mistake was made, and how it was fixed to solve the problem correctly. 


A shout out to Mr. Sapp and his Select Chorus for singing the National Anthem at the School Board meeting on November 9.


Last Friday, students on Team Pegasus participated in the Net Zero Energy Celebration of Learning.  Students investigated the global issue of sustainable development in their science, civics, and English classes. Their task was to design environmentally friendly communities with net zero energy homes and to create a marketing website and presentation to promote their communities to the Board of Supervisors. A special thank you to our panel: Linda Colbert, Mayor of Vienna; Dennis Cotto, Real Estate Developer; Karl Frisch, FCPS School Board Member; John Morrill, Acting Director Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination; and Matt Thornblad, Senior Public Policy and Communications Director for the Rheem Corporation.


Student participating in Kilmer’s After School Dungeons and Dragons club.

Important Information

Make-Up / Retake Photos

Photo retakes will take place on November 17th for students who are new to school, students who did not get their photo taken in September, and students who are dissatisfied with their original photo. Retakes will be in GIR and occur during Learning Seminar and lunch. Students who previously purchased a photo package and would like to retake their photo MUST return their original photo package to the photographer in order to receive a new package. Photo packages can be purchased with this link.

Federal Impact Aid Survey

Students received their Federal Impact Aid Survey form this past Wednesday. If you have not submitted your child’s Impact Aid form, please complete, sign, and have your child return the form to their 4th period Learning Seminar teacher no later than Friday, November 17. Parents can also still complete the form electronically through their ParentVue account.  A visual step-by-step guide to complete the survey is available here. A completed form is required for all students. 

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 If you have questions contact Jessica Rosas-Diego,

1st Quarter Grades

SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card Modules will be unavailable 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 be sent home on Friday, November 17.


Did you purchase your 2023-2024 yearbook yet? Yearbooks are currently on sale!  The regular price of the yearbooks is $45 but if you order by December 1, 2023, you can get your book at the discounted price of $40. Act fast! Once we get the final count of pre-sale books, we may not have any extra to sell at the end of the year, so guarantee yours today before it’s too late.  Click here to Purchase a yearbook

Lexia Update

As part of an FCPS initiative, students will complete 15 minutes of Lexia Power Up or Lexia Core5 in their English Language Arts (ELA) block. Lexia is an evidence-based, computer-based program that adapts instruction to meet the needs of learners in the categories of grammar, word study, and comprehension. With the start of 2nd Quarter, eighth-grade English teachers will begin grading students’ Lexia progress. Grading categories have been adjusted accordingly: Assessment 35 percent, Evidence 45 percent, Practice 10 percent, and Lexia 10 Percent. Additionally, seventh-grade teachers will continue to grade students’ Lexia progress as part of the Practice category.

Thomas Jefferson High School Application Window: October 23rd - November 17

8th grade students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The application is currently available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage. Students must initiate the process before parents can create their own account. Applications must be started by 4 pm, Wednesday, November 15th, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 17th at 4 pm. The application is available on the TJHSST Freshman Application Process webpage. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions.

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

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


FCPS Honors - Nominations Close Soon

Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Awards will close on November 15, 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. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Smith, Assistant Principal, at

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