The Knightly News

Parent Newsletter - April 2023

Principal’s Message

Hello Knight Families,

March is upon us, and we are rapidly progressing through the third quarter. We enjoyed a very successful winter sports season with several regional and state appearances. Additionally, our teams placed in swim and dive, wrestling, indoor track, and also forensics. Our performing arts department sent several musicians to represent us in the District II Honor Band. We also eagerly await the Spring Musical, The Addams Family showing March 23-25 and March 30-April 1. Be sure to get your tickets as you won’t want to miss it.

You also won’t want to miss our Spring teams as they compete in baseball, soccer, softball, track, tennis, and for the first time as a VHSL sport, Lacrosse! Check out the calendar for specific dates and times.

We want to thank all of our community members who volunteered to assist with Love Kellam Week. Our speaker series and events unified our Kellam community, past, present, and future, through words of wisdom, moments of laughter, stories of tragedy, and engagement in service. Our core values of leadership, integrity, and unity were on full display.

March is Women’s History Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and Youth Art Month. We have so many faculty, staff, students, and community members to celebrate right here in our community. We appreciate all who have contributed to making our community a better place to live and learn together. Through the gift of mentorship, partnerships, volunteerism, and leadership, we are truly a thriving community.

I look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming Spring events!

Dr. Ryan Schubart

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

Kellam ART students currently being displayed at the MOCA.

PTSA Update

CALLING The Class of 2023

Copies of the 2022-2023 Kellam PTSA Scholarship Application can be found in the Counseling department or on Scholarship Central.

The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2023. No late applications will be accepted. For any questions, please feel free to email




Responsible for leading the PTSA and is the association's presiding officer and official representative.

Vice-President (Membership)

Plans and promotes membership campaigns and events; maintains the membership database


Manages the PTSA finances by keeping accurate financial records and preparing for the annual audit.

GradFest Coordinator

Manages the all-Knight celebration for the Senior Class; coordinates with vendors to secure a venue and sponsorships; organizes Grad-Fest details and logistics; develops and oversees fundraising opportunities.

If you are interested in any of these positions and have any questions/concerns regarding these positions, please get in touch with any PTSA Board Member –

Class of 2023

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Scholarship Opportunity

Copies of the 2022-2023 Kellam PTSA Scholarship Application can be found in your guidance department or on Scholarship Central. The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2023. No late applications will be accepted. For any questions, please feel free to email

GradFest June 17th

The Bundle is now on sale:

All GradFest participants must complete this Waiver Form: Here addition, to volunteer for the school; you must register via the Volunteer Tracker and submit an application indicating what type of volunteer opportunities you are interested in and which schools. Once approved, you will then be able to select volunteer opportunities and log your hours.

Scan the QR Code to volunteer today!

To volunteer for the school, you must register via the Volunteer Tracker and submit an application indicating what type of volunteer opportunities you are interested in and at which schools. Once approved, you will then be able to select volunteer opportunities and log your hours

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To purchase a St. Patrick's Day Gram you can use the following link:

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Come join us Thursday, March 23rd at APEX Entertainment for Family Fun Day! Each $20.00 ticket includes:

· 1 round of Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, and Mini Golf

· 1 30-minute non-redemption Arcade Card

· Free bowling shoe rentals (bowling lanes extra)

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The Kellam High School PTSA will receive $5.00 for each ticket sold to support the GradFest for the Class of 2023! Use the following link to purchase tickets for you and your family today -

Culturally Speaking: Women in STEM - Whose shoulders do you stand on?

Studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) historically are not entered by females. Yet women have been making significant groundbreaking contributions to the field of STEM for over a hundred years. These foremothers often overcame great hardships, receiving little recognition for their work. Yet they foraged on.

Who are these groundbreaking women? Most people have heard the name, Marie Curie. You may recall that she is known for her pioneering research in radioactivity. She discovered the elements radium and polonium. However, many other women have made extraordinary contributions to the field of STEM that you might not be so familiar with.

Here is a short list of notable women in STEM and their accomplishments. Whose shoulders would you be standing on? Who helped pave the way for girls in STEM?

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

The first woman to receive an MD

Established the New York Infirmary for Women and Children

Author of numerous books, including Medicine as a Profession for Women

Nettie Stevens (1861-1912)

Discovered the X and Y Chromosomes

Established links between heredity and chromosomes

Lise Meitner (1878-1968)

Known as the Mother of Nuclear Power

Discovered nuclear fission.

Katharine Burr Blodgett (1889-1979)

Created non-reflective glass

Developed a device to measure humidity

Florence Seibert (1897-1991)

Developed standards still used today for TB (tuberculosis testing)

Cecilia Payne (1900-1979)

First-person- male or female- to earn a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard

First, to answer the question, “What are stars made of?”

Grace Hopper (1906-1992)

Known as the “Queen of Code”

Computer programmer, mathematician, and military leader

Helped build one of the first computers

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997)

First Lady of Physics

Joined the Manhattan Project working with the army in the development of the atomic bomb

I have worked with male colleagues to disprove a law of symmetry in physics.

Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

Research mathematician for NASA

Computations affected every major space program

Antonia Novello (1944-Present)

The first woman to be appointed Surgeon General.

Sally Ride (1951-2012)


The first woman to go into space

Mae C. Jemison (1956-Present)


Science mission specialist

First African American woman to go into space

These are a few women who paved the way for girls today to pursue careers in STEM. Yet, only 28% of the STEM workforce is female. Computer science and engineering are some of the highest-paying and fastest-growing fields, yet women occupy less than a third of the workforce. How do we close this gender gap? Do not underestimate the math skills of girls/women. Give them the confidence to break the glass ceiling in male-dominated fields. Give girls role models like those women listed above to follow—foster curiosity and questioning. Let the question “Why?” be part of the everyday. Believe in your children. Let them shoot for the moon. You may find them there one day!

Counseling Update

AP Testing

AP Exams will be administered from May 1 – May 12 at Kellam. Families should review their student’s testing schedule in Total Registration and reach out to Kellam’s AP Coordinator, Juliana Caruso, as soon as possible if there are any known conflicts. Also, please be sure the contact emails and phone numbers in Total Registration for both students and parents are correct as important testing information, room locations, and logistics will be sent to those contacts in the coming weeks. Please be on the lookout for that communication.

As a reminder, all balances must be paid in full no later than March 8. This is also the deadline for any late exam registrations. If a student wishes to cancel an exam, they should request the cancellation in Total Registration to initiate the refund, minus the $40 cancellation fee.

Class of 2023 Scholarships

As we spring into Scholarship Season, our school counseling department would like to share information to help encourage seniors to search, find, and apply for scholarships.

To search for local scholarships, students are encouraged to utilize our school division’s scholarship website, Scholarship Central, and our school’s scholarship listings, Kellam Senior Scholarships. Both resources are updated on a regular basis, so it is important to check the sites regularly for new scholarship opportunities.

We also need your help to identify all students who have been offered a scholarship. This information will be used to determine scholarship totals for the Class of 2023 as well as recognitions for the Senior Awards Program this June. Individual scholarships, money offered from potential colleges, and the GI Bill should be reported. This Google Form provides instructions and additional details: Class of 2023 Scholarship Reporting.


The Course Verification Process begins on March 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. This is the time period to make any changes to students’ course requests for SY23-24. Requests made after this period ends on March 17 at 5:00 p.m. may not be honored due to staffing and scheduling limitations. Follow the steps below to verify or change your student’s course requests.


Please review your student’s course selections for the next school year by:

  1. Accessing Student/ParentVUE online OR

  2. Accessing StudentVue on your child's Chromebook
    *Please note that the mobile ParentVue App may not load course requests; we advise families to access ParentVue on a computer if possible.


Click on the "COURSE REQUEST" tab on the left-hand side to view your student's course requests. Please take time to verify that the selections are accurate. A hard copy of your original course requests has been placed in the "DOCUMENTS" tab for future reference.


Complete THIS FORM for each student enrolled at Kellam HS for SY23-24 to confirm course selections and/or request changes.

All course request changes must be submitted by March 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Schedule change requests received after March 17 may not be honored due to staffing and scheduling limitations.

Student Activities Update

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 Kellam Student Activities Info Site 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 Scoop

Use this link, Kellam Senior Scoop, to find important information for seniors. It will be updated regularly and is located in the resources on the HKL Grade 12 Schoology Group page.

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      • Activity Bus Schedule

      Click the link to access the schedule: Activity Bus Schedule and Routes

      • 2023 Yearbooks for Sale

      Order your 2022-2023 yearbook using this link: 2022-2023 Yearbook Order Link

      • Tickets for Sporting Events

      All tickets to attend Varsity and JV Football games are available for purchase through GoFAN. Tickets can be purchased at You can attend Field Hockey, Volleyball, Golf, and Cross Country without purchasing a ticket during the regular season. Tickets for ALL FALL, WINTER, and SPRINGS SPORTS will be required for region and state events and available for purchase on GoFan. There will not be cash accepted at the gate; however, purchasing a ticket using a credit/debit card will be available at Beach District Events.

      Beach District Passes can also be purchased at Beach District passes are accepted for all regular season games at any VBCPS High School.

      Pass Prices:

      $60 for 3 or less

      $50 for 4 or more

      For easier purchasing and viewing tickets for validation, download the GoFan App in the iTunes or Google Play Store.

      Tickets for regional games will be available on The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. ALL REGIONAL EVENTS WILL REQUIRE A TICKET FOR ADMITTANCE.

    All state tournament information is available on the VHSL Website.

    • Athletic and Academic Team Eligibility Requirements

    All participants in a VHSL activity or sport must have passed the equivalent of 5 classes the previous semester and be enrolled in the equivalent of 5 courses for the current semester/term. Please review this presentation for an explanation of eligibility requirements with the hybrid A/B and 4x4 schedule.

    Kellam High School Eligibility

    • Athletic Schedules

    All sports schedules are available on the Beach District Website:

    Kellam Athletic Schedules

    All competitions that occur in the gym or the football stadium will be live-streamed on the NFHS network. Use this link to access the Kellam site: Kellam NFHS Network Page.

    Use this link to access and purchase.

    SCA and Senior Class News


    Election packets for class and SCA will be available on Monday March 20, and will be due March 31. Locations will be on the announcements.

    Important Announcements

    SOL Writing Test March 21 and March 22

    All students enrolled in T2 4X4 English 11, Honors English 11, AP English 11, and students who need the verified credit to graduate in June or August 2023 will be testing. It is a two-part test; therefore, students must test BOTH days.

    All other students will report to 1A or 1B.

    Tech Center/ATC/ESP afternoon students may leave 2nd block at 10:30 to get lunch prior to departure.

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    Want to go to Europe?

    The deadline to join the summer trip to Europe is quickly approaching. This 12-day adventure will take students to five countries, including Germany and Austria. This is the fifth trip Mr. Zanetti has taken students on, so contact him at to learn more about this incredible opportunity.

    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:

    March 1-Next Edition of the Knightly News

    March 1 - Safety and Student Support Webinar

    March 2 - Read Across America Day

    March 7 - NHS Inductions

    March 11 - SATs

    March 15 - Spring Sports Pictures

    March 16 - Internal Lockdown Drill

    March 17 - Course Verification Forms Due

    March 21-22 - SOL Writing Test (Adjusted Schedule)

    March 23 - School Planning Council Meeting

    March 23-25 - Spring Musical

    March 30 - April 1 - Spring Musical

    April 1- Next Edition of the Knightly News

    April 3 - Last day of Quarter 3

    April 4 - Staff Day (No School for Students)

    April 10-14 - Spring Break

    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 or 648-5100.