The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter for Kellam High School - April 2020

Kellam Strong - VB Strong - America Strong

A message from the Principal

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

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Castle Counselor's Corner

Hi Parents and Students:

It’s hard to wrap our brains around how fast things have changed over these last two weeks. We miss your students and miss feeling like we are meeting our purpose as counselors. Please let us know if we can help in any way, and remember that we are accessible by email, Schoology Messenger, live chat at times, and we can even arrange for a Zoom meeting for conferences as needed.

We are still able to help with transcripts, communications with teachers, social emotional support, college/scholarship processing and many other things, so please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help.


We have every intention of (digitally) celebrating this important month! Please follow us on social media to participate in acknowledging the students of our brave service men and women.

Twitter Follow: @kellamcounselor @KHSATC (Ms. Drago) @kelseymseibert and @JulianaNCaruso

INSTAGRAM: knightsforveterans and kellamcounselor

The College Board’s AP Exam Plan

On Friday, the College Board posted how it will be administering AP exams in light of this international crisis. You can read the College Board’s response at Here are the highlights:

  • There will NOT be any face-to-face AP exams this year.

  • Students will take AP exams at home:

    • Exams will be 45 minutes.

    • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions.

    • Exams will be administered online.

    • Students will be able to take the exam on one of two separate dates to be announced by the College Board on April 3, 2020.

    • Exams will assess a reduced scope of content, which would “typically” have been covered before March

  • Students will have the option of canceling their exam(s), and the College Board will waive the $40.00/exam late fee they would have charged the school.

  • Please contact Mr. Bunting or Mrs. Caruso with any Kellam specific questions.

And last but certainly not least! Please join our Virtual Counselor Wellness Week and share with your students!

As always, please let us know how we can best support your student in any area of need; we look forward to working with each and every one of them! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @KellamCounselor.

Kellam High Wellness Week

See below to help us continue to celebrate wellness week that began March 31st an will end April 3rd. This is a great time to double down on your a wellness plan if you are not already committed.
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Culturally Speaking: America is a STRONG Nation

From the very beginning, Americans had to be strong and resilient, and we had to stick together to survive. Many of the early settlers came to the new world to search for gold, but found that if they were to survive, they must clear the land and farm. They had strong leadership in Captain John Smith, who ruled the colony with military discipline. He wrote," He who shall not work, shall not eat." And though there were more casualties than survivors, in the end the new Americans survived and eventually thrived.

But you do not have to travel back to colonial days to see how Americans are able to overcome and thrive. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Americans were able to withstand the September 11 attacks in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the great Recession from 2007 to 2009. And more recently, right here in our own city, we have had to face a mass shooting.

We are in the midst of another crisis and it is new and scary, but we have the DNA that says we can and will survive. Culturally speaking, we are Americans and we are a strong Nation.

So now what? Take some advice from a crisis expert on how to survive a lockdown:

1. Remember what is good. You are in well-equipped spaces, with running water and if you are reading this, probably electricity. You have a toilet and you will only be confined to this lifestyle for what will be a relatively short period of time.

2. Maintain a routine. Get up in the morning, shower and dress. Plan a day around your meals and add in time for exercise and fun. Connect with people every day via phone, computer or a neighbor across the fence. Go to bed at the same time every day.

3. Keep up appearance. It may be harder to look good with the barbers and beauty salons being closed, but do your own thing. If you wear make-up and jewelry, put it on. Fellows do not wear the same jeans all week. Spruce it up.

4. Make sure everyone has their own space. If kids share a room, designate times when they can have control, or let one have the seldom-used den during the lockdown. Share the same routine so that things appear to have some order and your activities do not intrude on someone else's peace of mind.

5. Recognize your feelings. If you are feeling panic, antsy, claustrophobic, then that’s when you should leave the house and take a walk around the block. Or take deep breaths through the nose and then let them out slowly. Call a friend; share how you’re feeling. Cut down on your news consumption.

6. Final tips: If certain people are making you anxious, take a step back from them. Humor is important. Watch funny movies; it’s a nice way to round out the day.


VBCPS is committed to getting all students college and career ready. To that end, the district identified a set of attributes, referred to as our graduate profile, that it believes are critical for ensuring students are future ready. The graduate profile is intended to inspire, motivate, and guide the work of students, teachers, schools, and the division. As a school, Kellam faculty and students engage in meaningful learning experiences inside the classroom, during the Kellam uKnight Advisory Block, on the field, on the stage, and through other extracurricular student activities. One specific example is the 10th Grade Exhibition of Learning.

The Exhibition of Learning took place in February and March and provided students with an opportunity to showcase their oral presentation skills for other students, advisors, family members, administrators, and community members. In one to two minute presentations, students exhibited learning from any part of their lives—personal or academic—and responded to audience questions such as, “What did I learn? How did I learn it? Why is this learning meaningful?” Throughout the planning, production, and exhibition process, students practiced their skills of reflection and presentation to prepare for classroom-based learning experiences and for the Kellam HS Senior Signature Project.

Parents, please use the following criteria to ask your student about their project experience.

Striving for Excellence

Enthusiasm and Connection to the Audience

  • Demonstrates strong enthusiasm about topic during entire presentation

  • Significantly increases audience understanding and knowledge of topic

  • Convinces an audience to recognize the importance of the subject


  • Holds the attention of the entire audience with the use of direct eye contact

  • Speaks with fluctuation in volume and inflection to maintain audience interest and emphasize key points

Visuals, Slides, and/or Artifacts

  • The visuals (e.g., slides) and/or artifact relates to the topic; makes it easier to understand the presentation; and enables the speaker to keep the audience engaged.


  • Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the content; responds to questions with confidence in knowledge of the topic

From the SCA

To all our students: We MISS YOU!

Despite our not physically being in school, we are still planning for the 2020-2021 School Year.

SCA and Class Elections UPDATE: We are still awaiting information of how and when SCA Elections will take place.


Leadership Workshop 2021 will take place March 5-7th, 2021. Staff applications will be out soon.

SCA Leaders Scholarship will come out in early May. Stay tuned.

Instagram: @kellamsca (Kellam High School SCA)

Facebook: KellamHS (Floyd E Kellam High School)

Important Dates (*May change)

April 1 – April 24 -Tuesday – Friday – Continuity of Learning

April 6– Teachers in Training - No Office Hours

April 13- April 17 – Spring Break – No Continuity of Learning

April 20–* Teachers in Training - No Office Hours

April 24 – 3rd Quarter Ends

April 27 – *Teachers in Training - No Office Hours

April 28 – *4th Quarter Begins – Virtual Learning Begins

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.