The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter February 5, 2021

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,


As we begin a new term, we have many successes to be proud of and many things to look forward to. Congratulations to all of our students making the Honor Roll and Principal’s List. Their hard work is to be commended, especially under the challenging circumstances we have endured this school year. However, I know that it would not have been possible without parental support and, of course, our amazing teachers.


Our Winter sports teams are in full swing and have been representing us well. Thank you for your support in continuing to ensure our student-athletes are following safety mitigations so that we can complete our winter season without postponements or cancellations.


We are excited to host our Term 2 Virtual open house on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 PM. Please be sure to check out this issue of the Knightly News for schedule information and links to live meetings with your student’s term 2 teachers.


On February 23, we will welcome back all of our option 1 students to The Castle! I would encourage you to check out the videos included in this issue of the Knightly News so that your student is aware of the safety mitigations we have in place.


This month we celebrated Ms. Amy Pratt for Student Activities Day and our School Counseling team for National Counseling Week. Please be sure to give them a shout out when you have a chance as they truly work hard to make Kellam High School the best at the beach!


Congratulations to all of our student athletes who committed to a college or university on National Signing Day! We are proud of them. Also, we recognized our winter sports senior athletes and you can view that recognition for free on the NFHS network. We have several virtual activities planned for Black History month and will also celebrate Love Kellam Week February 8 - 12! Please encourage your students to get involved in at least one of the activities we have planned as we work to restore our sense of community while we are apart.


We continue to stand ready to support your students whether they are transitioning back to the building this month or have decided to remain virtual. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teacher, counselor, or administrator should you require assistance. I’m looking forward to an awesome second term and to a time where we are able to once again see each other in person.



Ryan Schubart
Principal
Kellam High School


Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @KellamHigh and Facebook: KellamHS. Our website is updated regularly for more information: https://kellamhs.vbschools.com/

Welcome Back AGAIN Option 1 Students

Please watch this video as an online orientation to prepare for /remind of your in-school experience. We can’t wait to have you in the castle again!

Kellam High School PTSA

Kellam PTSA General Meeting


Please join us for a PTSA general membership meeting on Tuesday February 9, 2021. Meeting Minutes and the Financial Report will be posted to the Kellam PTSA webpage for review prior to the meeting.


Follow this link to view: https://kellamhs.vbschools.com/parents/p_t_s_a

Meeting Date: February 9, 2021

Meeting Location: Virtual - Kellam High School Virtual Parent Night


Kellam PTSA Fundraisers


  • Valentine’s Day Flowers: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you can send flowers to your sweetheart and help raise funds for your Kellam PTSA at the same time!

Senior Sunset Event


Seniors, mark your calendars for February 17, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for our Senior Sunset event. Join us for socially distanced treats, hot chocolate and more.


Kellam High School PTSA Membership


When you join the Kellam High School PTSA, you join a community that encourages student achievement and enriches the learning environment.

The Kellam High School PTSA:

  • Creates the village that helps raise our kids and strengthens our community

  • Links families to important school and community information

  • Hosts educational programs and events for our families

  • Raises money to support the needs of our school and community

  • Tracks policies so we can advocate for what is best for Kellam High School, our families and the community

To join the Kellam High School PTSA please follow this link: https://klhs.memberhub.store/


Call for 2021-2022 Board Nominees


Do you have a heart to serve on the executive board of the Kellam High School PTSA? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Karyn Burnett at karyn.burnett@gmail.com if you are interested in any of the board positions opening next year.

Term 2 Virtual Parent Night -Save the Date!

On February 9, 2021, parents will have an opportunity to meet their student’s teachers. Please be on the lookout for the link to the event next week. You must login using your student’s vbschools credentials for the meetings.
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Inclusivity

Celebrating Black History/American History


Black History Month should be enjoyed by ALL Americans. Only in the United States of America could people arrive here in chains and later rise to the ranks of leader (President Obama) and vice leader (Vice President Harris) of this great country.


This month, Kellam High School is celebrating Black History Month by presenting various activities for all students. It is our hope that students will gain a better understanding of the contributions of African Americans to our country and the world. Prizes will be awarded to the students who participate at a high level in each of these activities. But more importantly, we hope that a sense of community will be formed from the exposure to these activities.

Truth and knowledge of the past can bring us together. Most Americans know very little about African American/ Black history. Who was the African American inventor, best known for creating the world's very first cell phone? In 1770, what black man became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre?


There are many facts that when examined could have the power to change or improve the perception of how African Americans have been viewed in the context of American History. To truly celebrate the greatness of our country, we must embrace the diversity that makes it that way. The time has come to open our eyes and hearts to our past, our present, and the future we should all want for this place we call home.


Additional resources on Black History can be found below:


14 Black Inventors You Probably Didn’t Know About

https://thinkgrowth.org/14-black-inventors-you-probably-didnt-know-about-3c0702cc63d2

Ten Little Known Black History Facts

http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-little-known-facts/?scrlybrkr=be56e6c3

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School Counseling Update

Kellam High School course registration for next school year (SY21-22) is entirely online and is now open! Please visit our Course Registration Hub which includes instructions for selecting course requests through StudentVUE as well as information to help you make decisions about many of our core and elective course offerings.



ON-SITE ADMISSIONS EVENT! SENIOR PARENTS, PLEASE READ!!!

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Admissions representatives from several 4-year colleges and universities will meet virtually for on-site admissions and enrollment consultations. Additional guests will be attending to provide information to students about career opportunities.What does virtual on-site admissions mean? Virtual on-site admissions is a process that allows students to interview and receive an admissions decision all in a single, virtual appointment. Seniors will have the opportunity to meet virtually with representatives from TCC, military recruiters, and apprenticeship programs.


STEPS:

1. Review the colleges and other guests attending here: https://bit.ly/39sa7bM

2. Click here to RSVP: https://bit.ly/39uyfL5

3. Apply to colleges prior to on-site admission virtual appointments

4. Send transcripts using Parchment.com

5. Watch your email for a date and time to sign-up


Scheduling

  • Option 1 students, pending any updates from the VBCPS School Board or Department of School Leadership, are scheduled to return to Kellam on Feb 23, 2021. As a reminder:

    • Mondays will remain asynchronous.

    • Students with last names A-K will come to Kellam for face-to-face instruction on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    • Students with last names L-Z will come to Kellam for face-to-face instruction on Thursdays and Fridays.

  • For Term 2 courses, be aware of the following add/drop dates:

    • Term 2 courses may not be added on or after February 11.

    • Term 2 courses may not be dropped without penalty on or after March 3.

  • Online course requests for next school year are now being accepted and are due by the end of February. Visit the Kellam HS Course Registration Hub for details.

  • The daily block schedule can be found HERE.


National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)

Through our partnership with NMSI, we are excited to announce that NMSI is offering a series of subject-specific AP preparatory sessions entirely online, or “Student Supports.” These supports are now through the completion of the AP Exams. They are taught by experts in the subject and/or current teachers of AP courses from across the country. We highly encourage students in NMSI courses to take advantage of these FREE and worthwhile supports. Instructions for signing up can be found HERE and a complete list of all the Student Support sessions can be found HERE.


To further encourage students to take advantage of these supports, NMSI is sponsoring ten (10) $500 scholarships which will only be available to those students taking these NMSI supported courses. One scholarship lottery entry will be awarded to a student each time they successfully complete a NMSI “Student Support” session.

Attendance Matters, What You Can Do Helps!

  • Know Kellam High School Attendance policy and procedures: click on the quick links below:


o Kellam Attendance Guidelines & Procedures

Please review the highlighted Late Arrival and Early Release in the In-person Learning Environment During COVID-19


o For the Early Release Request Form, CLICK HERE


o Kellam Absence Form



o School Board Policies and Procedures

  • Encourage your student’s attendance and inform them of the impact it makes for a successful academic year.

  • Communicate with your student’s Administrator, School Counselor or Teacher if you notice sudden changes in behavior or have issues that can potentially cause attendance issues.

  • Check on your student’s attendance periodically. To access your student’s attendance profile, log into Parent Portal or ParentVue Mobile App.

  • Provide parent verification of absences, by completing the electronic Kellam Absence Form, click here, to prevent Unverified Absences (UNV).

  • Please contact the Attendance Office if you have any questions at 648-5105 or email KellamAttendance@vbschools.com.

Student Activities

Twitter: @KellamHigh

Instagram: kellam_knights

Facebook: Floyd E. Kellam High School


Check out the Student Activities Resource Guide! This resource is designed to help students and parents explore the many extracurricular activities opportunities available at Kellam.


Please use this presentation, Kellam HS VHSL Eligibility, as a guide on requirements for participation as well as dates for the Athletic and Academic teams.


Winter Sports


We have had a wonderful winter season and are looking forward to beginning the post season next week. Please see below for Region tournament details. State tournament information can be found on the VHSL website.


Region Basketball: Semi-Finals 2/10 and Finals 2/12 at Higher Seed. Times and teams are still being determined. Streaming details will be released once sites are determined.


Region Gymnastics: 2/6 at 9:00 a.m. at Salem High School. Streaming will be on the NFHS network under Salem High School.


Region Wrestling: 2/13 at 12:00 p.m. at Cosby High School. Tournament can be followed on Track Wrestling.


Region Swim and Dive: Dive 2/5 at Great Neck Rec. Swim 2/6 at PA Rec at 2:00 p.m. streamed by Ocean Lakes on FaceBook Live. Go to VHSL Region 6A Swim Meet on Facebook and like the page to view.


Region Indoor Track: 2/13 at 10:00 a.m. at Landstown High School. Streaming information is not yet available.


Region Scholastic Bowl: 2/13 at 10:00 a.m. Streaming information is not yet available.


NFHS NETWORK


Due to COVID restrictions, fans are currently not allowed to attend. For games/matches that are played in Beach District schools gyms and stadiums, you can view the games on the NFHS network. Use this link for subscription information: NFHS Subscription Information. Region and State event streaming will be subject to the equipment available at the host site.


Fall Sports


Fall sports are here! Please be sure that you have a valid VHSL physical on file so that you can try out. A scanned PDF copy of the physical can be emailed to amy.pratt@vbschools.com or a paper copy dropped off to the main office. Athletes are required to have passed 3 classes last term with a 2.0 GPA and be enrolled in 3 courses this term to be eligible for participation. Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be having any JV teams for the fall season.


Varsity Fall Sport Tryout Information

Football: The first day of tryouts is at 2/8 at 3:00 p.m. Email Coach Dewitt (Chris.Dewitt@vbschools.co) or Coach Hudson (jeff.hudson@vbchools.com) to RSVP for a spot at tryouts and receive additional information.


Girls Volleyball: Tryouts will be 2/22 and 2/23 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact Coach Peoples (keira.peoples@vbschools.com to RSVP for a sport and to receive additional information.


Boys volleyball: Tryouts will begin on 2/22 from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Contact Coach Neeves (michelle.neaves@vbschools.com) to RSVP for a spot and to receive additional information.


Cross Country: Tryouts will be 2/15 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact Coach Bernard (kellamtrack@icloud.com) to RSVP for a spot and receive additional information.


Golf: Please use this link for golf tryout information: 2021 Golf Tryout Information


Football Sideline Cheer: Please use this link to the Kellam Cheer website for tryout information.


Competition Cheer: Please use this link to the Kellam Cheer website for tryout information.


Field Hockey: Tryouts will be on 2/22 at 5:30 p.m. Contact Coach Morgan (nlmorgan15@gmail.com) to RSVP for a spot and receive additional information.



Fall Sports Parent Meeting

The Fall sports parent meeting will be 2/25/2021 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom. Please use the information below to join the meeting.


Topic: Fall Sports Parents Meeting

Time: Feb 25, 2021 06:00 p.m.


Join Zoom Meeting

https://vbschools.zoom.us/j/89177614519?pwd=ODhOUkVFS3NoUWJHVUtNV2E4dVZHUT09


Meeting ID: 891 7761 4519

Passcode: 061051

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,89177614519#,,,,*061051# US (New York)

+13017158592,,89177614519#,,,,*061051# US (Washington DC)


Meeting ID: 891 7761 4519

Passcode: 061051

Find your local number: https://vbschools.zoom.us/u/kbE84N2MnP


Senior Caps and Gowns


Kellam Seniors can now order your graduation items such as caps and gowns, graduation announcements, and Class of 2021 apparel! Jostens Cap and Gown Information Sheet will provide you with instructions on how to order. You can visit www.jostens.com to view these items and order now by typing in our school name. If you have any questions, email Eric Harvell at eric.harvell@jostens.com. Congratulations to you and your senior!

From the Kellam SCA

It’s February, and that means LOVE Kellam Week!


LOVE Kellam Week will be February 8-February 12


Please consider giving a Valentine!

SCA will be collecting Valentines for Health Care workers in Virginia Beach. There will be a labeled box in the lobby at Kellam during Love Kellam Week. Place valentines inside and they will be delivered on Monday, February 15.


SPIRIT WEEK!

February 8-12 we will be celebrating with Spirit Days. Tag Kellam SCA on Twitter or Instagram and show your Kellam Spirit!

Monday, February 8: Love your Pet Day (share photos of your pet)

Tuesday, February 9: Love your Activity Day (dress in your school affiliated club or sport)

Wednesday, February 10: On Wednesdays we wear Pink (wear pink)

Thursday, February 11: Love our Beach Day (beach clothes, tacky tourist)


Friday, February 12: Love Kellam Day (wear black and gold)


COMING SOON!


SPRING COLORS I Love Floyd E. Sweatshirts!


Sweatshirts will be sold during LOVE Kellam Week. Look for the order forms coming out soon.

Important Announcements


Grade reports


Term 1 Report Cards are now available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. After logging in, click “Documents” then “Report Card with Attendance Detail” for 02/05/2021. Final course grades for Term 1 classes can be found under the column “RP4 FNL”.


Textbook Distribution and Return


Now that we have reached the end of the first term, your student may need to return textbooks or novels they used during their first term classes. Or maybe they need books, novels, or other materials for their second semester classes. If your student's teacher tells them they need to pick up materials, these items can be picked up anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Returns can be made during the same hours. Simply come to the Front Desk and our Security Assistants will be happy to assist you.


Breakfast and Lunch Service


Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free to all students for the remainder of the year. Once we return to face-to-face instruction, students will also have the opportunity to buy snacks. In an attempt to eliminate cash transactions, students must have money on their SchoolCafe account. Students will also be given (some already have) ID cards with their student numbers pre-printed on them. These IDs will be scanned and money will be deducted from the SchoolCafe account. If you have not created a SchoolCafe account, click on this SchoolCafe link to create one.

Black History Month Celebration and Competition

Click here to find out more about our Kellam High School plans to celebrate Black History Month and our competitions...yes, we have PRIZES!



Join us in our celebration of African-Americans. Choose a category and highlight a person or tradition to celebrate. There will be prizes for the top submission in each category as well as a grand prize. Scroll through the categories and make your submission. You make more than one submission. You can also share another person's work (with credit given to the original creator) but only original submissions will be considered for the competition.

Come and Get It!

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Upcoming Events

Stay connected to our calendar and mark yours!

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


Mark your calendars:


February 1-29- Black History Month

February 8-12- Love Kellam Week

February 9- Term 2 Virtual Open House

February 10- Last day to add a class

February 17- Senior Sunset Event

February 22-March 1- Online Admissions for Seniors

February 23 - Welcome back Option 1 students

March 2- Last day to drop a class without penalty

March 5- Next Issue of the Knightly News




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

The Knightly News

The Knightly News is a collaborative effort involving several members of the Kellam staff and community. For direct questions, please contact Ryan Schubart, at ryan.schubart@vbschools.com or 648-5100.