Pirate Newsletter

November 2021 ~ Edition 21-22~ Vol. 14

Upcoming Events

Grade Day -No School

Friday, Dec. 10th, 8am

24705 U.S. 101

Rockaway Beach, OR

Winter Break -No School

Monday, Dec. 20th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 31st, 10am

24705 U.S. 101

Rockaway Beach, OR

Note From the Principal

Note from the office:

Now that we have students back in the building it is really important to have updated health information on file.

Please complete your annual agreements on FamilyID.

Students that do not have StudentVue please contact the office. carlan@nknsd.org

We need registrations updated through

ParentVue ASAP!

Please contact the office if you have any trouble with the verification.


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To make a donation to Mudd Nick Foundation ~Click Here

Every year the Mudd Nick Foundation provides funds to fur there the education to our students through field trips, supplies, and so much more

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Winter is upon us! Make sure you are signed up for Flash Alert to keep you up to date on school closures and delays.


To keep up on weather alerts you can sign up for messages from Nixle on the link below.


FamilyID ~ Welcome Back Pirates

If you want to get a head start on next years registrations they are open and ready to be completed.

This week in Pirate Sports

Check here for sport updates and streaming

November is Oregon Goes To College Month

College: Any type of postsecondary training in pursuit of a student's post-high school plan. At Neah-Kah-Nie, we encourage all students to be college/career ready, no matter what path they choose! Because we know plans change, we have students complete a number of activities in order to keep those doors of opportunity open. Below is the to-do list for students for fall term.

To Do List for Seniors:

  • Request Letters of Recommendation (either for scholarships or employment) minimum of 1 required but 4 recommended (2-teachers, 1-coach/advisor, 1-employer/community member) Forms in student Ed Portfolio

  • FSA ID (one for student and one for parent if they don’t already have one)

  • FAFSA required for all students unless written letter from parents confirming military plans (need student/parent 2020 tax returns - determines if student qualifies for state/federal grants)

  • OSAC scholarship account created

  • Oregon Promise application completed

  • Students - Memorize your social security number!

  • Assistance is available from Esther for any student/parent needing assistance in completing the FAFSA or creating the FSA ID

Here are a series of short videos to help students/parents learn more about exploring and applying for college admissions and financial aid.

Coming Up: November 16-19 we will have a focus on apprenticeship and trades programs with lots of speakers zooming in to talk about different programs and occupations available to students that are outside of what is considered traditional college programs. Military information will also be a part of this event.

Tillamook Bay Community College has committed to providing all their classes to our juniors and seniors for free for the rest of the year! This is an awesome opportunity for our students to begin pursuing a degree program and save a lot of money in the process! Students should meet with Esther, the academic school counselor to see what might fit in with student post-secondary plans while meeting graduation requirements at the same time! Any 10th grade TAG student can also take advantage of this opportunity.

Counselor's Corner

Link to Resources

Check out the following article from Berkelely’s research on why gratitude is good:

Why Gratitude is Good

Gratitude has been shown in research studies to change the chemistry in your brain! Click here for a gratitude link in this Virtual Wellness Room for more ideas.

Enjoy using this November Happiness Calendar: Happiness Calendar

School Social Emotional Resources

Please reach out to Margaret Whiting, Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health School Counselor, with any questions. Follow this link to connect: Schedule an Appt with Margaret

Email: margaretw@nknsd.org Phone: 503-355-3564

Family Resource Program

Thank you for all the donations to our resources room!

You have filled up my room!!

Note from the AD:

Winter Sports are two weeks away!

Basketball and Wrestling officially begin November 15th.

Please make sure all athletic paperwork is completed in Family ID and that your child's physical is up to date.

Neah-Kah-Nie Cross Country

Congratulations to the NKN Boys XC team for qualifying for state on Saturday November 6 in Eugene Oregon. The boys team of Alex Welsh, Cole Brown, Espen White, Liam Sullivan, Jon Shiomi, Noah Chick, and Jack Stanfield placed fourth at districts with 94 points, just missing out from 3rd place Jefferson who scored 88 points.

On the girls side Jordan White placed second and qualified for state, and Lilly Marteeny ran her season best.

Great job Pirates!.

We will continue building on this success and momentum this winter with winter conditioning for all athletes not participating in a winter sport. Winter conditioning will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday each week unless otherwise noted by Mr. Billstine. Winter conditioning starts on Monday, November 15. If anyone is looking to get in shape or try a sport for the first time this is a great low-pressure opportunity in a supportive environment to pursue those goals!

Tech Challenge:

FIRST Tech Challenge team Goblet of Wires has named their robot this year "Mischief Managed."

Teams have been working on everything from programming to designing articulating arms - setting up this year's performance field, and working on Social Media (Insta @nkn_tech_team) and a new website. We hope to compete in a qualifying tournament in the Spring.

Caption for picture: This year's team coached by Kathryn Harmon and James Johansen.


FBLA will be starting up soon! More information coming soon!

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, Neah-Kah-Nie School District has contracted with ESS for our substitute services. To become a substitute for the District please go to ESS.com, click on the Job Seeker tab and type in Neah-Kah-Nie School District to begin the application process.

If you have questions about the application process, or becoming a substitute, please contact ABrueske@ess.com or our Human Resources office at 503-355-3506.



Neah-Kah-Nie School District Job's listing


Life can be stressful and overwhelming daily for adults and children/teens alike. Tillamook County residents have access to a 24-hour crisis response mobile unit:

Tillamook County Mental Health Crisis Line 503-842-8201

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

In Crisis? Text 741741