The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter - September 2022

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,


The energy was electric at our new student orientation, as we welcomed over 400 new Knights to the Castle! Our faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for your students next week. I want to thank our PTSA and those of you who helped provide our teachers with a magnificent breakfast. If you haven’t joined the PTSA, please do so by clicking here.


As you make the final preparations for the first day of school on September 6, please be sure to review the items in this newsletter related to the cell phone and tardy policy. If you didn’t check out our last edition of the Knightly News, please do so, as there are important procedures regarding student pick-up and drop-off, open house, parking decals, schedules, and vaccine requirements.


We cannot wait to see everyone on September 6!


See you soon!


Sincerely,


Ryan Schubart
Principal
Kellam High School


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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Kellam High School PTSA

Each year the PTSA is required to conduct a financial audit to ensure that we manage our transactions and financial documents appropriately. Please review and vote on the following items:

  • The 2021-2022 Financial Audit

  • The Proposed Budget for the 2022-2023 school year


Please select here to vote.

PTSA Spirit Night @

Kellam High School

Thursday, September 15th

5pm – 9pm


1784 General Booth Blvd


*Please notify the cashier you are supporting Kellam High School, and a percentage of your sale will be donated by FUDDRUCKERS to the Kellam High School PTSA to help with events throughout the year!

Parent Drop Off and Student Decals


  • Students should be dropped off at the main entrance at the front door where security is present and the doors are unlocked.


  • Dropping off students in the bus loop or the staff parking lot is prohibited for safety reasons. The doors will not be opened for dropped-off students and no security is present for that purpose.


  • All student drivers are required to have a decal to park their vehicle on school property.


  • Only Seniors and Juniors with a valid driver’s license, registration, and completed application may purchase decals


  • Parking in spots marked Handicapped, Visitor, Staff, Office Staff, Reserved, Principal, or Assistant Principal is prohibited. Any car parked in a marked spot, yellow/fire zone, grassy area or white/gray paved area is subject to be ticketed, booted or towed. The fee for tickets and boot removal remains $25.00.

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Parking Decal Purchase September 7th- 9th

The following is updated information regarding parking passes effective September 7, 2022.
Only Seniors and Juniors may purchase decals, and to be eligible, the student must have a state-issued valid Driver’s License or a Temporary Driver’s License (TDL).


Please use the following steps to obtain your decal:


Once you have completed these steps, pick up your temp parking pass/decal during lunch the first week of school - NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED.


  • Driver’s License or Temporary Driver’s License

  • Vehicle Registration

  • Proof of payment


All students with Temporary Decals (numbered yellow papers) may exchange those when announced. Please wait for the announcement.

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 www.kellamstudentactivities.com 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 Portraits

Senior Portraits will be September 12 and 13. Please use the information in this flier to schedule your sessions: Senior Portrait Information Flier


  • Underclassman Portraits


Underclassman school pictures will be on September 15 and 16. More information will be given to students when classes begin.

SCA News

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

We are excited to announce our theme for this year: “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Uknighted As One!”


Become an SCA Representative and let your voice be heard. Representatives will be chosen from 2A classes, so ask your teacher about it if you’re interested!

Mark your calendars:

Friday, October 14 - Homecoming Game

Saturday, October 15 - Homecoming Dance


Spirit days and the Homecoming theme will be announced by the end of September!

Important Announcements

New Cell Phone Policy

Student use of personal cell phones, personal communication devices, and accessories, such as earbuds or personal wireless headphones (hereinafter “personal communication devices”) are prohibited during instructional time and in instructional settings.


Students are prohibited from using personal communication devices during instructional time or in instructional settings. Leaving the classroom during instructional time to use personal communication devices in another setting may constitute a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Personal communication devices should not be used in bathrooms.



  • Students may not have a personal communication device “on” or in use during instructional time or in a location that allows the student to hear or see the activated device during instructional time. Any such item must be stored in a personal backpack or similar bag or purse, teacher-designated areas within the instructional setting, lockers, or in a personal vehicle. Such items should not be kept on the person or in a student's clothing, as doing so allows the student to access the device easily.


  • “Instructional setting” includes but is not limited to: classrooms; libraries; scholas; auditoriums; gymnasiums and inside and outside physical education areas; performing arts areas, locker rooms; school administrative offices, nurses’ or other medical or psychological provider offices, or assigned room within the period of the school day.


  • Personal wired headphones that plug directly into the school-issued device will be allowed for instructional purposes as assigned by the teacher when using the school-issued device.


  • School Division resources should not be used to recharge such devices during the school day.

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Tardy Policy

  • Tardies are cumulative.


  • Consequences are for every nine weeks.


  • The tardy window is open for the first 15 minutes of class 1st bell, after the bell rings for 2nd - 4th, and during lunches


  • Students will not be admitted to class without a pass when the tardy window is open; exceptions due to weather and other occurrences that affect the traffic pattern will be considered and excused as appropriate.

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Gifted Programs Q and A

How are students referred for gifted services?


Who can refer students?


A teacher, parent/guardian, peer, the student support team, the student or any person who has knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student by contacting the school’s gifted resource teacher (GRT) Applications may be accessed at giftedapplication.vbcps.com.


What are the steps in the application process?



  • The person referring the student for gifted services must begin by notifying the school’s GRT to initiate the application process.


  • Once notified, the GRT will send home a letter notifying the parent(s)/guardian(s) that the student has been referred for gifted program services and to visit the website to complete and submit the application – OR – a parent submits an online application if he or she is the one who referred the student. Either way, the parent must complete and submit an application for a student to move forward in the identification process.


  • Once the parent(s)/guardian(s) has submitted a complete online application, an email will be generated to the teacher of record informing them that they need to complete and submit a Teacher Information Form for that student by a date determined by the gifted testing office.


  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by the school GRT of the date that the assessment specialist will administer the tests.


  • The Gifted Identification and Placement Committee will meet in March, May and June. The committee will review all information, including the application submitted by the parent/guardian and the Teacher Information Form, and make identification decisions.


  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive notification of the decision via email within ten working days following each Gifted Identification and Placement Committee meeting. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can access their child’s gifted testing scores in ParentVUE under Standardized Test Results once they receive their email.


  • Confidentiality is maintained during all steps in the process

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:


September 2 - Senior Parking Pass Sale for Seniors and Juniors ONLY (8 am - 3 pm)

September 6 - 1st Day of School (4x4 1st Term and A day)

September 9 - Football @ Green Run (7 pm)

September 12-13 - Senior portraits

September 15-16 - Underclassmen portraits

September 21 - Open House (More Information to come)

October 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.