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    Fri, 12/4 Message to Families
    Posted on 12/04/2020

    Beloved Community, 

    I hope you had a relaxing holiday break and had a great week back. With two more weeks until Winter vacation, we want to share some updates that will prepare you for 2021. In this message, please follow our messages for seniors, read our information on freshman class elections, consider our tutoring for virtual learning, and please consider participating in our December giving, brought by our Nathan Hale Community Organization.   

    Creative work is going on and learning is happening despite the challenges we are facing. Join us for an amazing stop motion Biology animation hot off the press from Nathan Hale 10th grader, Nirnkaar. Final project assignment for the 10th grade Biology Development unit: Use the media of your choice to illustrate and explain how a complex organism develops from a single cell. Give it a Like! https://youtu.be/84BVl-5flxk   

    Our FCCLA students found a creative way to make a difference in their community and get service learning hours while following our COVID guidelines. During the last month, 20 members made 100 children’s toys through Toys That Make Smiles. These wooden, handmade toys will be given to children staying at Children’s Hospital, Mary Bridge Hospital and 65 international sister cities (pre-COVID). Way to go FCCLA student leaders! 

    Last week our ASB sponsored their second student forum.  This time they focused on promoting student voice on issues of workload and building a better virtual school experience.  Thanks to all who participated and added their constructive voice to our ongoing efforts.

    Attention Seniors!

    We are having a sale of merchandise to raise money for our class and for prom. The store will be open for the next week so be sure to order your 2021 gear soon. Please use the link below. Sale ends Tuesday so don’t delay! 
    https://nhseniorcg1421.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true   

    Also for Seniors: Order your Cap and Gown for Graduation this week for Super Savings!

    This is Senior Week, the week that costs for Caps and Gowns (at $49!) and other grad items will be at the lowest price available. After Sunday, December 6th, shipping charges will apply and prices will rise. Cap, gown, stole and tassel can be as much as double the cost they are now if ordered close to graduation in the spring. Order your Graduation items including your Cap and Gown with Jostens now. Payment plans are available by working with Jostens. Link for ordering - https://jostenspnw.clickfunnels.com/have-you-registeredo4tsnemm. This Sunday is the deadline for lowest prices. 

    Ninth Grade Elections

    Freshman of the class of 2024!  Elections for class officers are Wednesday, December 16th! All are encouraged to run. Even if you have never held a leadership role consider running.  We want our freshman cabinet to represent the diversity, energy and creativity of this class. 

    Positions: President (Runs the cabinet and helps create a cooperative community), Vice – President (Assist the president and takes on special projects), Secretary (Keeps record of meetings and decisions), Treasurer (Handles the budget and works on fundraising.  Interacts with fiscal specialist) and Senator (Attends school senate meetings twice a month after school.  Works with cabinet to promote the voice of your class). 

    Elected officials must maintain a C average and be able to participate in the duties of the position. If you meet the criteria then please contact Mr. Renouard at twrenouard@seattleschools.org to submit your name and position for which you are running. The deadline for intent to run email is Friday, December 11th. After intent to run is established, candidates will post a 1-2 minute speech on flipgrid to promote your candidacy. 

    Nathan Hale Community Organization: Gift Card Drop Off Wednesday, December 9th, 10am to 2pm

    The Nathan Hale Community Organization is grateful to be a part of the network of concerned neighbors in a coordinated effort to provide food support for families in need through our neighborhood schools. The NHCO is organizing this effort at Hale. Many thanks to the families who have donated cards - we are grateful for the support of the families in our community.  If you would like to participate in December giving, please drop off $25 or $50 gift cards from either Safeway or Fred Meyer/QFC to the school on Wednesday, December 9th between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00PM.  NHCO representatives will provide a box in the main school parking lot, near the office doors (entrance off of 30th) to easily drive up and drop cards into.  They will be present to monitor the box and collect cards after drop off. Hale staff will safely distribute the cards to families seeking support. Through your ongoing generosity, we are able to support families throughout the school year as needs arise. 

    For Questions, or to make other arrangements for drop off, please contact NHCO representative, Katie Fleming at NHCOconnections@gmail.com

    From the Counseling Office

    Quarter 1 grades are viewable on the Source. For semester long classes, Quarter 1 grades should be considered a progress report for your student. For freshmen students in Block 1 and Block 2, the Quarter grades are the final grades earned for those block classes. Here are instructions if you have not yet completed a parent account on the source: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/dots/support_training_forms/source/source_account_set_up 

    Message from our Librarian, Ms. West

    Seattle Public Schools is offering a new resource for ebooks and audiobooks! Sora can be accessed from the Nathan Hale Library catalog and the Clever Student Portal. Students can also download the Sora app onto their smartphones or tablets for mobile ebook and audiobook access. Materials distribution will continue through December. Students are encouraged to get book recommendations from Ms. West at bit.ly/NHHSNextRead and to place holds on the books they want to read, then come to pick them up on Wednesdays. Materials are distributed each Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm at the main entrance to school. For a limited time we have free Nathan Hale Raiders t-shirts available to students who come to pick up library books or other materials! Please find more information about what's going on in the Hale library in the December library video newsletter.

    Free Tutoring!

    Seattle Public Library has free one-to-one virtual tutoring for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Students access FREE 1-1 live academic tutoring with their library card/pin or Library Link number and pin by visiting www.spl.org/VirtualTutoring. In addition to academic support, the library also offers free college application/essay writing and scholarship application/essay writing help. Students can connect with expert writing coaches to help with essay creation and editing. There is also test prep, tutoring and AP class support.  

    • Tutors are trained to support English language learners. 
    • Stop students from falling behind in basic-advanced math and science-Do students need to review a key concept or did they miss a few questions on their quiz? They can be connected to a math expert. 
    • Do you have students who are missing assignments and need to get organized? Trained life coaches will support them in getting organized and give them tools to track their assignments and projects. 

    Application for Free and Reduced Meals

    Families need to submit a new application every school year for Free/Reduced Meals, and qualifying students may receive discounted or free school services. If you feel you might qualify now due to new circumstances, please submit an application. For quickest response, go to the district webpage for the online application form. If you need a hard copy form printed and mailed to you, please email Administrative Secretary, Rae Keyes at rkkeyes@seattleschools.org

    Yearbook Photos

    Reminder that yearbook photos are due on Monday, January 4, 2021. Read all about how to upload your student's photo on the Nathan Hale website, Yearbook news entry

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    With love, 

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