The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter for Kellam High School - December 2018

Moving Right Along!

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. Do you believe it? There is a wealth of offerings as showcased in Registration Knight: Knights Rising and Registration Faire which was held last month. The school counselors are meeting individually with every student in an effort to choose classes that are “right” for them. Please have those conversations with your students about the choices that they are making at this time. Their choices directly affect the number and kinds of classes offered next year.


As the days get shorter and the holiday retreats threaten to break even the strongest willed student’s concentration, it is important to remind students to remain fixated on their future goals. Seniors who want to apply early admissions will need grades that reflect those intentions. The 1st semester report cards will help to determine who plays sports for the next season. Losing focus now could be costly. Every learning opportunity is important in shaping educational experiences.


As this year closes out and the new year is ushered in, the focus for Kellam High School remains steadfast. Our focus still remains on Profile of a VA Graduate and the VBCPS Graduate Profile. Our work on the 5 Cs (Creativity, Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication) as skills for our students and our teachers are seen and cultivated in our classrooms every day. Our school division is in the process of evaluating our progress on Compass to 2020: Charting the Course and is beginning the initial work on the developing of our new strategic plan, Compass to 2025. Look for those updates as well as opportunities for input and other information about changing school time starts (beginning in the fall of 2020) and updated graduation requirements for the current freshman class, Class of 2022 on vbschools.com, the Kellam website and our social media channels.


Happy holidays and a safe New Year!


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

Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)

The next PTSA meeting is Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m. in the Kellam High School Cafe Commons. Come on out and learn about all the wonderful things that the PTSA and Kellam High School are doing to support our students.


Support the PTSA:

As you shop for the holiday season, please remember AmazonSmile is a simple & automatic way for you to support Kellam HS PTSA every time you shop, at no cost to you!


When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection & convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items to the Kellam HS PTSA, you can even use your Prime membership at the same time.


On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), please select Kellam HS PTSA as your charitable organization. Amazon will save your selected organization, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.


Questions about the PTSA:

Check out our website at https://kellamhsptsa.com. There is information on membership, volunteering, Reflections, Gradfest, and spiritwear. Also, the Kellam High PTSA has a Twitter Feed, Facebook Page and Instagram where you can learn more about all types of activities at Kellam High School.
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Castle Tutoring

Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring during the school day.


Parents and students may request help from our Kellam Peer Tutors using this form.


Students may also request a pass from their subject teacher or Mrs. Long in Room B219. No pass required for lunch tutoring.

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Castle Counselors

The Counselors have really enjoyed our time in our one-to-one registration meetings with our current 9th grade students. As these meetings come to an end next week, please talk to your student about their course requests. We always welcome and invite parent feedback on these selections.


We will begin working with our 10th grade students through the month of December by seeing our students through their English 10 classes following this schedule:

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School Counselor Advisory Committee

This past month we held our first School Counselor Advisory Committee Meeting. We thoroughly enjoyed the time with our committee members made up of students, teachers, parents, guardians and community stakeholders. The feedback was valuable and the conversation sparked a lot of thinking and points for the counselors to consider such as:

  • How can we offer students more of what they are asking for:

    • Help learning how to study

    • a quiet place to work during the lunch hour

    • more support for our career industry instead of spending too much time just talking about college.

  • How to communicate ways for our stakeholders to support the Kellam Counseling Program:

    • Offer thoughts about policy and how it helps students from a social/emotional perspective

    • How to advocate for the counselor’s time--make sure what we are doing is best serving our students instead of tied up with tasks that could be reassigned.

    • How to involve the community in more of our events.

Culturally Speaking

Happy Holidays! Yep, it is that time of year already. December presents multicultural "teachable moments" that no other month presents! A teacher was overheard describing a “Christmas” project. Another teacher corrected saying you mean your holiday project. It was a gentle reminder to consider the diversity of the students who may be assigned this project. It is a small thing, but it could make a big difference.


The following list represents a partial list of the holidays that will be celebrated outside of Christmas:

  • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)

  • St. Lucia Day (Swedish)

  • Hanukkah (Jewish)

  • Christmas Day (Christian)

  • Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)

  • Kwanzaa (African American)

  • Omisoka (Japanese)

  • Yule and Saturnalia (Pagan)


This year more can be done than send out politically correct "Happy Holidays" greeting cards and changing Christmas office parties to "Holiday parties." This year let's do more than just change labels and titles. Use some time to be with friends and family to build understanding and awareness about others. Learn about another culture’s celebration. Ask people how and what they celebrate. Mark your personal calendar with celebrations or holidays that you don’t celebrate and Goggle them on that day. All of these things will help to build your awareness and create an inclusive holiday environment.

Community Engagement - STIHL and Advanced Entrepreneurship and Innovation

For the second year, STIHL has partnered with Kellam High School’s Advanced Entrepreneurship and Innovation class to serve as trainers and mentors to student-run companies. The goal of this partnership is to create hands-on educational experiences and provide students with guidance in each phase of creating and running a business organization. 27 top executives from STIHL come to Kellam multiple times weekly to work with the students on their businesses and give their expertise. Also, STIHL hosted an event titled STIHL Tank where the students delivered presentations in which they pitched the products for their businesses in hopes of getting the executives of STIHL to invest in their companies. STIHL made $3100 in investments in the student-run companies, giving the students the support they needed to purchase the inventory needed to get their companies started. The lessons the students are learning from STIHL will be valuable in their future endeavors as they attend college, enter the workforce, and/or one day become entrepreneurs.

School Planning Council - Invitation to Join

The School Planning Council (SPC) of Kellam High School Needs You!


The SPC is made up of students, parents, community/business representatives as well as Kellam staff and meets 4 times/year. See below for more details.

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Student Activities at Kellam! Go Knights!

Student Activity Dos and Don’ts for December


  • Do remember to follow us on social media, @KellamHigh on Twitter and kellamstuact on Instagram!


  • Do email Mrs. Cosimano at Kathryn.cosimano@vbschools.com if your child has committed to participating in athletics at the collegiate level and will be participating in our upcoming Signing Day Ceremony. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, February, 6, 2019.


  • Don’t forget that the last day to purchase a Senior Bundle is Thursday, December 20. Click here for access to the Senior Bundle form and other information about the bundle. There is also a Senior Information site on our Kellam website with everything you need to know as a senior parent and/or student.


  • Don’t wait! Mark your calendar now for some important 2019 events:

-Kellam Leadership Workshop, March 8-10, 2019

-Ring Dance, May 4 at the Military Aviation Museum

-Senior Prom, Saturday, June 8 at the Westin Town Center

-Class of 2019 Graduation, Saturday, June 15 at the VBCC

Please do not park/leave your car in the afternoon while waiting to pick someone up from after school activities. We want to make sure that no one gets blocked in and that includes cars and our after school activity buses.


Angel Tree Tags are out! In cooperation with citywide SCA, students, groups, and clubs may pick up a Tag from Kellam SCA. Tags are due December 3rd to the SCA office.


Our Winter Spirit Week will be December 17 - 21! Spirit Days will be announced on December 10th.

From the Yearbook

The final deadline to purchase Senior Ads in the yearbook is rapidly approaching. If you’d like to purchase an ad for your senior, the deadline is January 16th. Order your ad before time and space run out!


Click here for more information: https://theyearbookcompany.com/files/general/146.pdf

Parking Information

Parking Decals are SOLD OUT!


All Student drivers are required to have a decal to park on school property during school hours. If a student parks without a decal, they are subject to a ticket, a vehicle boot or towing.


Parents dropping off student should continue to do so at the front of the school in the loop. There is visitor parking at the front of the school to the left and the right of the drop-off loop.

NEW Bus Schedule

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Buses will be located outside of the gym.

Bus 567 – Ms. Briggs Victoria Park, Courthouse Estates, Courthouse Woods, North Landing Rd, Indian River Rd, N Muddy Creek, Indian River Plantation, Newbridge Rd

Bus 249 – Ms. Harris Christopher Farms, PA Crossing, Buryn Farm, Holland Woods, Holland Rd, PA Rd including: PA Quarter, Highgate greens, Three Oaks, Highgate Crossing, Southgate, Hunt Club area to London Bridge Rd

Bus 063 – Ms. Crayle Ashville Park, Sherwood Lakes, Redmill, Lagomar, heritage Park, Sandbridge

Bus 434 – Ms. Hall West Neck Rd & Blackwater to NC line, North Landing Rd from Indian River to Chesapeake line

Bus 124 or Bus 813 – Mr. Bernard or Ms. Burnette – Princess Anne Woods, Seaboard Rd, Foxfire, Pungo to Knotts Island


**Students riding for the first time should check with the driver to make sure they are on the correct bus. Buses will deliver students to the nearest intersection to their homes. Students should not have to walk more than approximately 1.5 miles.

THERE WILL BE NO ACTIVITY BUSES ON DECEMBER 21ST.


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.


Mark your calendar:


December 5 - uKnight Advisory Day (Schedule)

December 5 - PTSA Meeting (5:30 pm)

December 5 - School Planning Council Meeting (6:30 pm)

December 14 - Progress reports issued

December 17- 21 Winter Spirit Week

December 19 - uKnight Advisory Day (Schedule)

December 20 - Last Day to purchase Senior Bundle

December 21 - Adjusted Dismissal (Schedule)

December 22-January 1 - School Closed (Winter Break)

January 2 - uKnight Advisory Day ( Schedule)


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 dwsmith@vbschools.com or 648-5100.