Kilmer MS Newsletter - November 17, 2023

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane


Kilmer Community, 

Thanksgiving arrived at Kilmer yesterday with the delivery of almost 4,300 pies as part of our KMS Music Department’s annual fundraiser. The cafeteria was a hub of activity after school as students gathered pies in order to make their deliveries just in time for Thanksgiving. A special thanks to Sharon Bonneau, Kevin Sapp, Robert Katz, and all of the parent volunteers who made possible this important fundraiser to support our incredible music programs.

All students received a copy of their first quarter report card today during 7th period and should bring it home to share with their parents and guardians. Additionally, report cards are now visible in SIS StudentVue and ParentVue. 

The next month is packed with events, and it reminds me of why Kilmer is such a great community. Whether it’s a concert from our bands, orchestras, or choirs, a school assembly, or Spirit Week, there are many opportunities for our community to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate the hard work of our students and staff. On behalf of the Kilmer staff, I hope that everyone has a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Our next newsletter will arrive in your inbox in two weeks on Friday, December 1. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.


Steven McFarlane


Kilmer at a Glance


Upcoming Dates:

  • November 30 - Choir Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 5 - Band Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 6 - Orchestra Winter Concert, 7 pm, Marshall HS
  • December 8 - All 8th graders will take the Fairfax County Youth Survey during Learning Seminar

Picture(s) of the Week


Students hard at work in Ms. Arteaga’s Family & Consumer Science class.


Students in Ms. Kouril’s History 7 class participated in a “Mock Trial,” taking on the role of Captains of Industry in the process.


It was a busy afternoon on Thursday after school as students and families picked up their pies from the Music Department’s fundraiser.

Important Information

Federal Impact Aid Survey

If you have not submitted your child’s Impact Aid form, please complete, sign, and have your child return the form to student services as soon as possible. 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,


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 accounts. 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

Lightspeed Parent Report