The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter for Kellam High School - May 2019


Ask a room full of people about their favorite flower and the sunflower is sure to shine. There is something about its bright yellow petals and the brilliant sun like appearance that make it a beloved choice in any crowd. They are known for being the “happy’ flower bringing smiles to all who might receive them as gifts.

Sunflowers come in many varieties. They are large and small, have red petals as well as yellow. Besides being admired for their beauty they are also very useful. Sunflower oil can be used in extremely high cooking temperatures and keep the food fresh and healthy for a much longer time. To savor a tasty, healthy, and quick energy-giving snack, add sunflower seeds to any of your recipes.

Just like the sunflower, our student to come in many varieties. They, like the flower, need the proper nutrients in order to become useful contributors to society. Springtime brings a bloom in them too! While this time of year will not necessarily turn them into “happy” people, it will give them a chance show how much they know on various assessments such as Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course Tests, and Final Assessments.

Again this year we are hosting ALL AP exams for Kellam students right here in the Castle. AP Exams are from May 6th to May 17th. From May 20-May 30, we will operate on an adjusted bell schedule to accommodate our SOL testing window. From June 3-June 6, our Seniors will take their final exams! Our Senior Scoop Sheet, shared in this edition, provides valuable information regarding the many moving parts for our seniors. From June 10-June 13, all other students will take their final exams. More information about this busy time of year, including the calendars, schedules, and bus information is included in this edition.

Our blooming sunflowers (student) will need your help to get ready. They will need you to remind them to get more sleep, eat well, and avoid procrastination. It will be hard for them with the excitement of prom, ring dance, and graduation to stay focused. They will need their gardeners (parents and teachers) to prune away distractions and provide the good soil (learning and studying spaces) in order to produce the best bloom.

As corny as this sunflower comparison may be, so much of it is represents well how we feel about the Knights. We think they are beautiful, productive, individuals. They bring a smile to our face and in the spring, we want to see them BLOOM!

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Mrs. Jobynia G. Caldwell began her first week at Kellam High School, April 22, 2019, with students, staff, and faculty after spring break. She describes her return to Kellam after four decades as a “blast from the past.” During the morning announcements to the students, she commented that she felt nervous and excited and compared her feelings to those feelings each of them felt during their first week in September. She revealed that as she drove the scenic route to the new building listening to her favorite Earth Wind and Fire CD from the seventies, she wondered: Will my teachers like me; Will the students like me; Am I wearing the right outfit; and Will I get lost in this beautiful new building?

Immediately, her worries melted away as she was greeted and welcomed by a caring staff, a conscientious faculty, and a compassionate administrative team. She truly felt at home once she met her students arriving to school in the front foyer, actively participating in classrooms and learning centers, leaving school to attend the various tech and specialized programs, and of course, enjoying the company of their peers and teachers during lunch. Each student she encountered greeted her with “Welcome Back, Mrs. Caldwell.”

So far, she has been spending her days with the assistant principals in classrooms, and she is very impressed with collaborative teaching and student engaged learning. In the days to come she looks forward to student and teacher exhibits and attending after-school activities and sports. She has met a few parents and community leaders and is anxious to meet more in the weeks to come. It truly has been a “Back to the Future” moment in her professional life. “ONCE A KNIGHT ALWAYS A KNIGHT.”

Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

Teacher/Faculty Appreciation Luncheon -

It is time to recognize all of those teachers and staff members that help our students each and every day. The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Item donations need to be delivered to the main office by Wednesday, May 8th. Please take a moment to look at the sign up genius for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon as donations and volunteers make this event amazing!!


Knights still need sponsors for PTSA!! Please take a minute to join and support Kellam PTSA through Stress Free Fundraising using the payment link as listed below. It is not too late.


Senior Picnic

Planning is in the works for this upcoming event taking place on June 7th. There will be a sign- up email being sent out in the near future to senior parents. Please consider donating to this great event. Make these last days at Kellam memorable for your senior!!


Mark your calendar... June 15, 2019

All Knight Gradfest needs volunteers...Attention all parents especially underclassmen parents. The sign up links are listed below. Please take a look at them and see how you can support such a great event. Please contact Holly Thornton at should you have any Gradfest questions.



Thank you for supporting Kellam High School PTSA. Should you have any questions please contact Amber Sloan at

Counselors' Notes

Mr. Beacham and Mrs. Knight, our scholarship co-chairpersons, need students to turn in their financial award letters ASAP. Documentation of any and all money offered whether accepted or not is needed in paper or digital format. This includes money offered from the college/university students will attend as well as other schools applied to and any other scholarships. They need this documentation for two reasons: 1)Each VB high school reports the total dollars earned by each graduating class for announcement in the newspaper (help make the class of 2019 shine!) 2) Our senior awards programs. Students who have received a local scholarship, for which the organization/presenter has contacted us will be recognized on stage at the Senior Awards Program scheduled for June 4th at 6pm. Those students' parents will receive a mailed invitation to attend. For all other students who have received a scholarship and submit an award letter for which there is not a local presenter, they will be recognized at the senior awards program after the senior meeting on June 7th.

AP Exams are upon us! Please see below for important information!

· All tests will be administered at Kellam. You can access the testing calendar with locations here.

· Students should arrive for morning exams at 7:15 and for afternoon exams at 12:00.

· Students are excused from all classes the day they are testing.

· Students should use the gym entrance between the fitness room and auxiliary gym when they arrive for testing. Click here to locate the entrance.

· Students should bring their student pack, multiple pencils, multiple blue or black pens, and any special equipment (calculators, rulers) allowed for that exam.

· Cell phones are not permitted in the testing room. Students should leave it in their car or it will be collected and stored outside of the testing room for the duration of testing.

· While a regular watch is ok and encouraged, students are encouraged NOT to wear a smart watch. They will also be have to be collected and tend to be harder to distinguish during pick-up.

· If you are picking up your child, please allow adequate time for testing. While it is difficult to determine an exact end time, please allow for about 30 minutes more than the actual testing time.

· Testing policies, including what students should and should not bring, as well as the calculator policy can be accessed here.

Community Engagement: Job Shadow Experience

Kellam believes that students should be provided with opportunities to experience and explore multiple pathways for their success. We believe that some exposure to their career-interest area can provide the springboard they need to succeed. In March of this year, eleventh grade students were able to shadow a local business. We are grateful to have so many great partnerships in the area who were willing to accommodate our students’ interests.

Students were able to request a field or specific career that they felt they may be interested in pursuing in the future. This allowed them to benefit from both big-picture ideas related to their interests and more importantly, the day-to-day responsibilities and tasks associated with their career interest. It also allowed them additional insight into the education and training needed to perform the job duties and related responsibilities of the job. Hands-on and working experiences on this day were so meaningful to the students. These students had a wide variety of interests and were able to see what a typical day was like with these business partners across the city:

HBA Architecture Interior Design

VIBE District

VB Central Library

Sandbridge Tattoo

Life Touch




Mass Mutual

Nipper Electric


Kimley-Horn Engineering

Aviation Museum

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Doubletree Hotel


Muse Design Inc.

Virginia Beach Police Department

US Magistrate Judge Robert Krask

Slipow Robusto & Kellam PC.

We look forward to providing this opportunity to our juniors again next year. If you are interested in participating please reach out to Ms. Juliana Caruso ( or Ms. Allison Dobson ( in the counseling department.

From the Desk of K. Cos- Student Activities Coordinator

Spring Sports Banquet

The Spring Sports Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, dinner begins at 6pm and the awards ceremony at 7pm. Dinner tickets will be on sale the first week of June in the bookkeepers office and in student activities.


Kellam is excited to offer a wide variety of summer camps. Click the links below to see the camp registration form/informational flyer and the parental consent form.

Camp Registration Form

Parental Consent Form

All summer camp questions should be directed to Kellam Camps Coordinator, Amy Pratt, at


Over 85% of available yearbooks have been sold through pre-orders and are still on sale through May 17th or until they are completely sold out. The price includes the yearbook signing party in early June. Go online at to order yours before they are gone.

If your student is interested in traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during Spring Break 2020, Mr. Zanetti is sponsoring a student trip. Have students join the Schoology group using the code 9PXF4-26C3B for announcements about the next informational meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to travel internationally and increase their cultural awareness while gaining real world experiences. Contact Mr Zanetti at if you have additional questions.

The yearbook signing party is June 4th from 2:30-4:30pm in the Cafe Commons. Students will receive their yearbooks and spend over two uninterrupted hours pouring over the book while sharing memories of the year. There will be free food and drink for everyone who purchased a book. Cost of the party is included in the price of the yearbook.

Ring Dance

Saturday, May 4th

VB Military Aviation Museum


Students must bring a form of ID

For those parents or students who want professional pictures from the dance, please pick up the Lifetouch form in the office.

Class of 2019 Information

Graduation Tickets

Kellam High School’s Class of 2019 Graduation is now set for 1:30pm on Saturday, June 15 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Graduation marks the culmination of years of hard work, commitment and dedication by students, parents, teachers, and school support staff. As families begin to prepare for Kellam Graduation 2019, please note that all graduating Seniors will be receiving 9 tickets for this event. Students who purchased a Senior Bundle will receive one additional ticket. If you have any questions about graduation, please email Katie Cosimano, Thank you and we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2019 on June 15!


Prom is June 8, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at The Westin in Town Center. Tickets can be purchased in the coffee shop. Tickets are $70.00.

Please click here for a link to the Senior Scoop Sheet with tons of additional information for our Seniors and their families.

From the SCA

Congratulations to our newly elected SCA Officers for 2019-2020:

President: Savannah Eppley

Vice-President: Chelsea Campbell

Secretary: Elizabeth Jeffrey

Treasurer: Megan Worst

Historian: Brianna Worthley

Executive Board Administrator: Reed Williams

Parliamentarian: Nolan Rentz

SCA will be hosting an Emerging Leaders Camp at Kellam on June 24-27 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The Emerging Leaders camp will be run by our SCA Coordinators, Abbie McGee and Katelyn Taliaferro, as well as our SCA officers and Leadership Workshop staff. Campers will have the opportunity to forge new relationships while gaining confidence in their leadership and team building skills. See the Kellam Homepage or contact Ms. McGee or Ms. Taliaferro for more information.

Twitter: @KHS_SCA (Kellam HS SCA 17-18)

Instagram: @kellamsca (Kellam High School SCA)

Facebook: KellamHS (Floyd E Kellam High School)

Upcoming Events

Stay connected to our calendar and mark yours!

For all Beach District and VHSL sporting events involving YOUR Kellam Knights, click HERE.

For sports results and standings, click HERE.

April 30 - Blood Drive Gym 7 am - 2 pm

May 1 - Senior Exhibition of Learning Schola 8-10 am

May 2 - Spring Concert 6:30 - 8:30 pm

May 2 - Cap and Gown Make-Up Distribution

May 4 - Ring Dance

May 6-17 - AP Testing

May 9 - Pops Concert

May 16 - A Night of One Acts

May 17 - Jazz Band Concert

May 20- 30 - SOL Testing

May 23- 25 - Black Box Musical

May 27 - Memorial Day (Schools Closed)

May 31 - June edition of The Knightly News

June 4 - Senior Award Night

Stay in-the-know: Access prior issues by clicking on the month below:

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The Knightly News is a collaborative effort involving several members of the Kellam staff and community. For direct questions, please contact Dr. Daniel Smith, at or 648-5100.