Katherine Johnson MS - January 27, 2023

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in this issue: Important Dates

KJMS Event Calendar

  • January 30 - Third Quarter Begins (EVEN Day- pd. 2,4,6,8)
  • January 30 - Fairfax Pyramid Night for Parents
  • January 30 - February 3 - The Wizard of OZ Auditions
    • The Show will happen on:
      • May 4 (7PM), May 5 (7PM), & May 6 (2PM)
  • February 2- 4 -- District Band at Woodson High School 
  • February 8 - 9 -- KJMS PTA will be selling Candy Grams
  • February 9 - KJMS PTA Meeting (Zoom Link)
  • February 10-11 -- District Chorus (selected Students Only) 
    • at West Springfield HS
  • February 15-17 - Virginia School Survey of Climate & Working Conditions

  • February 20 - Presidents' Day (No School)
  • February 22 - Orchestra Pre-Assessment Concert 
    • at KJMS - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Snow date: February 28 at FHS
Semester 2 Information

Good evening KJMS Families,

Welcome to the end of Semester 1! We did it! Good things lie ahead for Semester 2, maybe even great things as we continue to partner together to support all students. Course selection season runs through the month of February, and we wanted to take a moment to explain how we can work together to help your student end the year strong and find success next year.

To get ready for next year, we load the base courses for rising 8th graders into SIS StudentVue which includes Algebra in alignment with the proposed FCPS goal of enrolling all 8th graders into Algebra or Algebra Honors in the 8th grade. You may be wondering if that class is the right fit for your student next year. Connecting with your child's math teacher now and in the spring can be informative. Counselors will also meet with all 7th and 8th graders in February for an Academic Advising session and to answer questions about classes for next year. In addition, here are a few tips for ALL KJMS Eagles to make sure Semester 2 is successful:

How can you help your child complete work and engage in school? 

  • Ask what is working well and what they need help with to do better. 
  • Ask about their day and listen to what they say about success and stressors. 
  • Acknowledge all successes, large and small, to help build your child’s confidence. 
  • Help your child see the connection between effort and success. 

Are there any Routines/Structures we can implement at home?

  • Schedule 1 to 2 hours a night for homework. 
  • Ensure your child has a quiet place to study and complete homework. 
  • Check your child’s Schoology and SIS student account every night. 
  • Check to see that homework has been completed each night and is in the backpack, ready to turn in or has been submitted in Schoology. 
  • Actively study with your child before tests and quizzes. 
  • Encourage independent reading of choice books, magazines, and online resources. 

What are some Home and School Connections that we can access? 

  • Encourage your child to stay after school for additional help - see our website for teacher after school dates, or ask your student’s teacher or counselor about staying after school. 
  • Monitor your child’s attendance to ensure he/she attends school every day and is on time to all classes. 
  • Communicate with teachers via e-mail or by phone. Check the class syllabus on Schoology for contact information. 
  • Call your child’s counselor and schedule a parent conference. 

Here at KJMS, we analyze multiple data points to determine where and how we can best support students during the school day.  We consider the following supports:

  • additional assistance during Learning Seminar and/or after school, 
  • intervention programs targeting specific courses and learning needs, and
  • individual or small group counseling as appropriate.

By entering Semester 2 with a plan for success, we can help all students be ready for what comes next. To be ready for the 23-24 school year, elective courses need to be finalized in SIS StudentVue no later than March. We do have the flexibility to adjust the rigor level of core classes through the spring and even up to the last day of school if you are not yet sure about taking advanced classes. Benchmarks and data points such as the SOL will be available in April and May, and these can help us fine tune course selections for the 23-24 school year. 

Thanks for allowing us to partner with you during this time of adolescence. 

-The KJMS Admin and Counseling Teams

New Text-to-Speech

Text-to-Speech Available on FCPS Websites

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

School Year Calendar Feedback Needed

We Want Your Feedback! Draft 2023-24 School Year Calendar OptionsYour feedback is important! FCPS is seeking community feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts by filling out this form. The form will be open through Tuesday, January 31, 1 p.m. 

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Survey of Climate and Working Conditions – February 15 and 17

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in the 2023 Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. KJMS will administer the survey on February 15th and 17th.

The purpose of the survey is to provide schools with information on school climate, safety, and working conditions in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning. The survey is a component of the annual school safety audit which school divisions are required to submit to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), according to the Code of Virginia.

The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate.

Please contact Griselda Mendoza at [email protected] for any question you have regarding the survey.

Preparing For a Virtual Learning Day Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the cumulative learning loss of students during this pandemic and in order to maximize instructional time, FCPS will implement virtual learning for day 6 and beyond in which school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.

The first 5 inclement weather days will continue to be traditional inclement weather days. Following that, FCPS will utilize flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible. Virtual Learning on these days will be synchronous instruction following the Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Schedule which includes a 2-hour delay.

In The Library

In the first semester, KJMS students & teachers have borrowed: 

11,231 books. 

That’s nearly 10 books per reader.

The 7th grade is still reading MORE than 8th grade.

Biggest readers: Mr. Curran’s 8th Period with 27 checkouts per student!

Most popular series: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Hahn

Currently overdue:

395 library books

The winners of our first Overdue Book Return Competition are the Highlanders and the Hokies! Our MVP Teacher is Ms. Radja, who rounded up an incredible 95% of her students’ overdues in two weeks.

Please keep reminding students to return or renew their books on time. This helps ensure that everyone has access to the books they want.

Other News:

Battle of the Books

Meets after school on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30. Each participant will read 4 (or more) of the 16 competition books. We will spend our meetings team building and practicing for the inter-school competition on May 31. Questions? Email Ms. Carmichael at [email protected].

Lunchtime Parent Volunteers

Lunchtime is the busiest time of day in our library. We are seeking parent volunteers to help supervise students having fun in the library between 10:45-12:45. Interested? Stay tuned for a Signup Genius link.

#TeamLibrary has an Amazon Wish List!

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Community Feedback on Calendars
    • Text-to-Speech Function on Websites
    • Summer Camps Information

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center New Webinars

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

PRC is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February: 

FCPS Cares  

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Katherine Johnson MS. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
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Katherine Johnson MS - January 20, 2023

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • January 20 - 23 -- VGA Make-Ups
  • January 21 --- Junior District Orchestra Event at Harris Theater at GMU
    • at 3:15 PM - Open to the public & general admission
  • January 25 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release (12:15PM)
  • January 26 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - KJMS Orchestra Boot Camp for
    • Orchestra periods 3 and 8)
  • January 30 - Third Quarter Begins (EVEN Day- pd. 2,4,6,8)
  • January 30 - Fairfax Pyramid Night for Parents
  • January 30 - February 3 - The Wizard of OZ Auditions
    • The Show will happen on:
      • May 4 (7PM), May 5 (7PM), & May 6 (2PM)
  • February 2- 4 - District Band at Woodson High School 

  • February 8 - 9 - KJMS PTA will be selling Candy Grams
Elective Courses

Hello Eagles! Today was an exciting week for Rising 9th Grade students! This past week, 8th graders learned about Fairfax High School elective courses. On January 18th, students met their Fairfax High School counselors, who presented to students about high school elective options. On January 20th, students attended the Fairfax High School Elective’s Fair in the KJMS Gym, where high school students provided information on different elective courses. With all this information, hopefully students have a better understanding of what elective courses they want to take next year. 

On January 24th, all Eagles will have a lesson about next year. Rising 8th grade students (current 7th graders) will learn about elective and course options for 8th grade, and 8th grade students will be entering their 9th grade courses in Student SIS. 8th graders received a course selection form. Please work with your student to pick 7 courses and 3 alternate courses. On the back of the course selection form, please review the student expectations and parent requirements and sign the form. Students will begin meeting with their middle school counselors the week of January 30th. Course selection forms should be signed and filled out at this time.

All Eagles should think about their interests, strengths, and time commitments as they select classes for next year. There are resources on our website to help you select classes, see the links below. Current teachers can offer suggestions about Honors classes. Once entered in SIS, classes can be adjusted by logging into Student SIS and looking for Course Request. If families have questions about courses or the process, KJMS Counselors will meet with all students individually during January and February. Once locked in February, students can contact their counselor at KJMS or FHS if they want to make updates. Requesting a change in classes must be done before the end of this school year.

KJMS Course Selection

FHS Academic Advising – Current 8th graders Course Selection Timeline

Thank you,

The KJMS Counselor and Administration Team

One More Week - We Need Your Feedback

We would like to add our KJMS community feed back to add to the packet that will go to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by January 27. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

If you have any questions, please contact our Award Liaison, Emily Gardiner at [email protected]

Thank you. 

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

How to Talk With Your Child About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been
charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for
family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one
another.  The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social
media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on
your child. Read more

Strategic Planning

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count!

Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]ps.edu.  

IFTA 2023 New Catalog

JULY 5 - JULY 28, 2023 

LAKE BRADDOCK SECONDARY 

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Institute For The Arts (IFTA) Fine Arts Course Catalog and Master Schedule for this coming summer is now available to view.  There are 27 new classes being offered.

Registration begins on February 1.  Limited Tuition waivers are available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Students MUST have paperwork on file with their base school completed.

IFTA Website

IFTA 2023 Master Schedule

IFTA 2023 Catalog

For Rising 9th Graders FCPS Academy Open House Information

Open House Schedule and more information

CTE Summer Academy Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

CTE Summer Academy flier for more information.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with DisabilitiesFairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Survey of Climate and Working Conditions – February 15 and 17

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in the 2023 Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. KJMS will administer the survey on February 15th and 17th.

The purpose of the survey is to provide schools with information on school climate, safety, and working conditions in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning. The survey is a component of the annual school safety audit which school divisions are required to submit to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), according to the Code of Virginia.

The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate.

Please contact Griselda Mendoza at [email protected] for any question you have regarding the survey.

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)

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Calendar Reminder

The Lunar New Year (Sunday, January 22) is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. until Monday, February 6, at 6 a.m.

Preparing For a Virtual Learning Day Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the cumulative learning loss of students during this pandemic and in order to maximize instructional time, FCPS will implement virtual learning for day 6 and beyond in which school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.

The first 5 inclement weather days will continue to be traditional inclement weather days. Following that, FCPS will utilize flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible. Virtual Learning on these days will be synchronous instruction following the Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Schedule which includes a 2-hour delay.

PTA Spirit Wear - SALE

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KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
    • Draft School Year Calendar Options
    • FAFSA Help

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

FCPS Cares  

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Katherine Johnson MS. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

KJMS PTA Message- January 19, 2023

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Our next PTA meeting is Thursday, Friday 9, 2023 at 7:00 PM.  It will be virtual via Zoom.  PTA Zoom Link

Hello, KJMS PTA Families,

Thank you to everyone who attended the PTA meeting last week.  As mentioned, we are in need of donations and volunteers for our upcoming Candy Gram.   Please see the link below, contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Candy Gram Sign-Up

Claudia DeFries 

KJMS PTA-President

KJMS PTA Website

PTA KJMS Spirit Wear

KJMS Spirit Wear Store

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Katherine Johnson MS - January 13, 2023

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • January 14 - KMJS Band Boot Camp at KJMS (Saturday)
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Holiday)
  • January 17 & 18 -- Math Inventory
  • January 18 - KJMS Virtual Curriculum Night - 6PM - 8PM
    • More details to come in next newsletter
  • January 20 - Fairfax High School Curriculum & Rising 9 Night
  • January 20 - 23 -- VGA Make-Ups
  • January 20 & 21 --- Junior District Orchestra Event at GMU
  • January 25 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release (12:15PM)
  • January 26 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - KJMS Orchestra Boot Camp for
    • Orchestra periods 3 and 8)
  • January 30 - Third Quarter Begins (EVEN Day- pd. 2,4,6,8)
  • January 30 - February 3 - The Wizard of OZ Auditions
    • The Show will happen on:
      • May 4 (7PM), May 5 (7PM), & May 6 (2PM)
KJMS Course Selection Events 2023-24 School Year

Dear KJMS Families,

It is that time of year! Course Selection events are occurring beginning next week! We begin with current 8th graders (Rising 9th grade) with a visit from FHS counselors and an FHS Elective Fair, both here at KJMS during Teacher Advisory. Families are also invited to attend the FHS Info Night on January 20, 2023 – 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Next week, KJMS will also host a Virtual Curriculum Night on January 18 from 6:00PM-8:00PM! Staff will host info sessions about all of the classes you can take at KJMS. This event is geared towards students and families that will be in the 7th grade next year, but future 8th graders (current 7th graders) are welcome too. There will be information sessions for core 7th grade classes and for 7th and 8th grade elective classes. Links for all sessions will be posted on the school’s website on January 18 no later than 3:00pm. Families are encouraged to attend the sessions they are curious about to help them choose classes for next year.

The week after that, the focus will shift to current 7th graders (Rising 8th grade) with Course Selection activities during TA.

All families are encouraged to visit the KJMS Website for more information.

Consider looking at the Course Catalog on our website, the links are listed below. If you have questions, ask your student to connect with their KJMS Counselor. Counselors will sit 1-on-1 will all students in January and February to help them individually.

Rising 8th Grader (current 7th grader) Course Selection (2023-2024)

Rising 9th grade (current 8th graders) KJMS Events and Deadlines FHS Info and Course Catalog

We Need Your Feedback

We would like to add our KJMS community feed back to add to the packet that will go to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by January 27. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

If you have any questions, please contact our Award Liaison, Emily Gardiner at [email protected]

Thank you. 

Lost and Found Items Lost and Found Items

Over the past months, we have accumulated many misplaced items. Beginning on January 10, during each lunch period, several announcements were made for student to look through the lost and found items, but not much was reclaimed. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items if they did not look through it this week. The lost and found location is in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, January 20, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization. Thank you.

CTE Summer Academy Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 7th to 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.

CTE Summer Academy flier for more information.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with DisabilitiesFairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Strategic Planning

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.  

Survey of Climate and Working Conditions – February 15 and 17

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in the 2023 Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. KJMS will administer the survey on February 15th and 17th.

The purpose of the survey is to provide schools with information on school climate, safety, and working conditions in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning. The survey is a component of the annual school safety audit which school divisions are required to submit to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), according to the Code of Virginia.

The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate.

Please contact Griselda Mendoza at [email protected] for any question you have regarding the survey.

Calendar Reminder

Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and celebrates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. This observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan, beginning of Christ's ministry on earth and revealing the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids

Preparing For a Virtual Learning Day Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the cumulative learning loss of students during this pandemic and in order to maximize instructional time, FCPS will implement virtual learning for day 6 and beyond in which school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.

The first 5 inclement weather days will continue to be traditional inclement weather days. Following that, FCPS will utilize flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible. Virtual Learning on these days will be synchronous instruction following the Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Schedule which includes a 2-hour delay.

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)

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PTA Spirit Wear - SALE

www.katherinejohnsonspiritwear.com

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Salad Bars Returning to Elementary Schools
    • COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities
    • Tutor.com for Free College Prep

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

FCPS Cares  

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Katherine Johnson MS. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - January 6, 2023

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • January 10 - 11 -- Reading Inventory
  • January 12-  KJMS PTA Meeting
  • January 12 - VGA Reading
  • January 13 - VGA Math
  • January 14 - KMJS Band Boot Camp at KJMS (Saturday)
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (Holiday)
  • January 17 & 18 -- Math Inventory
  • January 18 - KJMS Virtual Curriculum Night - 6PM - 8PM
    • More details to come in next newsletter
  • January 20 - 23 -- VGA Make-Ups
  • January 20 & 21 --- Junior District Orchestra Event at GMU
  • January 25 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release (12:15PM)
  • January 26 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - Student Holiday
  • January 27 - KJMS Orchestra Boot Camp for
    • Orchestra periods 3 and 8)
  • January 30 - February 3 - The Wizard of OZ Auditions
    • The Show will happen on:
      • May 4 (7PM), May 5 (7PM), & May 6 (2PM)
Principal's Message

Dear KJMS Families,

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2023 is upon us so quickly! We were so proud of our students upon their return on Tuesday. They were all smiles as they returned ready to take 2023 by storm! Our staff is excited to see what will unfold with our Eagles as 1st semester begins to draw to a close. 

This past Wednesday, our staff was greeted with warm Krispy Kreme Donuts courtesy of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp and their Teacher Appreciation Donut Pop Up. As a community partner, they provided the donuts with Phillis Fleming of Century 21 Redwood. It was a nice treat to start the day! See the collage below for the a peek at the fun. 

 

In closing, later this month, we will have our Virtual Curriculum Night on Jan. 18 for rising 7th and 8th graders. We are doing this virtually as our school parking lot cannot accommodate the parking for the families of our 1,000+ students. This way, parents can learn about programs, to include watching recordings later if there are two areas of interest being presented simultaneously. Look for other in-person events this spring to get you back into the halls of KJMS. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we enter 2023,

Tammy Silipigni

We Need Your Feedback

We would like to add our KJMS community feed back to add to the packet that will go to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by January 27. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

If you have any questions, please contact our Award Liaison, Emily Gardiner at [email protected]

Thank you. 

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Information

Our winter assessment will take place on January 12-13, 2023. Students will be tested in Reading and Math. Only students in high school level math classes (i.e. Algebra and Geometry) are exempt from taking the math assessment. If you have any questions in regard to the assessment, please contact our school test coordinator, Ms. Griselda Mendoza, at [email protected].

VGA Reading – January 12

VGA Math – January 13

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited.  Read more...

Informational Event for Parents/Guardians

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.
Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

Strategic Planning

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.  

Survey of Climate and Working Conditions – February 15 and 17

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in the 2023 Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. KJMS will administer the survey on February 15th and 17th.

The purpose of the survey is to provide schools with information on school climate, safety, and working conditions in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning. The survey is a component of the annual school safety audit which school divisions are required to submit to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety (VCSCS), according to the Code of Virginia.

The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate.

Please contact Griselda Mendoza at [email protected] for any question you have regarding the survey.

Calendar Reminder

Orthodox Christmas (Falls on a weekend this year)

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who they believe to be the son of God. Learn more facts about Christmas from National Geographic Kids.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Preparing For a Virtual Learning Day Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the cumulative learning loss of students during this pandemic and in order to maximize instructional time, FCPS will implement virtual learning for day 6 and beyond in which school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.

The first 5 inclement weather days will continue to be traditional inclement weather days. Following that, FCPS will utilize flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible. Virtual Learning on these days will be synchronous instruction following the Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Schedule which includes a 2-hour delay.

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)

Credit card orders through Barksdale website only
No Service Fees:
To pay by credit card, visit www.barksdalephoto.com go to
“What are you looking for?”, click “Order Your Yearbook” and enter
0037625YB as the Access Code.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • FCPS Building and Renovation Plans
    • Upcoming Webinars for Parents/Caregivers
    • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
    • Academy Open Houses
    • Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

FCPS Cares  

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Katherine Johnson MS. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - December 16, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Office will be closed during Winter Break 
  • December 19 - January 2, 2023 - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Dear KJMS Families,

Can you believe that this is the last NYC for 2022? This year has flown by for many, and for others, 2023 may be a welcome change. Wherever you land on this issue, we wish you a happy and safe winter break over the next two weeks.

We want to take a moment to extend a special thank you to the families who sent in over 100 desserts for our annual holiday staff raffle! Many of the desserts were homemade with everything from breakfast favorites to both huge and small dessert trays. Our teachers who are traveling found things to munch on in the car, while those who are hosting are happy to have one more item checked off of their to-do list. YOU made this happen! Thank you for being so gracious and thoughtful during this busy time of year. 

This past week, we had our first inclement weather day with a two-hour delay. Several families called with questions about this since it has been a while since we had a delay. Hopefully, the following guidelines will help if this happens again.

  • A two-hour delay means that all buses will arrive two hours after the normal arrival time. Be aware, as traffic may be different, they may be a little later than exactly two hours.
  • Parents who utilize drop-off at door 1 should stay in their cars until unloading begins at 9:10 AM. We cannot allow earlier entry as staff are still arriving, and the traffic monitor needs to arrive on Jermantown.
  • Once students arrive, they will attend their odd or even days classes they had normally scheduled, but classes will be shortened. We have the delay schedule on StudentVue. 
  • Lunch is served on delayed openings.

As an FYI, the first 5 full-snow days will be observed as “traditional snow days.” This means that students will not have any virtual learning or academic expectations on those first 5 snow days. The link explains what would happen if we surpass the 5 days. 

As an Away for the Day school, we have one final request to help all our students school: please remind your students to turn off their Apple AirDrop or Android Nearby Share features in school and on the bus. This prevents unwanted and unnecessary items from being “dropped” onto your child’s device without their permission or knowledge. Thanks for helping with this!

It is that time again for our KJMS teams to offer you an opportunity to meet online for a “Virtual Coffee” before the end of the semester in January. Please access this link to a survey that will give you a chance to ask a question for us to be better prepared with information. When we return in the new year, an invitation with details for your “Virtual Coffee” will be sent in an email at least a week beforehand.

Enjoy the next two weeks with your students! We can not wait to see them SOAR in 2023!

Happy Holidays,

Tammy Silipigni

Celebrations in our Community - December

18-26: Chanukah: Happy Chanukah to all in our community who celebrate! This Festival of Lights is an 8-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple, and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple's menorah for 8 days. #OurFCPS

19-Jan. 2:  Winter Break:  As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

25: Christmas: A very Merry Christmas to those in our community who celebrate! Christmas is an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world. #OurFCPS

26-1: Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually on the sixth day. Wishing a joyous Kwanzaa to all in our community who celebrate. #OurFCPS

We Need Your Feedback

We would like to add our KJMS community feed back to add to the packet that will go to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by January 31. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

If you have any questions, please contact our Award Liaison, Emily Gardiner at [email protected]

Thank you. 

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)

Credit card orders through Barksdale website only
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To pay by credit card, visit www.barksdalephoto.com go to
“What are you looking for?”, click “Order Your Yearbook” and enter
0037625YB as the Access Code.

Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety

On December 6, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to launch a pilot program that will have 10 speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed throughout the county. These cameras will be in nine school zones and one construction zone. Thanks to our county partners for helping to improve the safety of our students and staff.

Studies show that speed camera enforcement is effective in improving safety by reducing speeding, accidents, and injuries. Read more about the school zone speed camera pilot program.

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Information

VGA  Important Test Dates

Our winter assessment will take place on January 12-13, 2023. Students will be tested in Reading and Math. Only students in high school level math classes (i.e. Algebra and Geometry) are exempt from taking the math assessment. If you have any questions in regard to the assessment, please contact our school test coordinator, Ms. Griselda Mendoza, at [email protected].

VGA Reading – January 12

VGA Math – January 13

Survey of Climate and Working Conditions – February 15 and 17

Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions

Our school, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Education, is conducting the Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. We will survey students in grades 6,7, and 8, classroom instructors and staff, beginning in winter 2023. A parent notification letter will be sent out soon with more information about the survey.

KJMS Student in "The Levengers" won 3rd place in States FLL Tournament

Katherine Johnson's 7th grade student, David Hwang and his teammates from Rocky Run MS First Lego League team attended the 2022 VA-DC FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship at James Madison University last Sunday on December 11. David and his team, the Levengers, received 3rd place in the championship. Congratulations Levengers! 

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

 

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety
    • High School Academy Open Houses
    • Congratulations to VHSL State Champions

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - December 9, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • December 12 - December 16 - Winter Wonderland Spirit Week
  • Office will be closed during Winter Break 
  • December 19 - January 2, 2023 - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

L to R: Veronica Chavez (Dixer's Wife), Dixer Chavez (The Artist); Valerie Johnson (Katherine Johnson’s Niece); Jeff Platenberg (FX City School’s Superintendent); Dr. Tammy Silipigni (KJMS-Principal); Eric McCann (Region 5 Executive Principal); Dr. Terri Edmunds-Heard (Region 5 Executive Principal); Adam Friedrich (Dixer’s Apprentice); and Rebecca Baenig (Region 5 Assistant Superintendent)

Dear KJMS Families,

Katherine Johnson, our beloved namesake, has several famous quotes that have resonated with our staff and students. This year, one of her more famous quotes is our theme: “I like to learn. That's an art and a science.“ Today, we took time to celebrate an actual work of art that has been created in honor of Katherine Johnson. Our City of Fairfax School Board funded a new mural in our Jermantown stairwell. This mural was painted by a parent and local artist, Emmanuel Chavez Galicia, affectionately known as “Dixer.” He is the owner of Dixer’s Tattoo in Fairfax City and has been inspired by his world travels. He challenged our students to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. We also had Katherine Johnson’s niece, Valerie Johnson, in attendance. She is a teacher at Woodley Hills Elementary School and has just published her first book

Earlier in the week, we welcomed our 6th graders who will be joining us at KJMS next fall as 7th graders! Our student leaders gave great tours, all of our performing arts students shared their talents and love of music, and our counselors ensured all had a great day! Look for opportunities this spring for our rising 7th graders to come and meet families with events like a PTA Bingo Night in 2023!

During Winter Break, the building will be open, but the main office will be closed.  Over the winter break, we want our students to relax with family and friends. Therefore, no teachers are assigning homework or projects that have due dates immediately after we return from the break.

In closing, thank you to all of you who have committed to bringing a dessert for staff to the main office by the end of next week. Our staff loves this annual tradition where you bless them with the gift of time by providing a treat for their families! Enjoy the chilly weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm,

Tammy Silipigni

Attendance: When Should I Keep My Child Home?

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student misses school. Read more..

Winter Spirit Week... We Need Your Feedback

We would like to add our KJMS community feed back to add to the packet that will go to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by December 16. 

Outstanding Teacher – Anna Sengstack

Outstanding Professional Employee – Kelsea Owens (SBTS)

Please provide your feedback by January 31. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

If you have any questions, please contact our Award Liaison, Emily Gardiner at [email protected]

Thank you. 

Favorite Gift Cards

With holidays approaching, we know you may want to thank your student's teachers.  What better way to do it than gifting them one of their favorite gift cards or any you would like to purchase for them. Here is the link to see the list of favorite gift cards for each of our staff members. To find a staff member, press CTRL + F (Find) and type staff member's name and it will go directly to the staff member's name.   Please send your donations to Kara Payne in the main office.  If you have any questions, please contact her at [email protected] Thank you in advance for your donations and generosity.

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)

Credit card orders through Barksdale website only
No Service Fees:
To pay by credit card, visit www.barksdalephoto.com go to
“What are you looking for?”, click “Order Your Yearbook” and enter
0037625YB as the Access Code.

Families of 7th Graders

If you are interested in applying for the Advanced Academic Program (AAP), click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

The deadline to submit the parent referral form is Dec 15, 2022. Forms should be submitted to your counselor and can be found in the link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced-academic-program-aap-forms

If found eligible, students would receive services at the middle school level in 8th grade. Parents who want to enroll students in Honors class in the 8th grade do not need to complete a form and can simply select Honors classes during course registration in January of 2023.

Thank you

Strategic Planning

Beginning in late January 2023, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our strategic planning process. View the schedule on our Strategic Planning website. We will add more details as they become available.

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAP)

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For further Information & support:

De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil)

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Another First Lego Team with KJMS students, "The Levengers" advances to States FLL Tournament 

Katherine Johnson's 7th grade student, David Hwang and his teammates from Rocky Run MS First Lego League team was invited to the VA-DC FIRST LEGO League regional competition to be held at James Madison University on December 11, 2022. David and his team, the Levengers, received first place in Robot Design and tied first for Robot Performance and qualified to advance to the State tournament from the Alexandria regional tournament on November 19. This is their 2nd consecutive advancement to states from last year.

In last week's edition, The Kraglers, David's other KJMS friends' FLL team also advance to state competition. 

Good luck Kraglers and Levengers! 

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

 

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Outdoor Learning Spaces
    • Job Opportunities for Bus Drivers and Food Services Workers
    • Strategic Planning Community Forums

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Friday, December 2 - National Special Education Day
  • Saturday, December 3 - KJMS students will NOT be participating at the FX City Festival of Lights & Carol as previously published.  
  • Inclusive Schools Week - December 5-9 (Spirit Week)
  • Thursday, December 8 - PTA Meeting 
  • Friday, December 9 - Drama Field Trip to Synetic Theater’s 
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Dear KJMS Families,

It is December! We would like to thank our wonderful PTA for the burritos they provided our staff on Monday to welcome them back from Thanksgiving Break.

We invite you to drop off a dessert (homemade specialties or store bought) of your choosing that we can send home with staff to give them the gift of time! They will get to enjoy a sweet treat with their family and friends. Donation items can be sent to the main office. 

Some parents have asked how they can support our community during this busy holiday season. There are two practical ways we can offer. First, we provide holiday assistance to Katherine Johnson families this time of year. If you are in a position to donate a gift card of $10-$20 from a local store like Wal-Mart, Target, or a grocery store close to the school, we will make sure it finds its way to a family in need. Please send donations to the main office, attention Maria Marris, KJMS social worker.

Back in October, we announced our winners at the school level.  Now it is time to gather feedback from our community to complete the packet to the pyramid level.  If you would like to provide feedback for one or all winners, please take 2-3 minutes to complete google forms (links) provided below.

Please provide your feedback by December 16. 

Outstanding Teacher – Anna Sengstack

Outstanding Professional Employee – Kelsea Owens (SBTS)

Please provide your feedback by January 31. 

Outstanding New Teacher – Andy Phung

Outstanding Leader - John McCaughan (Assistant Principal)

Outstanding Operational Employee - Griselda (Gigi) Mendoza (Instruction Assistant)

If you have any questions, please contact our Award Liaison, Emily Gardiner at [email protected]

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm,

Tammy Silipigni

National Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Favorite Gift Cards

With holidays approaching, we know you may want to thank your student's teachers.  What better way to do it than gifting them one of their favorite gift cards or any you would like to purchase for them. Here is the link to see the list of favorite gift cards for each of our staff members. To find a staff member, press CTRL + F (Find) and type staff member's name and it will go directly to the staff member's name.   Please send your donations to Kara Payne in the main office.  If you have any questions, please contact her at [email protected] Thank you in advance for your donations and generosity.

Hot Chocolate & Cheer

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Drive-by the community center and let us put a smile to your face with a mug of hot chocolate and information on upcoming regional programs.  Click here to read more...

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News from Fairfax High School

FHS Pyramid Families - Come support the Fairfax HS Lions as they take on Madison HS in the state semi-finals this Saturday at 3:00 at Fairfax High School! Tickets are $10 for students and adults and can be purchased in advance by going to the FHS athletic website www.FairfaxHighSports.org. Go Lions!

You Mental Health First Aid Training

Calling all attentive and compassionate parents! Do you want to be a parent who confidently handles mental health issues for your child? Do you want to be a resource parent for friends of your child, and someone who people go to for support when they are in trouble?

If so, please join the Student Services Department for a one day free training called “Youth Mental Health First Aid” on December 9th from 8-3:30. Following the training, parents will be officially “certified” in YMHFA, and equipped to be community resources and responders for mental health issues: a serious community concern among our young people at this time. Who doesn’t want to be THAT parent – who is compassionate and responsive and knows what to do to support not only their own child, but the friends of their kids? Please email [email protected] for more information and register, or use the QR code in the flyer to complete the google form.

Inclusive Schools Spirit Week (December 5-9)

 

Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAP)

Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times. Click here to continue reading...

First Lego League team "The Kraglers" invited for a VA Regional Championship.

The FLL team, with two of the students are from Katherine Johnson Middle School, Srikar Rangi and Siddharth Shanmugam, received an invitation for the VA-DC FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship to be held at James Madison University on December 11, 2022.

The Kraglers team received the following awards at the Regional Qualifying tournament held at Osbourn Park High School, Manassas on November 20, 2022.

  • First Place in Robot Design
  • First Place in Robot Performance with a top score in the tournament.
Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made. 

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay)

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please contact your child's counselor or our social worker, Maria Marris at [email protected].

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Hispanic Parent Coffee Event

Yesterday, we hosted a Hispanic Parent Coffee event to inform our Hispanic families of all the resources we offer here at KJMS as well as in FCPS.  We are very thankful for all who attended.

Ayer, organizamos un Café para Padres Hispanos con el fin de informar a nuestras familias hispanas sobre todos los recursos que ofrecemos aquí en KJMS y en FCPS. Estamos muy agradecidos por todos los que asistieron.

Family liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. The family liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races. Family liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

Los enlaces familiares trabajan en las escuelas y la comunidad para ayudar a las familias a obtener la información y la asistencia que necesitan para apoyar a sus hijos y garantizar su éxito académico. Los enlaces familiares representan una variedad de culturas, idiomas y razas. Los enlaces familiares dan la bienvenida y orientan a las familias que son nuevas en la escuela y la comunidad y las ayudan a comprender la cultura, las políticas, los procedimientos y las prácticas de la escuela. También pueden ayudar a conectar a las familias con los recursos de la comunidad. Los enlaces familiares también pueden ayudar a una familia en la transición a una nueva escuela y alentar las asociaciones entre la familia y la escuela para ayudar a garantizar el éxito y el desarrollo saludable de su estudiante.

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Preparing for Winter Weather
    • Keeping Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities
    • Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan
    • Provide Feedback on Secondary World Languages Basal Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

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Katherine Johnson MS - November 22, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Wednesday, November 30 - KJMS Band Concert 
    • 7:00 PM in KJMS Auditorium
  • Thursday, December 1 - Orchestra Concert 
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax High School
  • Saturday, December 3 - KJMS Festival of Lights & Carols (FX City)
  • Thursday, December 8 - PTA Meeting 
  • Friday, December 9 - Drama Field Trip to Synetic Theater’s 
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Happy Cool Friday,

In our season of thankfulness, we thanked some staff members who have risen to the top as our annual award winners. Yesterday, we announced the following individuals as winners, representing KJMS for the Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding Employees this year. 

KJMS Outstanding New Teacher:  Andy Phung

KJMS Outstanding Teacher:  Ana Sengstack

KJMS Outstanding Professional Employee:  Kelsea Owens

KJMS Outstanding Leader : John McCaughan

KJMS Outstanding Operational Employee: Gigi Mendoza

Left to Right: Andy Phung; Ana Sengstack, Kelsea Owens, John McCaughan, Gigi Mendoza

In closing, we wanted to share the morning announcement that I shared yesterday with our students:

“As we start a short week with a Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to take a moment to share some of the many reasons why we are thankful that we, as a staff, get tto work and learn at Katheirne Johnson Middle School with our Eagles each day.

We are thankful that the vast majority of students follow the SOAR traits each and every day and are socially responsible, accountable, open-minded and respectful. We are also thankful that when students see room for improvement in the culture and climate of our school, they speak up and want to help the situation to make it better.The admin team was thankful to work with a group of students who are hopeful that we can improve our social responsibility and respect to make sure our halls are a safe and welcoming place for everyone, free of offensive and hurtful comments. We appreciate those willing to understand that there are some words and actions that can not be considered “friendly” banter. All words have an impact, they can make us and those around us feel better - or not.

Recently, the administrators have been meeting with small groups of students to discuss student perceptions about life and culture at KJMS. We are thankful to collaborate with these students, and we will continue to communicate and plan with them after break. Then, we will share those ideas with all students.

In addition, we’ve been working with staff and students to make sure all classrooms have a positive learning environment where everyone has the ability to learn and get ready for what is next. It is nice to see students and staff holding one another accountable and having an open mind about new ways of working together.  

We are also thankful for the empathy that we see students and staff members showing one another in times of need. Whether it’s a new student who needs assistance in the cafeteria or a staff member going through a difficult time, we see Eagles rise to the occasion on a daily basis, helping one another. Sometimes we want to show our empathy and support for people who are farther away in other parts of the state of Virginia, such as our friends in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. We know our hearts will be with the families of UVA this holiday season. We also know of people we need to support across the nation and know  it can be hard to know what to do. In cases like this, we urge you to connect with those closest to you, both your immediate family, and your Eagle family. Consider connecting to an adult in the building that you know cares about you, one of your classroom teachers, your TA teacher, your counselor, and administrator or any other adult that you know.

Our week this week might be short, but we are hopeful that all students and staff in the building will consider what they are thankful for. If that is hard to do, consider letting an adult in the building know that you would like to connect, now or when you get back from this holiday break. Ask yourself, what do I need and who can help me with it? Or ask yourself who do I see in need and what can I do about it? 

Remember that there is an easy and private way to connect with your counselor through the Student Schoology. The more we connect as members of the Eagle community and act in ways that are

Socially Responsible, Open-Minded, Accountable, and Respectful, the more we will SOAR.

Stay warm,

Tammy Silipigni

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

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Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - November 18, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Saturday, November 18 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • No Afterschool Activities -  Monday & Tuesday, November 21-22
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, November 30 - KJMS Band Concert 
    • 7:00 PM in KJMS Auditorium
  • Thursday, December 1 - Orchestra Concert 
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax High School
  • Saturday, December 3 - KJMS Festival of Lights & Carols (FX City)
  • Thursday, December 8 - PTA Meeting 
  • Friday, December 9 - Drama Field Trip to Synetic Theater’s 
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Happy Cool Friday,

Fall has flown in with frigid mornings and cold evenings! But this time of year also means great fun at KJMS. This past week, our Fairfax Pyramid Choral Program was a great success! Our singers raised a collaborative voice that entertained many families and friends as the cool winds blew outside. Tonight and tomorrow, you can stay warm and see the hard work our of theater arts program with the KJMS debut of “Stinky Cheeseman” each night at 7 PM. There are a few tickets available, so act quickly and be prepared to be amazed!

We are also sharing some pictures of a donation to our KJMS Food and Hygiene Pantry. Here is the information on this program, both how to access and donate. Angie Nickisch, club manager for the Fairfax City 4H Community Club, dropped off food donation for KJMS Food Pantry after the 4H kids completed a food drive. We thank them for their generosity, time, and effort. Our students will benefit greatly!

As we approach our short two-day week next week, we wanted to thank you for the wonderful Eagles that you send to KJMS each day. It is an honor that we are able to partner with you in educating Eagles during these two short years of middle school. Each day, our teachers and staff are so thankful that you entrust your most precious family members to our care so that we can play a small part in their education. We are inspired by the growth and accomplishments of our Eagles during this time together. Thank YOU for your partnership and enjoy this time of thanksgiving with your families and friends this season. 

With holidays approaching, we know you may want to thank your student's teachers.  What better way to do it than gifting them one of their favorite gift cards or any you would like to purchase for them. Here is the link to see the list of favorite gift cards for each of our staff members. To find a staff, press CTRL + F (Find) and type staff's name and it will go directly to the staff member's name. This is separate from what the PTA is doing.

Stay warm,

Tammy Silipigni

KJMS Talking Points

Katherine Johnson Middle School is now using @TalkingPointsEd to communicate with families directly via text message! This tool will allow all families to receive messages in their home language instantly.

Download the app and learn more about this program here - click below-

Learn More About Talking Points

Strategic Planning

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process

FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28.

Fall Play at KJMS Tonight and Tomorrow, Saturday Academic Matters

During the Academic Matters portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Reid discussed the innovative assessment practices happening in FCPS as part of our School Division of Innovation designation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). 

This recognition means that VDOE has approved a plan to improve student learning, educational performance, and college, career, and citizenship readiness skills. It positions FCPS as a state leader in innovative practices with the opportunity to impact statewide policy decisions. Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation. 

To Order A KJMS Yearbook (22-23)

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Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Fairfax High School Java Coding Lessons

Robotics club at Fairfax High School. Our students will be offering a virtual workshop to middle school students in Basic Java and Advanced Java coding. They are doing this as their fundraiser for buying supplies to build their Robot and pay competition fees. We could use your help to advertise the workshop.  

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Calendar Survey, Coming Soon!
    • Student Performance in Language Arts (Grades 1-6)
    • Family Engagement Resources
    • School Board Presentation: Academic Matters

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

KJMS PTA Message- November 18, 2022

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Hello, KJMS Parents

Our next PTA meeting is December 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM.  It will be virtual via Zoom.  Link is below.  We are planning events for our wonderful teachers. 

Also, we are still looking for a PTA Secretary to join.  Who is in?

Here is the link for the PTA Zoom for this year:

PTA Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 929 2850 3634

Passcode: 401607

Consider becoming a PTA member. You may do so very easily online or putting in the drop box at the school.  Online registration link

KJMS PTA Website

Hope to see you Thursday! 

Claudia DeFries

KJMS PTA President

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

KJMS PTA will be hosting a staff appreciation breakfast for KJMS staff on Monday, November 28th! If any parents, would like to donate, you may use the Zelle code below or contact the KJMS PTA treasurer at [email protected] for additional ways to donate. Any additional funds will be used for future staff and student activities, so please consider donating!

PTA KJMS Spirit Wear

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - November 10, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Monday, November 14 - FLE Preview Night (Virtual)
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Fairfax Choral Pyramid Concert
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax HS. 
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Friday, November 17 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • Saturday, November 18 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, November 30 - KJMS Band Concert 
    • 7:00 PM in KJMS Auditorium
  • Thursday, December 1 - Orchestra Concert 
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax High School
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Career Day 2022

Good evening, Eagles,

Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you to those who served our country so honorably. Your dedication and loyalty to our country will never go unnoticed. Additionally, we would like to thank our military families who have made many sacrifices in support of our country. 

This week we had another very successful Career Day! We want to thank everyone who took time out of their day to join us and shared their experiences and expertise in the field. We had a wide range of careers join us this year including a voice actress, a US Marshall, a Sheriff’s Deputy, a couple librarians, a few business owners, a safety specialist and a pilot! All of the students who signed up to learn from the florist walked away with their own floral arrangement with a vase! I also wanted to extend a special thank you to our colleagues from Falls Church and Chantilly Academy and the Davis Career Center who brought ambassadors and students from their programs to speak to our students.

We were also very honored to host State Superintendent Jillian Balow to KJMS, who was able to pop into a few sessions to listen and observe. If you look closely, you may see her in the photo collage! Thank you to the committee members who helped make this day a success.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with a video that Superintendent Dr. Reid recorded for our students and thank her for taking the time to impress the importance of Career Day. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

 

Friday Oeur,

School Counselor and Career Day Committee Member

Fall Play at KJMS Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night

FLE and Emotional & Social Health will be included in the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum this school year.  There will be a VIRTUAL preview night for both programs on November 14, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend by clicking on this link.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting date. 

Thank you

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Fairfax High School Java Coding Lessons

Robotics club at Fairfax High School. Our students will be offering a virtual workshop to middle school students in Basic Java and Advanced Java coding. They are doing this as their fundraiser for buying supplies to build their Robot and pay competition fees. We could use your help to advertise the workshop.  

KJMS Library News...

Click below...

Amazon Wish List

Bookings Calendar.

Battle of the Books

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 4, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Calendar Survey, Coming Soon!
    • Student Performance in Language Arts (Grades 1-6)
    • Family Engagement Resources
    • School Board Presentation: Academic Matters

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - November 4, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • November 6 - 2:00 AM - Daylight Savings Time
    • Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour
  • November 7-12 - National School Psychology Week
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Thursday, November 10  - November PTA Meeting; 7:00PM 
  • Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Fairfax Choral Pyramid Concert
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax HS. 
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Friday, November 17 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • Saturday, November 18 - Fall Play - The Stinky Cheese Man
    • 7:00 PM at KJMS
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Good evening, Eagles,

What a great Anti-”BOO”lying Spirit Week we had this week at KJMS! Next week, we have fun in store with our Career Day Spirit Week. Be sure your child represents future career aspirations well by dressing for success for our Career Day on Wednesday when we will host over 70 speakers on various career clusters. 

We would like to ask for your partnership in helping us take care of our Eagles who may not be feeling well while at school. Here are some pointers to keep everyone safe.

  • Students should not text or call home to let you know they are not feeling well. They should ask an adult to go to the clinic so our staff can reach out to you. We want to ensure that students who are not well are in a supervised environment. 
  • We will call home first from our KJMS phone lines. If we are unable to reach you, we may then ask students to contact you with their personal device as that is a number you will recognize.
  • Students should not return to school until 24 hours of being symptom free and medication free after an illness to minimize the spread of communicable illness.  Let’s keep us all safe by taking care of ourselves. 

With holidays approaching, we know you may want to thank your student’s teachers.  What better way to do it than gifting them one of their favorite gift cards or any you would like to purchase. Next week will add a list of favorite gifts cards for each of our staff member. 

Enjoy the cool weather,

Tammy Silipigni,

Principal

Career Spirit Week... Fall Play at KJMS National School Psychology Week

The theme of this year's National School Psychology Week from November 7-11, 2022 is “Together We Shine.” The theme’s concepts provide a framework for our schools to highlight both the importance of students’ and staff members’ individual strengths and attributes and the power of bringing together our ideas and actions as a school community. To continued reading click here.

Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night

FLE and Emotional & Social Health will be included in the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum this school year.  There will be a VIRTUAL preview night for both programs on November 14, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend by clicking on this link.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting date. 

Thank you

End of the Quarter SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created. Also, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9, at 6 a.m.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website

Want to Work for FCPS? Subs, Monitors, and Others needed!

FCPS will hold a virtual job fair on November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. FCPS is seeking those interested in positions as substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, student monitors, instructional assistants, public health attendants (PHAs), and public health training assistants (PHTAs) positions. Learn more and register to attend or view current job openings. 

$3,000 Signing Bonus for Bus Drivers

Job fairs will be held for those interested in becoming bus drivers for FCPS on Wednesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lorton Center. Click on the links to learn more, call 571-423-3000, or email [email protected]

KJMS Looking for AVID Tutors

Attention families - looking for a flexible and part-time position at Johnson MS? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2022-2023 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected]. Thank you.

Make-Up/Retake Picture Day- November 10

Barksdale Photo website

Strategic Planning

Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

Fairfax High School Java Coding Lessons

Robotics club at Fairfax High School. Our students will be offering a virtual workshop to middle school students in Basic Java and Advanced Java coding. They are doing this as their fundraiser for buying supplies to build their Robot and pay competition fees. We could use your help to advertise the workshop.  

KJMS Library News...

Click below...

Amazon Wish List

Bookings Calendar.

Battle of the Books

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 4, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Purple Star Schools Support Military-Connected Families
    • $2 Million Grant Supports STEAM
    • FCPS Calendar 
    • Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?
    • Virtual Job Fair

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - October 28, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • November 6 - 2:00 AM - Daylight Savings Time
    • Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Fairfax Choral Pyramid Concert
    • 7:00 PM at Fairfax HS. 
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Happy Friday, Eagle Community,

What a busy week we had at KJMS! Last night, we had dozens of families for our English as a Second Language Family Potluck. The cooking talents of our families is quite a delicious way to share our cultural strengths! Today, we had much fun with students dressed as movie or book characters. Next week, there is an Anti-”Boo”lying Spirit Week, Also, in the coming week, we want to honor those who celebrate Día de los Muertos and All Saints Day. 

At KJMS, we are very proud that our Eagles continue to complete and compete in various eco actions each year. KJMS is a proud USDOE Green Ribbon School and an Eco School with Permanent Green Flag status. For the 9th year this year, we have received the Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program by the Virginia Dept. of Wildlife Resources. Way to go, Eagles!

The KJMS-PTA is hosting a “Thank You Gram” fundraising on November 9 and 10 (with a delivery date of November 17).  We need parent volunteers and donations (sign-up genius) to make this special event possible.  All proceeds will cover the upcoming Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  We appreciate your support, time, and donations.  

Enjoy the cool weather,

Tammy Silipigni,

Principal

Next Week is Spirit Week - Anti-”Boo”lying KJMS Recognized...

Katherine Johnson MS once again for the 9th year, was recognized by the Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program by the Virginia Dept. of Wildlife Resources.

Read about our journey:  Our Green Journey

Family Life Education (FLE) Preview Night

FLE and Emotional & Social Health will be included in the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum this school year.  There will be a VIRTUAL preview night for both programs on November 14, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend by clicking on this link.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting date. 

Thank you

KJMS Looking for AVID Tutors

Attention families - looking for a flexible and part-time position at Johnson MS? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2022-2023 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.42 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected]. Thank you.

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! We need your help in letting us know about your child's favorite teacher/staff member.  Please consider nominating them.

To submit a nomination for a Katherine Johnson MS (KJMS) Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form links below.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 4, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Gardiner at [email protected]  

Family Life Education Changes

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Please let us know if your child's form has been misplaced. If this is the case, please contact Ms. Mendoza at [email protected] for a duplicate form.

Don't Let Your Food Waste Haunt You... Community Cleanup Event

Fall Community Cleanup

We need your help! Join the Fall Community Cleanup on November 6th to help keep the city parks, forests, and stream clean and clear from harmful debris. Individuals and groups — family, friends, civic associations, clubs, scout and school groups, book clubs, sports teams, everyone — can join in the fun. Swing by the ‘pit stop’ at Van Dyck Park anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up snacks and supplies: gloves, reflective vests, picker tools, and trash bags. Earn volunteer hours and Stormwater utility credits, register today and help make a difference in your community: www.fairfaxva.gov/communitycleanup

Make-Up/Retake Picture Day

Barksdale Photo website

News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAP)

What You Can Do to Prevent Substance Misuse

It’s true- youth are more inclined to listen to their peers than their parents. This is part of the way the brain develops. When a baby is born, their brain’s sole responsibility is keeping them alive. As they grow into adolescence, finding their tribe becomes important. Think of your top three happiest memories. What were you doing? How did you feel? Who was there? Each of these memories was likely a shared experience. You were laughing and smiling with loved ones, maybe food was even involved. Now think of your three worst memories. What was going on? How did you feel? Who was there? In each of these memories, you likely were alone or felt alone. 

Substance use becomes a problem for some because they either are alone or felt alone. Connection has been shown to be important in our everyday lives- again think of your happiest memories. Fairfax County’s “Three to Succeed” describes protective factors that youth need to achieve their higher selves. If a child has at least three of these protective factors, they are more likely to succeed in life: having high personal integrity, having community adults to talk to, performing community service, participating in extracurricular activities, having teachers recognize good work, and having parents available for help. What you notice is five of the six protective factors involve connection with someone else, while the first protective factor describes connection with oneself. 

Here’s Some Helpful Resources:

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Substance Use Prevention & Encouraging Healthy Brain Development

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses                                                      

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS. 

For further Information & support:

De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil), MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Fairfax County Youth Survey- 8th Graders Only

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. This survey is only for 8th grade students.

The survey will be administered between November 7 and November 22, 2022, during a time of day determined by your child's school administration. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians on line at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 7, 2022. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, click on the FCPS webpage to access the opt out form.  

Please turn in the opt out form to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2022.

KJMS Library News...

Click below...

Amazon Wish List

Bookings Calendar.

Battle of the Books

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 4, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

FCPS Weekly News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Strategic Plan Student Survey (Opt out due October 28)
    • Early Online College Information Sessions
    • Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes
    • November Parent Resource Webinars
    • ESSER Funding Information and Feedback
    • TJHSST Application Deadline, November 18
    • Guidelines on Religious Accommodations for Students

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - October 27, 2022

Johnson MS News3 months ago

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*CALENDAR CORRECTION:*

Below is not a concert.  It is a rehearsal. 

  • Thursday, October 27 - Fairfax Pyramid Honors Choir, 4PM-7PM
    • in the KJMS Auditorium

The next correct choral event is:

  • Tuesday, November 15 - Fairfax Choral Pyramid Concert, 7:00 at
    • Fairfax Hight School

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you

Good afternoon, Eagle Community,

Happy Diwali to those families who will be celebrating on Monday, October 24, 2022. We hope you are able to connect with family and friends during this time. May your Diwali be full of fun, lights, and sweet treats!

Thank you to all of the amazing parent volunteers who made our 7th grade Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience field trip a huge success! The students had many chilly days on the water at Cub Run and learned lots about our local watershed. Our science teachers did a wonderful job organizing this huge event that lasted all week. Be sure to ask your 7th grader what their favorite part of the day was! 

For parents who bring students to school in the mornings, either by choice or if a student misses the bus, we need to bring a few reminders to you. First, this time of year is very dark in the mornings. Remember, our staff does NOT begin to unload until 7:10 AM to allow staff time to park and enter the building safely without cars moving in the front lanes. Do not allow your child out earlier to sit in front of the school, as they are not supervised, and it is very cold this time of year. Walkers and bike riders should not plan to arrive until after 7:10 AM when doors are open. Parents should pull all the way up in the line as they wait for staff to direct them to unload. Thank you for keeping all staff and students safe.

Our after school programming and tutoring is very successful! We have been in the top 5 of all middle schools each week for attendance with 250-300 kids on late bus days. We are hopeful to be in first place after this week’s totals are calculated. This year, we do have Friday late buses for the first time! Be sure to check your child’s teacher’s stay-late day to get free help. 

As a reminder, please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures were due by September 30. Please complete this form today as we currently still need half of our families to complete this task. Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-934-2400 if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

In closing, get out there this weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall! I recently went to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliance of the leaves is breathtaking.

Sincerely,

Tammy Silipigni,

Principal

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Katherine Johnson MS - October 21, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali Holiday/Student Holiday
  • Thursday, October 27 - Fairfax Pyramid Honors Choir, 4PM-7PM
    • in the KJMS Auditorium
  • Friday, October 28 - 2 hour Release Day (12:15pm dismissal)
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Election Day (Student Holiday)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
2023
  • Classes Resume on January 3 (EVEN Day)
Principal's Message

Good afternoon, Eagle Community,

Happy Diwali to those families who will be celebrating on Monday, October 24, 2022. We hope you are able to connect with family and friends during this time. May your Diwali be full of fun, lights, and sweet treats!

Thank you to all of the amazing parent volunteers who made our 7th grade Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience field trip a huge success! The students had many chilly days on the water at Cub Run and learned lots about our local watershed. Our science teachers did a wonderful job organizing this huge event that lasted all week. Be sure to ask your 7th grader what their favorite part of the day was! 

For parents who bring students to school in the mornings, either by choice or if a student misses the bus, we need to bring a few reminders to you. First, this time of year is very dark in the mornings. Remember, our staff does NOT begin to unload until 7:10 AM to allow staff time to park and enter the building safely without cars moving in the front lanes. Do not allow your child out earlier to sit in front of the school, as they are not supervised, and it is very cold this time of year. Walkers and bike riders should not plan to arrive until after 7:10 AM when doors are open. Parents should pull all the way up in the line as they wait for staff to direct them to unload. Thank you for keeping all staff and students safe.

Our after school programming and tutoring is very successful! We have been in the top 5 of all middle schools each week for attendance with 250-300 kids on late bus days. We are hopeful to be in first place after this week’s totals are calculated. This year, we do have Friday late buses for the first time! Be sure to check your child’s teacher’s stay-late day to get free help. 

As a reminder, please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures were due by September 30. Please complete this form today as we currently still need half of our families to complete this task. Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-934-2400 if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

In closing, get out there this weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall! I recently went to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliance of the leaves is breathtaking.

Sincerely,

Tammy Silipigni,

Principal

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

On October 20, the Student-Parent Survey for Impact Aid form was given to your child during their 9th period class.  Please ask them for the form.  It may be down at the bottom of their back packs.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Looking Ahead: Monday, October 24 (Student holiday/Staff Development Day)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Learn more about Diwali.

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! We need your help in letting us know about your child's favorite teacher/staff member.  Please consider nominating them.

To submit a nomination for a Katherine Johnson MS (KJMS) Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form links below.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Leader 

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 4, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Gardiner at [email protected]  

Make-Up/Retake Picture Day

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News from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAP)

Red Ribbon Week

Not only is Halloween approaching, but October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and Red Ribbon Week is October 23- October 31. Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the DEA, is when young people pledge to live drug-free lives and show their commitment by wearing a red ribbon.  Please click here to continue reading about Red Ribbon Week. 

Fairfax County Youth Survey- 8th Graders Only

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. This survey is only for 8th grade students.

The survey will be administered between November 7 and November 22, 2022, during a time of day determined by your child's school administration. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians on line at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 7, 2022. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, click on the FCPS webpage to access the opt out form.  

Please turn in the opt out form to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2022.

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

Free Student Bus Pass Program for the Connector and Cue Buses

Did you know that you can now sign-up for a Free Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card at all Fairfax County High Schools and Middle Schools and ride the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE bus for free?  For more information, please contact Julio Dejo at [email protected]  A parent’s/guardian’s approval signature on Bus Pass form is required for signing up for this program.  Visit Student Bus Pass SmarTrip website.

Schools Adopt Text and Translation Platform

FCPS has recently approved the use of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage.

The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English, and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, please contact Andrea Holmes, our registrar at [email protected]

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Applications Opening October 24


Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2027 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Admissions Office webpage starting October 24, at 4 p.m. Applications must be started by 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Visit the TJHSST registration website for more information. 

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 4, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Katherine Johnson MS - October 14, 2022

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in this issue: Important Dates
  • Monday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 19 - SEL Screener
  • Monday, October 17 - Superintendent Community Conversation
    • Fairfax Pyramid - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Friday, October 21 - SEL Screener Make-Ups
  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali Holiday/Student Holiday
  • Friday, October 28 - 2 hour Release Day (12:15pm dismissal)
  • Thursday, November 9 - Career Day
  • Thursday, November 10 - Make-Up Picture Day
  • Wednesday, November 16 - World Language Credit Exam
  • Wednesday, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
  • Monday, April 3-7 - Spring Break- No School for Students
Principal's Message

Happy Fall Friday, Eagle Families,

We have had a wonderful week at KJMS, and all students should have come home this week with their free annual KJMS t-shirt. This year, our theme is a quote by Katherine Johnson, our beloved namesake: “I like to learn. That’s an art and a science.” There will be plenty of Spirit Days in the future for students to showcase their KJMS pride.

Our PTA had a very successful online meeting last night with over 30 attendees! The enthusiasm and ideas from the parents was very encouraging to our new PTA Board. Please look for ways to get involved, such as buying new KJMS Spirit Wear , which is a fundraiser for the PTA.

Also, if you would like to drop off a donation of sealed, small packages of snacks (like nuts, chips, cookies, popcorn, and crackers) that you can get from BJ’s, Costco, or grocery stores, they would be much appreciated. We have weekly staff meetings to review school initiatives and data. The snacks make the meeting much easier on hungry stomachs! Donations can come to the front office. 

The fall season also means it is time to nominate staff members for annual recognitions. See the section below for more information (and links) on how to nominate teachers and staff for this prestigious award. We are proud of the staff at KJMS, and know that parents and students often nominate staff members each year. 

From FCPS, be on the lookout for information soon on the update of the FCPS Strategic Plan. Also, Impact Aid forms will be coming home soon, and your swift return of them is appreciated. FCPS receives much federal funding, and these forms help capture needed data.

In closing, on this Monday, Dr. Reid will continue her Community Conversations with a stop at Fairfax High School at 6:30-7:30 PM. We hope to see you there! Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. Please register to attend at: Registration Link

Enjoy the changing of the leaves,

Tammy Silipigni

Principal 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Don’t forget -- Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on Monday, October 17,2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. Please register to attend at: Registration Link

We hope to see you there!

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Katherine Johnson MS (KJMS) Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form links below.

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Leader 

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 4, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Gardiner at [email protected]  

Fairfax County Youth Survey- 8th Graders Only

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. This survey is only for 8th grade students.

The survey will be administered between November 7 and November 22, 2022, during a time of day determined by your child's school administration. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians on line at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 7, 2022. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, click on the FCPS webpage to access the opt out form.  

Please turn in the opt out form to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2022.

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS students, teachers, and staff at five locations across the county on October 17, 18, and 19. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Looking Ahead: Monday, October 24 (Student holiday/Staff Development Day)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Learn more about Diwali.

TJHSST Admissions Information Session 8th grade students interested in applying for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ):

October 17 during TA  – There will be a student interest meeting for any 8th grade students interested in learning about the TJ application process.

There is a video presentation for families available on the TJ admissions website at https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions.

There is also detailed information to read on the TJ Freshman admissions page, including the eligibility requirements to apply to TJ, here: TJ Freshman admissions page

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 4, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

KJMS Family Liaisons

If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected]  or Jennie Choi at [email protected]

Counselor Information

Who is your school counselor for SY 22-23?

7th Grade Teams

8th Grade Team

Captains –Tyisha Williamson

Highlanders – Tyisha Williamson

Hokies – Dayle Ranallo

Panthers – Dayle Ranallo

Patriots – Friday Oeur

Nighthawks – Friday Oeur

Spartans – Curtiss Barnes

Cavaliers – Curtiss Barnes

Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

  FCPS Cares

Do you want to celebrate a Katherine Johnson employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way, or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

3801 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 | Main Office: 703-934-2400
Attendance: 703-934-2424 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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