The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter for Kellam High School - January 2019

Happy New Year!

My how time flies! The end of the first semester is right around the corner. Students and teachers are taking advantage of every instructional opportunity to ensure academic success. During LUNCH, when walking by classrooms, you’ll see that they are overflowing with students. What is going on? Teachers are holding office hours and offering tutoring, and students are showing up. Students are finding that this is the perfect time to make up a quiz or get personalized instructions for an assignment or project.

Having the ability to pre-order your lunch and grab it in a line designated especially for preorders, makes it even easier to take advantage of tutoring with a teacher or to attend SOL tutoring. SOL tutoring is held Monday – Thursday the 1st half of every block and during LUNCH. Although peer tutoring is not specifically held during LUNCH, it is available during 3A or during other blocks by request. The peer tutors are eager to help, and their only complaint is that they are under used. Recently they offered their services at a faculty meeting daring teachers to invite them into their classes and make them a part of the instructional team. We are so proud of our peer tutors!

What will 2019 bring? More opportunities and more community. Some parents have taken advantage of the opportunity to join the School Planning Council, while others will began work on a back to school day program for PARENTS. Our Job Shadowing Day will return, and it will be bigger - lasting almost two weeks. Our Community Service Day will be announced as well. We are always looking for a way to partner with the community that serves our students and that will ultimately be served by our students.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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

Parent Teacher Student Association - Supporting the Knights

Support the Knights in 2019...

Every student needs a sponsor!! It is not too late to join PTSA and become a member!! Please support our stress free fundraising campaign in 2019! We have a lot of programs to support for this new year. Please use the link as listed below. Membership forms can be mailed to school, sent into school with your student or paid online through our Google form. Kellam PTSA enriches the experiences of students and faculty at Kellam High School.

Click here for: membership, the stress free fundraiser, or to purchase an Entertainment Book:

Shopping for that perfect item in 2019? Remember to link your Amazon Smile account to Kellam PTSA:

We are selling 2019 Entertainment Books for $25.00 and are available at all home sporting events. Payment also accepted online through our Google form.

We are also selling “Property of the Castle” T shirts for $ Amber Sloan at if interested

Remember All Knight Gradfest needs volunteers...attention all parents especially underclassmen parents. If you like to decorate or just want to help with a awesome event, please contact Holly Thornton at

Stay connected to PTSA in 2019....please follow our social media sites.

Go Knights!!

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School Planning Council

The School Planning Council (SPC) of Kellam High School Needs You!

The SPC is made up of students, parents, community/business representatives as well as Kellam staff and meets 4 times/year. See below for more details.

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Counselor's Notes


Counselors are excited to continue with our one-to-one registration meetings finishing up with our rising SENIORS! See below for the schedule of when students will come down with their English 11 classes. Parents will be able to view their student’s course selections in ParentVUE by the end of the month and printed course verification sheets will go home with the third quarter report cards.

A reminder that the application for ATC (Advanced Technology Center) is online this year -

The Career and Technical Education Center application can be found in the counseling lobby and more information about their programming can be found at

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  • We are excited to start discussing our spring Job Shadow Experience which will take place the last two weeks of March! All of our junior students will have the opportunity to participate in this experience by letting us know a career field in which they are interested. While Kellam is fortunate to have some amazing community partners, we are always hoping to build greater connections so we can meet the interests of as many of our students as possible. If you or someone you know is a part of a business or organization or working in a field that you may be able to host a student (days and times vary based on your availability!), please fill out this survey. (Survey completion does not commit you to participation!! It simply adds you to our database for further contact if interested!)

Job Shadow Participation Survey

  • It’s hard to believe that the second semester is right around the corner, which also means it’s time to think about registration for AP Exams. Please see the attached letter for important information regarding AP Exam registration.


Culturally Speaking- We are all KNIGHTS

Wouldn’t it be nice if the New Year brought with it the ability to erase the hurts and errors of years past? Like everything that you did not like about the last year just went away and you could literally start new. Unfortunately, that is not how it works, and as a result some of our students will return to school in 2019 with the same hurts they left with in 2018 due to bullying.

In order to have a real discussion. It is important to know what is bullying. Bullying is recurring. A single act of aggression or name-calling can be a source of concern and needs addressing, but it is not bullying. Neither are reciprocal acts of arguing or fighting. Bullying is one-sided. Bullying must be intentional. So if someone accidentally hurts someone verbally or physically, while it does hurt, that is not bullying. Bullying is a conscious , repeated, aggressive behavior of an individual or a group abusing their position with the intention to harm others or gain real or perceived power.

Bullying is a universal problem, and most people have been exposed to it in some way. It is important for people to understand both how prevalent an issue bullying is and how damaging it can be. A study conducted by the United States Department of Justice reveals how often and what types of bullying occur:

  • Over 1/3 of all teens report being bullied at school

  • 21% of teens reported being made fun of by a bully

  • 18% were the subject of rumors

  • 11% of teens were physically abused by a bully

  • Only 1/3 of bully victims report the bullying to someone

  • 85% of bullying occurs in the presence of peers

  • 8% of all students reported some form of cyber bullying

Some people think bullying is just a part of growing up and poses no real threat to students. Many people dismiss bullying and think it is best to let students sort it out themselves. Many people wrongly believe that only boys bully, while others believe that ignoring bullies makes them go away. All of these are myths. The truth is most students are not prepared to deal with bullies. Bullies can be relentless. Most boy bullying tends to be physical but girls bully more often and it tends to be verbal or emotional. Understanding that these are myths will make it easier to identify bullying situations.

Now for the most important question: How do we help? Student bullying is strongly linked to school climate, including how openly difference and diversity are discussed and how much value is placed on respect for diversity and inclusion. Celebrating diversity in schools is the first step towards improving acceptance. Teaching about difference and diversity builds a strong foundation of understanding and provides a set of values that can last a lifetime.

uknight Focuses on Academic and Career Planning

Goal setting, academic planning, career investigations, thinking beyond the GPA… this fall our Kellam students have investigated these topics during uKnight. Report cards were distributed through uKnight meetings in order for advisors to help students with short term and long term goal setting. Advisors and students will revisit these goals throughout the school year. In addition, several of our uKnight sessions focused on academic planning and registration, including presentations from the Kellam Counseling Department on Academic Registration for 2019-2020.

Over break, we encourage you to ask your children about their Academic and Career Plans that are housed in each student’s ACP Portfolio on Schoology. We also encourage you to have your children use important resources introduced and used throughout our fall uKnight meetings:

As we look forward to January 2019, our uKnight team commits to helping students Turn Can’t into Cans and Dreams into Dos!

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Attendance Waivers

Attendance waiver for the first semester will be made available on Monday, January 7th in the main office and in the attendance office. If you know your child had exceeded the 6-day absence limit for the semester, please apply for an attendance waiver. The attendance waiver must be submitted on or before January 18th.

We are so DIGITAL

As Kellam High School continues to transform the instruction your child is receiving at school, a significant part of this transformation is the regular use of a wide varieties of digital resources and tools. Parents, we need your assistance to remind your child to come prepare to school with a charge Chromebook or laptop every day. We appreciate your continued support!


The final deadline to purchase Senior Ads in the yearbook is rapidly approaching. If you’d like to purchase an ad for your senior, the deadline is January 16th. Order your ad before time and space run out!

Click here for more information:

Testing Testing 1, 2, 3!

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From the SCA

Varsity Field Hockey Coach Announced

Kellam is pleased to welcome our newest member of the family, Varsity Field Hockey Coach, Nicole Morgan. Nicole has been involved in field hockey for over 15 years. She is a Virginia Beach native, graduating from Salem High School in 2007 where she played field hockey, soccer, track & field, and swimming. Nicole graduated from Appalachian State University where she was first team all-NorPac honoree and led the Mountaineers in points, goals and game-winning goals in her senior year. After graduation Nicole played on the US National Indoor Squad from 2011-2013. Nicole coached at Virginia Wesleyan College, now University, from 2012-2016, and Princess Anne High School from 2016-2018. Nicole is currently a coach for TCOYO Hockey Club, Lynnhaven Middle school, and is the program director of Beyond the Net Training. She has been coaching the USA Futures program since 2011, holds a USA Field Hockey Level II Certification, and is the site director for the NTC site.

Signing Day

Senior Parents - Please email Mrs. Cosimano at 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, 6, 2019.

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SCA News

SCA will hold a Middle School Leadership Workshop on February 9th! Applications are out now and available at our feeder middle schools and at Kellam High School. If you know or have any middle schoolers who are interested in attending, they may contact either Abbie McGee ( or Katelyn Taliaferro ( .


February 11 - 15 - LOVE Kellam Week

February 16 - Sadie Hawkins Dance

Upcoming Events

Stay connected to our calendar and mark yours!

For all Beach District and VHSL sporting events involving YOUR Kellam Knights, click HERE.

For sports results and standings, click HERE.

January 1 - Happy New Year! (School Closed)

January 2 - A-Day- 1st day back to school

January 2 - uKnight Day (Schedule)

January 16 - uKnight Day (Schedule)

January 16 -17 - I Need A Lighthouse Presentations

January 25 - - February Issue of The Knightly News

January 26 - African American Male Summit @ Green Run HS (8am -1pm)

January 31 - 1st Semester Ends

February 1 - Virtual Learning Day and Staff Day

Stay in-the-know: Access prior issues by clicking on the month below:

The Knightly News

The Knightly News is a collaborative effort involving several members of the Kellam staff and community. For direct questions, please contact Dr. Daniel Smith, at or 648-5100.