Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Services planned Wednesday for Brendan Kelly, 15, who died this week after battling leukemia.
The Kilmer Middle School community is mourning the loss of a classmate and student who lost a years-long battle with leukemia this week. Brendan Kelly, 15, died last weekend after being ill for "some time," Principal Doug Tyson said in an email. Kelly battled leukemia on and off for most of his life, a battle chronicled by the Connection Newspapers three years ago, when the then-12-year-old completed his latest round of chemotherapy. For much of that time, Kelly, of Great Falls, called the Vienna Middle School home. Teachers and staff said "we at the school will miss Brendan very much." Brendan's mother Maura said in a statement her son "was extremely happy at Kilmer and had a great time. Everyone welcomed him, took good care of him and …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Vienna middle school sends 38 students to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology's Class of 2017.
Kilmer Middle School in Vienna will once again send the fourth largest number of students to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology this year, making it among the top feeder schools in Fairfax County. Thirty-eight of the 480 students accepted to TJHSST's Class of 2017 are from Kilmer, according to data from Fairax County Public Schools. The majority of students accepted to the incoming freshman class at TJ, though, come from middle schools in Herndon and Falls Church. Carson Middle School in Herndon had the most students accepted, a total of 64, for the class of 2017. Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church and Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly each had 55 students accepted. Kilmer comes next with 38 — a drop from the …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
School's iSnack program helps make a dent in the area's fight against hunger.
In any given month, about 1 in 5 students in Fairfax County report going hungry. Kilmer Middle School students decided to tackle that program through a program called “iSnack! Fill 400 in February." The drive, run by the school's National Junior Honor Society and the eighth grade class, challenged students to donate or buy enough food to fill 400 snack bags for clients of the Alternative House, a local abused and homeless children's center. "Kilmer’s donation will make an incredible difference for children in our community," said Chris Maggio, the house's director of development. For more information about the program and the donation, read the full announcement here. Want your announcement on Patch? Get started here.
Starting Monday, high schools and middle schools in Vienna and across the county will now email — in addition to call — after a student misses first period.
Parents of Vienna students who don't make it to class after saying goodbye at the door — or of those who decide a trip to McDonald's is better spent than a period of geometry — will now know sooner when their child misses class. Fairfax County Public Schools announced a new attendance process Tuesday that will more quickly notify parents of middle and high school student absences by sending an email after first period. Starting Monday, all high school and middle school parents will receive a call and an email around 10 a.m. if their student didn't show for first period. They'll receive another call and email around 6 p.m., the county's practice. It's a change driven largely by an effort to improve student safety, said Mary Ann Panarelli…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Students turn around and match donation for local food banks, Alternative House.
Kilmer Middle School got a late holiday gift on Friday: A $1,000 donation from the Vienna Shopping Center through its holiday shopping center spree contest. Vienna resident Kim Engman won the contest, which gave her a $500 shopping spree and also allowed her to name a school of her choice for a donation of twice that amount; she chose Kilmer, according to an announcement from the school. But the giving didn't stop there: Principal Doug Tysons challenged his students to match the donation in three days. The seventh and eighth graders rose to the challenge. How much will they be giving back to the community themselves? Read the full story by Ellie Altman to find out. Want to see your announcement on Patch? It's easy. Start here. Don't miss …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Vienna middle school sends fourth highest number of students in Fairfax County
Kilmer Middle School sent 12 more students to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology this year -- a jump that makes it the fourth largest feeder school in the county. Kilmer sent 43 students this year, up from 31 in 2011. The school attracted 3,243 applicants this year for the 480 slots in its freshman class.Carson Middle School in Herndon sends the most students to T.J., accounting for 76 of those students. T.J., ranked second in the nation this week by U.S. News and World Report, has drawn some criticism in recent years about its admissions. Some parents have said the school admits a disproportionate number of students from the same middle schools and that more white males are admitted than female or minority students. …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Six Vienna eighth graders part of "Brainy Bunch" team that represented Virginia at First Lego League competition
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The "Brainy Bunch," a First Lego League (FLL) team of six Kilmer Middle School students, won second place overall in the research category last weekend at the FLL World Invitational Open hosted by the University of South Florida and Legoland. First Lego League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds. It's a partnership between For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Lego Group. The competition attracted 61 championship teams from 15 countries around the world, including Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain and the United States. "The tournament was a vibrant mix of cultures, different approaches to …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Congressman talks to students about transportation, exercise at ribbon cutting ceremony
Last fall, administrators at Joyce Kilmer Middle School began to notice that biking was an issue. And in a good way: 45 students would regularly use two wheels (instead of the bus or a car) to get to class, thanks largely to a recent repair of a foot bridge at the bottom of Wolftrap Road. But the bikes overflowed from the school's lone bike rack, spilling into the walkway, the flag pole and just about anywhere else they could tether their ride. "We saw a lot more students biking to school but they'd get creative with where they put them. We saw this influx of bikes and knew we had to do something," Assistant Principal Susan Britton said. On Wednesday morning, the school had a solution: two new bike racks purchased by Fairfax County Public …