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    Fri, 12/18 Message to Families
    Posted on 12/18/2020

    Winter Break closures - please note that NHHS Food Distribution (*see note below signature), Library Book Check-outs, the NHHS Teen Health Center, the Technology Resource Center and the FamilyWorks Resource Center at Nathan Hale will all be closed during Winter Break, December 21st - January 1st. Distribution points will open again the week of January 4th. At end of this message, we've included additional resources that may be available during Winter Break.


    Beloved Community, 

    This will be our final Friday message for 2020. I want to share my appreciation to all of you for staying connected with us, and keeping us lifted with appreciation and love during these times. In these past four months, our educators have created rigorous, relevant, and culturally responsive learning experiences for all of our students. Our students have remained engaged through this, even challenging us to consider our less is more approach to our teaching and learning.  

    We remain steadfast in our three focuses that we began our school year with—our ongoing digital learning, our focus on social emotional learning, and our commitment to racial equity as we work to create an anti-racist learning environment for all students. These focuses have kept us steady through these times, representing a guidepost for us all. Please take time to unwind and detach. We have a lot of exciting teaching and learning coming in January! With much love and appreciation to all of you. Have a Happy Holiday break, stay safe, and we look forward to connecting in 2021.  

    Upcoming Deadlines

    Jan 3rd -  CAP & GOWN for graduation at super savings! Caps and Gowns are $49 and other grad items will be at the lowest price available. If you are wearing a sibling's or friend's cap and gown from a previous year - order your tassel and stole by calling Jostens to make a special order (360) 653-9102.  Link for ordering -

    Jan 4th - STUDENT PORTRAITS FOR YEARBOOK will be due. Find instructions on how to upload your student's photo for the yearbook by going to the Yearbook page on the Nathan Hale website.

    Follow the Nathan Hale yearbook team on Instagram for important updates and other photo submission opportunities!  Instagram: nhhs_yearbook2020.  Questions may be directed to:

    Winter Music Concert

    Join Us! The NHHS Virtual Choir Concert will premiere at 6:00pm today! A link was emailed out with the SchoolMessenger email from Principal Jackson on Friday, December 18th.


    We would like to thank the Nathan Hale Community Organization (NHCO) for their ongoing support of NHHS students, families and staff. So far this year, they have organized gift card drives to support our families and have pivoted from the traditional December in-person staff appreciation event to e-appreciation & recognition. The NHCO welcomes new families who would like to join in their work. To get in touch with this fun and creative group, contact Katie Fleming at Thank you NHCO! We appreciate you!

    NHHS Library

    Although the Hale library is closed during Winter break, there are still plenty of opportunities for reading! Seattle Public Library's Teen Library Challenge continues through December 31, and students who complete the challenge will be entered to win a $30 bookstore gift card. Additionally, students can access ebooks and audiobooks through Sora, or by using their Library Link accounts at Seattle Public Library. Please visit the Program Support page on Schoology for more information, demonstration videos, and more. Have a wonderful Winter break, and we will be back with regular library and other materials distribution from 1:00-4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.


    Volunteer opportunities available! Please use the internship tab on Nathan Hale's website to identify volunteer and job opportunities our students might be interested in. They include Teens in Public Service, Skyhawks Academy and Team Read. Application deadlines are quickly approaching so make sure and check it out. Updates will be posted as more opportunities become available. 

    Spring Musical Signups 

    Signups for actors (perform) and techies (design) are happening from now until Jan 10th.  Everyone is invited to do theatre here at Hale!  We are interested in representing our entire community when we tell stories.  We will produce the show virtually this year.  Sign up here. (Sign up by January 10th.) E-mail Mr. Roby or Ms. Ewell with questions:;

    Theatre December Newsletter  

    Check out the December Theatre Newsletter!  Opportunities abound here for interested students: 

    Yearbook pre-orders 

    Yearbook pre-orders are live! The yearbook staff is breaking down barriers to honor the ups, downs, and moments worth celebrating about Nathan Hale's 2020-2021 school year. Follow the instructions below to secure your copy for $60.  

    Ordering online:  Login to the Source with a parent/guardian account.

    -Open the tabs on the left and click on the SchoolPay icon
    -Scroll down until you see the yearbook (or type "yearbook" in the search bar)
    -Then click "add to cart"

    Cash or check: 
    -Bring cash ($60) or checks to the main office during Wednesday Library Check-out after Winter Break (checks can be mailed / cash is drop-off only).
    Check amount is $60 / made payable to Nathan Hale High School, with "yearbook" in the memo line
    -Provide a written note including what the payment is for, the student's name, and where to email your receipt. We strongly recommend saving your receipt it in case of errors within the SchoolPay system  

    Resources during Winter Break

    If you need immediate mental health support, or support outside of school hours, contact: King County 24-hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.

    The suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If this is an emergency, please call 911.

    FamilyWorks helps connect families with rental assistance, free diaper program, free access to clothes, toys, books and more! Find them at or call then at 206-694-6727.

    During the winter break, regular meal distribution will be closed, but one-week meal boxes will be available at 16 locations on December 21st and 29th. More information here

    The student tech support line will remain open with limited hours -- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with closures on December 24th-25th and December 31st - January 1st. Call 206-252-0100 or email

    See the attached sheet for a list of services available in the Lake City area. 

    Again, Happy Holidays and we hope everyone has a restful Winter Break!

    With love, 

    William Jackson(Black| he, him) 
    Nathan Hale High School

    * NHHS Food Distribution will be closed during break but, on December 21st and December 29th from 11:15-1:15, one-week meal boxes will be available for pick up at Eckstein MIddle School, Olympic View and Olympic Hills Elementary Schools. Boxes will be limited.