• Staff Opening Day

    Every Student Engaged, Empowered and Ready for Success

    With a rainy Tuesday in the forecast, we are implementing our inclement weather plan, and moving INSIDE to Keating Theater.


    The rest of the opening day logistics remain the same:

    Join us at 7:30 a.m for water, light refreshments, & collegial conversations. Please bring your own water bottles. Opening Day program begins at 8 a.m. 

    The rest of the opening day logistics remain the same:


    • Refreshments start at 7:30 a.m. The Opening Day program begins at 8 a.m.
    • Attendees are encouraged to dress casually. Please wear spirit gear.

    • Please bring a water bottle. We will have water filling stations and light refreshments available beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    • You are welcomed and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, personal items, and household items for KirkCare. We are also collecting school supplies. Please drop off at collection bins in the main entrance.

    • Show your district issued ID at the time of sale from the school store will receive a 10% discount. The school store will be open at the conclusion of the ceremony.

    • Prop R construction is underway at KHS! For those parking on the Dougherty Ferry lot, the space will look quite different. To get to E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium, please walk around the building. Look for the paved walkway (fire lane) to the right of the building. The baseball field will be on your left. Please see map below. Follow blue arrowed route.

    • ADA parking spots are available on the Chopin lot.

    • Due to limited parking, carpooling is encouraged.


    Entertainment by the KHS Orchestra Program - Directed by Fariga Drayton-Conway & Sarah Klevorn

    Welcome to the Year - Jean Marie Andrews, President of the Board of Education

    Ringing in the School Year - KSD Alumni

    The Kirkwood Welcome - Dr. David Ulrich, Superintendent

    Introduction of New Staff Members - Dr. Howard Fields, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

    Support Staff Persons of the Year - Mike Romay, Chief Financial Officer

    Teachers of the Year Recognition - Introductions of Teachers of the Year 

    Teacher of the Year Presentation -  Katie Meyers, 2022 Kirkwood Teacher of the Year

    Entertainment by Kirkwood High School Pioneer Pride Band - Directed by Rebecca Friesen, Matthew Banks, Kaela Barnett, Eric Chrostoski, Jeff Panhorst, Alison Smith, and Luis Actis