Kilmer MS Newsletter - May 3, 2024

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane

Kilmer at a Glance


Kilmer Community,

Starting Monday, Kilmer is implementing a new initiative to celebrate positive behavior shown by our students. Teachers and staff have been encouraged to nominate students who demonstrate exemplary behavior. Every Thursday/Friday, students who have been recognized by a staff member during the week will receive a special note, hand-delivered by an administrator or counselor. Along with the note, they will also receive a voucher to redeem for a reward during lunch on Fridays. Additionally, we will showcase a copy of the note in the Main Hall to inspire other students to make positive choices. 

Also, there’s a lot going on in the next six weeks. Be sure to read below for information on SOL testing, which begins next week, as well as our end of year celebration opportunities.

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. 

  • 5/6 - 5/10: Staff Appreciation Week - On Behalf of the PTA
  • 5/9: Reading SOL
  • 5/10: Music Field Trip
  • 5/14: Math SOL
  • 5/17: Science SOL - 8th Grade Only
  • 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 working hard all year, Kilmer’s Battle of the Books team faced off against 13 other FCPS middle schools at the Cross County Championship held at Lake Braddock Secondary School last week. It was a fun and spirited event and our students represented Kilmer well!


Congratulations to all our Crosstown Kicks athletes that competed against Luther Jackson, Longfellow, and Thoreau this past Friday. 


Students in US History classes were able to participate in a Q&A panel with a World War II veteran here at Kilmer. Students were able to ask questions of Mr. Palenski based on what they had learned in class, deepening their understanding of the experiences of those who served during World War II. The Q&A session is available on the Kilmer YouTube channel

Important Information

Spring SOL Testing

The spring SOL testing calendar can be found below. Details about testing days and changes to the bell schedule will be communicated regularly to students ahead of the testing window. Students will receive information about testing dates, times, and locations in their email account. All testing will begin at 7:30 am on the days listed below. It is important that students come to school on time on these testing days. If a student is absent on their testing day, makeup tests can occur throughout the testing window.  

  • 5/9: Reading SOL
  • 5/14: Math SOL
  • 5/17: Science SOL - 8th Grade Only

If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Kilmer’s school test coordinator, Marileigh Blake, at or 703-846-8844.

8th Grade Field Trip & 8th Grade Dance: Friday, June 7

  • Field Trip, 9:30-1:30pm on June 7: To celebrate the culmination of middle school, we invite all 8th grade students who are in good academic and disciplinary standing on a field trip to The St. James Sports, Fitness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield, VA. Students will receive field trip forms through their Civics class next week, and forms are also available on the school website or in the Main Office. Payment is made through My School Bucks. Completed forms should be returned before May 24 to students’ Civics teachers.
  • 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance, June 7 from 6-8pm: The 8th grade dance is a time for 8th graders to celebrate their time at Kilmer with music, dancing, a photobooth, and dinner. This year’s 8th grade semi-formal will be on Friday, June 7th from 6:00-8:00 pm. at Kilmer Middle School. Doors will close at 6:30 p.m. and students will not be admitted late. There is no readmittance if a student decides to leave the dance prior to 8:00 pm. Attire is semi-formal. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased during the school day, prior to the dance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased with cash during all lunches Thursday, May 30th – Tuesday, June 4th. The theme of the dance this year is Enchanted Forest. If you have any themed decorations you no longer need, SCA would love to use them for the dance! Please contact Ms. Mattix ( and Ms. Spracklin ( with 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

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. More information is available on our website.


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

Remaining Track Meet Dates 

  • May 4, 11

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