Seats Available! Come SOAR with us!

Have a neighbor, family, or friends who may be interested in applying for the 2022-23 school year? We have limited seats available! To start the enrollment process, please have them complete our easy, online application on our website at:

2023-24 Lottery Applications

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Want to find out more about the Kestrel Heights Expansion Project? Want to ask a question? Want to check out the live feed camera to see the progress or the construction crew hard at work? Make sure you visit our expansion project page below!

Kestrel's Scholar of the Week

Kestrel's Scholar of the Week - Celebrating scholars who SOAR above and beyond!

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Grade Level News


ELA: We are studying Unit 3 Seasons Compare and Contrast. We are learning: Letter Recognition and the Sound of Letters A, B, C, D, E, F. We are learning Sight Words: his with they

Math: We are learning to model and draw addition problems, write addition sentences, and number pairs to 5.

Science: We are studying What animals and plants need to live and survive

First Grade:

In ELA this week we talked about the digraph sound "ch" and "-tch", synonyms and antonyms, and reviewed the sequence of events in a story

In Math, we talked about adding within a tens frame, and adding ten to a number and scholars worked with even and odd numbers

In Science, we talked about gravity and what would happen if there was no gravity.

Second Grade:

ELA: Distinguish long and short vowels when reading a text and Decode 2 syllable words with long vowels.

Math: Just finished up Chapter 4 with 2-digit addition and Started Chapter 5 with 2-digit subtraction

Science: We are continuing to learn about the states of matter.

Social Studies: We are starting our new magazine on Communities and Resources.

Third Grade:

Reading: Compare and contrast characters in a story and Identify the message or lesson of a story

Social Studies: Identifying and defining culture, using maps to understand a region, identifying and describing how people modify the environment to meet their needs.

Science: Identifying and describing how animals adapt to their surroundings for survival

Math: Go Math Chapter 6, Understand Division. Chapter Essential Question How can you use division to find how many are in each group or how many equal groups are? Analyzed and solved word problems.

Please assist your scholar to complete the weekly Reading and math homework sheet. also, read for at least 20- 30 minutes at night as this will allow your child the extra reading practice and reading time to help them meet their goals.

Fourth Grade:

Social Studies: This week scholars examined the tribes of North Carolina that existed prior to 1492. Next week, scholars will begin to study the early European explorers of North Carolina. We will take a look at why they arrived and the impacts their arrival had on the indigenous people.

ELA: This week scholars learned about different points of view in fictional texts. Next week we will focus on finding the central/main idea in a story.

Fifth Grade:

Social Studies: This week scholars examined the reasons for European Exploration and the impacts they had. Next week scholars will study the early settlements established by European nations on the North American Continent.

ELA: This week scholars learned about different points of view in fictional texts. Next week we will focus on finding the central/main idea in a story.

Sixth Grade:

Social Studies: We are focusing on Egypt’s geography and how it and, especially, the Nile River affected or influenced the development of civilization in Egypt. We are also focusing on the early part of that civilization with the rise of city-states and the unification of two kingdoms by King Menes. Scholars have been completing a map activity/project this week as well.

Science: We are continuing to work on energy transfer and transformations.

Math: This week we converted fractions to percentages. Next week we will be finding the percentages of numbers. Unit 2 Test will take place on December 15th. Our class store opens this Friday, December 2nd. Scholars are encouraged to spend their points on extra credit (this is the only extra credit I offer) or homework passes if they need them to help their grades.

ELA: This week scholars learned about persuasion and bravery while Mrs. Bowie was out. In addition, scholars have been studying their iReady Vocabulary to prepare for their next Diagnostic in January. Please discuss the story There Will Come Soft Rains with your scholars as there will be a test scheduled for next week. Also, here are some great pictures of the ELA Learning Community!!!

Seventh Grade:

Science: We are continuing to work on our Energy and energy transformations.

Eighth Grade:

Mathematics: Math 8 Scholars will Start learning about the application of functions on Monday(12/5). Math 1 Scholars are currently working on the Pythagorean Theorem and its applications.


First, Second, and Third-grade enrichment classes have begun meeting this week. Fourth through Eighth grade, AIG scholars are working on end-of-unit research projects based on the theme of the curriculum unit.


Grades K-5 have all been practicing and rehearsing for the winter musical this week! 6-8th elective has been working on personal art projects and/or decorations for the winter musical.

Kestrel Heights School Performance

Thursday, December 8, 2022

K – 2 The Show begins at 5:30 pm. Report time is at 5:00 pm

3 – 5 The Show begins at 6:30 pm. Report time is at 6:00 pm

The Winter performance for the 2022- 2023 school year is A Disney Spectacular theme.

Scholars can come dressed in Red School Shirts and Black or Blue pants for their uniforms. If you need dark-colored pants please reach out to Mr. McKeiver and Mr. Moore before the show. The show will be an in-person show at the Kestrel Heights Middle School Gym.

The middle school dance department will be assisting/performing along with the elementary

music scholars. The middle school scholars will need to wear all black as they will be helping

set up props and do special effects throughout the show.

Songs being performed:

Mickey Mouse Mash-up

You Can Fly You Can Fly You Can Fly (From Peter Pan)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins)

The Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book)

Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid)

Circle of Life (from the Lion King)

Specials Department:

Mr. McKeiver, Mrs. Moore, Coach Hess, and Mrs. Alder

If you have any questions please email

Mr. McKeiver at

Mr. Moore at

Kestrel Heights Concert Band Performance

Thursday. December 15, 2022

Band scholars report time 6:15 pm

The concert time is 7:00 pm

Welcome Ms. Newkirk!

We are happy to announce that Ms. Anjennette Newkirk, an experienced and accomplished educator, has joined our team to fill the Sixth and Eighth Grade Science teaching position vacated by Mrs. Sharif. Ms. Newkirk has been a substitute teacher at Kestrel Heights for many years and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education from North Carolina Central University. I am confident that Ms. Newkirk will prepare your scholars well for high school and beyond.

As previously stated, we admire the resiliency of our scholars. We thank all of our parents for their continued trust in our school and are excited that Ms. Newkirk is joining our community.

Supply Requests from Teachers & Staff

Greetings! Our staff would like to request supply donations as we approach cold/flu season and the second half of the school year. If you would like to donate, here is a list of the most requested items by teachers:

  • Tissues

  • Disinfecting wipes

  • #2 Ticonderoga pencils

  • Pencil top erasers

  • Expo/whiteboard Markers

  • Sharpies

  • Red pens

  • Paper towels

Thank you for all of your support!

Kestrel Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders - Last week the KHCS Cheerleaders ordered uniforms and selected their captains.

  • Cailyn Williams - Cheer Captain

  • Ashlyn King - Dance Captain

  • Leah Tapp - Stunt Captain

Congratulations scholars!! Also, the squad has established a partnership with Inspire Athletics Cheer Company. Scholars are now learning a combination of cheer, tumbling, and gymnastics skills!

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Title I Survey

Good afternoon Kestrel Families,

It's hard to believe we are wrapping up the first quarter of the school year! We are so pleased with how well the year has gone so far. As we look toward the rest of the school year, we want to be sure all families are informed about ways they can be engaged in their child's education and the programs we have here at Kestrel.

In September, our administrative team conducted a "Title I Annual Meeting" where we discussed Parent and Family Engagement. If you were unable to attend this session, you may watch the recording at this link.

As part of our Federal Title I requirements, we have certain documentation we are required to provide to families each year as well as information we are required to collect from families each year. One required piece of documentation, the TSI letter, is attached. The other documentation, our Title I Parent-Family Engagement documents, are embedded within the survey at the end of this email.

It is very important for Title I compliance that we have all families complete this survey. Title I is a large portion of our school's federal funding, helping us provide programs and resources such as academic intervention and our intervention specialists. Please help us ensure KHS continues to receive this funding by completing the survey.

You may complete the survey by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the Title I program or the survey, please contact

Winter Wishes

Don't forget that the sign-up to purchase gifts or winter clothing for Kestrel scholars is now open! We have slots available to fit a variety of budgets!

Here are just a few of the gift requests that still need to be claimed:
Casual/dress-down clothes
Basketball goal
Xbox gift card
Instax film camera
Science experiment kit
LOL Surprise! doll
Winter coat
Comforter set
Christmas pajamas
Baby doll
Barbie House
And lots more, including stocking stuffers!

Sign up to purchase gifts here:

High School Planning

There will be a Parent Information Night on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 6:30-8 pm. This meeting will help parents understand the high school transition process, including the timelines, deadlines, and important tasks that must be completed. We will also discuss the various high school options and make a tentative four-year plan for high school courses. The meeting will be held virtually and recorded, however, it is always best to attend live so that you can ask any questions you may have. You can join the virtual meeting using the link below. Between now and then, please be sure you are checking Class Dojo regularly as any information we receive regarding high school open houses or applications will be posted there. La traducción al español estará disponible.

Parent Info Night (HS Applications)

Tuesday, December 6 · 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 513-796-6256‬ PIN: ‪434 914 316‬#

More phone numbers:


Krispy Kreme Donuts Fundraiser:

Are you ready for the SWEETEST fundraiser of the year? Krispy Kreme’s Digital Dozens program is here! Digital Dozens certificates can be purchased through the PTA now through December 16th. Each certificate costs $13.00 and is redeemable at any Krispy Kreme location for 1 dozen original glazed donuts. These certificates make wonderful gifts for anyone with a sweet tooth! The class that sells the most donuts will win a DONUT PARTY, courtesy of the PTA.
Visit to place your order today!

Keeping up with the PTA:

Our next meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, December 15th at 6 pm. You do not need to be a member to attend PTA meetings, so drop in to see what we're working on. We hope to see you there!

Join our Board of Directors!

Individuals interested in joining the KHS Board of Directors are encouraged to complete an application.

Looking for Substitute Teachers!

Substitute teaching can be an ideal way to supplement your income while setting your schedule. It will also allow you to improve your classroom skills by trying different grade levels and instructional methods. If interested, please click on the link below and submit your substitute teacher application.


Tuesday, December 6 · 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Parent Information Night - High School Applications

Thursday, December 8, 5:30 pm

K-2 Winter Musical

Thursday, December 8, 6:30 pm

3-5 Winter Musical

Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 pm

Kestrel Heights Board Meeting

Thursday, December 15, 6:00 pm

Kestrel PTA Meeting

Thursday, December 15, 7:00 pm

4-8 Winter Band Concert

Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2

Winter Break


We are a small, diverse, and inclusive learning community in Durham that empowers our Scholars to sharpen academic knowledge, demonstrate creative expression and expand leadership abilities to prepare for success in high school, college, and beyond.