Kilmer MS Newsletter - June 7, 2024

A message from Principal Steven McFarlane


Kilmer Community,

As you can imagine, with the end of school around the corner, it’s been a busy week at Kilmer. On Monday, I had the pleasure of attending Marshall High School’s graduation ceremony. It was a beautiful event, and I loved seeing all the former Kilmer students walk across the stage. Just as special, were the many current Kilmer students at the ceremony cheering for their older siblings. 

Today was a fun-filled day with our 8th graders going to The St. James, and our 7th graders participating in Activities Day. As you can see from the pictures below, it was a blast. We look forward to seeing many of our 8th graders return tonight for the 8th grade dance from 6-8 PM. A reminder, tickets will not be sold at the door, and students will not be admitted late (past 6:30 PM). There is no readmittance if a student decides to leave the dance prior to 8:00 PM.

Lastly, Kilmer is filled with amazing students. As I’ve highlighted the last few weeks, we began implementing “Positive Referrals” at the beginning of May, and in this short time Kilmer’s staff has written over 450 “Positive Referrals!” It’s truly one of the best parts of my job: watching a “too cool” 8th grader’s eyes light up when they receive one. It’s been a fantastic way to end the year recognizing the countless positive actions and interactions that occur daily here at Kilmer. 

Have a great weekend. As always, reach out if you have any questions. 


Steven McFarlane

Positive Referrals

Here are just a few of the Positive Referrals received by our Kilmer Cougars from staff members this week!

Amith C. - Amith always goes above and beyond on his assignments. He is a leader in our classroom and encourages others to do their best.  

Hanin A. - Thank you for jumping in to help your classmates who were struggling with their mousetrap car project. Your kindness and positivity offered encouragement and support to your fellow students.

Norbu L. - Norbu is one of the most positive students I've ever had. There hasn't been a day where he has greeted me without a huge smile on his face. Norbu's peers love him and ask for him to be put on their teams when we do group activities.  

Simon B. - Simon, you did a really fine job designing, cutting, shaping, and now painting your C02 Dragster. Keep up the great work!

Kilmer at a Glance

  • 6/10: Guardians (8 am) and Pegasus (12:30 pm) Team Promotion Ceremonies
    • Bell schedule:
    • 2nd Period: 7:30-8:50 am
    • 3rd Period: 8:55-9:55 am
    • 6th Period: 10:00-12:00 pm *includes 4 lunches
    • 4th Period: 12:05-12:45 pm
    • Recess: 12:50-1:05 pm
    • 8th Period: 1:10-2:15 pm
  • 6/11: Constellations (8 am) and Voyagers (12:30 pm) Team Promotion Ceremonies
    • Bell schedule:
    • 1st Period: 7:30-8:50 am
    • 3rd Period: 8:55-9:55 am
    • 5th Period: 10:00-12:00 pm *includes 4 lunches
    • 4th Period: 12:05-12:45 pm
    • Recess: 12:50-1:05 pm
    • 7th Period: 1:10-2:15 pm
  • 6/12: Last Day of School, enjoy your summer!
    • Bell schedule:
    • 1st Period: 7:30-8:05 am
    • 2nd Period: 8:10-8:45 am
    • 3rd Period: 8:50-9:25 am
    • 5th Period: 9:30-10:05 am
    • 6th Period: 10:10-10:45 am
    • 7th Period: 10:50-11:25 am
    • 8th Period: 11:30-12:15 pm *Grab N’ Go lunch will be available at the end of 8th period.

Picture(s) of the Week


Many of Kilmer’s former students graduated this week at DAR Constitution Hall. Congrats and best of luck to Marshall’s Class of 2024.


Spanish students celebrated the year’s end by sampling dishes from various Spanish-speaking countries.


One of the great things at Kilmer is our “peer helper” program. A few of Kilmer’s “peer helpers” brought gift bags and a note for each student in Ms. Lal and Mr. Collymore’s class to celebrate the school year’s end.


Our 8th graders had a blast at the St. James today. They played basketball, volleyball, and skeeball. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the close of the school year.


Our seventh graders participated in Activities Day. Students were able to play sports, play trivia games, make crafts, and much more. 

Important Information

Mathematics Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer learning opportunities provide students access to review and support meaningful learning experiences aligned to course objectives in mathematics. Please keep in mind that summer assignments are optional and not graded.  Detailed information has been posted on the FCPS public site: In addition, specific assignments for rising 7th and 8 graders at Kilmer will be posted on the Kilmer website.

Student Laptop Collection


Parents/Guardians must pick-up Medications from the Clinic by June 12

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. More information will be provided through a separate eNotify message.


If your student will be absent during the last week of school, please call the Attendance line at 703-846-8888 or use the link here to report an absence. 

Report Cards

Final Report Cards can be viewed in SIS ParentVue on June 21. A copy of your child’s final report card will be mailed home by the end of June.

8th Grade Parents - Academic Career Plan Verification in Naviance

Each year, your child develops an Academic and Career Plan that supports their growth. This plan helps your child plan for their future. Your child will work with teachers and school counselors to discover their personal strengths and interests. They will also create goals to help them achieve success, plan for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after high school. The development of this plan starts in middle school. Students update their plans during high school as their goals evolve. This plan supports on time graduation as well as college and career readiness. It is required by the Virginia Department of Education. Each student’s parent or guardian must review this plan at the end of 8th grade and again at the end of 10th grade.

You or your child can log into Naviance Student at . Please review the following information together with your child: Results of the strengths and career surveys and personal, academic, and/or career goals. The draft course plan will be completed during Advisory on May 20. Once in your child’s account, click on their initials in the top right corner. Select “Portfolio.” Once you click on the Portfolio, you can view all the work that your child has completed. Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, complete the verification form at . The completion of this form will serve as your signature. Please complete this form by Friday, June 28, 2024. For more information visit and search “Academic and Career Plan.” We encourage you to continue to use Naviance Student with your child to explore college and career options. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.