KHS News

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

In this newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • Summer Hours June 17 through July 26 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Traditional Office Hours resume on August 5: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • Supply List
  • Dress Code
  • Community News
  • Fall Sports Tryouts
  • New Box Tops Collection Process

Upcoming Events:

  1. August 8 Family and Community Engagement Event
  2. August 13 Board of Directors Meeting
  3. August 16 Open House (K-8)
  4. August 21 First Day of School
Supply List

This link will take you to the school supply list located on our website. Simply select the grade in the left column to view your scholars list.

School Dress Code

This link will take you to the school dress code policy located on our website. Please read carefully and plan accordingly.

Get Ready for School

First day of School: Our first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is August 21st.

Open House: August 16th from 5:00-6:30

Powerschool Parent Portal: The Parent Portal is currently closed for Summer maintenance. The portal will be available once again for our Kestrel parents and students on August 1st. For new Kestrel parents and returning parents who would like to set up an account, please contact Ms. Vargas for initial account information.

School hours: Our school hours are: 7:50 am -3:00 pm

Students may be dropped off no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of school. Students must be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal.

State Health Assessment Forms: State law requires that every child entering public schools in N.C. receive a health assessment. If your child has enrolled in KHCS Kindergarten or your child is transferring from a private, home school or out of state, the State Health Assessment is required prior to the first day of attendance on August 22nd. Please send all completed forms to Ms. Vargas in the Admissions office.
7th grade Immunizations: Children who start 7th grade on or after July 1, 2015 will be required to have vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect them from serious diseases. Students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose each of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and meningococcal vaccines if they have not previously received these vaccines. Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination by the first day of school.

FERPA: In accordance with the NC State Guidelines, we are providing you with information for The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The FERPA Information is located on our website:

Required Health Information: Per the NC Health Department and the Department of Public Instruction, all public schools are required to annually inform of the following information and vaccines available:

For parents of students all grades: Meningococcal Meningitis, and Influenza

For parents of students in grades 5th - 8th: HPV

For parents of students in grades 7th - 8th - Preventable Risks of Preterm Delivery

The Vaccine and Information Statement forms are located through the links below and are also available on our website.



Diabetes: If your child is diabetic, please contact Ms. Vargas for information on setting up an individual diabetic care plan for your child.

Uniform Policy: Our uniform policy remains unchanged for the 2018-19 school year. Please visit our website at for detailed information.

Powerschool Parent Portal: The Parent Portal is currently closed for Summer maintenance. The portal will be available once again for our Kestrel parents and students the 1st week of school. For new Kestrel parents and returning parents who would like to set up an account, please contact Ms. Vargas for initial account information.

Hawks Athletics

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Attached you will find important forms for Fall Sports Tryouts and the 2019 - 2020 school year. Tryouts for Boy's Soccer, Co-ed Cross Country and Girl's Volleyball will be held on August 14th, 15th and 16th.

All paperwork must be completed and turned in by August 12th. Please see the attached for more information and paperwork. Forms can also be found at Please email with conflicts, questions and concerns. Enjoy your summer!

2019-2020 Hawks Athletic Forms

Here you will find all forms necessary for Fall Sports Tryouts for the 2019-2020 school year.

2019-2020 Athletic Packet

Forms to be completed by a physician and signed by parents prior to tryouts.

Box Tops

NO MORE CLIPPING!! Big changes are coming to Box Tops! Earning cash for our school just got easier and all you need is your smartphone. Download the Box Tops mobile app to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earning online!

If you still have clippings, continue to send them in and we will continue to submit them until all of them have been phased out!

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YMCA Afterschool Care

When your kids are safe and having fun, you’ll like YMCA After School as much as they do! We offer After School programs at Lakewood YMCA and The River Church. YMCA After School is from school dismissal until 6 p.m. Early release days are included at no extra cost.


  • Elementary and Middle School


  • Quiet, supervised homework time
  • Creative arts
  • Indoor & outdoor games
  • Sports & specialty clinics
  • Assembly & snack time (children provide snack)


YMCA After School youth counselors receive 30 hours of staff training annually. They are responsible, knowledgeable high school and college-aged students who enjoy working with children.


2018 - 2019 Traditional and Year-Round Schools

$1,999.80/annual (Members)
$2,421.00/annual (Participants)

Choose from monthly drafts or payment in full.
Financial assistance is available.

Billing and payment information


Registrations are accepted at any Durham YMCA location. Participants may begin After School the Monday after registering. Friday or weekend registrations can begin 1 week from the following Monday.

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Community Information

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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.


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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!