The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter - August 2023

Principal's Message

Hello Knight Families,

We are excited to welcome our new Knights to The Castle on Wednesday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for new student orientation. As a reminder, the first day of school is Monday, August 28. This year’s SCA theme is Breakthrough to Excellence. At Kellam High School, we boast the highest graduation rate in the city for the past 7 years. Additionally, we lead the district in the number of honor graduates and students taking rigorous coursework, including Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment. We also have many students attending the ATC, Technical Center, and Brock Environmental Science Program. We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and attribute their success to the hard work of our highly qualified teaching staff and our partnership with you. This year we will continue to challenge each of our students to ensure they reach their full potential.

We appreciate the support from our dedicated community partners and parents. Thank you for your support in ensuring your student comes to school on time and prepared with the materials they need to be successful. Additionally, we encourage you to reach out to our school counselors and teachers early and often should your student experience hardships or challenges. We seek to support each student as they pursue their high school diploma and beyond. Please also consider joining our PTSA and attending the myriad of athletics and student activities taking place throughout the school year.

Arriving at school safely and on time is a priority for us, as it directly impacts instructional time. Should you choose to drop your student off in the morning, please pull through the front loop and have your student exit the vehicle quickly. To ensure a safe school environment, the main entrance doors will open at 7:00 a.m. Should you wish to have your student wait in your vehicle until the doors are open, please park in the student lot or in a visitor’s spot so as to not obstruct traffic.

You must submit the request through ParentVue if your student requires bus transportation. Several ParentSquare messages were sent throughout the summer to explain the process. Students who do not have a request on record will not be permitted to ride a bus.

Parking passes will be available for purchase beginning this month. Please ensure your student is a licensed driver and either a junior or senior. Due to the limited number of parking spaces on campus, passes will be issued to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. More details about requirements and the appointment process will be communicated in this newsletter.

On August 11, student schedules should be made available via ParentVue and StudentVue. Should you have scheduling concerns, please follow the process outlined in this edition of the Knightly News. Remember that we hire staff based on student course requests made in February. Therefore, we are unlikely to honor course change requests taking place after the course verification deadline from last spring.

I look forward to meeting our new Knight families and welcoming the rest of our Knights back in the coming weeks. I hope that you and your families enjoy the remainder of your summer!

See you soon!

Ryan Schubart, Ph.D.


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

PTSA Update

THE PTSA 2023-2024



Krystal Altman


Ashley McKee


Morgan Brooks


Lori Palcic


Terry Stevens


Farrah Myers


Ali Smith


Pamula Poteet

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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: or scan the QR code below.
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SAVE THE DATE Thursday, August 24, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

The Kellam High School PTSA plans on welcoming our teachers and staff back to the Castle with a breakfast on Thursday, August 24. We will need volunteers and donations to feed about 200+ teachers and staff. In the upcoming weeks, please make sure to check your email and our social media sites to find out how you can help.

The PTSA has put together a list of items to help welcome our teachers/staff back to the Castle! We are in need of volunteers and donations to provide breakfast for about 200 teachers/staff on Thursday August 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Please sign up to volunteer your time or to bring some goodies. Donations, including refrigerated items, can be brought to the main office during school hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) from August 21–23 or before 8:00 a.m. on August 24. Any leftover items will be put in the teacher lounges for them to enjoy at their leisure. We appreciate your support!

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Amazon Smile will donate to Kellam PTSA with each and every purchase you make!

  1. Go to

  2. Login using your existing Amazon account or register for a new account.

  3. Select “Floyd E Kellam High School PTSA” as your charity.

  4. Create a bookmark or add this to your favorites to create a shortcut.

  5. Buy your Amazon purchases through not through the regular Amazon site.

Counseling Updates

Student Schedules

Schedules will be viewable in StudentVUE and ParentVUE by August 11th. Course changes are not accepted at this time unless it is a graduation or eligibility requirement. Please see our course registration information for more details about courses and contact information.

New Student Orientation

Kellam High School will host all 9th graders and new enrollments on August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please register by this link or QR code:


Please log on to assess student passwords and ensure devices are working properly before school begins. Some Chromebook models will need to be exchanged before school begins; impacted students and parents will receive a direct email. Open office hours for exchanges are August 24, 12:30–2:00 p.m. and August 25, 8:00–10:00 a.m.

Summer School 2023 Graduation

We would like to congratulate additional members of the class of 2023! Summer Graduation will be held Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Parents can contact the school counseling office at 757-648-5111 with any questions. Graduates are asked to arrive by 5:00 p.m. and family members are asked to be seated by 6:00 p.m. Transcripts can be requested through the student’s account.

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

  • Parent Athlete Information Knight

Our Parent Athlete Information Knight will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All athletes planning to play a sport in the 2023-2024 school year should plan to attend with their parents.

  • Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be September 11 and 12 in the auditorium. Visit to schedule your session. This will be for the formal drape pose that will be in the yearbook.

  • Underclassman Portraits

Underclassman school pictures will be on September 14 and 15. More information will be given to students when classes begin. Make-up picture day will be October 24.

  • Fall Activity Bus Schedule

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

  • 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 classes for the current semester/term. Please review this presentation for explanation of eligibility requirements with the hybrid A/B and 4x4 schedule.

Kellam High School Eligibility

  • Fall Sports

All sport 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.

  • Tickets for Fall Sporting Events

All tickets to attend Varsity and JV Football games are available for purchase through GoFAN. Tickets can be purchased at You can attend Field Hockey, Volleyball, Golf, and Cross Country without purchasing a ticket during the regular season. Tickets for ALL FALL 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 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.

Region tournament information will be available in the next newsletter.

All state tournament information is available on the VHSL Website.


Changes to Team Sports Doubleheader Order

Beginning next school year, a change will be made to the order of contests when doubleheaders are played during the regular season at Beach District high schools. This change will affect the sports of varsity and JV basketball, varsity and JV soccer, and varsity lacrosse. In previous years for most of these sports, the girls’ game has always been played before the boys’ game. To ensure compliance with Title IX guidelines, the game order will be inverted midway through the season. For instance, for the first half of the 2023-24 varsity basketball season, the girls’ game will be played before the boys’ game. At the halfway point of the season and for the remainder of the regular season, the boys’ game will be played prior to the girls’ game. The following year in 2024-25, the boys will play the first game during the first half of the season, and the girls will play the first game the second half of the season. This change mirrors the format currently used in Beach District volleyball matches and will only apply to regular season games played at Virginia Beach high schools. For postseason contests, the order of doubleheaders is the responsibility of the organization hosting the tournament, either Region 6A, Region 5A, or the VHSL. Please refer any questions to your school’s student activities coordinator or the coach of one of these sports.


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SCA Update

Welcome Back, Knights!

This year we plan to Breakthrough to Excellence!

Upcoming events:

August 23: New Student Orientation - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 28: FIRST Day of School!

Listen for announcements about participation in SCA as a representative or committee member!

September 6: Homecoming Court Applications go out!

September 22: Kellam Community Night

Homecoming Week: October 2-7 (Game October 6, Dance October 7)

Top Golf Fundraiser: October 22

Blood Drive: October 27

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Important Announcements

Student Decal PRESALE

2023-2024 Kellam Parking Decal Info & Application

Cost will be $45, or $35 if you attend ATC or Career and Tech Ed Center

ONLY Seniors and Juniors with a valid driver’s license or Temporary Driver Learners (TDL) are permitted to purchase decals. Paying for a decal does not “reserve” you a parking decal. All decals are sold on a first come first serve bases. In the event of a sellout, it will be your responsibility to request a refund.

To obtain a Parking Decal, Students will complete the following using the links provided:

23-24 Kellam HS Student Parking Decal Application

(Please ensure all spaces are completed on the application to avoid delays.)

Step 2: Pay with School Cash using one of the following links:

VoTech ATC Students Click Here

Non VoTech / ATC Students click here

Decals will be issued during lunch at the auditorium concessions stand window. You MUST have the following with you:

  • Proof of Payment – School Cash receipt (paper or email copies are acceptable).
  • Current driver's license or 180-day provisional license (TDL) with learner's permit.
  • Current State registration card for the vehicle listed on your application.
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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:

August 11 - Student schedules available via ParentVue and StudentVue

August 22 - Summer School Graduation, VBCC 6:00 PM

August 23 - Freshman Orientation 8:30 AM -12 PM

August 28 - First Day of School

September 1 & 4 - Labor Day Observed - No School

September 14 - Open House 23-24 SY 6:30 PM

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.