KHS News

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • Book Fair, May 16-22, BOGO!!!
  • May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm).
  • Field Day is Friday, May 17th, Sign up link is below
  • May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.
  • EOG Schedule will come out soon. The EOGs will have within the last 10 days of school.
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will not be a School Yearbook this school year.

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • School News
  • Lunch Menu
  • Staff Spotlight-Ms. Holt
  • Sports at KHS
  • Classroom News
  • Spring Performance Information
  • Summer Camp Options
  • And so much more!!!

Upcoming Events:

  1. The 3rd grade end of year trip has been scheduled for Friday June 7th! More Details to come!
  2. 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on June 11th.

Field Day @ KHS

Friday, May 17th

Grades 6-8 - 8:15 - 10:15

Grades K-2 - 10:30 - 12:30

Grades 3-5 - 12:45 - 2:45

Scholars may dress down for Field Day. Comfortable and appropriate athletic attire.

We need volunteer help and water donations! Click the link below to help out!

Book Fair May 16th-May 22nd

PTSO is holding the Spring BOGO Book Fair in the dance room next to the music room in the elementary school next week. We need volunteers to help the children make out their wish lists and make their purchases.

Please consider volunteering some of your time!

Thank you!


S.O.A.R. Celebration for Quarter 4

Spring has sprung as Kestrel Scholars continues to SOAR into 4th quarter! To cap off the 2018-2019 school year the 4th quarter PBIS celebration will be a "Popsicle and Play" theme party that will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 2pm.

Scholars who receive 14 SOAR tickets, and do NOT receive ISS or OSS will be invited to attend this celebration!

Parents, help your scholar SOAR by staying up to date on their progress through Powerschool. If you are unsure of how to check their SOAR tickets in Powerschool please contact your scholar's homeroom teacher for more information.

School Concert Information- "I Want My 80's MTV!"

The countdown to "showtime" has officially begun!!!!

We are 3 weeks away, from what may truly to be one of the best performances EVER!

May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm). This is a required performance for all scholars.

May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

This is a mandatory performance.

The following information contains specifics regarding the performance attire for the Elementary's Spring Showcase: "I Want My 80's MTV!"

There is no color scheme, and the following pictures are ideas/inspiration for you to create your scholar's 80's attire! Have fun and be creative, but please mindful of the school's dress code (ex. - If a short, ruffled dress/skirt is worn, you MUST wear leggings underneath, etc....).

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me: OR Mr. McKeiver:

Here's some additional information:

1.Attendance is mandatory and counts as a grade for all K-5 students (in Dance, Music and Spanish).

Parents need to notify Ms. Harrison by May 3rd, if their scholar has a conflict. Conflicts must be in writing. If the conflict is excused by Ms. Goff, ONLY then will make-up work be assigned.

2.Students are to wear 80's themed attire (see pictures above)

3.Students in Dance team are in both shows.

4. Show Times are 5:30 pm for Grades K-2 (need to arrive no later than 5:15 pm) and 6:45 pm for Grades 3-5 (need to arrive no later than 6:30 pm). The Middle School's Gym doors will open at 5:00 pm.

As always, thank you for your support of "The Specials" at Kestrel; We truly appreciate each and everyone of you!

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Lunch Menu

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Classroom News

K-2 Grade


Kindergarten has been working hard on building their reading skills! We are looking forward to beginning our Author Studies which will begin in May! Each week we will be reading stories by a particular author and completing a craft and corresponds with one of their stories! Please remember to have your child read to your nightly. This will help with building their reading fluency! Have a great weekend!

1st Grade

First grade has been busy this week learning about 3-D shapes in math and how to tell an author's purpose in literacy. We are still working on writing booklets about chicks and talking about what we learned from the our experience incubating eggs in class!

2nd Grade:

2nd grade visited the Museum of Life and Science. Have a Happy Mothers Day.

3rd-5th Grade

3rd Grade

Please remember to pay for the End of the Year Zoo trip.

The cost is $60.00 for the bus and t-shirt.

Scholars are now focusing on Math and Reading for end of year testing.

Please support studying with Math practice at night and Reading for 20 minutes

4th Grade

Thank you for all the gifts that were provided to the teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week!. We enjoyed them very much. Despite all those wonderful gifts, the 4th Grade team is asking for certain materials to help us finish off the remainder of the school year. If you are able to provide donations, please visit to sign-up for what you would like to give. Anything you provide would be greatly appreciated and should be turned into your scholar's homeroom teachers. Thanks and have a great weekend!

5th Grade:

Carowinds Field Trip information is going home in Friday folders this week. Please be sure to check with your child for important documents and permission forms!

5th grade is wrapping up new content and will be focusing on EOG preparation over the next several weeks. We will be reviewing all standards covered this year as well as focusing on test preparation and strategies.

For more information and important dates, please see the grade level website.

Middle School Blurb

6th Grade

Ms. Abby will be hosting after school EOG prep for ELA /Math for 6th grade from 330-430 Next week after school!

Please be sure to check our 6th grade website for class updates! Our EOY Field Trip Info will be coming soon!

7th Grade

No news is good news. Have a good weekend!


Lots of news in 8th grade this week!

Mr. Hensler will be taking National History Day finalists to the state competition this week with aspirations for advancement to Nationals. Also, put these important dates on your calendar, May 17th from 7-10pm is our official 8th grade Semi-formal dance and year end celebration taking place at KHS, make sure not to miss further announcements on details yet to come! Also, we look forward to promoting our 8th grade scholars this June 7th tentatively at 11 am. Please reach out to any member of our team with questions. Meeting every Wednesday until the end of the year, your scholar can participate on the Year End Committee to help plan and create all the details for Semi-formal and Promotion, all are welcome! As always, make sure your scholar is taking time each night to prepare for final exams! A little each night goes a long way!

Here is an enrichment opportunity for our 8th graders

Durham has gone through many changes in its first 150 years, and we are recruiting young teens to help imagine and predict what it will be like at the ripe age of 200 years. At this free non-residential summer camp at Duke, students will work with a noted futurist and TV host to project Durham’s future. Students will then create an animated view of that future, which will be shown at the closing ceremony of the Durham 150 celebration at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening, November 2, 2019.

Duke is looking for 8th and 9th graders who are creative and would enjoy participating in this process. No animation experience is necessary. Students can participate in two ways. The first is to join in a half-day Saturday brainstorming session with futurist, inventor, and TV show host, Chuck Pell on Saturday, May 18 from 10-3 (lunch included). The second way to participate is to help refine the ideas from that Saturday brainstorming session to create the animations that will be shown at DPAC in November. (Students can do both if interested.)

This will all come together at a free animation camp from August 13-15 at Duke. If you are interested in either the brainstorming or animation camp (or both), please let us know here or contact: David Stein, Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership or email:

From the Spanish Corner

Hola Familias!!!

K-5: Ya casi nos vemos en el Show de Primavera con el tema de Chayanne, Fiesta en America. Espectacular!

8th grade - Spanish 1: Please, make sure your child finishes the Study Guide and reviews the Vocabulary Package. We are getting ready for "Bachillerato".

Please, email me with any questions:


Mrs. Foushee

Español K-8

AIG News

This week in AIG....

Today 1st grade Enrichment students are working on making colorful sentences using color! Descriptive words and details are added to simple sentences to paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind. All great storytellers use colorful words and language!

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Grades K-2 are working on improving their muscular endurance with everyones favorite ride - scooters!

Grades 3-5 are reviewing different kinds of throws (underhand, overhand, overhead) and catching - playing "Ocean Rescue".

Grades 6-8 have begun learning about the fundamentals and game strategies of baseball by playing wiffle ball!

Doctor’s Notes

If your scholar needs to be excused from physical activities, please provide a doctor’s note.

Gym Shoes

Your scholar will need gym shoes (sneakers, tennis shoes) to participate in activities. They must have a flat bottom (no heel) and the foot must be fully covered. Sandals, Crocs, clogs, dress shoes, boots and any heeled shoes are not appropriate for class.

Art News

As often as I can, I will highlight a student who has gone above and beyond in their work and/or their behavior. I'll call it, "Tell Me Something Good".

Tell Me Something Good...

In my sixth grade class, EVERY SINGLE student has turned in their first project on time. Way to go and keep it up!

Ms. Mohn,


To all Recorder and Choir club parents and Scholars

Recorder and Choir have now started up for the spring summers

Choir is on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15pm to 4:00pm and recorder club is Wednesday afternoons 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Mr. McKeiver

Summer Camp Options

Triangle Ultimate

Triangle Ultimate is very excited to announce our first ever Girls Summer Camp! This camps curriculum will combine skill development and spirit of the game. Players will to learn disc skills, make new friends, build confidence and have FUN!

Please send your child with a snack, water bottle, and sunscreen!


This camp is for girls in elementary and middle school.

Date & Time:

Session I - June 24 - 28

Session II - July 8 - July 12

Session III - July 22 - July 26

Drop off is at 9 AM

Pick up is at 12 PM


Kestrel Heights Middle School.

4700 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713


$125 per session. $25 discount if you are playing in Triangle Ultimate Youth Summer League. Sign up for YSL first!

All participants will receive a Frisbee, Shirt and 2019 USAU Youth Affiliate Membership.


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!