The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter - January 2023

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,


Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a pleasant holiday season. We are pleased to welcome students back to the Castle, as we have much to accomplish in the month of January. Please check this edition of the Knightly News for more information on SOLs taking place from January 13-19. Students who ride the bus will also need to check information regarding second bus runs for the days they are not required to take an SOL.


Final exams will take place on January 25-26 for all 4x4 courses. Please click here for the exam schedule and here for exam exemption criteria. January 27 marks the end of Term 1 and Semester 1. I would encourage you to discuss your student’s progress with them to ensure they finish the term and semester strong.


It is time for our 9-11 grade students to begin thinking about courses for the 23-24 school year. As a reminder, the Kellam Course Registration Hub is now live. Please chat with your student about their course selections for next year. Additional information about the course registration process went out in a Parent Square Alert message on January 4. Please check your email to review the essential steps included. Course request changes may not be considered after June 30, 2023.


January 16-20 is Student Activity Coordinators Appreciation Week! We want to give a huge shoutout to Ms. Amy Pratt and her team, who work diligently to keep all events running smoothly at Kellam High School. Amy is assisted by Jeff Hudson, Alex Raidl, Ross Benzel, and Jason Copeland. Please be sure to show them some love when you see them at the next event you attend.


I look forward to seeing you at many of our winter athletic, academic, and performing arts events.


Sincerely,


Dr. Ryan Schubart
Principal

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

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The PTSA Needs Volunteers For The 2023-2024 School Year

President

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


Vice-President (Membership)

Plans and promotes membership campaigns and events; maintains membership database.


Treasurer

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


GradFest Coordinator

Manages the all-Knight celebration for the Senior Class; coordinates with vendors to secure a venue and sponsorships; organizes Grad-Fest details and logistics; develops and oversees fundraising opportunities.


If you are interested in any of these positions and/or have any questions/concerns regarding these positions, please contact any PTSA Board Member at KellamKnightsPTSA@outlook.com.

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Culturally Speaking: Recognizing the power of your VOICE

Instant Messages vs. Speech.

Which one holds a greater power? How often have you received a phone call and said or heard, “It is so nice to hear your voice.” Research tells us that hearing happiness in the voice of another makes us pay more attention than even hearing the joy in our voice. Voices we are familiar with engage the higher-order responses that reflect their importance to us through social salience. Furthermore, Voice Perception studies indicate hearing a voice conversation versus a text conversation reduces our blood cortisol, a stress marker, and heightens the release of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone.


So how do you connect through your voice?

Voice can awaken the senses and lead others to act, securing a successful job at an interview, closing deals, or defending your thesis/dissertation. Voice conveys passion and excitement. It can also convey anything, whether it’s a feeling, a place, or an idea. Voice transports us and creates endless possibilities, opportunities, and perspectives. No two voices are the same; each voice has something different to say. How can we encourage others to unite and support each other? How can we pay closer attention to our voice and be more aware of how our tone and words may impact our listeners? In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:


“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

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Its Registration Time

Course Registration


Course Registration for SY23-24 is now open! Please visit the Kellam HS Course Registration Hub for complete details and the schedule for when students will meet with their School Counselor. A brief overview is below:


COURSE REGISTRATION PROCESS OVERVIEW FOR STUDENTS

Current Students: Follow Steps #1 AND #2 BEFORE meeting with your School Counselor!


1.Review relevant information in the Course Registration Hub including Diploma Types and Sample Schedules.


2.Review and mark your "Course Registration Form" for your grade level in SY23-24 - Rising 9th OR Rising 10th-12th. Then...

o Make your course request selections in StudentVUE PRIOR to meeting w/your School Counselor (Only STUDENTS have access to edit, not parents); AND/OR

o Bring your completed "Course Registration Form" to your meeting with your School Counselor.


3.Complete and return to the School Counseling office any relevant paperwork including the "AP Agreement" if taking an AP class or the "Application for Waiver of Full-Day Enrollment" if requesting any excused blocks. All paperwork must be received by June 30, 2023.


4.Course Verification Sheets will be published in Student VUE the first week of March. Any changes you'd like to request can be made on the sheets and are due March 17, 2023. After March 17, but by June 30, you must use the "Course Request Change Form" (to be opened after March 17) to request any changes.


5. Because course requests guide our school's staffing decisions and schedule, administrative review and approval is required to any changes to course requests after March 17, 2023. CHANGES TO COURSE REQUESTS MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED AFTER JUNE 30, 2023.

Standards Of Learning Assessments

SOLs will take place January 13, 17, 18, and 19.

SOL DAYS BLOCK SCHEDULE

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Love Kellam Week: Feb 13-17, 2023

We need your help!

Are you a community member, business owner, member of a civic organization, alumni, parent, or anyone who has a positive message about our Knight core values of Leadership, Integrity, or Unity? As we celebrate 60 years of Kellam High School, be a guest speaker or presenter during Love Kellam Week, Feb 13-17, 2023. Please see the flyer below and scan the QR code to sign up to speak.


“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, uKnighted as One!”

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Student Activities Update

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. You can also visit Kellam Student Activities Info Site for additional information on our organizations. Be sure to watch for updates in this newsletter and follow us on social media. You can also visit the Kellam Touch Pro to see the accomplishments of our present and past students.


Twitter: @KellamHigh

Instagram: kellamhigh

Facebook: Floyd E. Kellam High School


  • Senior Scoop

Use this link, Kellam Senior Scoop, to find important information for seniors. It will be updated regularly and is located in the resources on the HKL Grade 12 Schoology Group page.


  • Senior Cap and Gowns

ALL ORDERS SHOULD BE PLACED BY DECEMBER 20, 2022.

Senior Cap and Gown pictures will be on February 2 in the schola. Use this link for additional information: Class of 2023 Cap and Gown Photos Flyer. Sign up at prestigeportraits.com. This is an elective photo and will not be in the yearbook.



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      • Activity Bus Schedule

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


      • 2023 Yearbooks for Sale

      Order your 2022-2023 yearbook using this link: 2022-2023 Yearbook Order Link


      • Tickets for Sporting Events

      All tickets to attend Varsity and JV Football games are available for purchase through GoFAN. Tickets can be purchased at GOFAN.co. You can attend Field Hockey, Volleyball, Golf, and Cross Country without purchasing a ticket during the regular season. Tickets for ALL FALL, WINTER, and SPRINGS SPORTS will be required for region and state events and available for purchase on GoFan. There will not be cash accepted at the gate; however, purchasing a ticket using a credit/debit card will be available at Beach District Events.


      Beach District Passes can also be purchased at GOFAN.co. Beach District passes are accepted for all regular season games at any VBCPS High School.

      Pass Prices:

      $60 for 3 or less

      $50 for 4 or more


      For easier purchasing and viewing tickets for validation, download the GoFan App in the iTunes or Google Play Store.


      Tickets for regional games will be available on Gofan.co. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. ALL REGIONAL EVENTS WILL REQUIRE A TICKET FOR ADMITTANCE.


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    All state tournament information is available on the VHSL Website.

    • Athletic and Academic Team Eligibility Requirements

    All participants in a VHSL activity or sport must have passed the equivalent of 5 classes the previous semester and be enrolled in the equivalent of 5 courses for the current semester/term. Please review this presentation for an explanation of eligibility requirements with the hybrid A/B and 4x4 schedule.

    Kellam High School Eligibility


    • Athletic Schedules

    All sports schedules are available on the Beach District Website:

    Kellam Athletic Schedules


    All competitions that occur in the gym or the football stadium will be live-streamed on the NFHS network. Use this link to access the Kellam site: Kellam NFHS Network Page.


    • National Signing Day

    Kellam will honor our athletes who are committing to play at the post-secondary level on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 10:00 AM in the auditorium.

    Please use the National Signing Day Sign-Up sheet so that we know who will be

    participating. You will need to complete the google form by January 23 to be able to participate.


    • Lacrosse Interest Meeting

    There will be an informational meeting for all athletes and their parents who

    plan to try out for Lacrosse this spring. The meeting will be Thursday, January 5,


    2023 at 6:00 PM in the cafe commons.

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    Use this link to access and purchase.

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    NHS News

    The NHS Candidate Process for Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores will take place from January 3 through January 17. Students who wish to complete the candidate process should join the Candidate Course on Canvas, posted on the morning announcement slides.


    Candidates should demonstrate a solid commitment to scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Candidate packets are due January 17 at 2:15 p.m. and should be submitted electronically. Candidates should reach out to Ms. Martinez or Mrs. Spreder with questions.

    SCA News

    The 11th Annual Leadership Workshop will be held March 3-5 at Triple R Ranch. Apply today!


    Kellam’s Winter Ball will be held Friday, February 3 from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. at Kellam High School. Tickets are $15, and will be sold starting January 25!


    Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Love Kellam shirts will be available to order through January 20. Please send cash or check (made out to Kellam High School) to the school with attention to Rebecca Simpson. Link to order.

    Love Kellam Stickers are available through all Leadership Workshop Staff Members or at Home basketball games during January. The cost is $4.00. Proceeds benefit Leadership Workshop.


    The 19th Annual Love Run to benefit CHKD will be held on Saturday, February 11. In partnership with Princess Anne and Cox High Schools, Kellam will be participating in organizing the event this year. Please consider running, walking, or volunteering for this important fundraiser for CHKD.


    Upcoming Events

    Stay connected to our calendar and mark yours!


    Click HERE for all Beach District and VHSL sporting events involving YOUR Kellam Knights.


    Mark your calendars:


    January 13-17- Love Kellam Week

    January 13-19 SOL dates

    January 16–20 – Student Activities Appreciation Week

    January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School )

    January 19 – Kellam School Planning Council Meeting

    January 25-26 – Final Exams for 4x4 classes

    January 25 - Rising 9th Grade “Knight”

    January 27 - Adjusted Dismissal for Students

    January 27 - Last Day of Term 1 and Semester 1

    January 30 - Staff Day (No School for students)

    February 1 - National Signing Day

    February 1- Next Edition of the Knightly News


    Stay in the know: Previous newsletters can be accessed here:


    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.