Pirate Newsletter

June 2021 ~ Edition 20-21~ Vol. 10

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Upcoming Events

2021 Graduation

Saturday, June 5th, 11am

24705 U.S. 101

Rockaway Beach, OR

Last Day of School-District wide half day

Wednesday, June 16th, 8am

24705 U.S. 101

Rockaway Beach, OR

Note From the Principal

With just under two weeks left of the school year I wanted to express my gratitude to our students, families and staff for your work and resilience as we navigated the pandemic together. It is our absolute hope that next year we will be back to school in a much more regular capacity! At this time, our best thinking is that all students will be back in person every day of the week. We are planning to have late start Monday followed by regular school days for the rest of the week. Freshmen and Sophomores will be cohorted as much as possible. Juniors and Seniors will have more traditional schedules since the classes they need are much more varied and likely include different electives, internships, AP or college classes that are difficult to fit into cohorts. We will still be implementing safety protocols including one way traffic in the building, masks required, assigned cohort restrooms and staggered lunch schedules. Students will ride the bus if they need to but only on regular routes. No Bus Passes will be allowed.

As always, we expect changes as new guidance rolls out over the summer so we will work to keep you informed with regular communication from school.

The most important thing we want to reinforce is the availability of credit earning classes this summer. There will be a short, 2 week credit recovery window from June 16-June 25. Please contact Esther to sign up. We also have Art Classes, Strength training, Sports Skills, Math Tutoring and Juntos Day Camps for students to take advantage of.

The summer activity calendar which lists all summer activities for all schools in the district is accessible using this link below.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Best of Luck in the future- we will miss you!

Welcome to our new incoming Freshmen!

We will be contacting you for transition activities soon!

FamilyID ~ Welcome Back Pirates

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

Note from the office:

As this year comes to a close. I have prepared the annual agreements for the 2021-2022 school year. Feel free to fill it out early (link above)! I have streamlined them so you only need to complete one this year!

Look around your home for textbooks, library books and Chromebooks! They all need to be returned to the office June 16, 2021.

Thank you so much for your patients and support this last year. I know it has been a crazy, challenging and, at times, frustrating year but I have really enjoyed getting to serve you all and your kids!

Have a great and safe Summer,


Are you “On Track”? As this school year winds to a close, we are exceedingly hopeful that the next school year will be more traditional! For those students who struggled this year, there is an opportunity to spend some focused time on making up classwork or to do credit recovery. June 17-25 will be a time for students to work in the computer lab and get back on track with their credit needs. The lab will be open from 8am-4pm to accommodate student needs and food will be provided.

In order to be “On Track” to graduate students should have the following number of credits completed at the end of 3rd trimester: Freshmen - 7 credits; Sophomores - 14 credits; Juniors - 21 credits

If you are interested in doing a little work now to prevent some stress later on, contact Esther (esthert@nknsd.org) to reserve your spot in the lab!

TBCC Summer Opportunity: There is funding this summer for students to take some classes at TBCC. Students can explore interest areas, take classes towards a degree, build skill or try to get ahead of the game. If you are interested, see Esther to get registered! Deadline is June 24th.

JUNIORS should be making plans this summer in preparation for their senior year. They should be finalizing (or at least narrowing down) thoughts around their postsecondary plans, visiting college campuses, and seeking willing adults (not family) to write letters of recommendation in preparation for their job search and/or scholarship applications. Parents should make sure and put their 2020 tax returns in an accessible place in preparation for the FAFSA push in October. Senior year will get here faster than you think so do yourself a favor and get started! (Letter of Recommendation forms can be found in your google Ed Portfolio folder)

Counselor's Corner

Link to Resources

Note from Margaret & Ashley

Let’s take some time to celebrate all your successes this year. Together we overcame a lot of difficulties and challenges. You all showed up for each other and yourself. Thank you for everything you put in to making this year the best you could. Here are some great ways to celebrate your successes, both big and small.

  1. Take a deep breath.

  2. Share the news with friends, family and colleagues.

  3. Give your goals a one-day break.

  4. Reflect on the path you took.

  5. Write down your success and put it where you can see it everyday.

  6. Sleep.

  7. Thank everyone who supported you.

  8. Accept and enjoy the compliments.

  9. Support someone else in reaching his or her goal.

  10. Cross it off your master list of goals.

  11. Go for a run.

  12. Do something you enjoy but rarely have time to do.

  13. Spend the day with your family.

  14. Start a success journal.

  15. Treat yourself to a day of rest and relaxation.

Track and Field

Neah-Kah-Nie competed at track state on Saturday in Union, Oregon. Joseph Vega placed fourth in high jump, and the boys 400 meter team consisting of Kolby Miller, Liam Sullivan, Asher Kronoff, and Joseph Vega ran a personal record of 47.74.

Asher Kronoff went on to have a personal record in the 100m of 12.23, and Alex Welsh competed in the 1500 with a time of 5:09.

On the girls side, Emma Miller is our latest state champion! Emma won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.76, which was a huge personal record! Emma went on to place third in the 200, with a personal record of 27.32

Jordan White placed 3rd in the 1500 and second in the 800 with a season record, and Dinah Schultz had a season record in the 400. Finally, the girls 4x400 relay team placed 7th with a time of 4:41.

Great job to everyone who competed at State!

Unified Club

In spite of delays due to the events of the last year, NKN HS Unified Champion Sports Club finally had their day in the sun at their first annual cornhole tournament on May 22nd. The bracket consisted of six teams each composed of an athlete and a partner athlete combining forces to seek the winning trophy. After an intense final game, Team Blue (Roman Holtz and Cole Brown) took the lead to secure that championship title. Team Green (Kailyn Stinnett and Damien Wilkinson) took second followed by Team Red (Nicholas Bailey and Travis Bennett) in third. Not only did students meet to practice skills, scoring, and strategy, they also spent many hours in the wood shop constructing and painting the boards. Many thanks to the Mudd Nick Foundation who funded this event and a special thanks to Dan Gernert for supporting the construction of the boards.

Honor Society

Induction was held with 7 new members added. As we bid farewell to our seniors (Mei Shiomi, Kara Rumage, Ben Holm, Travis Bennett and Anna Deur) we look forward to another year of developing leadership, serving our school and community and working to create a positive school environment. While Honor Society holds high standards for its members (Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership), those standards serve students well as they transition into their adult lives and are things we all work to continue growth in.

Student Council

Student council is working on putting ideas together for next year's elections. Students interested in running should email Travis Bennett and Kara Rummage.

This week in Pirate Sports

Check here for sport updates and streaming

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.

Lunch Program & Accounts

The school cafeteria has worked tirelessly to continue to provide nutritional meals (both breakfast and lunch) to our students in this very difficult time. Meals can be picked up at the school cafeteria doors by the middle school flagpole each day from 11am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. Meals are also being transported, with the assistance of First Student Transportation, to central locations throughout the district. If you would like to access the meals provided by the school please contact Ashley Arthur at the District Office (ashleya@nknsd.org) for information on the drop off times and locations or access the most up to date schedule at the district website at



If someone besides a parent or guardian will be picking up meals for your children, you will need to fill out a permission slip. One can be obtained by emailing Ashley Arthur at the district office at (ashleya@nknsd.org).



Neah-Kah-Nie School District Job's listing

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COVID Vaccine Appt.

Thursdays through the end of June- Rinehart Vaccination Clinics open for students age 16+ Click here to book your appointment.


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