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Principal's Message

Dear Student and Family,

Welcome to McKinleyville High School for the 2019-2020 school year!  We hope your summer has been a good one, and that you are rested and ready for a great start.  Our teachers and staff have been hard at work to prepare our campus and classrooms for your arrival.  We will provide an educational environment that is geared towards student success and personal growth.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!  

Here are some important dates:

Thursday, August 22nd

Freshman Student Orientation in the Gym

2:00 p.m.


Parent Orientation in the Library

5:30 p.m.


Barbecue Dinner in Quad

6:00 p.m.


Classroom Visitations

6:45 p.m.

Monday, August 26th 

First Day of School

8:10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 4th

Picture Day

8:10 a.m.

Thursday, September 19th

Back to School Night

6:00 p.m.

Communication is really important to ensure that students and their families have the best possible experience at MHS and I encourage you to let us know when you need anything.  Every two weeks we send out an electronic newsletter to help our families and students keep up with all that is going on at the school.  We will send it out over email. If we do not currently have your email or you need to update it please call Carrie Nickols at 839-6404 with that important information. 

Phone:  Please call anytime @ 839-6400.

School Vision:  This past spring a committee of students and staff came together using information gathered from our school community and updated our school’s vision statement as well as developed school norms and learning outcomes.  We are excited to start the 2019-20 school year with these in place. We have attached the vision, norms and learning outcomes to this letter for you reference.

Accreditation Status:  Last year MHS went through the WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) Self Study process which is necessary for the school to remain WASC accredited.  WASC accreditation assures both students, parents as well as Colleges and Universities that a school has been evaluated for and is delivering a quality education.  We are proud and excited to announce that our accreditation was renewed for another 6 years!

Schedules: Counselors have been hard at work putting together the best possible schedules for our students for the upcoming year.  To see your student’s schedule please read the information below closely.

  • Returning Students: Please have your student access their StudentVUE (studentvue.nohum.org) account and review their schedule.  If your student is having trouble accessing StudentVUE or you would like a copy of the schedule mailed to you please call Carrie Nickols at 839-6404.
  • Incoming Students: Students new to McKinleyville High School will not yet have a StudentVUE account set up.  Student schedules will be handed out at our Frosh Orientation night on August 22nd, new 10th, 11th and 12th graders will also be invited to this event and their schedules will be available.  New students will also receive information on how to access their StudentVUE account at this event.
  • All Students:  If your student would like to speak to their counselor prior to the start of the school year to discuss their schedule please call call Carrie Nickols at 839-6404 to set up an appointment.

Email:  Staff email addresses are listed on our website.  Addresses are the first letter of the first name and the last name spelled out in full followed by @nohum.k12.ca.us – for many staff this is the easiest way to make initial contact.

Web:  Starting this school year we will be moving to a new website at mhs.nohum.org.  We believe this new website will be easier to navigate and update.  While the website is live now there will be informational updates leading up to the start of school as well as during the school year as we continue to tailor it to best serve our students and community.

ParentVUE:  This system is linked to our database and you can access it to monitor student academic progress.  Teachers update the ParentVUE (parentvue.nohum.org) at least every three weeks. Returning students and their families may continue to use their logins and passwords from the 2018-19 school year and incoming students and their families can receive their ParentVUE information at our Frosh Orientation otherwise students will bring home logins and passwords the first week of school and along with information on how to access your account.

School Messenger:  This is our auto dialer program.  The enclosed white handout provides important information regarding School Messenger.  Please make sure that we have the phone numbers and email addresses that you would like us to use to contact you in our database.  

Freshman Orientation: Freshman will receive their class schedules during the Frosh Orientation on Thursday, August 22.  FROSH Orientation is designed to assist students in making the transition to high school.  Junior and Senior student leaders have volunteered to not only participate in this day but to also mentor freshman throughout the school year.

Freshman parents please join us on LINK Day at 5:30 in the Library for your Orientation, followed by a barbecue for students, their families and MHS faculty in the Quad afterwards hosted by Panther Partners, our booster group.

After dinner you are invited to tour campus and visit classrooms to meet your student’s teachers for the year.  Classrooms will be open from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Bus Schedules: District bus schedules will be posted on the district’s website- https://www.nohum.org/.  Please click on the link at the bottom of the front page titled “Bus Routes” and follow the directions.

School Pictures: On Wednesday, September 4, we will have Picture Day.  Order forms will be sent home with your student.

Back to School Night will be on Thursday September 19th..  This is a great opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and to hear information about the upcoming year.  Please plan on attending it is a fun night and a great opportunity to build community.

Parent/Guardian Involvement:  We encourage all of our parents and guardians to be active in their students education while at MHS.  There are many ways to get involved. If you are interested in participating on our School Site Council, our Athletic Advisory Committee, in our LCAP meetings or as part of our Booster Club, Panther Partners please contact me at 839-6405 or at ncollart@nohum.k12.ca.us.

More information will be shared with you as we begin the school year.  In the meantime please review the enclosed materials and call or email me if you have any questions.  I am excited about the beginning of the school year and proud of the excellent opportunities and support that our high school provides our students and community.


Nic Collart