Kilmer MS Newsletter - April 12, 2024

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer at a Glance


Kilmer Community,

With April being School Library Month and National Library Week this week it is a great time to share appreciation for Kilmer’s school librarians, Gretchen Hazlin and Rosanne Tempesta! Our school community is so fortunate to have two passionate school librarians who are dedicated to creating a welcoming and safe space for all students to explore and learn. They work tirelessly to partner with teachers from every content area to plan and deliver engaging and meaningful learning experiences. Explore all that school library programs have to offer for student learning, and the important roles that school librarians play in the school community. Thank you Ms. Hazlin and Ms. Tempesta!

As always, reach out if you have any questions. 


Steven McFarlane



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. 

  • Thursday, 5/9: Reading SOLs
  • Tuesday, 5/14: Math SOLs
  • Friday, 5/17: Science SOL
  • Friday, 6/7: 8th Grade Field Trip to St. James & 7th Grade Activities Day
  • Monday, 6/10: Guardians (8am) and Pegasus (12:30pm) Team Promotion Ceremonies
  • Tuesday, 6/11: Constellations (8am) and Voyagers (12:30pm) Team Promotion Ceremonies

Picture(s) of the Week


After our Instructional Leadership Team meeting on Monday, some members headed outside to observe the solar eclipse. 

Important Information

3rd Quarter Grades

Today students received a copy of their 3rd quarter report card during their 7th period class.The gradebook module in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE will be unavailable from Friday, March 22 at 4 pm until Monday, April 15 at 6 am. At that time, report cards will be visible in ParentVUE.

8th Grade End of Year Events

Save the date for the 8th Grade Team Promotion Ceremonies! More information will be coming soon. If you need to know which team your child is on, please ask your student. It is also listed in SIS in their class schedule.


Athletic Physicals

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

Lemon Road Volunteer Opportunity

Lemon Road Elementary’s Spring Fair is April 20th. Kilmer Middle School students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with the event. SignUp Genius Link:

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

Course Registration for 24-25

Academic Advising for 7th and 8th grade students is now closed. To see the list of courses your child selected for the 2024-2025 school year, please log in to your SIS ParentVUE account and click on the Course Requests tab. Access directions for viewing course requests here: Online Course Requests. This list of courses is NOT a schedule, but a confirmation of the courses entered into the student information system. 

7th Grade Students: Parents can submit a request to change a course or report an error by contacting a Kilmer school counselor by email. All requests must be submitted by email no later than Friday, May 31. Schedule changes will not be accommodated at the start of the school year. When viewing your child’s course selections, please consider the following:

  • Music placements will be updated after spring auditions are complete.
  • If your child receives special education or ESOL services, courses are subject to change and will be determined based on a student’s English language proficiency level or IEP service hours.

8th Grade Students: Kilmer can no longer assist with changes to high school courses. Please contact the office of student services at the high school your child is attending if you have questions about 9th grade courses.

TJHSST Math Tutors

Beginning March 4th,  Kilmer students will have another opportunity to receive additional support in math. Each Monday from 7:00 am to 7:25 am, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students will be available for math tutoring in the math modular. All Kilmer students are welcome to attend.

Attendance Reminder

Our goal this school year is to partner with families to help minimize the number of days students are absent. We understand each year may present extenuating circumstances that lead to missed days. FCPS has created a Health Flyer for Parents indicating when a parent should keep their child home from school. When planning trips or having your child participate in non-school activities during school hours, please keep in mind that absences add up quickly and these types of absences will be documented as unexcused locally (UNL). The Virginia Department of Education considers students who are absent 10 percent of the school year, or just two days per month, chronically absent. Please review FCPS Attendance Policies and resources to encourage regular school attendance. Parents can also view their child’s attendance record in SIS ParentVUE.


TJHSST Math Tutors

Beginning March 4th,  Kilmer students will have another opportunity to receive additional support in math. Each Monday from 7:00 am to 7:25 am, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students will be available for math tutoring in the math modular. All Kilmer students are welcome to attend.

Middle School Track & Field

Kilmer is hosting its first Track & Field season this Spring as a part of the FCPS Middle School Athletics Program! Practices will be held after school beginning March 12th and held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week (with a possible additional practice on Mondays for field event(s) as the season progresses). 

Track Events

  • 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m

Field Events

  • Long Jump and Shot Put

Track Meet Dates 

  • April 13, 20, May 4, 11

Driving on Wolftrap

We’ve received concerns from the surrounding community about Kilmer drivers exiting onto Wolftrap Rd without checking for oncoming traffic. There have been several near accidents. Please be sure to look both ways when exiting Kilmer’s parking lot and please do not assume that cars traveling on Wolftrap are turning into the Kilmer Parking Lot. Let’s keep our students, families, and community members safe.

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