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Meet the Principal

It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as your new Director of Secondary Education. My name is Kara Backman and this will be my 17th year in the education field, working as a teacher, administrator and education consultant. My husband, James and I have three amazing children, Kade, Kash and Jacee. Kade will be attending DECA in August as a Kindergartener in the bilingual program. My family is deeply rooted in the Denair community where both my husband and sister in-law graduated. The land where our family owned pig farm resides is the property in which my husband’s grandfather homesteaded. I am firmly passionate about youth first, giving back to your community and purposefully growing your mindset through life-altering relationships.

We are going to have an amazing year as we focus on Building a Strong Culture and Climate for our high school community and fostering Academic Success through support and accountability. My work at Denair High School has already begun and is deeply entrenched in this transformation. I have been relentless about hiring the right “fits” for our student, staff and family community. My goal is to be fully hired by Coyote Call and we are well on our way!

August Events

· Our first community gathering will be Coyote Call on August 4th from 8:00-1:00 in the gym. Come prepared with opportunities to learn and ask questions!

· 9th grade Orientation will be August 10 at 5:00 in the theater. We will have a tour of the school, play games and eat dinner.

· First day of school August 11 beginning at 8:00

New Cell Phone Policy

Per student and family request, we have adjusted the cell phone policy. I hope that this appeals to 100% of our student body. Please take a few moments to read the enclosed policy and partner with us to reinforce this new policy with your child.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity of partnership. I am excited about the year ahead of us.


Kara E. Backman

Director of Secondary Education

Denair High School

Student Password Changes

All returning students’ passwords have been updated from seven characters to eight characters, by placing the number “9” in front of your existing password. For example, a student who previously had a password of 1234567, would now have a password of 91234567. Students new to the District for the 2016-17 school year, already have eight character passwords.”

School Site Council

We are in need of members and parent participants to assist in the oversight of the Single Plan for Student Achievement are needed. Please email Mr. Dale Lovelace at if you are interested.



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