The Knightly News

Special Edition Parent Newsletter - May 15, 2020

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,


Wow, in less than a month we will be closing out the 2019-20 school year. No doubt, there is much to do in a short period of time. While this is not the way we imagined it ending, I am thankful for your flexibility and patience. In the coming weeks, you will be receiving more detailed information about returning school property and collecting your student’s personal belongings. Additionally, parents of seniors will also be receiving detailed plans about how we intend to celebrate your graduates. We know that our seniors have missed out on some traditions and we want to make sure they know how much we care about them. Please be sure to have your senior complete their “Senior Slide” so that we can continue to honor them in June. We want to make sure all seniors are included.


We have also dedicated the month of May to saluting a senior athlete and performing arts senior each day on our social media accounts. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you have a senior who participates in spring athletics or performing arts, please see our tributes to them below:

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Our Emergency Learning Plan continues until the end of the school year, and I encourage you to monitor your student’s progress to ensure they have submitted their work for the essential standards each week. Our teachers are working hard to support students and we truly appreciate your assistance at home. If you have questions about expectations for your student, please reach out to a teacher, counselor, or administrator.


Again, thank you for your continued support this year. Our partnership is a huge reason Kellam is such a special place.


Sincerely,


Ryan Schubart

Principal

Floyd E. Kellam High School


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

Important Announcements


Virtual Peer Tutoring:

We are excited to announce that we are offering Virtual Peer Tutoring for the remainder of the school year. Tutoring will take place using Google Meet. Students requesting tutoring should submit a request by using this Google Form.


Advanced Placement (AP) Important Information About Testing:

  • AP testing continues this wee! Please view this document for important testing details, including links to the exam schedule and College Board information on how to take your exams at home. The current refund process is also outlined.
  • It is very important that students practice in the AP Testing Demo prior to their test to be sure they are comfortable with the testing format. Just enter PRACTICE to enter the demo.

  • Students should access the References and Guides page to view, download, and/or print any formula sheets needed for their exams. Students should also complete a 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist for each exam they are taking. Both of these are linked in the above document. If students wish to print these documents but are unable, please let your AP teacher know right away.

  • As a reminder, Kellam's parking lot has been set up as a wifi hotspot so students are able to park and take their test in their vehicles using the school's wifi if needed. Additional hotspot schools are listed in the above document as well.

  • Please contact your AP Teachers or Juliana Caruso, Kellam AP Coordinator, at Juliana.Caruso@VBSchools.com with any questions or concerns. We wish you the best of luck on your exams!


Refunds for Ring Dance: Our bookkeeper continues to process refunds for ring dance tickets and other cancelled events for which your student might have submitted payment. We appreciate your patience.


Temporary Driver’s Licenses: Temporary Driver’s Licenses can now be retrieved by appointment. Please click here if you need to retrieve your student’s TDL. Green cards are still considered non-essential at this time.


Non-essential Items: Plans are in the works to distribute all non-essential items for students and to collect textbooks and other school-owned equipment and materials. When this plan has been finalized, it will be broadly communicated.


Attention Juniors: If you interested in applying for the Senior uKnight Mentoring Program, please access the application on your English Schoology Course page. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Hoffman at robin.hoffman@vbschools.com.

Student Activities Update


  • Jostens - Caps and Gowns/Class Rings: If you did not pick up your cap and gown, a makeup day will be held on May 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Jostens. The address for Jostens is 464 S Independence Blvd, Suite C #112, Virginia Beach, VA. Please contact Eric Harvell at Eric.harvell@jostens.com for details.


  • Honor Stoles - Honor stoles can be purchased at Jostens on June 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The honor stole and honor tassel are $23, or the stole can be purchased separately for $15. Please bring exact change, if possible.


  • Yearbooks - Yearbooks are supposed to be shipped on June 19. Once we have received them, we will announce a date and time for pickup.

  • Senior Pictures for 2021 Graduates Save the Date: Senior Portraits will be taken July 27, 28, and 29. There will also be times available on September 17 and November 13. Stayed tuned for more details as they are made available from LifeTouch.

PTSA Information-

  • Join the Kellam High School PTSA Board and help drive how our PTSA supports parents, teachers, and students! We have the following open position: VP of Programs, which is responsible for fundraising activities and various committee chairs. If you're interested in serving or finding out more, please contact Karyn Burnett at karyn.burnett@gmail.com.



  • Senior yard signs and T-shirts are in! Drive through pick up will be on Friday, May 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Please observe all marked traffic directions when entering the parking lot. Visit the Kellam GradFest 2020 Facebook page for further details. Please email Allknightgradfest@gmail.com with any questions.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Creeds Elementary School PTSA Scholarship: APPLICATION:


Each year, Creeds Elementary awards up to FOUR $500 scholarships to graduating seniors: The Joanne Stutzman Memorial Scholarship in memory of a long-time Secretary at Creeds Elementary; The Robin Davenport Honorary Scholarship to honor retired educator and principal of Creeds Elementary; and the Creeds PTA Scholarship(s), Students interested in the scholarship MUST:


  • Have attended Creeds Elementary for 2 full school years
  • Have already been accepted into a college/university
  • Complete the attached application
  • Include 2 letters of recommendation
  • Include an official transcript from their current high school


This year, applications and required documents can be mailed or uploaded and emailed. Mailed documents should be postmarked by May 23. Emailed documents must be emailed no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 23.


  • The SCA Leaders’ Scholarship application is available now. Any senior who exhibits leadership as a service through or for Kellam High School is eligible to receive one of four $500 Scholarships. Applications are due no later than May 22. Here is the link to the Scholarship. Please contact Ms. McGee if you have trouble accessing the scholarship application (abbie.mcgee@vbschools.com).


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.