KHS News

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23.
  • Please remember scholars a tardy to school after 7:50am. We also do not call students after 2:30pm.
  • Wednesday, December 5 from 6-8pm. We will be having a required parent night in the 6-8 gym focusing on high school information.
  • December 7th is Inclement Weather make up day. This is a full day of school!

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • PTSO News
  • Counselor Corner
  • Sports at KHS
  • Community News

Upcoming Events:

  1. Wheels Spirit Night, Friday, November 30th from 6-9
  2. Wednesday, December 5 from 6-8pm. We will be having a required parent night in the 6-8 gym focusing on high school information.
  3. Kestrel Heights scholars will make up the inclement weather dates of October 11th and 12th on the following dates: December 7 and January 28.
  4. Band Concert will be on Dec. 18th
  5. The Winter Showcase will be on Dec. 20, 2018 (See Classroom News for more information)

Attendance Reminder

Parents please take time to review the attendance policy. When checking out scholars, please bring your ID. If you will be checking out your scholar early please email the front office or send a note with the scholar.

Thank you for your help!

Front Office Staff

2019-20 New Scholar Applications:

We are now accepting K-8th grade new scholar applications for our 2019-2020 lottery. Applications are available on our website and in our Main offices. Friday, February 22, 2019 is the deadline for all lottery applicants. The lottery will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019. All sibling applications are required to be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for sibling preference.

Wheels Spirit Night

Friday, Nov. 30th, 6-9pm

715 North Hoover Road

Durham, NC

Come out and skate with KHS! The price is $7.

We are determined to do this!

Counselor Corner


Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 5 from 6-8pm. We will be having a required parent night in the 6-8 gym focusing on high school information. At this meeting we will explain the high school transfer process, review graduation requirements and typical freshman course loads, and share as much information as we can about high school options. We will also let you know what your next steps will be for getting your child registered for high school. This is extremely important information and therefore it is extremely important that you and your student plan to attend, even if you have been through this process before with an older sibling!


Parents, did you know that we offer CAREER CAFE sessions throughout the year to expose our 6-8 scholars to various careers? So far this year we have hosted a mechanical engineer and a biological anthropologist. Our most recent presenter had the following feedback: "Because of you, I can see myself in your position in the future. Thank you.. [signed] an official fan of anthropology!"

Next month we have a Genetic Counselor and a NICU nurse turned Pediatric Nurse Practitioner! Talk to your scholar about their career interests and encourage them to sign up for the cafes! All they require from scholars is one lunch period and a quick evaluation of the presentation, plus a handwritten thank-you note for our presenters. They are a great opportunity for our scholars that many miss out on because they do not sign up!!

Do you have a lunch hour and are willing to volunteer to talk about your career? We work around YOUR schedule and can provide a letter documenting volunteer hours for your employer if needed. We are looking for presenters from ALL fields. We have been heavy on the medical fields so far, but we also have students who are interested in law, public service, working with children, the arts, and sports. Even if you don't think your career is particularly interesting, talk to Mrs. Callahan to see if there is a need you can fill!

Parent U

Upcoming Parent U Events: Our popular parent education series, Parent U, is ready to start back up for the 2018-2019 school year. These parent nights are focused on providing specific helpful information in topics many parents wonder about. If you would like to attend a Parent U session, YOU MUST RSVP at least one day before the event. If less than 5 parents RSVP, the event will be cancelled.

Upcoming Parent U events include:

Bullying (November 15)

High School Transition (December 5)

Executive Functioning (February 21)

Anxiety (April 23).


Parents, did you know that your KHS Counseling Department has a wish list of most-needed items and books to support our scholars? This quarter, our focus is on developing a GROWTH MINDSET - a research-based approach to helping all of our students succeed. There are several additional resources on this topic we would love to have to use with our staff and students. Please check out the wish list - you can purchase items directly and have them shipped to us at school, easy peasy! Thank you for your support!

Link to wish list:

Wishing you

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Sports at KHS

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Community News

Transforming Families

Transforming Families NC is a peer-led resource and support group. We meet the first Sunday of each month, from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt Street. All caretakers of transgender, gender creative, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth are welcome. If childcare is needed please confirm ahead of time.

We welcome your email at

Invite you to join our Facebook Group-Transforming Families NC and Allies

Follow us on Twitter: transformingfamilies@tff_nc

Call the Center 919-827-1436

Kramden Tech Scholars

Free Tech Workshops for Parents & Students

Join us at Kramden Institute for a special free event for parents and middle school kids! On Saturday, Dec. 8, we'll host a workshop on social media for parents alongside a coding workshop for students, as well as dinner. Parent/student pairs should register and attend together.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: Kramden Institute, 4915 Prospectus Drive, Suite J, Durham NC 27713

Cost: FREE. Pizza dinner included!

Find Out More and Sign Up Here

Parent Workshop: Navigating Social Media with Your Kids

Get useful information on how to guide your student's use of social media. Hear about protecting the privacy and safety of your student online, and get strategies for allowing social media use but communicating clear boundaries.

Student Workshop: Kramden Coders Club - Coding Project

Jump into a fun programming project with our experienced instructors. You'll program in Python to create your code and then customize it. No coding experience necessary. For grades 6-8.

Stand Up Speak Out of North Carolina

Stand Up Speak Out of North Carolina would like to inform parents of their new program called Girl Speak Out YR Program. It is free and open to young girls ages 13-18. The program focuses on life skills, social development, healthy choices and relationships and character enlightenment. As well as youth leadership, mentoring, renewing confidence and building self-esteem.

The program begins October 30th through December 14th, every Tuesday, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. at W.D. Hill Recreation Center 1308 Fayetteville Road. Interested students can sign up through the link below or just come Tuesday October 30th.

Come Join Us

Choosing the right school is an important decision. We strive to provide a welcoming and diverse community where your children can thrive. Our lottery-based enrollment process ensures an equal opportunity for all prospective students. We are now accepting applications for our 19-20 school year!