The Knightly News
Parent Newsletter for Kellam High School - December 2019
It has been an awesome fall season for our Knights all around. Our fine arts department has produced several quality concerts and productions. We thank you for always supporting our students’ hard work by donating your time and by attending these events. Our fall sports teams kept us busy this season as six of our teams reached the VHSL state level of competition. We brought home four regional championships, a state runner-up, and hopefully a State Championship tonight for our girls volleyball team. Individually, we have had several students recognized for their talents in music and art, and in athletics—many recognized on all-region and all-state teams. None of this would be possible without our dedicated teachers and coaches, so please be sure to thank them for all of their efforts in bringing pride to Kellam High School. And of course, thank you for your continued support of our programs. Your contributions truly make a difference.
Academically, we remain focused on preparing our students for life after high school. This work continues to be grounded by our Graduate Profile: preparing all students to be knowledgeable; problem solvers and value creators; resilient learners; cross-culturally competent; personally and socially responsible; thinkers and inquirers; balanced; and finally, communicators and collaborators.
We continue to reflect on these questions as we design learning experiences:
How do we facilitate deeper learning experiences for each student?
How do we share ownership of the learning process with students?
How do we celebrate who our students are—as people and as learners?
How do our practices guide student progress and facilitate growth?
I can tell you that as I have visited classrooms, I see that our teachers are focused on first learning who their students are so that they can best meet their needs. They are also designing awesome lessons that cause our students to ask questions and explore their curiosities. Whether it be explaining why a drone defies gravity or designing the best contraption to safely drop a pumpkin from a few stories up, our teachers are planning engaging lessons that truly challenge our students to think. I would encourage you to come and experience some of what Kellam has to offer our students on February 19, when we host a student-shadow day. Information will be forthcoming about signing up for this opportunity.
As we enter the time of year where we reflect upon all we are thankful for, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to serve such a wonderful school and community. We have such talented students, amazing teachers, and supportive parents, and I am so thankful that I get to come to this place each day. I hope you are able to take some time this season to think about all those for whom you are thankful.
From my family to yours, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
The School Planning Council (SPC) of Kellam High School Needs You!
The next meeting is Thursday, January 9, 2020. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Kellam High School Library.
Please contact Lisa Long, school improvement specialist, if interested in joining.
Office phone: 648-5123
Grad Fest Is Still On!
Save the date! June 11, 2020, 10:45pm - June 12, 2020, 4:00 am
Grad Fest 2020 is coming soon to an exciting new venue!
Your Grad Fest committee is excited about this year’s senior package and all of the amazing things we have planned to celebrate the Class of 2020! Families will receive communication through VBCPS automated email and phone systems when tickets go on sale. At such time, students will receive the package order form during their advisory block. We invite all Kellam parents and guardians to join the new KELLAM GRAD FEST 2020 Facebook page for the most up-to-date news about Grad Fest.
Please email any questions to Allknightgradfest@gmail.com.
Please click here to see the 10th-12th grade Course Registration Sheet! Please note important deadlines for change requests!
The Counselors have really enjoyed our time in our one-to-one registration meetings with our current 9th grade students. Please talk to your students about their course requests. We always welcome and invite parent feedback on these selections. Courses can be changed through the school counselors until February 28, 2019. All course requests must be finalized by then.
Course selections will be visible in Parent/Student VUE beginning the second week of December.
We will begin working with our 10th grade students through the month of December by seeing our students through their English 10 classes following this schedule:
Culturally Speaking...Inclusivity Can Be Taught and Learned
At Kellam we celebrate the culture of Teaching and Learning. We capitalize on the “in the moment” opportunities to teach or to learn about absolutely everything, and December presents multicultural "teachable moments" that no other month presents! A teacher was overheard describing a “Christmas” project. Another teacher corrected her by asking, “You mean your ‘holiday’ project?” It was a gentle reminder to consider the diversity of the students who may be assigned theme-based projects during this time of year.
Many families who celebrate holidays outside of the majority sit in silence as Christmas is pushed into their world at every turn. Christmas trees are in every store, you can round up for Christmas charities at the register, and the mention of that holiday in every commercial, looking to get out of the RED and into the BLACK, in a season filled with red and green decorations galore.
The following is a partial list of the holidays that will be celebrated outside of Christmas:
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
Christmas Day (Christian)
Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
Kwanzaa (African American)
Yule and Saturnalia (Pagan)
This year let's do more to connect and celebrate with people outside of our families. Please spend time to be with your friends and family, but also build understanding and awareness about other celebrations that may be happening all around you. Learn about another culture’s celebration. Ask people how and what they celebrate. Mark your personal calendar with celebrations or holidays that you don’t celebrate and Goggle them on that day. All of these things will help to build awareness and create an inclusive holiday environment that can be celebrated by everyone.
The Kellam Performing Arts Department invites you to join us on Thursday December 12th, as we
present, A Winter Holiday Extravaganza. Join our journey as we celebrate the Holidays across the
globe! The concert will be held in the Kellam High School Auditorium and will feature the Jazz
Ensemble, the Ukulele Ensemble, the Kellam Choral Ensembles, the Kellam Orchestra, the
Kellam Winds, and our Kellam Symphony as we present an evening of music that will surely
inspire you for the upcoming Holidays! Admission is just $5!
Parents and students may request help from our Kellam Peer Tutors using this form.
Students may also request a pass from their subject teacher or Mrs. Long in Room B219. No pass required for lunch tutoring.
One of the main purposes of Kellam’s advisory is to help students prepare for transition to post-secondary opportunities such as college, career, military services, or entrepreneurship. Throughout the 2nd Nine Weeks, Kellam Juniors will create an academic resume and will attend college and career readiness breakout sessions. Students were able to select three from the following options:
Coalition and the College Application Process
Community Service Opportunities
Getting the Most from Job Shadowing
How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety
Major Clarity: Career Investigation and Planning
SAT Tips for Mathematics
SAT Tips for Verbal
School-to-Work Transition Speaker Panel
Small-Business Ownership: What skills do I need to cultivate now to be ready to own my own business in the future?
TCC as a Pathway: What Should I Know Now?
Your Big Future: Planning for College Studies
Here are a few questions to ask your child about the advisory experience:
Which choice sessions did you attend?
Why did you choose these sessions?
What did you learn and how might the information connect to your future?
What questions do you still have? How will seek out the answers?
Share a copy of your academic resume with me. What have you included on the resume? What might you have forgotten that I can help you record?
In addition, please access the following important resources introduced and used during these uKnight sessions:
We Need YOU!
Security Desk Reminders
If you have visited Kellam during school hours, you have probably been greeted by me at the Front Desk. I hope I made your visit efficient and enjoyable. I would like to share some tips for parents to make their visit to Kellam as smooth as possible:
- Always have a government issued ID card on hand. I will ask all visitors to see their IDs before entering the building. Please don’t be offended; it is a requirement.
- We can only release students to people listed in our computer system. Please ensure you have anyone who might be picking up your child listed in our system. You can add to this list by contacting guidance.
- Please list your name and a good contact number on any notes you submit for tardiness, early release, absences, etc.
- Kellam is a very large school so it may take some time for your student to reach the front desk. Plan on arriving a few minutes before your child’s release time.
- The front desk can get very busy….please be patient.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accept deliveries of fast food for your child’s lunch. Please "brown bag" forgotten lunches to drop them off at the security counter.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, tis the season to bring in notes…
Know Kellam High School Attendance policy and procedures. Click on the quick links below:
Encourage your student’s attendance and inform them of the impact it makes for a successful academic year.
Check on your student’s attendance periodically. To access your student’s attendance profile, log into Parent Portal or ParentVue Mobile App.
Provide parent verification of absences by email or handwritten note, to prevent Unverified Absences (UNV) to Lizette.Driscoll@vbschools.com.
Student Activities at Kellam! Go Knights!
Student Activity Dos and Don'ts for December
Do remember to follow us on social media, @KellamHigh on Twitter; kellamstuact and kellam_knights on Instagram; and @kellamhs on FaceBook!
Do email Amy Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child has committed to participating in athletics at the collegiate level and will be participating in our upcoming Signing Day Ceremony. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, February, 5, 2020, at 8:40 a.m. in the auditorium.
Don’t wait! Mark your calendar now for some important 2020 events:
- Kellam Leadership Workshop, March 6-8, 2020
- Ring Dance, May 2 at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
- Senior Prom, Saturday, May 30 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
- Class of 2020 Graduation, Thursday, June 11 at 1:30 PM at the VBCC
Please do not park or leave your car in the afternoon while waiting to pick someone up from after school activities. We want to make sure that no one gets blocked in, and that includes cars and our after school activity buses.
SCA is offering a KIDS NIGHT OUT on Friday, December 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Kellam High School for children aged 4-12. Pizza and snacks will be provided along with games, crafts, and movie time. The cost is $35 for one child, and $50 for two. Register at the link below. Registration Closes on December 3rd.
SCA Winter Spirit Week will be December 16-20 with a Pep Rally on Thursday, December 19th. Spirit Days will come out soon.
Save the date! Leadership Workshop will be March 6-8, 2020 at Triple R Ranch. Applications will be available starting February 6th.
A Winter Holiday Extravaganza
The Kellam Performing Arts Department invites you to join us on Thursday December 12th, as we present, A Winter Holiday Extravaganza. Join our journey as we celebrate the Holidays across the globe! The concert will be held in the Kellam High School Auditorium and will feature the Jazz Ensemble, the Ukulele Ensemble, the Kellam Choral Ensembles, the Kellam Orchestra, the Kellam Winds, and our Kellam Symphony as we present an evening of music that will surely inspire you for the upcoming Holidays! Admission is FREE to our Kellam Staff, and just $5 to all others!
Save the Date: Parent Day
NEW Bus Schedule
Busses will be located outside of the gym.
KELLAM HS ACTIVITY ROUTES 2019-2020
BUS 567 – Allison Briggs – Victoria Park, Courthouse Estates, Courthouse Woods, North Landing Rd, Indian River Rd, N Muddy Creek, Indian River Plantation, New Bridge Rd
BUS 062 – Wendy Harris – Christopher Farms, PA Crossing, Buyrn Farm, Holland Woods, Holland Rd, PA Rd including: PA Quarters, Highgate Greens, Three Oaks, Highgate Crossing, Southgate, Hunt Club area to London Bridge Rd
BUS 063 – Cheryl Crayle – Asheville Park, Sherwood Lakes, Redmill, Lag O Mar, Heritage Park, Sandbridge
BUS 434 – Diana Hall – West Neck Rd & Blackwater to NC line, North Landing Rd from Indian River to Chesapeake line
BUS 852 – Robin Burnette – PA Woods, Seaboard Rd, Foxfire, Pungo to Knotts Island
**Students riding for the first time should check with the driver to make sure they are on the correct bus. Busses will deliver students to the nearest intersection to their homes. Students should not have to walk more than approximately 1.5 miles.
For all Beach District and VHSL sporting events involving YOUR Kellam Knights, click HERE.
For sports results and standings, click HERE.
Mark your calendar:
November 27 – Early release
November 28- 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday
December 12 - A Winter Holiday Extravaganza
December 13 - Progress reports issued
December 16- 20 – Winter Spirit Week
December 20 - Adjusted Dismissal
December 23 - January 1 - School Closed (Winter Break)
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