Neah-Kah-Nie High School Home of the Pirates!

Dr. Heidi Buckmaster

August 9, 2021

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

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! 

After an unprecedented school year last year we are very excited to be coming back to school in person!  This year will still be impacted by enhanced safety measures and we anticipate ongoing changes as the situation is reviewed monthly. 

At this time, we are expecting about 260 students in grades 9-12.   The sophomores at eighty students will be our largest class followed by the junior class (74), the freshmen class (60) and our smallest class- the seniors (46). 

Our staff is a committed and empathetic group of professionals dedicated to providing a learning community focused on Safety and Wellness, Connection and Relationships, Equity, Effective and Engaging Instruction.

The district has prioritized support services for students and families and we are very happy to once again offer free meals for all students.  In addition, we have a new family resource coordinator and a new student based health and wellness center to ensure our student needs are met.

This will be our sixth year of the ASPIRE program.  The need is greater than ever for adults willing to mentor our students. We are seeking to add Career and Technical Education courses and other  interest based 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.

Last year even in a pandemic we had more students than ever before earning college credits (1112).  This was in large part to Tillamook Bay Community College offering those credits for free!  We also celebrated our second 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 Tillamook Family Counseling Center 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 by all students.  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