Katherine Johnson MS Weekly News - April 12, 2024

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Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

in this issue: Important Dates

Visit the KJMS Facebook and Instagram to see more pictures and videos.

KJMS Event Calendar

  • April 17 Purple Up! Day, Don't Forget to Wear Purple
  • April 17 Pyramid Art Show
  • April 25 - IRW SOL (Grade 8 only)
  • April 25 - Battle of the Books - 6:30PM-8:00PM - Lake Braddock SS
  • April 29 - Grade 8 FT to Fairfax High School
  • May 2-4 - KJMS Spring Musical (link to buy tickets)
  • May 16  - PTA Meeting
  • May 29 & 30 - CPR Event (more details to come)
Principal's Message

Good evening, Eagle Community,

Happy Friday! We hope our families who celebrate Eid had a great time with family and friends this week. 

Even though Fairfax was not in the path of the ellipse totality on Tuesday, a curious crew of students stayed after school to safely catch a glimpse of this celestial event. Their enthusiasm for science and space exploration is truly out of this world!

 

 

The City of Fairfax sponsored an Essay Competition for students who attend school within the city. The topic of the essay was “Forgiveness”

This year’s winner is our own Patriot:   Cameron Mangal (right picture).

 

In addition, I want to update you on my house guest from last weekend. Lady Bart was a wonderful guest who made fast friends with my husband and the neighborhood children. I can see why so many Eagles enjoy stopping by the library! In fact, check out one of the focus stories featured on the FCPS website: Story about Lady Bart!

 

Your Proud Principal,

Tammy Silipigni

PTA Art Reflection Contest Winner

KJMS student Niharika Deshmane received the first-place award for the Virginia PTA Art Reflection Contest. If you recall, she is the same student who has been chosen for yearbook cover! This is a very proud placement for a KJMS to win at the state level. The title of the artwork is “Opening the Door to the Cleaner Earth.” The artist’s statement is in the attached photo, along with a photo of the artwork and Niharika with her medal.  Congratulation!

Staff Appreciation Week Coming Soon

Our Staff Appreciation Week is May 6- May 10, and we are looking for your help!  Our staff has worked really hard this year and we want them to feel appreciated. We are asking for donations of gift cards.  While we typically see denominations of $15-$25, we appreciate anything we get.  We need to collect a total of 160 gift cards, to cover our entire staff.  We plan to raffle off any items that we acquire. Donations can be dropped off in the main office with Kara Payne. 

Thank you all who have already donated. It is greatly appreciated!

Test Retake Information

Parent/guardian permission is required for the school to retest any student in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the spring SOL test, please complete the linked google form here. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record. A form must be filled out for each student in grades 7-8 for a retest to be allowed prior to April 25, 2024. 

Order Your KJMS Yearbook

Order your KJMS Yearbook today!

Hardcover Yearbook $25

https://ybpay.lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID Code: 15114024

Last day to order online will be April 29, 2024.

If you miss the online deadline, there will be a limited quantity available to be purchased with cash.  It will be on a first come, first serve basis.

KJMS Theater Presents

Come see KJMS’s production of Legally Blonde Jr.!

May 2nd at 7 PM

May 3rd at 7 PM

May 4th at 2 PM

Get your tickets here: Buy Tickets

The Fairfax Pyramid Art Show

The Fairfax Pyramid Art Show

Artwork from: Daniels Run ES, Eagle View ES, Providence ES, Willow Springs ES, Fairfax HS, and Katherine Johnson MS

When: April 17, 2024

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Fairfax HS- 3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, VA  22030

Fairfax HS Theatre Presents Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

FCPS Family Summit 2024

Safe, Supported, and Included

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

April's free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include:

Click the linked titles above to register. Learn more about FRC webinars and events.

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/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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

KJMS Reminder PTA Meeting - Today, April 11, 2024

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PTA Meeting Reminder Today Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 6:30 PM Virtual

Hello, KJMS Parents!

If you are a parent of a current 8th grade student at KJMS, please join our virtual PTA meeting tonight at 6:30 PM via Zoom (link below) to hear our guest speaker, Dr. Georgina Aye, principal at Fairfax High School.

Dr. Aye will discuss what your rising 9th grade student can expect transitioning from middle school and how to be set up for success. KJMS is very grateful to have Dr. Aye’s partnership in welcoming our amazing Katherine Johnson Eagles into the Fairfax High School Lion’s den! 

Please join us! 

Zoom Link to Join KJMS PTA Meeting

Meeting ID: 929 2850 3634

Passcode: 401607

Please also consider becoming a PTA member. You may do so very easily online by clicking here.  

Hope to see you tonight! 

Thank you,

Garrett Osumah

KJMS PTA President

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Stay in Touch with Us

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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Katherine Johnson MS Weekly News - April 5, 2024

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in this issue: Important Dates

Visit the KJMS Facebook and Instagram to see more pictures and videos.

KJMS Event Calendar

  • April 10:  Eid al Fitr (begins sundown 4/9) - No School
  • April 17: Purple Up! Day, Wear Purple
  • April 25 - IRW SOL (Grade 8 only)
  • April 25 - Battle of the Books - 6:30PM-8:00PM - Lake Braddock SS
  • April 29 - Grade 8 FT to Fairfax High School
Principal's Message

Good evening, Eagle Community,

We had a wonderful surprise to end our week. Nicole Matthews, our Family and Consumer Science Teacher, has been recognized as the FCPS Region 5 Outstanding New Secondary Teacher of the Year. She will now have her packet sent forth as one of the six candidates that are being evaluated for the overall FCPS Outstanding New Secondary Teacher. We wish her luck with the final round!

This week, students on the Captains and Spartans teams participated in a Stock Market Simulation. Students were paired and given $140 to begin. One partner was the banker, and the was the stock trader. Students invested in stocks that existed at the time. As the rounds continued, the stock prices would change, eventually leading to the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The teachers used this activity to connect to the causes of the Great Depression. See the pictures of students having fun! In one student’s words: “This game helped me understand the Stock Market Crash of October 29, 1929 by putting me in the shoes of a civilian who lost $133 in the stock market game. The stock market is very stressful and deceiving. It helped me dissolve any preemptory ideas saying, ‘I would never be that stupid’ because I was.” The lesson helped him see the value of analyzing issues and doing your research!

As the week ends, I get the honor of being the first overnight chaperone to take our library’s Bearded Dragon, Lady Bart, home for the weekend! My husband is very excited and has great plans to show her off to the neighborhood. I hope you all get out and enjoy this spring weather. It looks to be a beautiful weekend!

Your Proud Principal,

Tammy Silipigni

Staff Appreciation Week Coming Soon

Our Staff Appreciation Week is May 6- May 10, and we are looking for your help!  Our staff has worked really hard this year and we want them to feel appreciated. We are asking for donations of gift cards.  While we typically see denominations of $15-$25, we appreciate anything we get.  We need to collect a total of 160 gift cards, to cover our entire staff.  We plan to raffle off any items that we acquire. Donations can be dropped off in the main office with Kara Payne. 

You can also contribute by making a purchase off of our Amazon Wishlist.  These goodies will be put out for our staff on SOLs days, to give them an extra boost.  Thank you in advance for your donations and generosity and thank you for helping make our Staff Appreciation Week a memorable one.

Test Retake Information

he Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail their spring Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year.

Retesting is available when a student fails their first SOL attempt with a score of 375-399. (A score of 400 is considered passing for SOL tests.) Note that retests are not offered for fall or winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) tests or for the integrated reading/writing (IRW) component of the grade 5 and grade 8 SOL reading tests. 

Parent/guardian permission is required for the school to retest any student in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the spring SOL test, please complete the linked google form here. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record. A form must be filled out for each student in grades 7-8 for a retest to be allowed prior to April 25, 2024. 

KJMS student Niharika Deshmane received the first place award for the Virginia PTA Art Reflection Contest. If you recall, she is the same student who has been chosen for yearbook cover! This is a very proud placement for a KJMS to win at the state level. The title of the art work is “Opening the Door to the Cleaner Earth.” The artist’s statement is in the attached photo, along with a photo of the artwork and Niharika with her medal.

Month of the Military Child - Requesting Pictures

April is Month of the Military Child. If you are currently serving in any of the branches of our military or have served in the past, we would like you to submit a picture of you and your family for our Purple Star wall. You may send a hard copy with your student to drop off at the main office, or, for your convenience, submit the picture electronically to either [email protected] or [email protected].

  • April 17 (Wednesday) - Purple Up! Day, Wear Purple to show your support for military-connected youth! Purple represents military youth because purple combines all the colors of the military branches! 
Order Your KJMS Yearbook

Order your KJMS Yearbook today!

Hardcover Yearbook $25

https://ybpay.lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID Code: 15114024

Last day to order online will be April 29, 2024.

If you miss the online deadline, there will be a limited quantity available to be purchased with cash.  It will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Huge Thanks for the Stuffed Animal Drive!

A heartfelt thank you to our incredible school community for your generous support of our recent stuffed animal drive! Thanks to your donations, we collected close to 300 cuddly companions.  These furry friends will provide much-needed comfort to children experiencing trauma through our partnership with our local high school and the fantastic organization, SAFE (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies). SAFE distributes stuffed animals to first responders, hospitals, and other organizations that work with children in difficult situations.

Special congratulations to the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students who spearheaded this initiative! Their dedication and hard work were instrumental in collecting such a heartwarming amount of comfort.

By giving the gift of a cuddly friend, you've helped bring a sense of security and comfort to a child who needs it most. We are so proud of our school community for showing such generosity and compassion!

School Library Month & National Library Week

Mark your calendars! National Library Week is upon us, occurring April 7-13, 2024, and we have the perfect excuse to celebrate our incredible librarians, Ms. Carmichael and Ms. Betten!

  • Take a moment to write a thank you note expressing gratitude for the their help and support. Perhaps, mention a specific book recommendation, activity, or memory from the library.
  • Get creative! Draw a picture or write a poem expressing your gratitude. 
  • Spread the word! Encourage your classmates, friends, and family to join in and show their appreciation for our school librarians.

Let us shower our counselors with the appreciation they deserve!

Our librarians are the heart and soul of our school library, creating a welcoming space for learning and exploration. Let's show them our appreciation during National Library Week!

Explore all that school library programs have to offer for student learning, and the important roles that school librarians play in the school community.

Athletic Physicals for MS Sports

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

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

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

John Reynolds MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Training Program Administrator

[email protected]

Fairfax City - Teen Adventure Camp

This is a 4-week Teen Adventure Camp for rising 8th - 10th Grade.

Teen Adventure Camp includes age-appropriate field trips five days a week.  This camp offers a wide variety of activities for teens in a safe, friendly and supervised environment. Teens will participate in activities such as teambuilding, games, and much more. Each day, they will travel on a new adventure to develop and refine skills in areas such as leadership, teamwork and socialization.

More about the Fairfax City camps at: fairfaxva.gov/summercamp

Teen Adventure Camp Calendar: https://www.fairfaxva.gov/home/showdocument?id=22741&t=638473222299667698

William & Mary Center for Gifted Education Pre-Collegiate Programs

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share its Summer/Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family. SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts. There are in-person and virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more. 

We are now registering for:

Saturday

 April 27th Classes

 May 4th Classes

Summer 

June 24th-28th

July 8th-12th

August 12th-16th 

For more information, and to see what classes are available please visit our website!

TECHSTRAVAGANZA 2024

TJ TWIST Presents

TECHSTRAVAGANZA 2024

Annual STEM Activity fair for students of ALL AGES

When:  Saturday, May 18, 2024

10 AM - 4 PM

Event website:  tjtechstrav.org

Free entry

FCPS News

FCPS News:  Read FCPS This Week to learn more about a variety of topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, please sign up today.  

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click a date above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of FCPS’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. 

Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

For more details on FCPS’ advertised budget, view budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

Check out the Budget Calendar for important dates in the budget process as well as opportunities for the community to provide feedback.  

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

FCPS Family Summit 2024

Safe, Supported, and Included

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

April's free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include:

Click the linked titles above to register. Learn more about FRC webinars and events.

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/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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

Katherine Johnson MS Weekly News - March 22, 2024

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Kindness Club

They sent our students and staff into Spring Break with positive messages and wishes!

Thank you, Kindness Club!!

in this issue: Important Dates

Visit the KJMS Facebook and Instagram to see more pictures and videos.

KJMS Event Calendar

  • March 25-29 - Spring Break, No School, School Office Closed
  • March 29 - Good Friday

  • March 31 - Easter

  • April 1-2 - Teacher Workday/Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • April 3 - School Resumes- It will an ODD (Blue) Day
  • April 10: Student Holiday: Eid al Fitr (begins sundown 4/9)

Principal's Message

Good evening, KJMS Community,

Happy Spring Break! We are excited to hear about all of the memories our Eagles will make over the coming days whether traveling or enjoying a staycation in Fairfax. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom all over the area and in Washington, DC, so maybe that is how you will spend some time. For all of our Eagles who celebrate Easter, we hope that your plans include fun times with family and friends as well as times to gather in your houses of worship. 

When we return in April, we will be busy with the inaugural season of FCPS middle school track and field. We will also have students preparing for spring theatrical performances and music concerts & competitions. Our academic teams have final competitions across the region and state. Thank you to all of our Eagles and their families who represent us so positively in the community with all of these events. 

In closing, have you seen the latest KJMS web updates? During this final week of Women’s History Month, FCPS celebrated our namesake, Katherine Johnson. We also wanted to celebrate our staff’s support of building a library of books for students in Ghana. Finally, for the third consecutive year, our performing arts department (band, chorus, and orchestra) has been recognized as a VMEA Blue Ribbon School. Way to go!!! This is quite an achievement and lovely way to start our break.

Have a “hoppy” spring break,

Tammy Silipigni,

Principal

Attn: Military Families

April is Month of the Military Child. If you are currently serving in any of the branches of our military or have served in the past, we would like you to submit a picture of you and your family for our Purple Star wall. You may send a hard copy with your student to drop off at the main office, or, for your convenience, submit the picture electronically to either [email protected] or [email protected].

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Hardcover Yearbook $25

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KJMS AVID Students

 AVID students at the end of their GMU tour

FCPS News Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Virginia Department of Social Services at 211

The Virginia Department of Social Services can help provide information and referrals for resources to those who need food, shelter, rent, or utility assistance. They can also connect individuals and families with resources regarding physical and mental health resources, job training, and transportation assistance. Individuals who would like to help others may also find volunteering and donation opportunities. 

Reach 211 Virginia by phone at 211, or visit 211virginia.org.

Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp — which takes place Monday, July 1, to Thursday, August 1 — is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend. Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability due to financial hardship. This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click a date above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

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April's free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Upcoming events include:

Click the linked titles above to register. Learn more about FRC webinars and events.

FCPS Cares  

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Student Feedback on Schoology

Today, students received a link to a survey about Schoology. Please encourage your student to take it if they haven’t already so that county leadership can get meaningful feedback on this digital tool.

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KJMS Event Calendar

  • March 22 - End of the 3rd Quarter (No Early Release-Full Regular day)
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break, No School, Offices Closed
  • April 1-2 - Teacher Workday/Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • April 3 - School Resumes- It will an ODD (Blue) Day
  • April 10: Student Holiday: Eid al Fitr (begins sundown 4/9)

Principal's Message

Good evening, KJMS Community,

What have you been doing with all of that extra daylight since our clocks sprung forward last weekend? We were blessed with amazing weather this week during our final week of winter. We hope your Eagles are getting outside and playing in the sunshine when they get home in the afternoons. Even if they stay for our wonderful after school programming, they still have time in the daylight outside this time of year!

Speaking of after school programming, this past week, we had several student groups celebrating or preparing for final annual events. The Science Olympiad Team is pictured below with their 4th place trophy from their recent competition. Our KJMS Battle of the Books team is deeply embedded in final preparations for their countywide, upcoming competition. We hope you enjoy the pictures of a taste of what is happening with our Eagles in after school programming. 

As a reminder, with Spring Break coming, we do not assign homework or projects during the break. If your child elects to work on something to improve grades, that is their choice. Otherwise, we hope you have a rest-filled time with friends and family. 

In closing, we have a few Save the Date items for your calendars! Did you know that our PTA meets virtually each month? They have several guests in coming meetings. On April 11, 2024, from 6:30-7:30 PM, you can attend the meeting to meet Fairfax High School’s principal, Dr. Aye. On May 9, 2024, from 6:30-7:30 PM, you can attend the meeting to meet Fairfax City of Schools’ superintendent, Jeff Plattenberg, and school board chair, Carolyn Pitches. Information will be coming out with how to access the meeting link.

One final Save the Date for this coming week: Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites you to a community conversation focused on addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools. This in-person event will be on Monday, March 18, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School (9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA 22015) in the Auditorium (Enter through door 14). This discussion will provide families and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County. 

Together, as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and sometimes fatal substances. Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. The program is appropriate for grades 6 and up.  

Happy last weekend of the winter!

Dr. Tammy Silipigni 

Principal

Math Counts

Math Counts is also in full bloom! Students in MATHCOUNTS are celebrating all of their accomplishments this year! They placed 5th place in Chapter Round this year 😊 

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Attn: Rising 9th Graders

Attention Rising 9th Graders! The College Partnership Program (CPP) is a program designed to support students in exploring, applying to, and enrolling in college. CPP focuses on academic advising, college visits, family engagement, and preparation beyond high school. CPP was created to systematically mitigate the impact of barriers to access and opportunity, and support students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses (including those who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S., economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and English language learners) but all students are encouraged to apply. CPP has extended their deadline to apply to Friday, March 22nd. Please see the flyer for more information. Students can also reach out to their current school counselor if they have any other questions.

KJMS - Artists of the Quarter

 

Mrs. Condley and Mrs. Kennedy would like to congratulate our Artists of the Quarter for 2nd Quarter!  These students were creative and hardworking all quarter long!

Art Foundations: Nivi Gupta and Inayah Rasheed

Art Extensions: Nyla Doshi

Computers in Art: Audrey Hebert

3D Art Explorations: Rohan Natnithithadha

KJMS Science Olympiad news

 

Science Olympiad is a team-based competition centered on specific scientific topics,  where students work in groups to study a STEM topic and compete against other teams from all over Virginia and the country.

KJMS students participated in the Regional Competition (at Lake Braddock) on March 2, 2024. 

KJMS school Team was placed overall 4th place and qualified for the state tournament at UVA on April 6th.  KJMS students received awards for the following events:

  • Forestry: 2nd place (Riya Prabhu, Vivian Lee) 
  • Code Busters: 2nd place ( Ameya Rajeev, Lucas Liu, Nathan Park)
  • Fossils: 3rd Place ( Caleb Humphreys, Nathan Park)
  • Anatomy and Physiology: 4th Place (Ameya Rajeev, Avery Dalton)
  • Dynamic Planet: 4th Place (Aritri Mondal, Nathan Park)
  • Wind Power: 4th Place (Caleb Humphreys, Lucas Liu)
  • Tower: 4th Place (Krithi Mantrala, Niharika Deshmane)
  • Optics 6th Place ( Riya Prabhu, Nissa Singh)
  • Air Trajectory 6th Place (Lucas Liu, Riya Prabhu) 
  • Dynamic Planet: 6th Place (Isaac Roberts, Yousab Boules)
Attn: Military Families

April is Month of the Military Child. If you are currently serving in any of the branches of our military or have served in the past, we would like you to submit a picture of you and your family for our Purple Star wall. You may send a hard copy with your student to drop off at the main office, or, for your convenience, submit the picture electronically to either [email protected] or [email protected].

Also, if you missed the FCPS' deadline to order your Purple-Up Shirt, KJMS is offering the opportunity for you to order your shirt through the KJMS PTA.  To order, please go to www.KBLembroiderydesign.com and then click on "Katherine Johnson Middle School" tab. Please note that you will have 2 price options, $12 and $15. When you select “Military Purple,” $3 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Purple-Up Shirt orders will be accepted between today and March 22nd and delivered to KJMS after Spring Break. 

KJMS Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is located in the cafeteria.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, March 22nd.  After March 22nd, anything left will be packed up and donated.

FCPS News ✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

 

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget

The average amount of funds transferred from Fairfax County to FCPS was 52.6% of county disbursements from fiscal years (FY) 2019-2023. It dipped to 51.6% in FY 2024. The County’s budget proposal for next year would transfer 51.4% of total disbursements. 

If the county were to return to transferring 52.6% to FCPS for the upcoming year, that would equate to $63 million more to invest in excellence.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget. Give your feedback on the County budget

Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS secondary schools can enroll in the Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a two- or three-week summer Arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th through 12th grades. Students create their own schedules in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance from nearly 60 courses offered. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military. 

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

🩹 Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

🏅 Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement programs or activities that include students with disabilities that result in positive outcomes for all students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

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FCPS Cares  

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Stay in Touch with Us

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After-School Updates Spring Track & Field

🏃‍♂️ Exciting News! KJMS is gearing up for its inaugural Track and Field season. All students, whether beginners or experienced, are welcome to join! Explore events like the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, long jump, and shot put. Practices twice a week (2:30pm – 4:20pm) at KJMS with Saturday morning competitions at local high schools. Be part of history—register now and stay tuned for our parent/student interest meeting! 

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps including the FCPS MS Sport Physical).

 

Practice Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20, April 3 - May 8

 

Tentative Meet Schedule

April 20 @ Edison HS

April 27 @ Woodson HS

May 4 @ Madison HS

May 11 @ West Potomac HS

 

The Mandatory Virtual Parent Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30-7:00PM.  A link will be emailed to those who have completed the Spring registration form.

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KJMS Reminders: Spring Pictures & PTA Meeting - March 13, 2024

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Reminder: Spring Pictures

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 14 & Friday, March 15, we will have Lifetouch photographers taking pre-ordered spring pictures and new students who started after October 27, 2023.  If you would like to purchase spring pictures, please click on the order form link below.  On March 14, club pictures will be taken as well during TA.  

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Lifetouch Picture Day

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

PTA Meeting Reminder Tomorrow Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 6:30 PM Virtual

Hello, KJMS Parents!

Please join us! 

Zoom Link to Join KJMS PTA Meeting

Meeting ID: 929 2850 3634

Passcode: 401607

Please also consider becoming a PTA member. You may do so very easily online by clicking here.  

Hope to see you tonight! 

Thank you,

Garrett Osumah

KJMS PTA President

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars. 

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KJMS Event Calendar

  • March 9 - District XI MS Orchestra Assess @ KJMS; All day
  • March 10- Daylight Savings Begins (Spring Forward)
  • March 14 & 15 - Spring Pictures and for New Students after 10/27/23
    • After School Club pictures
  • March 14 - PTA Meeting - Virtual (Zoom Link); 6:30 PM
  • March 22 - Basketball vs South County @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
  • March 22 - End of the 3rd Quarter (No Early Release-Full Regular day)
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break - No School
  • April 1-2 - Teacher Workday/Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • April 3 - School Resumes- It will an ODD (Blue) Day
  • April 5 - Volleyball vs Rocky Run @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
Principal's Message

Good evening, KJMS Community,

Spring has ceremonially sprung with the time change this weekend! Please remember if you are dropping off your student in the morning via Kiss & Ride K&R), it will be back to a dark drop-off. Do NOT allow your student to exit your car in the parking lot, but only in front of the school once directed. Thank you for keeping all of our Eagles safe.

This week, we have been busy partnering with Providence Elementary School (PES). On Monday, we sent guest readers for Read Across America. This included myself, Ms. Teague, Ms. Betten (one of our librarians), and the most beloved guest–Lady Bart. Remember Lord Bart, our library’s bearded dragon? We found out this week that it is a she! And she was the biggest hit on Monday at PES. On Friday, Mr. Stowers and his advanced theater students were all the rage with their fairy tales they performed. These fairy tales were inspired by writings from 3 third grade Panthers who worked on a fairy tale writing unit. What a fun day!

Music is in the air. All of our band, orchestra and choral students have been representing KJMS well with school and local performances and assessments. Enjoy the pics below of a few orchestra students performing at Eagle View Elementary School this past week.

Finally, all of our 8th graders showed excellent SOAR traits as they visited Junior Achievement’s Finance Park. According to their website, “JA Finance Park is an innovation in experiential education designed to engage middle school students for life and work in the real world. And that means learning and practicing how to make informed decisions for lifelong success by: 

  • ~Aligning the realities of life – and personal choices – with financial stability
  • ~Connecting education and career decisions with income expectations
  • ~Experiencing first-hand what it takes to make it

JA Finance Park is a public/private nonprofit collaboration between our region’s school systems, businesses, educators and volunteer mentors who come together to inspire, guide and teach students how to be financially capable and ready to take on their futures. From goal-setting to saving, budgeting, shopping and bill paying, students experience what it really takes to successfully navigate today’s complex economy and they come face-to-face with how their decisions today can impact their future.

JA Finance Park combines classroom curriculum taught by teachers with a high-impact simulation. This knowledge serves as a foundation in personal finance education and gives young people the skills they need to be successful and support them in their lifelong journey.” 

Parents, ask your student what they learned about budgeting. We also challenged them to thank their parents for all of the investment they made in providing for them each and every day. It was a wonderful experience!

Have fun turning those clocks forward,

Dr. Silipigni,

Principal

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Spring Pictures

On March 14 & 15, we will have Lifetouch photographers taking pre-ordered spring pictures and new students who started after October 27, 2023.  If you would like to purchase spring pictures, please click on the link below.  New students will receive a separate email. On March 14, club pictures will be taken as well.  More information to come regarding club pictures.

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Lifetouch spring picture order form

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

Ramadan

Next week, Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, begins at sundown on March 10 and ends around April 10, 2024. We want our KJMS families and students to know that the KJMS school library will be open during all lunches for students who may prefer to go to the library instead of the cafeteria, as many will be fasting. The library will also be available to students who may want to perform their prayers during the school day. If students elect to pray during the school day, they will need your permission to participate in this student-led, voluntary activity. Pease use the link below to access the permission form or paper copy versions can be pick-up in the main office. Completed and signed permission forms must be returned to Ms. Jama in the main office.

Permission Form - KJMS

First Annual KJMS Spelling Bee

The first annual KJMS Spelling Bee took place after school on Thursday, March 7th, with 11 students competing. Mrs. Verma was the sponsor, working alongside parent coach Dr. Vrushali Gosavi. Students spent months practicing, and it showed! The competition was fierce and lasted about 90 minutes. Ultimately, Ameya Rajeev won the competition by successfully spelling “lymphoma.” Our runner up was Lila Gearhart, although Sammy Aggarwal put up a good fight before taking 3rd place. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all of our competitors!

KJMS Lost and Found

Are your children missing any clothing?  Our lost and found is located in the cafeteria.  Please stop by to take a look if you are missing something before Friday, March 22nd.  After March 22nd, anything left will be packed up and donated.

KJMS Library News FCPS News Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features:

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8. 

Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS secondary schools can enroll in the Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a two- or three-week summer Arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th through 12th grades. Students create their own schedules in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance from nearly 60 courses offered. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military. 

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

FCPS Cares  

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Stay in Touch with Us

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KJMS Event Calendar

  • March 4 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Nighthawks (EVEN Day)
  • March 5 - Presidential Primary - No School (Teacher Workday)
  • March 6 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Highlanders (EVEN Day)
  • March 6 - KJMS Band Concert; Auditorium; 7:00 PM
  • March 7 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Cavaliers
  • March 7 - Spelling Bee; 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • March 8 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Panthers
  • March 8 - Basketball vs Hughes @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
  • March 10- Daylight Savings Begins (Spring Forward)
  • March 14 & 15 - Spring Pictures and for New Students after 10/27/23
    • After School Club pictures
  • March 22 - Basketball vs South County @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
  • March 22 - End of the 3rd Quarter (No Early Release-Full Regular day)
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break - No School
  • April 1-2 - Teacher Workday/Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • April 3 - School Resumes- It will an ODD (Blue) Day
KJMS Parent Conversation & Coffee Update

Dear KJMS Families,

 FCPS is very focused on how we can support attendance. Schools across the county are looking for ways to reduce chronic absenteeism. Thankfully, KJMS has been able to reduce its absenteeism rates this school year, but we are always looking for ways to help support attendance. First it is important to know when to keep your student(s) home and when to send them to school. Illness with a physical symptom – fever, vomiting, diarrhea – are signs your student should stay at home. Read: Attendance: When Should I Keep My Child Home?

For other situations, saying they don’t feel well can be a sign of a different issue that is causing students to avoid school. Students who are struggling with depression or anxiety, students who lack positive peer connections, and students who feel academic pressure sometimes avoid school. Missing 1 day or less a month is a good goal for most students. Chronic absenteeism can negatively impact students' grades, limit the development of social and emotional skills, and impact future school attendance. KJMS is eager to partner with families to support attendance. 

During this past week, at our “Coffee & Conversations” event, we talked about chronic absenteeism, its roots, and some solutions to get our kids back in the classroom. We had many support partners present to share resources with families. 

Our partners support mental health, physical health, transportation needs, and offer parenting resources that are affordable or free to our community members. FCPS Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! Webpage.

We are very thankful to those parents that came to the Attendance Coffee & Conversations. They offered many perspectives and suggestions and were able to answer a variety of questions and provided support in many areas of need. 

 If your child is struggling to come to school, misses more than one day a month, or seems to have a lot of physical symptoms that are keeping them out of school, please call us so we can discuss some strategies and provide resources to help support attendance. Our goal is that all students and families feel healthy, happy, and connected to school. 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Ryan Smith,

Dean of Students

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Spring Pictures

On March 14 & 15, we will have Lifetouch photographers taking pre-ordered spring pictures and new students who started after October 27, 2023.  If you would like to purchase spring pictures, please click on the link below.  New students will receive a separate email. On March 14, club pictures will be taken as well.  More information to come regarding club pictures.

Lifetouch flier

Lifetouch spring picture order form

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

FCPS News Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

Ramadan

Next week, Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, begins at sundown on March 10 and ends around April 10, 2024. We want our KJMS families and students to know that the KJMS school library will be open during all lunches for students who may prefer to go to the library instead of the cafeteria, as many will be fasting. The library will also be available to students who may want to perform their prayers during the school day. If students elect to pray during the school day, they will need your permission to participate in this student-led, voluntary activity. Pease use the link below to access the permission form or paper copy versions can be pick-up in the main office. Completed and signed permission forms must be returned to Ms. Jama in the main office.

Permission Form - KJMS

Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Opioid Conversation

Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8. 

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

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/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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

KJMS After-School Updates

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After-School Updates KJMS Spelling Bee - March 7th

The KJMS Spelling Bee competition take place on Thursday, March 7th from 2:30-4:30. 

Join the KJMS Spelling Bee Schoology Group by using the access code: 9DXR-QNTF-GVCW7

You can start preparing and practicing from the list of 450 words posted under the 'Resources' folder in the KJMS Spelling Bee Schoology Group.

Register for the KJMS Spelling Bee HERE

Upcoming Events

March 1 - Basketball vs Liberty MS @ KJMS

March 1-3 - William & Mary Model UN Conference

March 5 - School Planning Day - No School

March 7 - KJMS Spelling Bee

March 8 - Basketball vs Hughes MS @ KJMS

March 12 - Volleyball Team Tryouts - Signup coming soon

March 22 - Basketball vs South County MS @ KJMS

March 25-April 2 - Spring Break

 

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After-School Updates KJMS Cyber Security Club - CyberPatriot

Learn hands on Cyber Security skills applicable in real life

Learn how to secure virtual networks and operating systems

Work in teams of up to 6 to compete in CyberPatriot

Interested?

Click on the picture to Sign-up and attend our interest meeting on Monday 2/26 from 2:30-3:30. 

Come learn more about what you will learn and how competitions will be structured!

Sign-up HERE

KJMS Spring Track & Field

🏃‍♂️ Exciting News! KJMS is gearing up for its inaugural Track and Field season. All students, whether beginners or experienced, are welcome to join! Explore events like the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, long jump, and shot put. Practices twice a week (2:30pm – 4:20pm) at KJMS with Saturday morning competitions at local high schools. Be part of history—register now and stay tuned for our parent/student interest meeting! 

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps).

 

Tentative Practice Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20, April 3 - May 8

 

Tentative Meet Schedule

April 20 @ Fairfax HS

April 27 @ Woodson HS

May 4 @ Madison HS

May 11 @ West Potomac HS

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps).

Guitar Club

Students will be shown skills based on their ability.  We will focus on playing single notes along with some basic chords.  Students can then pair up and learn how to play together, by learning rhythm and lead roles.

You do not need a guitar to join this club - we have a class set of Yamaha acoustic guitars.

Two sessions will be held on Thursdays (2:30-3:30, 3:30-4:30) beginning February 22nd.

 A few spaces still available!  Sign up HERE

Upcoming Events

March 1 - Basketball vs Liberty MS @ KJMS

March 1-3 - William & Mary Model UN Conference

March 5 - School Planning Day - No School

March 8 - Basketball vs Hughes MS @ KJMS

March 12 - Volleyball Team Tryouts - Signup coming soon

March 22 - Basketball vs South County MS @ KJMS

March 25-April 2 - Spring Break

 

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Katherine Johnson MS Weekly News - February 23, 2024

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Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

in this issue: Important Dates

Visit the KJMS Facebook and Instagram to see more pictures and videos.

KJMS Event Calendar

  • February 28 - Choral Pre-Assessment Concert
    • @KJ Auditorium; 7:00 PM
  • February 29 - KJMS Parent Coffee - 9:00 AM
    • in the library
  • March 1 - Basketball vs Liberty @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
  • March 4 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Nighthawks
  • March 5 - No School (Teacher Workday)
  • March 6 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Highlanders
  • March 6 - KJMS Pre-Assessment; Auditorium; 7:00 PM
  • March 7 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Cavaliers
  • March 8 - Field Trip - Gr. 8 - Panthers
  • March 8 - Basketball vs Hughes @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
  • March 14 - Spring Pictures and for New Students after 10/27/23
    • After School Club pictures
    • More details to come
  • March 22 - Basketball vs South County @ KJMS; 6:00 PM
  • March 22 - End of the 3rd Quarter (No Early Release-Full Regular day)
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break - No School
  • April 1-2 - Teacher Workday/Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • April 3 - School Resumes- It will an ODD (Blue) Day
Celebrating Our Wonderful Counselor

We know National Counseling Week came and went a few weeks ago, but we wanted to take a moment to let our wonderful counseling team know how much they are appreciated. Words can hardly express the gratitude we feel for their dedication, compassion, and unwavering support to our students.

Throughout the week our counseling team were showered with small tokens of appreciation to show just how much we value them. From the sweet treats to the special surprises, we hope they felt a glimpse of the impact they have on our students and community. Thank you!

After-School Kindness Club  More Kindness Messages from the  After-School Kindness Club  Principal's Message

Dear KJMS Families,

Congratulations to all of our students who were presented with class recognitions at this week's Quarterly Awards Assembly. Our staff is so proud of the many Eagles who exhibit the SOAR traits each day. It is evident that your support at home ensures that our students have a wonderful learning environment in our school. We also had two great pep rallies this week to ensure all students know how much they are loved and valued at KJMS.

The GMU Men’s Soccer Team was present for the 7th grade pep rally. We wish them luck as they missed Friday’s 8th grade pep rally to play in a soccer game. 

Our Orchestra participated in an amazing performance with the Fairfax Pyramid last night. Doing so, they missed the celebration at the Fairfax County School Board meeting, where they and the Bella Canzones were recognized for their November performance at the Virginia Music Educators Conference. Congrats to all of these outstanding performers. 

As we have the last days before daylight savings begins, we are excited to see all that spring has in store. What will you do with the gift of an extra day with  our February 29th leap year this year? Maybe that would make a fun dinner conversation. 

Enjoy your weekend,

Tammy Silipigni

Principal

Sully District Budget Town Hall

Please join Sully District School Board member Seema Dixit and Supervisor Kathy Smith for a joint town hall as they present the proposed FY 2025 Budgets and take your comments. Details of the Fairfax County budget can be found here. If you would like to ask a question regarding the FY25 Budget, please send an email to [email protected] with "Budget Town Hall" in the subject. Detailed information about the FCPS FY25 Budget can be found on our website and also detailed below.

When: Thursday, February 29, 2024 

Time: 7 - 9 pm EST

Where: Rocky Run Middle School Lecture Hall

Address: 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA 20151 

 *If American Sign Language or language interpretation is needed, please submit your request by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

 Thank you very much. Your assistance in letting our community know about the Sully District Budget Town Hall is greatly appreciated! They look forward to seeing you there if your schedule permits.

Thank you so much!!

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KJMS Parent Conversation & Coffee

Join us on Thursday, February 29th for an important conversation about student attendance!

Are you concerned about your child's attendance at Katherine Johnson Middle School? Do you have questions about chronic absenteeism and its impact on academic success? We invite you to Coffee & Conversations: Attendance, a unique opportunity to connect with school staff, community resources, and other families in similar situations.

What to expect:

  • Open discussion: Share your concerns and experiences with chronic absenteeism in a supportive environment.
  • Expert insights: Learn from school leadership, social workers, and attendance specialists about the impact of missed school days.
  • Community support: Discover local resources and programs that can help your family overcome attendance challenges.
  • Light refreshments: Enjoy coffee and snacks while you connect with others.

Whether your child is currently struggling with attendance, or you simply want to learn more, we encourage you to join us!

Date: February 29th (Please note the unusual date!) 

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

Location: KJMS Library

RSVP: RSVP Form

Questions or concerns – Contact Ryan Smith [email protected], 703-934-7280

Together, we can ensure all our students reach their full potential.

Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity!

FHS Presents Cultural Celebration 2024

Tickets are ON SALE now for Fairfax High School’s annual sold-out event: Cultural Celebration 2024!

Friday, March 8th

Cultural Fair 6:30 PM

Cultural Celebration (Global Talent & Fashion Show) 7:00 PM

Join us for an incredible trip around the world featuring fiery Latin dances, the beat of the Korean drums, the majesty of the Chinese Dragon dance, the harmonies of Kentucky Bluegrass, Vietnamese fan dancing, traditional and modern global fashions, tasty treats from near and far, and MUCH MORE!

NEW TICKET INFO: Tickets are sold ONLINE this year beginning 2/23 and closing at 5pm on 3/8 for a discounted price. Tickets may sell out prior to the event, so reserve yours today!

Pre-Sale Online Ticket Prices: Adults $5 | Students $3 (FCPS Employees & Kids Under 5 = Free)

Door Ticket Prices: Adults $10 | Students $5 (FCPS Employees & Kids Under 5 = Free)

Don't miss out! Tickets are flying faster than a K-pop dance move, so click this TICKET LINK or the QR code in the flyer to grab yours now!

Please help us spread the word to make this the most vibrant, diverse, and celebratory Fairfax HS event ever!

FCPS News

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

  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • How Students Benefit from CTE Courses
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding TJHSST

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

Career and Technical Education Courses Prepare Students for the Future

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Hear from students how CTE courses and Academies are helping them explore and prepare for careers while still in high school. One student has earned more than 20 industry certifications in two years! 

Watch this video to learn more about opportunities in Fairfax County Public Schools’ CTE and Academy programs.

Teach for FCPS! Help Students Achieve Their Dreams.

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

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/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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

Katherine Johnson MS Weekly News - February 16, 2024

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Visit the KJMS Facebook and Instagram to see more pictures and videos.

KJMS Event Calendar

  • February 22 - School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • February 22 - Young Scholars Field Trip
  • February 28 - Choral Pre-Assessment Concert
    • @KJ Auditorium; 7:00 PM
  • February 29 - KJMS Parent Coffee - 9:00 AM
    • in the library
  • March 5 - No School (Teacher Workday)
  • March 14 - Spring Pictures and for New Students after 10/27/23
    • More details in next week's newsletter
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break - No School
  • April 1-2 - Teacher Workday/Staff Development (No School for Students)
  • April 3 - School Resumes- It will an ODD (Blue) Day
Messages of Kindness by our Students in the After-School Kindness Club 

In honor of Kindness Week

Principal's Message

Happy Kindness Week, KJMS!

Love was in the air with our kindness quotes on the sidewalk and posted all around the school. Thank you to our Eagles for helping each other feel welcome and valued each and every day. Thank you also for trusting our amazing City of Fairfax Police and KJMS staff as we navigated potential safety issues this week. We truly serve the best community!

Please join us in celebrating two of our outstanding employees for moving forward in the FCPS Outstanding Employees awards this year as the Fairfax Pyramid winners! 

  • (L) Friday Oeur, Counselor: Outstanding Professional Employee 
  • (R) Nicole Matthews, Family & Consumer Science Teacher: Outstanding New Secondary Teacher 

In the left picture above, you will notice a small doll in Ms. Oeur’s hand.  It is a tiny crocheted Katherine Johnson, meticulously crafted by our own wonderfully talented, Ms. Oeur.  It will stand tall in the main lobby's display cabinet. 

As February winds to a close, we will continue to see our Eagles excel. Next weekend, we have nearly 100 students and 10 staff members attending the Model United Nations Conference hosted by the College of William and Mary. We will continue to keep you updated on the great things we have happening at KJMS.

Stay warm this weekend,

Dr. Silipigni,

Principal

Celebrating Our Wonderful SRO

Officer Johns isn't just a badge in the hallway at Katherine Johnson Middle School (KJMS), she is also a track & field assistant coach. Her dedication to understanding the unique challenges of adolescence fosters a trusting environment where students feel comfortable seeking help. On Thursday, February, 15 was Security Resources Officer (SRO) Day, we celebrate Officer Johns for her unwavering commitment to our school community – thank you for making KJMS a safer, stronger place for all!

KJMS Parent Conversation & Coffee

Join us on Thursday, February 29th for an important conversation about student attendance!

Are you concerned about your child's attendance at Katherine Johnson Middle School? Do you have questions about chronic absenteeism and its impact on academic success? We invite you to Coffee & Conversations: Attendance, a unique opportunity to connect with school staff, community resources, and other families in similar situations.

What to expect:

  • Open discussion: Share your concerns and experiences with chronic absenteeism in a supportive environment.
  • Expert insights: Learn from school leadership, social workers, and attendance specialists about the impact of missed school days.
  • Community support: Discover local resources and programs that can help your family overcome attendance challenges.
  • Light refreshments: Enjoy coffee and snacks while you connect with others.

Whether your child is currently struggling with attendance, or you simply want to learn more, we encourage you to join us!

Date: February 29th (Please note the unusual date!) 

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

Location: KJMS Library

RSVP: RSVP Form

Questions or concerns – Contact Ryan Smith [email protected], 703-934-7280

Together, we can ensure all our students reach their full potential.

Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity!

Fairfax Wind Symphony Presents Free Concert

The Fairfax Wind Symphony is an ensemble made up largely of band directors including our own band director, Mr. Burts.  The concert is free, and no tickets are needed. 

When: Sunday, February 18

Time:  3:00 PM

Where: KJMS Auditorium

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

  • Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Register for Superintendent Community Conversations
  • Kindergarten Registration

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

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m.

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Teach for FCPS! Help Students Achieve Their Dreams.

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

FCPS Cares  

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Stay in Touch with Us

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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KJMS PTA Message - February 14, 2024 - PTA & SCA 2/15/24 Dance CANCELLED

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KJMS Spring Dance Cancelled

It seems that our students may have busy schedules and other commitments that may have resulted in low ticket sales for our dance.

Since we only have seventeen tickets sold and permission slips turned in, we have decided to postpone the dance until later in the school year. If you bought a ticket, we will let you know how to receive a full refund. Regular afterschool activities will resume for Thursday, which includes afterschool buses. As co-sponsors of the dance, the SCA and PTA will regroup and look forward to the next opportunity for students to get together and enjoy some social time together.

Thank you,

The KJMS Administrative Team

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KJMS Spring Dance: Halfway to Summer Luau Sign-Up Genius Link Updated

KJMS PTA and SCA are excited to host the Halfway to Summer Luau Dance.

Date:  February 15, 2024

Time:  2:30-4:30

Tickets: will be on sale in the cafeteria during lunches periods only -  Monday, February 12- Wednesday, February 15. 

Payment:  $5 (Cash Only- exact change appreciated) along with the parent signed permission slip.

Students must be present in school for all classes the day of the dance in order to attend.

No tickets will be sold after lunch periods are over or at the door the day of the dance

Your child doesn’t want to miss out on the fun!  We hope your KJMS student will join us for a fun time!

We’re also seeking parent volunteers to help with ticket sales, decorations, concessions, and chaperoning.  Click on the link below if you are available to volunteer.  No amount of time is too small.  You support is greatly appreciated.  

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🏃‍♂️ Exciting News! KJMS is gearing up for its inaugural Track and Field season. All students, whether beginners or experienced, are welcome to join! Explore events like the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, long jump, and shot put. Practices twice a week (2:30pm – 4:20pm) at KJMS with Saturday morning competitions at local high schools. Be part of history—register now and stay tuned for our parent/student interest meeting! 

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps).

 

Tentative Practice Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20, April 3 - May 8

 

Tentative Meet Schedule

April 20 @ Fairfax HS

April 27 @ Woodson HS

May 4 @ Madison HS

May 11 @ West Potomac HS

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps).

Guitar Club

Students will be shown skills based on their ability.  We will focus on playing single notes along with some basic chords.  Students can then pair up and learn how to play together, by learning rhythm and lead roles.

You do not need a guitar to join this club - we have a class set of Yamaha acoustic guitars.

Two sessions will be held on Thursdays (2:30-3:30, 3:30-4:30) beginning February 22nd.

 Sign up HERE

Upcoming Events

February 15 - SCA After-School Dance 

February 16 - Futsal Tournament @ Poe MS

February 17 - TJHSST Quiz Bowl Competition

February 19 - Holiday

February 23 - Basketball @ Rocky Run MS

March 1 - Basketball vs Liberty MS @ KJMS

March 1-3 - William & Mary Model UN Conference

March 5, 7 - Volleyball Team Tryouts - Signup coming soon

March 8 - Basketball vs Hughes MS @ KJMS

March 22 - Basketball vs South County MS @ KJMS

March 25-April 2 - Spring Break

 

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KJMS Event Calendar

  • February 12-15 - Spirt Week- See flier below
  • February 15 - School Resource Office Appreciation Day
  • February 15 - SCA Dance - After School - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • February 19 - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School
  • February 22 - Young Scholars Field Trip
  • February 28 - Choral Pre-Assessment Concert
    • @KJ Auditorium; 7:00 PM
  • March 5 - No School (Teacher Workday)
  • March 25 29 - Spring Break - No School
Principal's Message

Good afternoon, Eagle Community,

Congratulations to our amazing ESOL students for their first days of successfully completing the initial rounds of WIDA testing. We equate this to their “Superbowl", where they are able to demonstrate all they have learned. We continue to wish them well as they complete their testing in the coming weeks. 

On February 15, we will have another school dance. Students are expected to follow all SR&R expectations (they are great about exhibiting the SOAR traits at all of our after-school activities!), and to take either the late bus or ride with their parents’ home at 4:30 PM. We do not dismiss students to other parents, nor can they take Uber/Lyft home. Thanks for helping us keep all of our Eagles safe.

Today, hard copies of reports cards were given out to students during their 9th period class.  Report cards became available via ParentVue and StudenVue at 6:00 AM on February 5.

Speaking of safety, last week, I reported that our student population has increased. Well, that number continues to rise, and we are at 1,170 now! To keep us all safe, please note a few things that we can all do to continue to keep KJMS a great place.

  • Bevan is not a parent drop-off area. There is no crossing guard there. In fact, our school resource officer observed this area and noted concerns about parents dropping students off and having them cross the road (not in the crosswalk area). Additionally, our neighbors on Bevan have called and are concerned (parents are blocking their driveways). Please use the Jermantown entrance to Kiss and Ride. The Bevan Road area is not supervised or a school-sanctioned drop-off area.
  • In Kiss and Ride, please do not let your student out until you get in front of the sidewalk directly by the school. Again, student safety is key! Our crossing guard has reported that students have been dropped off on Jermantown Rd with students trying to cross several lanes of traffic, also not in the crosswalk. Our Kiss and Ride area can safely unload about 15 cars (when everyone pulls all the way up to the end of the sidewalk and does not leave spaces between cars) in about 20 minutes from start to finish. If it is too cold for your child to walk and wait for a bus, why not sit at the stop with him/her in the car so they can still ride the bus, and you can avoid Kiss and Ride? This option would free you up earlier to get about your business for the day. 
  • If your child is ill (flu, covid, cold, fever, etc.), please do not send him/her to school ill. The current protocol is to stay home five days (from the first day of symptoms) if you have tested positive for covid. So, if they were feeling poorly on Monday, but they do not test positive until Wednesday, then the 5-day count is from Monday. Students should wear a mask for 5 more calendar days (10 from the onset), which could include school days when they return. For other times when a student has a fever, but it is not Covid or the flu, they can return after being fever-free without medication for 24 hours. For more details, please read:  FCPS Health & Safety Guidance Document for 202324.
  • Finally, regarding safety, our students are attending quarterly SR&R reviews with their teams during this and next week. Be sure to ask your students what are some of the top things that were discussed that they can do to contribute to a safe environment at KJMS. 

In closing, we wish all of our families a Happy Valentine’s Day. May your homes be filled with love and laughter.

Sincerely,

Tammy Silipigni 

KJMS Spring Dance: Halfway to Summer Luau

KJMS PTA and SCA are excited to host the Halfway to Summer Luau Dance.

Date:  February 15, 2024

Time:  2:30-4:30

Tickets: will be on sale in the cafeteria during lunches periods only -  Monday, February 12- Wednesday, February 15. 

Payment:  $5 (Cash Only- exact change appreciated) along with the parent signed permission slip.

Students must be present in school for all classes the day of the dance in order to attend.

No tickets will be sold after lunch periods are over or at the door the day of the dance

Your child doesn’t want to miss out on the fun!  We hope your KJMS student will join us for a fun time!

We’re also seeking parent volunteers to help with ticket sales, decorations, concessions, and chaperoning.  Click on the link below if you are available to volunteer.  No amount of time is too small.  You support is greatly appreciated.  

SAFE Stuffed Animal Drive

We are excited to announce that NJHS is organizing a stuffed animal drive, in collaboration with students from Fairfax High School, to support the not-for-profit organization SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies - linked here if you want more information), Helping children feel safe when they need it most.

Here’s what you need to know:

Drive Dates:  February 12-29

What:  New or gently used stuffed animals

Donation Drop Off:  Students can drop off the donations with their team Science Teacher Classroom before school begins.

Guidelines:  Students should NOT carry stuffed animals around with them during the school day.

The top 7th grade team(s) and the top 8th grade team (s) will earn points towards the Talon Trophy.

Please talk this up with your students!  This is a great cause and we appreciate your support!

If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Meg Dombro at [email protected]

Look What is Happening in Civics Class

Students are reflecting on projects that they have done in Civics class as well as other subjects, and how they relate to their Portrait of a Graduate Traits.  They have then taken those reflections and created a Presentation of Learning for their class, in which they are showcasing what they have learned in small groups.

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MATHCOUNTS

We are thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our brilliant students at the MATHCOUNTS competition held this past Saturday!

Our school team showcased remarkable talent and dedication, securing an impressive 5th place in the Team Round (Nathan Park, Lucas Liu, Ameya Rajeev, & Rohan Agarwal). Among our exceptional participants, we are proud to highlight the stellar performances of two students (Zaid Rasti & Nathan Park) who soared into the top 25% of the individual round, demonstrating their exceptional prowess in mathematics.

Congratulations to all twelve students who participated in this challenging event! Your hard work, determination, and passion for mathematics truly shone through, reflecting the spirit of excellence that defines our school community. Let's continue to celebrate these remarkable achievements and inspire each other to reach even greater heights in the exciting world of mathematics!

If you are interested in joining MATHCOUNTS next year, please reach out to Ms. Hyun at [email protected].

Family Webinar – Understanding High School Mathematics Course Offerings

How can students participate in mathematics throughout high school in a way that is relevant to and supportive of post-secondary and career interests?

During this session we will discuss mathematics graduation requirements and how to support students in navigating the various course offerings currently available in FCPS.

Students and their families may start thinking about what course pathways are available beginning in middle school. Join us to learn more.

Presented by Jennifer Allard FCPS High School Math Specialist and Erin Sylves FCPS Math Specialist.

March 8, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m. Add to Your Calendar

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Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS’ free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

We strongly encourage all FCPS middle and high school students to click on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal for homework help, concept review, writing support, and test prep—anytime, anywhere.

 Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Attendance Matters

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website Health and Safety Guidance webpage for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

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🏃‍♂️ Exciting News! KJMS is gearing up for its inaugural Track and Field season. All students, whether beginners or experienced, are welcome to join! Explore events like the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, long jump, and shot put. Practices twice a week (2:30pm – 4:20pm) at KJMS with Saturday morning competitions at local high schools. Be part of history—register now and stay tuned for our parent/student interest meeting! 

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps).

 

Tentative Practice Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20, April 3 - May 8

 

Tentative Meet Schedule

April 20 @ Fairfax HS

April 27 @ Woodson HS

May 4 @ Madison HS

May 11 @ West Potomac HS

 

Complete the Spring registration form (please read carefully through the registration form and complete all indicated steps).

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Principal's Message

Dear KJMS Families,

Welcome to second semester! As February begins, we are all enjoying the extended daylight that we are getting as we head towards spring. We cannot wait to see you all at upcoming concerts and the spring play. The student population at KJMS continues to grow, and we are up to 1,166 students! Our after school program is bustling with hundreds of students staying after each day; in fact, we are one of the most well attended middle school programs in all of FCPS. We love Mr. Dejo and his team! As a reminder, our teachers stay after school at least once per week. Be sure to look at our updated schedule.

Did you know that our Katherine Johnson students speak over 50 different languages at home. We love our diversity! In that light, we would love to honor different cultures during the designated FCPS awareness months. We also know many of our families have connections with local embassies or may have items at home they would be willing to loan us for school displays during designated months. If you happen to have access to such items, please email [email protected] (KJMS Equity Lead) to arrange for us to utilize your materials for that month. We would need them by the 20th of the month before the designated month. Right now, we are collecting items for February: Black History Month

Next:

March: National Women’s History Month (March).  

April: National Arab American History Month; Muslim American Heritage Month

May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Jewish American Heritage Month

June:  LGBTQIA+ PRIDE Month; Juneteenth; National Caribbean American Heritage Month

September: National Hispanic Heritage Month

October: Indigenous Peoples Day, LGBTQIA+ History Month; Disability History and Awareness Month

November: Native American Heritage Month

We wish our Math Counts team the best of luck as they compete this coming weekend at Chantilly HS. We are also proud that our orchestral and choral (Bella Canzone) students who participated in November’s VMEA Conference performances will be recognized at the FCPS School Board meeting on February 22. 

Your proud principal,

Tammy Silipigni

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National School Counseling is Next - 2/5 - 2/9

National Counseling Week is just around the corner, from February 5 to 9, and it is the perfect time to celebrate the superheroes of our school community: our amazing counselors! This week helps highlight the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Our amazing counselors are:

Mr. Barnes, Ms. Oeur, Ms. Ranallo, and Ms. Williamson

Kathryn Teague, Director, Student Services

Give a shout out to your school counselors. It would mean the world to them.

  • Take a moment to write a thank you note. Share specific ways your counselor has helped you or your child, and how their guidance has made a positive difference. 
  • Get creative! Draw a picture or write a poem expressing your gratitude. 
  • Spread the word! Encourage your classmates, friends, and family to join in and show their appreciation for our school counselors.

Let us shower our counselors with the appreciation they deserve!

Below is a list of our counselors and their teams:

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

Calendar Reminder

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

February Is Career and Technical Education Month

By enrolling in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course or program, students learn the technical applications of many occupations while preparing for higher education or entry-level employment. A core program of CTE courses is offered in every middle and high school including Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Marketing, Technology and Engineering Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. Since this is an elective, course offerings may vary by school. Learn more on the CTE website.

Lunar New Year (Falls on a weekend this year)

The Lunar New Year (2/10/24) 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

Summer Program - Fairfax Public Access

Further camp information and registration forms are also available online at www.fcac.org

Institute for the Arts Summer Program

Join the Institute for the Arts this summer!  They offer a two or three week program in July for students currently in grades 6-11 with classes in Art, Dance, Music and Theater. Students select from almost 60 courses taught by certified educators.  Registration is now open.  There is no tuition for students who qualify for free or reduce lunch. 

For more details click the link below.

IFTA Website

IFTA Catalog

July 8 - July 26, 2024 - Lake Braddock SS

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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Attendance Matters

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website Health and Safety Guidance webpage for guidance. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers

Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs. 

Instructional Job Fair Fairfax County Public Schools wants you to be a part of our team!  We are seeking educator talent with strong student engagement skills and a passion for having a positive influence on our school communities. We are hosting a job fair on Saturday, February 3, 2024 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) at John R. Lewis High School.  There will be networking and interviewing opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair.  Detailed 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]

Free Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Did you know that caregivers can access to these free webinars to?

Families can find printable resource guides and details about the center’s free lending library on FRC’s homepage. They may also sign up to receive the FRC newsletter for updates on webinars, resources, and other information. If you have questions, please contact the FRC via email at [email protected] or call 703-204-3941.

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

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