Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates, Family, Community and Friends

Dr. Heidi Buckmaster

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

This will be a school year unlike any other in history.  Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic we will be beginning this year with comprehensive distance learning and the hope and plan to transition first into a hybrid model and then to an in person instructional model as soon as it is safe to do so.

We have worked hard to develop a robust and modern communication plan to keep you informed as things change because the only thing we have been able to count on lately is that change is the new normal.  Please use the links provided on the High School page on the district website to directly communicate with staff members if you need anything!

We are anticipating an all-time high student population of around 270 students this year with our largest classes (freshmen and sophomores) at 80 students each and our smallest class- the juniors at 47.  To accommodate this increase, we have hired an additional school counselor and a new Language Arts Teacher and a Math Teacher to our team.

Our staff is a committed and empathetic group of professionals dedicated to providing a learning community focused on ensuring safety and wellness, cultivating connections and relationships, centering on equity and innovating our instructional approach to meet the needs of our students.

This will be our fifth year of the ASPIRE program which keeps growing…the need is greater than ever for adults willing to mentor our students.  This will be our third year of welding and we are continuing to add CTE courses for our students that thrive while applying their learning.  We are looking forward to building stronger connections with our community to provide internship opportunities for our students.

We are proud to offer a variety of interest based classes. Both traditional and on-line courses are available to students.  Last year students earned more than 935  college credits and we had our first ever graduate who also earned an Associate of Arts Degree as a high school senior!  It is never too early to begin working for and planning for future success.  Please investigate our scholarship link which will help families locate the many amazing opportunities both in our community and available to larger audiences to help finance future educational goals.

All students at the high school have access to a wide variety of supports that include teaching staff facilitated study hall and tutoring, online grade monitoring (StudentVUE and ParentVUE), academic, college, career and social counseling, student forums on topics of student interest and concerns, and professional counseling services in partnership with TFCC and Rinehart Clinic.  We are continuing our partnership with SafeOregon.  If you see or hear about bullying, violence, drugs, or harm to students, staff or school, please report a tip using the SafeOregon link provided on this page. 

There are many factors that contribute to student success: Supportive involved adult role models, regular attendance, physical and emotional health, a growth mindset, a well-balanced nutritional and electronic diet, 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep and a quiet, distraction free place to do schoolwork are keys to ensuring students are ready to learn each day.  The staff is committed to building strong, positive relationships with students and strong family engagement to develop the character traits and skills students need to thrive in life.

We hope every student will be meaningfully engaged in healthy physical and academic pursuits.  Course fees and “pay-to-play” fees have been eliminated to encourage participation in a greater variety of classes and activities.  We hope to see our programs bursting at the seams with students successfully utilizing our amazing facilities.

The NKN HS staff and I invite you to participate, provide feedback and help us make sure that every effort put forth results in healthy, responsible and productive students ready to make a positive impact on our world.

Dr. Heidi Buckmaster, Principal

Nurses Info

Cerisa Albrechtsen is the school nurse consult for NKN school district.  She works for the Tillamook County Community Health Centers and contract nurse services for the school district.  At Neah-Kah-Nie School District, we believe that “Healthy children learn best.” As the schoolnurse consult, she supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children.  She address the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and support their achievement in the learning process.