Lori Dillbeck

August 10, 2021

Dear Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  We are glad that you are joining us as we embark on an exciting year of teaching and learning at Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School.  I want to give a special welcome to our incoming sixth graders and their families.  We look forward to seeing you grow, both academically and personally, over the next three years.

Last year showed us that flexibility and creativity are sometimes necessary in how we educate our students.  I want to take this opportunity to thank students, staff, and parents for all of their hard work, flexibility, and support over the span of the pandemic.  It was not an ideal situation and there were many bumps in the road, but overall I was very happy with how our staff, students and parents responded to the constant changes throughout the year.  Thank you all for everything you do!  It truly takes a village to educate our children!

After last year of functioning in fully virtual, and then in a hybrid setting, we are excited to return to five full days of in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.  In order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, several safety protocols will be in place while students are in the building.  These protocols include the requirement for all students and staff to wear masks while indoors and on the buses, physical distancing of at least 3 feet between students as much as possible, and regular handwashing and/or access to hand sanitizers.  We will also maintain students in cohorts for the majority of their day, with each cohort moving together to their next class.

This year, we will renew our commitment to excellence in all that we do, as we seek to continue to provide high quality instruction with the expectation that all students can learn and be successful. Our focus will be to meet students where they are and ensure growth in each one of them, both as a student and as a person.  I personally believe in, and take pride in, always doing what is best for students. I will continue to use this guiding principle when making decisions about our school.  

We look forward to working with you and your students again this year. Please contact the office or me if you have any questions in regard to the new school year! Phone or email both work!


Lori Dilbeck, NKN Middle School Principal