The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter April 2, 2021

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,

Spring Break will take place April 5-9. When we return on the week of April 12, we will have exactly 10 weeks left in the 2020-2021 school year. April 14 marks the end of the second marking period and is also an adjusted dismissal day for students. You can find the schedule here. Please note that students will be dismissed at 11:35 a.m.

Last month we enjoyed celebrating homecoming and welcomed back a limited number of fans to our athletic events. We are hopeful that as COVID-19 numbers continue to decline and restrictions are lifted, we will continue to progress towards being able to participate in many of the events that make Kellam such a special place.

We are keenly aware of the activities and experiences our students have missed due to the pandemic. Our staff and student leaders are working diligently to plan events that will allow students to connect with one another and address the social and emotional aspects of high school. Our Spring sports season begins on April 12 and our clubs and activities continue to offer outlets for students to meet new friends and explore their interests. Please encourage your student to get involved whether it be virtually or in person.

Kellam High School will host summer school this year so please be sure to work with your student’s counselor to explore opportunities to recover learning or to get ahead. Mr. Filipowicz will serve as our summer school principal. More information will be communicated through

I hope you enjoy Spring Break and that your student returns with a focus on a strong finish to the 2020-21 school year. Please continue to check the parent portal and have a discussion with your student about what supports they need to be successful.

Ryan C. Schubart, Ph.D.


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

They have done good! Congratulations!

Congratulations to Barbara Donecoff - Cafeteria Assistant of the Month

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Congrats Ava

Mock Trial team finished fourth in state competitions and Caleb S. won best witness. Also Ava T. took first place in the Governor’s School for the Arts’ Wearable Fashion Show! Just a few more reasons to show our Knight Pride!

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National Board Certified Teachers

Abbie McGee

Steven Zanetti

Kathy Welch

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Kellam High School PTSA


The scholarship deadline is just around the corner!

It is time to complete those scholarship applications. Our deadline is fast approaching and we want everyone to have the opportunity to apply. Copies of the 2020-2021 Kellam PTSA Scholarship are available in the guidance office and on Scholarship Central. Deadline for all applications is April 16, 2021. Please contact with any questions.

Givebacks Fundraiser

We’re excited to launch a new fundraiser called Givebacks that we think you’ll like! It’s an easy and fun way to help us reach our fundraising goals to support our school.

When you buy Givebacks, up to 20% of ALL sales go back to our PTA!

Every gift gives back. Share your purchases on social media—the more you share, the more funds we raise.

Congratulations, Viviana on being named as the Virginia PTA Reflections Program Music Composition Winner! Good Luck at the National PTA level judging! You were one of two students in the Tidewater District to receive this designation. Great Job!

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2021-22 Reflections Theme - “I Will Change the World By”

Reflections Winner

Kellam High School Senior Viviana Antonio placed 1st at the VAPTA (state) level for the Music Composition category for the Reflections Program. She is moving on to judging at the National PTA level. Viviana is one of two students in Virginia Beach who will be moving on to the National Reflections Program judging level.

Congratulations to Viviana for such a huge accomplishment!

Congratulations Francine Rayburn - PTSA Volunteer of the Year
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Academic Excellence

Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Kellam High School believe a Signature Project can serve as the culmination of a students’ education within our division. This exciting project is completed with the assistance of teachers, mentors, and the signature project coordinator and is designed to showcase our students’ strengths, skills, and interests in a particular topic. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information and communicate this knowledge to an audience. Most importantly, the signature project should apply student-learning to real life situations and experiences beyond the curriculum and school building.

For students enrolled in English 12, the student may use his/her Passion Project as a Signature Project. For students enrolled in AP Literature or Dual Enrollment, the project will be independent and student-driven. The project is not mandatory; however, we feel strongly in its value to round out our students’ high school experiences.

This year we are offering six $500 scholarships to students who share their projects. The application and presentation scheduling forms are linked below. We are also excited to announce that we received a grant that will allow us to create a designated space for students to work on their passions and projects. In addition, students who complete the project will receive a seal on their diplomas.

There are many things students are already doing that they may choose to share as their signature project. Please feel free to view the video shared with English students this year and contact Ms. McGee or Mrs. Hoffman with any questions.

Signature Project Video

Signature Project Scheduling Form

Signature Project Scholarship Application


The Kellam High School Diversity Committee would like to thank all of the students for their contributions in celebrating African American History Month. To acknowledge your personal participation, we are honored to present various prizes to those students whose projects exceeded expectations.

Please accept your award as a token of our appreciation for the time and effort you committed to expressing the importance of African American history through dance or visual arts. Many thanks to you for being an important supporter of bringing diversity to our school and respecting this part of American history.

For these awards, students were selected based on their entry in the categories of dance, visual arts, and others listed on the website celebrating African American History month. The process of selecting winners included a comprehensive review of entries, a single vote by each committee member, and final approval by the administrative sponsor. Each selected winner met and exceeded the expectation of the contest and demonstrated the qualities sought in bringing positive attention to the diverse history of our country.

The winners are:

Dance category -

Clayvon Grimes

Paris O’esso

Marissa Solimeo

Visual Arts/Civil Rights Poster Category –

Charlotte Shuffler

Andrew Wood

Gianna Snowden

R’Marrie Whitaker

School Counseling Update


Seniors, your scholarship chairpersons, Mrs. Knight and Mr. Beacham are working to identify all students who have been offered a scholarship. This includes all money offered to you whether you accept it or not. This includes money potential colleges offered you whether you decided to accept and attend that school or declined the offer. Please complete THIS FORM for EACH scholarship that you have been offered. This information MUST be verified by providing a copy of your award letter. Award letters can be provided to Mr. Beacham or Mrs. Knight in any format; screen shots, emails, hard copies, etc. Continue to check our Seniors Only Schoology group and Scholarship Central for more scholarship opportunities or speak to your school counselor.

AP Exam Schedule

VBCPS will administer AP exams from May 18 to May 28. The College Board has determined which exams will be paper/pencil to be taken in school and which will be digital to be taken at home or in school. A survey will be sent home in April for students to select their testing location preference for digital exams. Please click HERE for more details, important links, and the complete AP exam schedule.

Career Exploration Opportunity for current Juniors and Seniors

For job opportunities, including internships and job shadowing, please join the KELLAM HIGH JOB BOARD GROUP on Schoology. This is a brand new group and we will begin adding summer, after school, and potential career postings as we get them.

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Featured job this week: Mythics Emergent Group, a local technology company, is hosting a virtual career exploration opportunity with their company on Monday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please click HERE for more details! Interested students should complete this FORM no later than Thursday, April 9.

FAFSA Assistance Available for High School Seniors

To support college-bound students and their families, Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) are partnering with four college access organizations to offer one-on-one FAFSA assistance.

Go to to schedule a meeting, and you will be connected with an access provider from Access College Foundation, ECMC’s The College Places, GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP), the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), or the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC).

9th and 10th Grade Parents: Important PSAT Information!

Dear Parents/Guardians of Freshmen and Sophomores,

Kellam High School will be offering the PSAT 8/9 to our 9th grade students and the PSAT 10 to our 10th grade students on the dates listed below.

The PSAT 8/9 offered to 9th grade students on Monday, April 19.

The PSAT 10 offered to 10th grade students on Monday, April 26.

There is no cost for your student to participate in the PSAT 8/9 or the PSAT 10. Testing will occur in person and begin by 7:30 a.m. and conclude by noon. It is not required for your student to participate in the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10.

The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are part of the SAT Suite of Assessments that provide students the opportunity to prepare to take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade and the SAT for college admissions. More information about these assessments can be found here.

Please complete the grade level appropriate survey to indicate your student’s interest in participating in the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10.

PSAT 8/9 SURVEY (for 9th grade students only)

PSAT 10 SURVEY (for 10th grade students only)

Families may provide their own transportation or may take advantage of school busses for transportation. Bus stops and times can be confirmed using Edulog WebQuery.

Should you have any questions, please contact your student’s school counselor.


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Student Activities

Twitter: @KellamHigh

Instagram: kellam_knights

Facebook: Floyd E. Kellam High School

Check out the Student Activities Resource Guide! This resource is designed to help students and parents explore the many extracurricular activities opportunities available at Kellam.

Please use this presentation, Kellam HS VHSL Eligibility, as a guide on requirements for participation as well as dates for the Athletic and Academic teams.


Due to COVID restrictions, we have limitations on game attendance. For games/matches that are played in Beach District schools gyms and stadiums, you can view the games on the NFHS network. Use this link for subscription information: NFHS Subscription Information. Region and State event streaming will be subject to the equipment available at the host site.

Spring Sports

We are excited to welcome back our Varsity Spring Sports! Tryouts will begin on April 12. Any athlete who wishes to participate must have a VHSL physical on file dated after May 1, 2020. All athletes are also required to have a filled water bottle and mask at each conditioning and practice session. A PDF scan of your student’s physicals can be emailed to or given to the coach.

Outdoor Track and Field

Contact for Tryout Information:

Head Coach and Distance Coach Bill Bernard (757) 343-5533, Assistant Coach and Sprint/Field Coach R.C. Gay IV (757) 469-8101,

Softball: Contact Coach Gavin by email at for tryout information.

Baseball: email Coach Jones at for information.

Girls Soccer: email Coach Hurdle at for information.

Boys Soccer: email Coach Powers at for information.

Girls Tennis: email James Yermal at or Lizette Driscoll at for information.

Boys Tennis: email Coach Hoffman at for information.

We will have a Spring Sports Parent meeting on Monday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. Please use the zoom link in the agenda: Spring Sports Parents Meeting Agenda

Senior Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns will be distributed on 4/12, 5/10, 6/3, and 6/7. These will all be drive through events at Kellam. Specific details on times will be released as we get closer to the dates. You can still order your graduation items such as caps and gowns, graduation announcements, and Class of 2021 apparel! Jostens Cap and Gown Information Sheet will provide you with instructions on how to order. You can visit to view these items and even order now by typing in our school name. If you have any questions, email Eric Harvell at Congratulations to you and your senior!

From the Kellam SCA

Congratulations to our Faculty Homecoming King and Queen: Coach Hassell and Mrs. Hoffman, who, together with Mrs. Kurpiel, Ms. Pniewski, Mr. Swanson, and Mr. Neas, raised over $100 for the Southeastern Virginia Food Bank.

Congratulations to our Homecoming King and Queen: Mr. Clayvon Grimes & Ms. Julie Conza!

Kellam’s Leadership Workshop is celebrating its 9th year on April 30–May 1. This program is one of the most impactful examples of outreach our students participate in as they give back to their school and its students by providing leadership skills and promoting servant leadership. Leadership Workshop will take place April 30 (4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.) and May 1 (10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.) at Kellam High School. There is no cost to attend this year, but space is limited. We are offering a virtual option as well. A link to the application is here: Link to Workshop Application

SCA and Class Elections will be held in late April. Applications will be available on the All Kellam Student and Staff Schoology Page on Friday, April 16th.

Upcoming Events

Stay connected to our calendar and mark yours!

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

Mark your calendars:

April 14 - Adjusted Dismissal

April 14 - End of 2nd Marking Period

April 19 - PSAT 8/9 (9th Grade)

April 26 - PSAT 10 (10th Grade)

May 18 - 28 - AP Testing

June 1-4 - SOL Testing

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 Ryan Schubart, at or 648-5100.