The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter -June 2022

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,

As we enter the final weeks of the 2021–22 school year, we have been encouraging our students to finish strong. Whether they are one of 472 seniors graduating on June 17 or completing their freshman year, it can be difficult to stay focused as the weather warms and students begin to feel the fatigue of the journey. We appreciate your support in encouraging students to attend daily as our teachers will have engaging and meaningful activities planned for the remainder of the school calendar.

The last day for seniors is June 10. Seniors will report to their 1B class for attendance to be recorded. Next, they will report to the auditorium for graduation practices, senior awards, and then be dismissed to the stadium for the senior picnic. Please note that all seniors must attend graduation practice in order to attend graduation and receive their nine graduation tickets.

Additional graduation tickets can be requested by clicking here. We will make every attempt to provide additional tickets to all families requesting them. However, we are limited by the capacity of the Virginia Beach Convention Center. If additional tickets are available, you will be contacted to pick-up any extra tickets on June 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In the event that your family does not need all 9 tickets, please encourage your students to return them to the main office. We look forward to celebrating our graduates on June 17 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Students and parents are asked to arrive no earlier than 5:00 p.m. For more information on senior events, please check the Senior Scoop.

Exam week for seniors will take place June 6–9 and students in grades 9–11 will take their exams on June 13–16. June 17 will be an adjusted dismissal day with students being released at 11:30 a.m. Here is a glance at the exam schedule:

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Your student may meet the requirements to be exempt from an exam. Your student’s teacher will counsel them on how the exam may impact their final grade before they decide to take it or elect for an exemption. In the event your student qualifies for an exemption, they will be bringing you a form to sign. Students who do not qualify for an exemption, or have not submitted an exemption form signed by a parent or guardian will be required to sit for the exam. You can access the associated exam exemption documents below:

Exam Exemption Criteria

9-11 Exemption Form

Senior Exemption Form

Lastly, I want to thank all of our parents, volunteers, and community partners who have made this year a success. It truly takes a village to ensure our students receive a high-quality education and leave here with the skills necessary to be successful and future-ready. Whether you donated items for teacher appreciation week, sat on the PTSA or School Planning Council committees, served as mentors for our mock-interview panels, contributed to the Renaissance Fair, supported scholarship funds, or attended an athletic or performing arts event, we realize the tremendous value you add to our school community.

We hope that you and your families have a wonderful summer break, and we will see many of you in September!

Ryan C. Schubart, Ph.D.


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


Kellam High School PTSA


Friday, June 17, 2022

Apex Entertainment

Purchase your GradFest ticket, Senior T-shirt, Drawstring bag, and Senior year sign from MemberHub. The last day to purchase your Senior T-shirt and Yard Sign is Friday, May 13, 2022.

*All GradFest participants are required to have the following complete:

  1. A waiver granting permission for the student to participate in GradFest. These forms will be distributed during Homeroom and can be returned to the school or submitted electronically to

  2. A waiver signed for the Go Kart Racing. Please click here to complete your waiver. Those under 18 years of age are required to have a parent signature as well.

GradFest only happens because of the generosity of our parent volunteers and members of our community. Our event is funded solely by ticket sales and donations.

Please consider making a cash donation, donating a gift item that will be used as a raffle prize/giveaway, and/or donating your time and volunteering during GradFest.

June 10, 2022

The PTSA needs food items donated as well as volunteers to help with the Senior Picnic. Please consider donating to this great event. Make these last days at Kellam memorable for your senior!

The PTSA Executive Board 2022-2023

Please take a moment and vote for next year’s Board Members.

Voting ends Tuesday, May 17th.

The PTSA still has the following positions available for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact any Board member at if you are interested.

PRESIDENT Responsible for leading the PTSA and is the presiding officer and official representative of the association.

PRESIDENT Responsible for leading the PTSA and is the presiding officer and official representative of the association


Plans and promotes membership campaigns and events; maintains membership database

VICE-PRESIDENT (PROGRAMS) Plans and organizes PTSA fundraising activities as well as assists with the organization, communication and coordination of all PTSA activities and events.

TREASURER Manages the PTSA finances by keeping accurate financial records and preparing for the annual audit

VOLUNTEER-IN-EDUCATION (VIE) Recruits and manages volunteers for the PTSA and school events

REFLECTIONS COORDINATOR Manages and works with citywide PTA to promote student creativity; coordinates the review of student submissions

GRAD-FEST CHAIR AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS Manages the all-Knight celebration for the graduating class and any other related events; coordinates with vendors to secure a venue and sponsorships; organizes Grad-Fest details and logistics; develops and oversees fundraising opportunities; oversees each phase of Grad-Fest to ensure it runs smoothly.


Inclusivity: Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized in the United States each May and has been observed every year since 1949. And as families in Texas grieve the loss of 19 children and two adults in the most recent school shooting, we all should take a moment to grieve with them and assess the mental health of our community. Parents and school staff must do all that we can to help our children/students cope with this latest tragedy. There is genuinely no way to make sense of this sort of loss. It will never be considered normal, and we can't simply explain it away to our kids. Instead, we must work together to prevent these incidents from ever happening again.

If you have ever been on an airplane, you receive instructions from the flight attendant to "place your mask on first before assisting others with their mask." This statement reminds us that before you can help others, you must process your feelings first. Talk to someone, pray, meditate, and share your rage or frustration in a manner that allows de-escalation of your emotions. Make smart choices by taking a break from social media and any other platforms that will likely continue exposing you and your kids to traumatic events. Continue to check on your child by making yourself available to discuss any questions they may have after the initial conversation.

Finally, please remind your children of all the support that their school and community offer. Avoid stigmatizing language about mental health issues; many teens are being treated for mental health issues right now. When we use words like "crazy" or "insane," it unfairly groups all children in the same category as those who act out these traumatic events. It takes a village. We must be that village.

Questions to ask or comments to make to your child to start the healing process after this type of tragedy happens:

1) It is okay to be worried about your safety. What safety issues come to mind when you hear about an incident like this? (Parents/Teachers)

2) You know that you can talk to me about whatever you're feeling; it is vital to share your feelings with a trusted adult. Right now is not the time to try to be strong.

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Counseling News

Last Senior Check In

Parents of Seniors: Counselors recently visited all seniors in their government class for one final check-in and to share a few important announcements. IT IS CRITICAL THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE REGISTERED IN PARCHMENT USING THE UNIQUE CODE GIVEN TO THEM BY THEIR COUNSELOR (ALSO IN STUDENT EMAIL) IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A FINAL TRANSCRIPT!

You will lose access to Google Drive after graduation. PLEASE transfer any files or documents you'd like to keep prior to June 30th. Email for help with this.

Scholarship Reporting Form : Please report all offered scholarships so you can be recognized and contribute to the total amount offered for the class of 2022! This includes declined offers, GI Bill, military enlistments, and academy appointments!


Please fill out this quick form so counselors can complete your exit survey data in synergy.


This survey is a division data collection requirement for graduating seniors.

Counselors are in office through June 24th and will return on August 8th. Kelsey Seibert, our school counseling director, will be in office this summer as a 12-month employee Monday-Thursdays. Please reach out if you need any support!

Parents, as a reminder, is a great source of information for all things coming through the counseling office. Please visit the site to see some of our valuable resources for academic and career planning and social-emotional response.

Juniors and Seniors, please check out THIS LINK for an updated calendar of all our College Representatives coming to the Castle.


As a follow-up to our recent conversation with students about stress and anxiety, the counselors are sharing their favorite go-to strategies for coping through feelings of anxiety. These strategies are shared on our website at under presentations and Social Emotional Learning as well as in the links below!

Mr. Beacham's Coping Strategy: Managing Stress through Journaling

Mr. Beacham discusses the benefits of journaling in a relatable conversation about all of its additional benefits.

Mr. Bunting's Coping Strategy: Solution Focused Questions

Mr. Bunting explains how solution focused questions can help bring resolution to reoccurring stressors.

Mrs. Caruso's Coping Strategy: Managing the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Mrs. Caruso discusses some of the psychosomatic - or physical responses - to stress and anxiety and introduces techniques to help manage them.

Mrs. Knight's Coping Strategy: Meditation for Beginners

Mrs. Knight talks about the benefits of mediation when managing stress and anxiety and walks viewers through a basic mediation exercise that anyone can try!

Mrs. Seibert's Coping Strategy: Identifying Cope vs Control

Mrs. Seibert explains an activity she likes to use to identify action steps and appropriate coping strategies that can help alleviate anxiety during an overwhelmed state.

Ms. Whitfield's Coping Strategy: Managing Stress through Art

Ms. Whitfield introduces her favorite art activities that provide a calming outlet when managing stress.


12th-grade students in Ms. Pniewski, Ms. Martinez, Mrs. Willoughby, and Mrs. Stone’s English classes presented their Signature Experiences in an Exhibition on May 3-5. Congratulations to all students!

Student Activities Update

The Student Activities department is working to create opportunities for our students to connect and be a part of all that Kellam has to offer. Please visit our Student Activities Resource Guide to explore opportunities in activities and athletics. Be sure to watch for updates in this newsletter and follow us on social media.

Twitter: @KellamHigh

Instagram: kellamhigh

Facebook: Floyd E. Kellam High School

  • Senior Scoop

Use this link: The Kellam Senior Scoop is the place to find important information for seniors. It will be updated regularly and is located on the Kellam Website under the “Students” tab. Information that has newly been added to the Senior Scoop:

*Graduation Tickets

*Cap and Gown Order and Pick Up information

*Submitting name pronunciations for the graduation ceremony

*Kellam Graduation Instructions- including day of procedures and dress


Be sure to check it frequently for important graduation information

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  • All RSVPs must be made, and Tickets must be purchased by June 10.
  1. 2022 Athletic Teams Celebration RSVP Link
  2. Link to Purchase Guest Tickets for 2022 Athletic Teams Celebration

  • Tickets for Spring Sporting Events:
  1. All Beach District Varsity Soccer games tickets will only be sold online at GoFan.
  2. Click here for details on Sharing purchased tickets and passes. For regional events in all spring sports, tickets will also be sold on GOFAN.
  3. Regional ticket prices for all spring sports are $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults.

Region 6A Spring Tournament Schedule:

*Start times are subject to change based upon travel.
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All state tournament information is available on the VHSL Website.

Spring Activity Bus Schedule

Click the link to access the schedule: Activity Bus Schedule and Routes

2022-2023 Fall Sport Tryouts

All participants must have a valid VHSL Physical dated after May 1, 2022. All athletes must also meet the VHSL Eligibility requirements. Please review this presentation, Kellam Athletic Eligibility, to review academic requirements for participation.

Cross Country 8/9/2022 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM on the Kellam Track

Fall Sports Coaching Staff


Congratulations to the new SCA and Class Senate Officers

for 2022-2023! We are looking forward to a wonderful year!!

SCA Officers

President - Ainsley Shewbridge

Vice-President - Kendall Lewis

Secretary - Hannah Pinardi Treasurer - Rylie Winston

Historian - Briana Thompson

Exec Board Coordinator - Dara Enzmann

Senior Senate, Class of 2023

President - Rylie Winston

Vice-President - Allie Schwartz

Secretary - Aubrey Haught

Treasurer - Ainsley Shewbridge

Historian - Hanna Pinardi

Junior Senate, Class of 2024

President - Jenna Morris

Vice-President - Julia Barnell

Secretary - Caroline Nelson

Treasurer - Riley Nelson

Historian - Sophia Moritz

Sophomore Senate, Class of 2025

President - AJ Moore

Vice-President - Bailey Campbell

Secretary - Katelyn Hayden

Treasurer - Alena Painter

Historian - Rheya Swann

Freshman Senate Elections will be held in September.


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Notes from the Nurse

Attention Parents/Guardians of RISING 12th Grade Students for 2022/2023 School Year

Students entering 12th grade must have received one dose of the Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWAY) vaccine (2-dose series) prior to the start of the school year, September 6. Conditional enrollment is not permitted for this vaccine.

The Meningococcal Conjugate vaccine may be obtained from the following area healthcare providers: primary and pediatric practices, urgent care centers, and military clinics. The Virginia Beach Public Health Department (757-518-2700) is also another source for this vaccine, but is currently limited to appointments only.

If you have NOT received a letter or phone call about the need for this vaccine, your child is in compliance and is good to go for the start of school in September.

For those who DID receive a letter and phone call, please send the documentation of this required vaccine to or take it to your child’s high school clinic or guidance department by appointment once completed.

If you have specific questions regarding the meningococcal Conjugate vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider.

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 calendar:

  • June 2 - Math SOLs
  • June 3 - Reading SOLs

June 4 - Senior Prom

June 6-9 - Senior Exams

June 9 - Grade 9-11 Awards

June 10 - Senior Day _ Graduation Practice

June 13-16 - Grades 9-11 Exams

June 17 - Last Day of School - (Adjusted Dismissal)

June 17 - Graduation @ VBCC 6PM

June 17 - Gradfest

August 31 Freshmen Orientation

September 21 Open House

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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 or 648-5100.